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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2019, file photo, Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Vice President Mu Sochua speaks during a press conference in Jakarta Indonesia. An effort by the self-exiled senior member of the banned opposition CNRP to lead a return to her homeland on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021 has failed after an airline refused to carry her. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim, File)

Cambodian opposition figure blocked from planned return home

Jan. 17, 2021 5:45 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — An effort by a self-exiled senior member of the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party to lead a return to her homeland on Sunday has failed after an airline refused to carry her. The thwarted plan to return represented the second attempt by party leaders to rejoin the...

Cambodian police officers escort prisoners, in orange clothes, including Rong Chhun, president of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions, as they enter the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. The trial of the Cambodian labor union leader charged with inciting social unrest opened Friday, part of a large-scale legal offensive by the government against its critics. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Cambodian labor leader's trial for border remarks begins

Jan. 15, 2021 2:41 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The trial of a Cambodian labor union leader charged with inciting social unrest opened in Phnom Penh on Friday, part of a large-scale legal offensive by the government against its critics. Rong Chhun, president of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions, is standing trial for...

Prum Chenda, center, wife of a jailed former opposition activist, is stopped by security personnel as she tries to reach the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. The trial of more than 60 critics and opponents of the Cambodian government charged with treason and other offenses for taking part in nonviolent political activities resumed Thursday, with rights advocates skeptical that justice is being served. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Activist slams 'sham trial' of Cambodia opposition members

Jan. 14, 2021 6:48 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Ten opposition activists, including a Cambodian-American lawyer, faced treason and other charges Thursday in a trial in Cambodia's capital widely criticized by rights advocates. More than 60 defendants were summoned, mostly former members or supporters of the Cambodia National...

FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2020, file photo, Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen gestures during a speech on the current state of a new virus from China in Phnom Penh. Hun Sen said Tuesday, Dec. 30, that the country’s long-awaited first commercial extraction of oil has finally begun.(AP Photo/Heng Sinith, File)

Cambodia begins commercial extraction from oil well offshore

Dec. 29, 2020 9:22 PM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Tuesday that the country’s long-awaited first commercial extraction of oil has finally begun. Speaking nationwide on state television, Hun Sen said the first drop of oil was extracted on Monday by KrisEnergy, a Singapore-based oil and...

FILE - In this July 30, 2018, file photo, Vice President of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), Mu Sochua speaks at a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia. Senior executives of the disbanded opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party have announced their plan to return from self-imposed exile to fight criminal charges against them in court. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)

Cambodian opposition figures state plan to return from exile

Dec. 1, 2020 5:43 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Senior executives of the disbanded opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party on Tuesday announced their plan to return from self-imposed exile to fight criminal charges against them in court. The party leaders are among about 130 opposition supporters and other dissidents who...

People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus ride mopeds in Hanoi, Vietnam on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Vietnamese health official said on Thursday the COVID-19 outbreak would peak in the coming ten days as the country reported another death and a score of new infections. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

The Latest: Vietnam has 1st local transmission in 89 days

Nov. 30, 2020 11:52 PM EST

HANOI, Vietnam -- Vietnamese authorities are conducting intensive contact tracing after the country’s first confirmed local transmission of the coronavirus in 89 days. State media said Tuesday that a 32-year-old man in Ho Chi Minh City tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday after visiting a flight...

A family member of an inmate pleads to a policeman as she seeks information on the condition of her relative outside the Mahara prison complex following an overnight unrest in Mahara, outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. Sri Lankan officials say six inmates were killed and 35 others were injured when guards opened fire to control a riot at a prison on the outskirts of the capital. Two guards were critically injured. Pandemic-related unrest has been growing in Sri Lanka's overcrowded prisons. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Asia Today: 8 dead in pandemic unrest at Sri Lanka prison

Nov. 30, 2020 9:23 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Inmates unhappy about the coronavirus threat at an overcrowded prison near Sri Lanka's capital have clashed with guards who opened fire, leaving eight prisoners dead and 59 others injured, officials said Monday. Two guards were critically injured, they said. Pandemic-related...

Social distancing signs are seen on the floor as parents pray during a special service to wish for their children's success in the upcoming college entrance exam on Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Jogye Temple in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. South Korea is shutting down indoor gyms offering intense workout classes and banning year-end parties at hotels in the greater Seoul area to fight the virus. Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said Sunday. The signs read:

Asia Today: Cambodia tracks contacts after family infected

Nov. 29, 2020 5:00 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian officials say a family of six and another man tested positive for the coronavirus in a rare case of local infection, and Prime Minister Hun Sen expressed concern that the woman believed to be the source had traveled extensively in the country, including the capital. ...

Theary Seng, center, a Cambodian-American lawyer gestures as she enters the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. A Cambodian court on Thursday began hearing the cases of nearly 130 opponents and government critics charged with treason for taking part in nonviolent political activities over the past three years, in what one of them described as a sham trial. Theary Seng, who has long been one of the most outspoken critics of Hun Sen and his government, is one of the best known defendants living in Cambodia.(AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Cambodia begins mass trial of opposition activists

Nov. 26, 2020 3:48 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A Cambodian court on Thursday began hearing the cases of nearly 130 government critics and opponents charged with treason for taking part in nonviolent political activities over the past three years, in what one of them called a sham trial. Only 33 defendants attended Thursday's...