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Cambodia charges 33 mothers with trafficking over China surrogacy

Phnom Penh - A Cambodian court on Friday charged 33 surrogate mothers paid to deliver babies for Chinese couples with cross border human trafficking, an official said, refusing them bail on accusations that can carry a 20-year jail term.

Cambodia finds 33 surrogate mothers in raid on illegal business

Phnom Penh - A raid by Cambodian authorities on an illegal surrogacy business in Phnom Penh uncovered 33 women paid to deliver babies for Chinese couples, police said Saturday.

China pledges $100 million in military aid to Cambodia

Phnom Penh - China has pledged around $100 million to help modernise Cambodia's military, the government said Tuesday, the latest largesse showered on the country amid a crackdown on dissent before national elections.

Cambodian prince injured, wife killed in head-on road crash

Phnom Penh - A Cambodian prince and former prime minister was injured and his wife killed in a head-on collision on a highway in the country's southwest on Sunday, officials said.

With Cambodia's free press under fire, 'China model' makes inroads

Phnom Penh - As Cambodia's once-robust press freedom comes under attack, Chinese-linked outlets have found new footing ahead of July elections, pushing the country's media toward an authoritarian model -- and bolstering strongman Hun Sen's tight grip on power.

New Phnom Penh Post owner defends 'rocky start'

Phnom Penh - The new owner of Cambodia's beleaguered Phnom Penh Post on Friday denied links to the country's authoritarian government and defended a stormy takeover which saw journalists resign en masse over fears for editorial independence.

Cambodia files first charge under new royal insult law

Phnom Penh - A primary school principal in Cambodia became the first person to be charged under the kingdom's new lese majeste law on Sunday over a comment he wrote on Facebook, officials said.

Editor of renowned Cambodia paper fired by new owners

Phnom Penh - Crisis gripped Cambodia's last independent newspaper Monday as the editor-in-chief was fired by its new owner over a front-page article on the sale, while several senior reporters resigned in protest at the apparent attack on editorial integrity.

Fears as Cambodia's 'last independent' newspaper sold

Phnom Penh - A newspaper hailed as Cambodia's last independent English daily has been sold to a Malaysian investor with apparent business links to premier Hun Sen, rattling a journalist community that has been battered by the strongman ahead of elections.

In Cambodia, fears tarantula may go off the menu

- While a plate piled high with hairy, palm-sized tarantulas is the stuff of nightmares for some, these garlic fried spiders are a coveted treat in Cambodia, where the only fear is that they may soon vanish due to deforestation and unchecked hunting.

Largest batch of US deportees arrive in Cambodia

Phnom Penh - Forty-three Cambodians deported by the United States arrived in Phnom Penh on Thursday, the largest batch yet under a controversial deal that enables America to expel legal residents with criminal records.

Australian, Cambodian trainers die in demining accident

Siem Reap - An Australian and a Cambodian were killed Thursday when war-era ordnance exploded during a demining training exercise in southern Cambodia, police said, adding three others were injured in the accident.

Briton apologises in Cambodia 'pornographic party' trial

Siem Reap - A British expat facing up to a year in Cambodian prison for promoting a pool party with images deemed "pornographic" apologised during a court hearing on Thursday, saying he did not know the advertisements breached an indecency law.

Cambodian PM vows to 'shame' Australia if pressured over politics

Phnom Penh - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has threatened to "shame" Australia and block the release of a joint statement at a regional summit in Sydney next month if he faces pressure over a political crackdown at home.

Family of slain Cambodian analyst granted refugee status in Australia

Phnom Penh - The family of slain Cambodian political analyst Kem Ley has arrived in Australia after being granted refugee status there, an Australian lawmaker's office said, more than a year after fleeing home in the wake of his brazen murder.

Cambodia opposition leader denied bail in court appearance

Phnom Penh - Cambodia's opposition leader Kem Sokha was denied bail by a court Thursday, his lawyer said, in the politician's first appearance since being spirited away to a remote jail on treason charges five months ago.

Dirty dancing, not porn: foreigners deny Cambodia charges

Phnom Penh - Ten foreigners detained in Cambodian jail after their arrests last week admit they were dancing provocatively at a drunken party but deny police accusations they made porn, their lawyer said Tuesday.

China lavishes cash on ally Cambodia with eyes on the Mekong

Phnom Penh - Beijing has pledged billions of dollars to build new infrastructure in Cambodia, officials said Thursday, as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang ended a two-day charm offensive currying favour for its mega-dams across the Mekong.

Power stacked against SE Asia's poor as China dams Mekong

Kandal - Cambodian fisherman Sles Hiet lives at the mercy of the Mekong: a massive river that feeds tens of millions but is under threat from the Chinese dams cementing Beijing's physical -- and diplomatic -- control over its Southeast Asian neighbours.

Cambodian PM leads huge rally on anniversary of Khmer Rouge's fall

Phnom Penh - Cambodian premier Hun Sen led a huge rally on Sunday marking the anniversary of the fall of the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime, seizing the opportunity to burnish his image as saviour of the nation.
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