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Cambodian dissident dresses up as 'Lady Justice' for trial

May. 03, 2022 06:02 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — An outspoken critic of Cambodia’s government dressed up as “Lady Justice,” complete with scale and blindfold, to bring attention to her case as lawyers in her trial for treason presented their final arguments Tuesday. Theary Seng, a Cambodian...

Cambodia drops mask mandate for outdoor public spaces

Apr. 26, 2022 06:21 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia is lifting its mask mandate for open public places, Prime Minister Hun Sen announced Tuesday. He cited a large decline in coronavirus cases and a high level of vaccinations in dropping the requirement nationwide. He said in an...

China's security deal with Solomons raises alarm in Pacific

Apr. 06, 2022 21:04 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A security alliance between China and the Solomon Islands has sent shudders throughout the South Pacific, with many worried it could set off a large-scale military buildup or that Western animosity to the deal could play into China’s hands. What...

UN special envoy on Myanmar meets with ASEAN counterpart

Mar. 31, 2022 10:55 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The top U.N. envoy dealing with the crisis in Myanmar met Thursday with her counterpart from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to discuss their joint efforts to promote peacemaking in the strife-torn nation. Cambodia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry...

Cambodian leader says officials must master mobile internet

Mar. 28, 2022 07:43 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s long-ruling Prime Minister Hun Sen declared Monday that he would not appoint anyone to be a provincial governor who is not knowledgeable in the use of social media and smartphones. Hun Sen, an avid user of Facebook, said at a hospital...

ASEAN envoy for Myanmar crisis arrives on first mission

Mar. 21, 2022 11:52 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Cambodia’s foreign minister arrived Monday in Myanmar’s capital Naypyitaw on his mission as a special regional envoy seeking to facilitate peacemaking in the fellow Southeast Asian nation, which was plunged into an extended violent political crisis after the army seized power...

Japan PM visits Cambodia, also one of China's key partners

Mar. 20, 2022 12:02 PM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida visited Cambodia for talks with the country's longtime leader, Hun Sen, on Sunday to deepen relations and promote calls for the rule of law in one of the Southeast Asia's closest partners of both China and Japan. ...

Cambodia drops COVID-19 testing for vaccinated visitors

Mar. 17, 2022 07:59 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia on Thursday announced new measures that significantly ease pandemic-related restrictions for foreign visitors, including dropping mandatory COVID-19 tests for travelers who have been vaccinated. Fully vaccinated travelers no longer need to...

Cambodian court convicts 21 opposition figures of treason

Mar. 17, 2022 03:10 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A court in Cambodia on Thursday convicted 21 people of treason and related charges for their nonviolent political opposition to the government several years ago. Those convicted by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court included seven exiled leaders of the...

ASEAN special envoy sets Myanmar visit for later this month

Mar. 03, 2022 06:54 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s foreign minister later this month will make his first trip to Myanmar in his capacity as the special envoy of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, his office said Thursday. The regional grouping, usually referred to as ASEAN, is...