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Cambodian PM sues opposition leader in French court

Aug. 20, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has filed a defamation lawsuit in French court against his longtime political enemy Sam Rainsy, a lawyer for the Southeast Asian leader said Tuesday. Paris-based Luc Brossollet confirmed to The Associated Press by phone a report by the Cambodia's...

Cambodian opposition says founder to end exile in November

Aug. 16, 2019 11:24 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's popular but disbanded opposition party said Friday its self-exiled co-founder will make his long-promised return to the country in early November. The Cambodian National Rescue Party, dissolved by court order in November 2017, said in an emailed announcement that Sam...

Khmer Rouge tribunal: Death stops defendant's appeal

Aug. 13, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The U.N.-assisted tribunal trying leaders of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge on charges of genocide and other crimes affirmed Tuesday it will cease legal proceedings against Nuon Chea, the communist group's No. 2 leader who died aged 93 on Aug. 4 while his conviction was under appeal. A...

Khmer Rouge ideologue cremated, appeal may be stopped

Aug. 9, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The death of the Khmer Rouge's top ideologue may end criminal proceedings against him even though his appeal against convictions for genocide and other crimes is still pending, a spokesman for Cambodia's U.N.-assisted tribunal trying leaders of the defunct communist group said...

Thailand mum on Serbia making fugitive ex-PM a citizen

Aug. 9, 2019 6:41 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's foreign ministry had no immediate reaction Friday to reports that the country's former prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, has been granted Serbian citizenship, joining her brother as a fugitive globe-trotting Thai with foreign nationality. Serbia's state news agency Tanjug...

Verdict set for Cambodians who worked for US-funded radio

Aug. 9, 2019 3:58 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Two Cambodian journalists charged with espionage who had worked for the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Asia said they were hopeful they will go free after their trial concluded Friday. Rights groups have characterized the case against Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin as a...

Cambodian rescued after 4 days wedged in mountain rocks

Aug. 7, 2019 10:00 PM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A man who became wedged between rocks while collecting bat droppings in the Cambodian jungle was rescued after being trapped for almost four days. Police said Sum Bora slipped Sunday while trying to retrieve his flashlight, which had fallen in the small rocky hollow. Bat...

Sri Lankan president begins 4-day visit to Cambodia

Aug. 7, 2019 5:15 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena arrived Wednesday in Cambodia on a four-day visit to expand the countries' cooperation in economic, trade, tourism and cultural fields. Cambodia's foreign ministry said in statement that the state visit came at the invitation of King...

Nuon Chea, ideologue of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge, dies at 93

Aug. 4, 2019 9:03 PM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Nuon Chea, the chief ideologue of the communist Khmer Rouge regime that destroyed a generation of Cambodians, died Sunday, the country's U.N.-assisted genocide tribunal said. He was 93. Nuon Chea was known as Brother No. 2, the right-hand man of Pol Pot, the leader of the regime...

Wisconsin man gets deported after marijuana conviction

Aug. 4, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In late December 2017, Lisa Kum received a call from her husband, Sothy. Sothy told Lisa to pick him up in Chicago because he was about to be released after three months of detention by immigration authorities on a marijuana-related charge. On the drive from Wisconsin with their...