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Myanmar minister joins Southeast Asian defense meeting

Jun. 22, 2022 11:00 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Myanmar’s defense minister, under sanctions from the United States, Britain and other countries for abuses committed by his country’s military, was welcomed Wednesday to an annual meeting with his counterparts in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. ...

Cambodian ruling party sues politician for criticizing vote

Jun. 15, 2022 10:29 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party has sued the vice president of the opposition Candlelight Party for $1 million in compensation for comments he made in an online interview alleging that this month’s local elections were unfair, a spokesman for...

Cambodian court convicts lawyer, dozens of others of treason

Jun. 14, 2022 21:25 PM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A Cambodian-American lawyer and dozens of members of a now-dissolved opposition party were convicted of treason Tuesday in a trial that is part of efforts to tame opposition to the long-running rule of Prime Minister Hun Sen. Lawyer Theary Seng and most...

China, Cambodia break ground on port, dismiss US concerns

Jun. 08, 2022 07:11 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Chinese and Cambodian officials broke ground Wednesday on a contentious naval port expansion project, dismissing American concerns it could provide Beijing with a strategically important military outpost on the Gulf of Thailand. Cambodian Defense...

Ruling party seems set to win Cambodian local elections

Jun. 05, 2022 08:54 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Early indications showed Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling party headed for victory in local elections Sunday as people voted in large numbers for the first time since a 2018 general election that was widely criticized as unfair. Hun Sen’s...

Cambodians vote in local election amid intimidation, threats

Jun. 04, 2022 22:46 PM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodians headed to the polls Sunday in local elections that are their first chance to vote since the ruling party of long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen swept a 2018 general election that was widely criticized as unfair. Hun Sen’s Cambodian...

Cambodia hosts meeting on humanitarian assistance to Myanmar

May. 06, 2022 10:37 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Officials from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations met Friday in Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh, in a new effort to organize humanitarian assistance for strife-torn Myanmar, a goal that critics feel falls short of addressing the causes of the crisis in the...

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...