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Cambodian opposition figure slapped with 25-year jail sentence

Phnom Penh - Cambodia's exiled opposition figurehead Sam Rainsy was sentenced in absentia to 25 years in jail Monday over an alleged plot to overthrow strongman Hun Sen's government, a court official said.

Cambodia sets up China-style internet firewall

Phnom Penh - Cambodia's government moved to exert near-total control over the country's online life Wednesday, setting up a national internet gateway which activists say will stifle freedom of expression and block content via a China-style firewall.

'Friend' China to donate one million vaccine doses to Cambodia: PM

Phnom Penh - China will donate one million doses of its Sinovac coronavirus vaccine to Cambodia, the kingdom's strongman premier Hun Sen has said, thanking "friend" Beijing for its generosity.

Cambodian union leader stands trial for 'incitement'

Phnom Penh - An outspoken union leader went on trial in Cambodia on Friday for alleged incitement, the latest in a series of court cases activists say are aimed at cracking down on opposition voices.

Cambodia resumes mass trial of opposition figures

Phnom Penh - A closed-door mass trial of 150 Cambodian opposition figures resumed in Phnom Penh Thursday, in what critics labelled a politically motivated sham.

Cambodia's giant life-giving Tonle Sap lake in peril

Battambang - As night falls over his floating village, fisherman Leng Vann puffs on a cigarette and heaves a sigh for Tonle Sap, the great inland lake that has sustained Cambodia for centuries.

Lonely no more: Kaavan the elephant makes new friend

- It was his first contact with another elephant in eight years.

Cher welcomes 'world's loneliest elephant' to new home in Cambodia

Siem Reap - Superstar Cher welcomed "the world's loneliest elephant" to Cambodia Monday to begin a new life at a specialised sanctuary after the creature was rescued from grim conditions in a Pakistani zoo.

Music icon Cher meets Pakistan PM ahead of elephant's move

Islamabad - American pop icon Cher met Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday ahead of the relocation of an elephant from Islamabad's dilapidated zoo to a Cambodian sanctuary.

'Strangled by debt': Coronavirus deepens Cambodia's loan crisis

Siem Reap - Trapped under a mountain of crippling debt, Cambodian farmer Roeurn Reth fears she will have to sell her land to repay microfinance loans that have ballooned due to pandemic-spurred job losses in her family.

No lockdown in Cambodia after Hungarian minister visit: PM

Phnom Penh - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen insisted Thursday his country would not go into lockdown, despite growing coronavirus concerns after senior officials tested positive following a meeting with Hungary's foreign minister.

US 'disappointed' as Cambodia razes another military facility

Phnom Penh - The United States expressed disappointment Tuesday that Cambodia had demolished a second American-funded military facility without warning, as the kingdom turns to China to expand a naval base.

Saving Angkor Wat: Cambodia's ninja gardeners tame jungle growth

Siem Reap - Stacking a ladder against the towering spires of Cambodia's archaeological marvel Angkor Wat, Chhoeurm Try gingerly scales the temple's exterior to hack away foliage before it damages the ancient facade.

Floods kill 111 in central Vietnam, Storm Saudel on the way

Hanoi - More than 100 people have died and 20 others are missing in central Vietnam following weeks of severe flooding and landslides, authorities said Wednesday, as the country braced for yet another storm this weekend.

Floods claim five lives in Vietnam and two Cambodians

Phnom Penh - Elderly residents and small children clung to inflatable tyres as soldiers and police used rope lines to get them to safety from rising floodwater on Saturday in Cambodia's western province of Battambang.

Cambodian PM says naval base not just for China

Phnom Penh - China would not have exclusive access to a Cambodian naval base, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Wednesday, despite Beijing chipping in for upgrades after a US-funded facility was razed at the site last month.

Cambodia confirms US-funded defence facility has been razed

Phnom Penh - Cambodia has razed a US-funded defence facility on its southern coast, the deputy prime minister confirmed Sunday, the latest move in the ongoing controversial expansion of a strategically crucial naval base being developed with Chinese aid.

Cambodian opposition activists sentenced for treason

Phnom Penh - Seven Cambodian activists have been handed jail sentences for treason over comments posted online supporting an exiled opposition figure, their lawyer said Thursday, deepening the kingdom's crackdown on dissent.

Aussie diplomat sorry for Cambodian turtle soup meal

Sydney - Australia's ambassador to Cambodia has apologised for eating a dish containing softshell turtle, which are highly protected in parts of the world.

Who were the Khmer Rouge?

Phnom Penh - The Khmer Rouge's interrogator-in-chief Kaing Guek Eav, better known by his alias Duch, died Wednesday in Cambodia's capital at the age of 77.

Duch, teacher-turned-Khmer Rouge torturer, dies aged 77

Phnom Penh - The chief torturer behind Cambodia’s genocidal Khmer Rouge died Wednesday while serving a life sentence for crimes against humanity, leaving just one surviving leader of the regime that killed an estimated two million people in the 1970s.

Missing Thai activist's family vows to 'have faith'

Bangkok - The family of a missing Thai pro-democracy activist celebrated his birthday Tuesday, vowing not to give up hope for his return more than two months after he was allegedly abducted in Cambodia.

High and dry: developed Cambodian wetlands raise flood risk

Phnom Penh - More than a million Cambodians are at risk from increased flooding and worsening food security, NGOs warned Monday, due to the destruction and gradual filling-in of Phnom Penh's wetlands by politically connected developers.

Asia's garment workers say virus used as cover to smash unions

Bangkok - From factory floors in India to the warehouses of Cambodia, garment workers for global brands say the collapse in demand triggered by the coronavirus is being used as a cover to break their unions.

Cambodia's tourist hotspot bans dog meat trade

Phnom Penh - The Cambodian tourist town of Siem Reap has banned the dog meat trade, a victory for animal rights campaigners who describe the area as the "lynchpin" of an industry that slaughters millions of creatures each year.

Cambodia to probe Thai democracy activist's alleged disappearance

Phnom Penh - Cambodian police said Tuesday they will investigate the alleged disappearance of a self-exiled Thai activist, denying any involvement in what a rights group claimed was an abduction.

Protesters demand answers on missing Thai activist

Bangkok - Protesters on Monday demanded a probe into the disappearance of a Thai pro-democracy activist last seen in Cambodia, defying state of emergency laws as anger and fear for his safety mounted online.

Family of missing Thai activist pleads for 'release'

Bangkok - The family of a self-exiled Thai democracy activist pleaded Sunday for his release, three days after he was allegedly abducted in neighbouring Cambodia.

Cambodia police refuse probe into Thai activist 'disappearance'

Phnom Penh - Cambodian police on Friday ruled out a probe into the alleged disappearance of a self-exiled Thai democracy activist after a rights group said he had been abducted in broad daylight from outside his Phnom Penh apartment.

31 French tourists test positive in Cambodia virus cluster

Phnom Penh - Thirty-one French nationals from the same tour group in Cambodia tested positive for the coronavirus over the weekend and have been put under quarantine in a hotel.
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Inhabitants of Prey Lang demonstrating against the destruction of their forest.
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A temple at Koh Ker.
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The remains of Khmer Rouge genocide victims
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Mam Sonando, likely facing a Buddhist Temple near his radio station, before followers
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A photo of Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia.
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An aerial view of Phnom Penh is seen in this photograph from 2012.
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Bones from Cambodian Khmer Rouge policy of social cleansing, after rise of Khmer Rouge linked to US carpet bombing.
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Preah Vihear Temple, an 11th century Hindu temple created during the Khlmer Empire.
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Screengrab of the Bhima statue on a Cambodian news channel.
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Photographic display of inmates at Tuol Sleng
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Rice field rats are sold live to consumers in Vietnam where they are considered a delicacy.
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A Cambodian girl salvages a board from her home in Neak Luong, southeast of Phnom Penh, after "carpet bombing."
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Folowers of the jailed broadcaster/journalist display banners and calendar showing days already served in prison.
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Illegal logging in the Cardamom Mountain, Koh Kong Province, Cambodia.
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Mam Sonando is serving a 20-year prison sentence on charges widely condemned as exaggerated, following critical remarks about Prime Minister Hun Sen
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The Indochinese tiger is now "functionally extinct" in Cambodia.
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