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Top Khmer Rouge leader denies genocide at close of UN-backed trial

Phnom Penh - One of the top surviving leaders of Cambodia's ruthless Khmer Rouge regime on Friday denied genocide charges and rejected the label of "murderer" in forceful closing remarks at a lengthy UN-backed trial.

Surrogacy remains a lure for Cambodia's poorest despite ban

Takeo - Peeling a mango inside her rickety wooden shack, Chhum Long explains how her daughter's decision to nurture a Western couple's baby in her womb helped her family buy two desperately needed items: a metal roof and a motorbike.

Hatchlings raise hope for Cambodia's endangered 'Royal Turtle'

Phnom Penh - The birth of nine Cambodian royal turtle hatchlings has sparked hope for the future of a species on the brink of extinction, conservationists said Wednesday.

Cambodia bans human breast milk exports to US

Phnom Penh - Cambodia officially banned selling and exporting locally-pumped human breast milk on Tuesday, after reports exposed how women were turning to the controversial trade to boost meagre incomes in one of Southeast Asia's poorest countries.

Wild elephants rescued from muddy bomb crater in Cambodia

Phnom Penh - Eleven wild elephants, including a baby, were rescued from a mud-filled bomb crater in Cambodia on Saturday after languishing in the swampy waters for four days, an environmental official said.

Cambodia suspends human breast milk exports to US

Phnom Penh - Cambodia has temporarily stopped an American company from exporting locally-pumped human breast milk, AFP has learned, after reports highlighted how some of the country's poorest women were supplementing their income through the trade.

Cambodia PM empowers court to dissolve rival parties

Phnom Penh - Cambodia's parliament passed a law Monday giving judges sweeping powers to dissolve political parties, a move seen as a brazen attempt by premier Hun Sen to checkmate his opponents ahead of next year's polls.

Angelina Jolie unveils Khmer Rouge film in 'second home' Cambodia

Siem Reap - Angelina Jolie unveiled her new film on the horrors of the Khmer Rouge era on Saturday at the ancient Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, a country the star shares a deep affinity with through her adopted son Maddox.

Cambodian opposition prepares for polls without leader

Phnom Penh - Cambodia's opposition party will head into local elections without a president after its founder's shock resignation, a party spokesman said Sunday, confirming his position would not be filled until 2018.

Cambodia opposition leader resigns for 'sake of party'

Phnom Penh - The self-exiled leader of Cambodia's opposition party said Saturday he would resign his post, a shock blow to a movement struggling to unseat the country's authoritarian premier.

Cambodia to arrest three behind photoshopped image of king

Phnom Penh - Cambodian police on Monday said they planned to arrest three suspects, including one believed to be in Thailand, for being behind an offensive photoshopped image of the country's king that placed him in a gay porn scene.

Cambodian court convicts exiled opposition leader

Phnom Penh - Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday over a post on his Facebook page, a conviction that makes his return from self-imposed exile unlikely.

Court upholds life sentences for Khmer Rouge leaders

Phnom Penh - Cambodia's UN-backed court upheld life sentences for two top former Khmer Rouge leaders on Wednesday for crimes against humanity, in a verdict welcomed by survivors of the brutal regime.

Cambodia embraces China's President Xi on state visit

Phnom Penh - China's President Xi Jinping arrived in Cambodia Thursday for a state visit to one of its staunchest regional allies, with ties flourishing after the kingdom supported Beijing in a maritime dispute.

Cambodia's 'jungle woman' returned to Vietnamese father

Phnom Penh - A "jungle woman" who was discovered scavenging naked by a farmer in Cambodia nine years ago, was reunited with her father in Vietnam on Saturday, her adoptive family said.

Cambodia seizes 600 kilograms of ivory from Africa

Phnom Penh - Cambodian customs Friday seized more than 600 kilograms of illegal ivory in a container packed with corn that had languished unclaimed at a port for two years after being shipped from Africa.

China asserts sovereignty over disputed South China Sea islands

Beijing - China pledged Sunday to defend its declared sovereignty over islands in crucial shipping lanes in the South China Sea despite competing claims from other nations.

Vietnam paternity twist in Cambodia's 'jungle woman' tale

Phnom Penh - A Vietnamese man has claimed he is the real father of a woman whose plight gripped Cambodia after she apparently spent 18 years living in the jungle, her adoptive family said Monday.

Thousands in funeral march for slain Cambodia activist

Phnom Penh - Tens of thousands of Cambodians on Sunday joined the funeral procession of a prominent government critic whose murder in broad daylight has raised suspicions of a hit job in country with a long history of political violence.

Hundreds join funeral of murdered Cambodian critic

Phnom Penh - Hundreds of mourners gathered for the funeral Monday of a prominent Cambodian political commentator gunned down in broad daylight, as the country's premier vowed a thorough investigation.
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