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Australian filmmaker to be deported from Cambodia

Phnom Penh - An Australian filmmaker who received a royal pardon from Cambodia will be deported Saturday, immigration officials said, a day after he was released from a six-year sentence in a case Human Rights Watch has called "a ludicrous charade".

Cambodia pardons Australian filmmaker jailed for espionage

Phnom Penh - An Australian filmmaker jailed for espionage in Cambodia received a royal pardon and was released Friday, less than a month after he was sentenced to six years in prison in a case observers slammed as a farce.

Cambodia opposition leader released from prison on bail

Phnom Penh - Cambodia's opposition leader Kem Sokha was released from jail early Monday a year after he was detained on treason charges, as the country's strongman ruler loosens his grip on opponents after sweeping one-sided elections.

Cambodian parliament launches era of one-party rule

Phnom Penh - Cambodia's new parliament met for the first time Wednesday, launching an era of one-party rule after an uncontested election handed the ruling party of strongman Hun Sen all 125 seats.

Australian filmmaker jailed for six years for Cambodia 'espionage'

Phnom Penh - An Australian filmmaker was sentenced to six years in prison on Friday after being convicted of espionage in Cambodia in a case that Human Rights Watch slammed as a "ludicrous charade".

Cambodia opposition leader denied bail again

Phnom Penh - Cambodia opposition leader Kem Sokha was denied bail Wednesday after almost a year in jail on treason charges that critics say were trumped up by premier Hun Sen to gift himself a free run in last month's election.

Cambodia ruling party sweeps parliament after vote with no opposition

Phnom Penh - Cambodian leader Hun Sen has swept all seats in parliament after holding an election with no opposition, as the country settles into one-party rule and a government that could face questions of legitimacy on the world stage.

One-party rule 'terrible setback' for Cambodia: opposition chief

Bonnieux - The co-founder of Cambodia's disbanded opposition has decried the landslide victory of Hun Sen's ruling party in an uncontested poll as a "terrible setback", urging a campaign of non-cooperation with the next government.

Cambodian PM hails 'free, fair' elections despite criticism

Phnom Penh - Cambodia's strongman leader Hun Sen on Tuesday hailed this week's elections as "free, fair and just" after a controversial vote with no viable opposition drew criticism from Washington and the European Union.

Hun Sen: Cambodia's shape-shifting strongman leader

Phnom Penh - Cambodian leader Hun Sen has outlasted the murderous Khmer Rouge, sidelined the monarchy and crushed his opponents in a 33-year rule defined by patronage, political agility and repression and set to be prolonged by Sunday's election.

Cambodia ruling party claims 'huge victory' in vote decried as 'sham'

Phnom Penh - Cambodia's ruling party said it had won a landslide in Sunday's one-horse election, an expected outcome after the main opposition was banned, paving the way for leader Hun Sen to prolong his 33 years in power.

Cambodians are heading to the polls Sunday in controversial vote

Phnom Penh - Cambodians are heading to the polls Sunday in an election that will be easily won by strongman Hun Sen's ruling party after the main opposition was dissolved to global condemnation.

Cambodia's Buddhist clergy divided over controversial poll

Phnom Penh - Buddhist monk Sao Chanthol will cast his ballot for Cambodia's ruling party on Sunday, but the vote has exposed a deep fracture in the 60,000-strong clergy with some planning to stay home to protest a ban on the opposition in what is now effectively a ...

UN chief urges Cambodia to ease tensions ahead of vote

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday called on politicians in Cambodia to reduce tensions ahead of elections devoid of credible opposition candidates and denounced as flawed.

Cambodia PM hails 'elimination' of opposition, warns against poll boycott

Phnom Penh - Cambodia's strongman Hun Sen on Friday hailed his success in eliminating "traitors" ahead of an election he cannot possibly lose, with no credible opposition left to challenge his 33-year rule of what has become a virtual one-party stateHun Sen address...

Cambodia's Hun Sen hails 'elimination' of opposition at mass rally

Phnom Penh - Cambodia's strongman ruler hailed Friday the success of efforts to "eliminate traitors" at a mass rally ahead of an election without a credible opposition that will leave the country as a virtual one-party state.

Cambodia opposition shrivels as Hun Sen's network branches out

Phnom Penh - Change had felt so close, says opposition activist Khem Chan Vannak wistfully. But then the decades-old networks of Cambodia's strongman leader Hun Sen showed their teeth, dissolving the rival party and cowing its base into silence.

Cambodia's ruling party dangles jobs, new schools ahead of vote

Phnom Penh - Cambodia's ruling party has thrown resources at a weak education system ahead of elections on Sunday as it tries to entice young voters and drain resentment over low-paying jobs.

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.

Critics of Cambodia's Hun Sen refuse to be silenced in Australia

Sydney - From the safety of suburban Australia, Bou Rachna recalls the hours before her husband Kem Ley, a prominent Cambodian political analyst, was shot dead at a Phnom Penh gas station in a 2016 killing that rattled the nation.
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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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Mam Sonando, likely facing a Buddhist Temple near his radio station, before followers
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Inhabitants of Prey Lang demonstrating against the destruction of their forest.
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The remains of Khmer Rouge genocide victims
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The Indochinese tiger is now "functionally extinct" in Cambodia.
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