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The Latest: American Samoa reports first case of coronavirus

Sep. 17, 2021 21:45 PM EDT

PAGO PAGO, AMERICAN SAMOA -- American Samoa reported its first case of coronavirus on Friday. The U.S. territory’s acting governor and health officials said the islands’ first case of COVID-19 was of a resident who returned to America Samoa from Hawaii this week. ...

Cambodian leader boasts he barged into opposition video call

Sep. 17, 2021 21:09 PM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has boasted of barging uninvited into a video conference call hosted by his political opponents. An enthusiastic user of social media, Hun Sen said Friday he intruded into the Zoom call to warn his opponents...

Cambodia vaccinating 6-to-11-year-olds before schools reopen

Sep. 17, 2021 04:11 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia began vaccinating 6-to-11-year-olds Friday so students can safely return to schools that have been closed for months due to the coronavirus. Prime Minister Hun Sen inaugurated the campaign to vaccinate the children, speaking live on...

China's FM Wang offers aid and friendship on Cambodia visit

Sep. 12, 2021 09:52 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Sunday that China has agreed to provide the Southeast Asian nation with grant aid of 1.75 billion yuan ($272 million), announcing the assistance during a visit by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Wang...

Khmer Rouge official on appeal denies complicity in genocide

Aug. 19, 2021 06:50 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The last living member of former Cambodian leader Pol Pot's inner circle denied complicity in the genocide committed under the brutal Khmer Rouge government, telling an international tribunal hearing his appeal Thursday that he was being judged as a proxy for the...

Cambodian labor union leader convicted over border comments

Aug. 18, 2021 00:51 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A prominent Cambodian labor union leader who is a longtime government critic was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison for inciting social unrest with sensitive comments about the country's border. Rong Chhun, president of the Cambodian...

Defense: Former Cambodian official not guilty of genocide

Aug. 17, 2021 05:17 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The defense team for the former head of state of Cambodia’s brutal Khmer Rouge regime argued Tuesday that his genocide conviction should be overturned, calling into question evidence presented at his original trial before an international tribunal. ...

Ex-Khmer Rouge official appeals genocide verdict in Cambodia

Aug. 16, 2021 06:52 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The last living leader from the inner circle of Cambodia's brutal Khmer Rouge regime launched his courtroom appeal Monday, seeking to convince a long-running international tribunal to overturn his conviction on genocide charges. Khieu...

Thailand builds another field hospital for virus-hit Bangkok

Jul. 29, 2021 22:17 PM EDT

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Health authorities in Thailand raced to set up a large field hospital in a cargo building at one of Bangkok's airports on Thursday as the country reported record numbers of coronavirus cases and deaths. Other field hospitals are already in use...

Authoritarianism advances as world battles the pandemic

Jul. 15, 2021 05:41 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Here’s some of what happened while the world was distracted by the coronavirus: Hungary banned the public depiction of homosexuality. China shut Hong Kong’s last pro-democracy newspaper. Brazil’s government extolled dictatorship. And Belarus hijacked a passenger plane to...