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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.

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.

US makes symbolic cut to Cambodia aid

Washington - The White House on Tuesday said it was cutting $8.3 million worth of aid programs to Cambodia, a largely symbolic move to protest against an anti-democratic crackdown.

Kim Jong Nam murder suspect 'visited Cambodia for TV pranks'

Shah Alam - An Indonesian woman charged with murdering the North Korean leader's half-brother visited Cambodia to take part in what she believed were pranks for a TV show with suspected Pyongyang agents, a court heard Thursday.

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.

China pledges support for Cambodia's 2018 poll: official

Phnom Penh - China will donate ballot boxes and voting booths for Cambodia's 2018 election, an official said Thursday, weeks after Western democracies pulled their support in protest over a crackdown on opposition politicians.

Fortified by family and China cash, Cambodia's strongman digs in

Phnom Penh - Secured by family and party ties, Chinese cash and his own ruthless political instincts, Cambodian strongman Hun Sen has taken a wrecking ball to the kingdom's fragile democracy in a campaign to extend his 32-year rule.

US restricts entry to Cambodians over opposition crackdown

Washington - The United States said Wednesday it will bar entry to Cambodians who undermine their country's democracy and called on the government to reverse a crackdown on the opposition.

Looted Angkor jewellery returned to Cambodia

Phnom Penh - A set of ancient Angkorian gold jewellery was returned to Cambodia Saturday with an elaborate procession through the capital, decades after the precious pieces were looted from a famed jungle temple.

Cambodian reporters charged with espionage for filing news to US

Phnom Penh - Two Cambodian journalists were charged on Saturday with spying over news reports they allegedly filed to US-based Radio Free Asia, amid a sweeping government crackdown on dissent that has tipped the country's democracy into crisis.

Cambodia hits back at US over opposition party ban

Phnom Penh - Cambodia on Friday hit back at critics of its ban on the country's main opposition, calling the United States "ringleaders" of an alleged coup plot by the party and threatening to build closer ties with Russia and China.

US calls on Cambodia to 'undo' opposition party ban

Washington - The United States on Thursday demanded Cambodia reverse its ban on the country's main opposition as it warned the dissolution of the party would strip 2018 elections of legitimacy.

US calls on Cambodia to 'undo' opposition party ban

Washington - The United States Thursday demanded Cambodia reverse its ban on the country's main opposition as it warned the dissolution of the party would strip 2018 elections of legitimacy.
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Journalists watch a live video feed of "Brother Number Two" Nuon Chea (L) and former Khmer Rouge head of state Khieu Samphan in the courtroom during their trial at the Extraordinary Chamber in the Courts of Cambodia in Phnom Penh on August 7, 2014
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An aerial view of Phnom Penh is seen in this photograph from 2012.
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Illegal logging in the Cardamom Mountain, Koh Kong Province, Cambodia.
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Dave Walker, pictured above. Facebook photo.
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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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The Indochinese tiger is now  functionally extinct  in Cambodia.
The Indochinese tiger is now "functionally extinct" in Cambodia.
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The Cambodia Tiger Action Plan also follows the objective of 13 tiger range countries to double the ...
The Cambodia Tiger Action Plan also follows the objective of 13 tiger range countries to double the number of wild tigers in the world to more than 6,000 by 2022, which is the next Year of the Tiger. The global aim is also known as “Tx2.”
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Mam Sonando is serving a 20-year prison sentence on charges widely condemned as exaggerated  followi...
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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Bones from Cambodian Khmer Rouge policy of social cleansing  after rise of Khmer Rouge linked to US ...
Bones from Cambodian Khmer Rouge policy of social cleansing, after rise of Khmer Rouge linked to US carpet bombing.
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Inhabitants of Prey Lang  demonstrating against the destruction of their forest.
Inhabitants of Prey Lang demonstrating against the destruction of their forest.
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The remains of Khmer Rouge genocide victims
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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Rice field rats are sold live to consumers in Vietnam where they are considered a delicacy.
Rice field rats are sold live to consumers in Vietnam where they are considered a delicacy.
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Preah Vihear Temple  an 11th century Hindu temple created during the Khlmer Empire.
Preah Vihear Temple, an 11th century Hindu temple created during the Khlmer Empire.
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Folowers of the jailed broadcaster/journalist display banners and calendar showing days already served in prison.
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Photographic display of inmates at Tuol Sleng
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Screengrab of the Bhima statue on a Cambodian news channel.
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A photo of Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia.
A photo of Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia.
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A temple at Koh Ker.
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On Dec. 3, a Cambodian court sentenced an unlicensed doctor to 25 years in prison for spreading HIV to his patients
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