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Treason trial of Cambodian opposition head Kem Sokha resumes

Jan. 19, 2022 03:42 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A treason trial against Cambodia’s opposition leader resumed Wednesday, two years after it was adjourned due to the coronavirus pandemic. Kem Sokha was head of the Cambodia National Rescue Party when he was arrested in September 2017 on the basis of an...

Cambodia launches 4th round of COVID-19 vaccinations

Jan. 14, 2022 04:40 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia on Friday began a fourth round of vaccinations against the coronavirus in response to the omicron variant, with high-risk groups among the first to receive the additional boosters. Front-line medical staff and members of the armed forces were...

Rat who detected land mines in Cambodia dies in retirement

Jan. 12, 2022 06:51 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A land mine-detecting rat in Cambodia who received a prestigious award for his life-saving duty has died in retirement, the charity for which he had worked has announced. Magawa, an African giant pouched rat, passed away last weekend, said an...

Cambodia defends leader's trip to Myanmar as 'positive step'

Jan. 08, 2022 08:38 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's foreign minister on Saturday defended Prime Minister Hun Sen's trip to Myanmar, the first by a foreign leader since the military takeover last year plunged the country into turmoil, though there was little evidence the mission yielded any immediate...

Anger as Cambodia's Hun Sen meets Myanmar military leader

Jan. 07, 2022 21:55 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s visit to Myanmar seeking to revive peace efforts after last year's military takeover has provoked an angry backlash among critics, who say he is legitimizing the army’s seizure of power. Hun Sen is the first head of government...

Cambodian leader to make controversial visit to Myanmar

Jan. 06, 2022 04:42 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen begins a visit to strife-torn Myanmar on Friday that he hopes will invigorate efforts by Southeast Asian nations to start a peace process, but critics say will legitimize the rule of the military that seized power last year and its campaign of...

‘Our time now’: 1st Cambodian American mayor in US sworn in

Jan. 04, 2022 12:17 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — He came to the U.S. as a young refugee, having survived Khmer Rouge’s brutal rule. Now, Sokhary Chau is the nation’s first Cambodian American mayor. The 49-year-old city councilor in Lowell, Massachusetts, was unanimously picked by his colleagues to assume the...

Cambodia activist briefly detained after protest in shackles

Jan. 04, 2022 00:21 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian security forces on Tuesday briefly detained a Cambodian-American lawyer who is a prominent rights activist as she walked barefoot near the prime minister's residence in Phnom Penh, wearing a prison-style orange outfit and Khmer Rouge-era ankle shackles. ...

Years later, convictions can spark deportations for refugees

Dec. 20, 2021 01:05 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — At the age of 18, while he was driving a van through St. Paul, an acquaintance in Ge Vang’s passenger seat pulled out a gun and waved it at a group of five young people. Vang was later arrested and convicted by jury of aiding and abetting, a felony for...

Cambodian back from Ghana is country's 1st omicron case

Dec. 15, 2021 09:34 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia has confirmed its first case of the omicron variant in a 23-year-old Cambodian woman who recently returned from the African country of Ghana, according to health officials. Prime Minister Hun Sen, speaking Wednesday at a hotel inauguration in...