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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...

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...

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...

Trial of Cambodian reporters who used to work for US begins

Jul. 26, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The espionage trial of two Cambodian journalists who formerly worked for a U.S. government-funded radio station began Friday, almost two years after their arrests. Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin testified at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to defend themselves against the charge...

Trial of Cambodian reporters who used to work for US begins

Jul. 25, 2019 11:55 PM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The espionage trial of two Cambodian journalists who formerly worked for a U.S. government-funded radio station began Friday, almost two years after their arrests. Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin appeared at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to defend themselves against the charge...

Cambodian leader denies allowing China naval base

Jul. 22, 2019 9:15 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday strongly denied that he was allowing China to set up a military outpost in the Southeast Asian nation, after a news report alleged that the two nations signed a secret pact allowing Beijing exclusive use of a naval base on the Gulf of...