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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.

Cambodia opposition laments 'death of democracy' as party banned

Phnom Penh - Cambodia's Supreme Court dissolved the country's main opposition party on Thursday and banned more than 100 of its politicians, in a ruling blasted by a rights groups as the "death" of the nation's democracy.

Cambodia court to rule on opposition party's dissolution

Phnom Penh - Cambodian opposition politicians braced for the Supreme Court to dissolve their party on Thursday, as judges weighed a government lawsuit seen as strongman Hun Sen's final bid to eliminate his competition ahead of 2018 polls.

Last man standing: Cambodia opposition MPs brace for dissolution

Phnom Penh - Dozens of their fellow MPs have fled into exile and the prime minister has warned they face "hell", but a handful of Cambodian opposition politicians are standing firm ahead of a court ruling almost certain to dissolve their party for good.

Cambodia bans Hollywood's 'Kingsman' for country's portrayal as crime hub

Phnom Penh - Hollywood's light-hearted spy blockbuster "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" has been banned in Cambodia due to a scene that portrays the country and one of its famous temples as a hotbed of crime, an official said Friday.

Egyptian legal scholar wins top rights prize

Geneva - An Egyptian legal scholar and a leading figure in his country's embattled rights movement won one of the world's most prestigious human rights prizes on Tuesday.

'I'm not going to jail': MPs flee Cambodia crackdown

Bangkok - Two late-night text messages in an hour, one from sources in the military, the other from the cops, warned Cambodian opposition politician Mu Sochua her arrest was at hand.

Half of Cambodia's opposition have fled crackdown, MP says

Phnom Penh - Nearly half of Cambodia's opposition parliamentarians have fled abroad in the past month to escape a government crackdown that has battered their party with legal cases ahead of crunch polls, an MP said on Wednesday.

Cambodian opposition erects banners urging leader's release

Phnom Penh - Cambodia's opposition party on Monday began erecting banners nationwide calling for the release of its leader Kem Sokha, ahead of a bail ruling for the politician who was arrested three weeks ago.

Cambodia halts search for US Vietnam war missing

Phnom Penh - Cambodian premier Hun Sen punched back in a diplomatic spat with Washington on Friday by halting cooperation with a US project to recover the remains of American soldiers killed during the Vietnam war.

US ambassador slams Cambodia's 'baseless' claims of plot

Phnom Penh - The American ambassador to Cambodia on Tuesday rejected allegations by strongman premier Hun Sen that the US was involved in plotting to overthrow the government, calling the claims a "red herring".

Cambodian PM threatens to dissolve opposition party

Phnom Penh - Cambodian premier Hun Sen threatened to dissolve the country's embattled opposition party on Monday, as the rival politicians protested outside a remote border prison where their leader is being held for alleged treason.

Cambodia opposition leader charged with treason, espionage

Phnom Penh - A Cambodian court on Tuesday charged opposition leader Kem Sokha with treason and espionage over an alleged conspiracy with unnamed foreigners, as strongman premier Hun Sen intensifies his assault on his political enemies.

UN rights chief slams Cambodia opposition leader's arrest

Geneva - The UN rights chief voiced alarm Monday at the arrest of Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha for alleged treason, warning of the risk he may not get a fair trial.

Cambodian paper to close as opposition leader arrested for treason

Phnom Penh - One of Cambodia's few remaining independent newspapers announced on Sunday it would close hours after the country's opposition leader was arrested for treason, the latest in a string of blows to critics of strongman premier Hun Sen.

Cambodian paper to close as opposition leader arrested for treason

Phnom Penh - One of Cambodia's few remaining independent newspapers announced on Sunday it would close hours after the country's opposition leader was arrested for treason, the latest in a string of blows to critics of strongman premier Hun Sen.

Cambodian paper to close as opposition leader arrested for treason

Phnom Penh - One of Cambodia's few remaining independent newspapers announced on Sunday it would close hours after the country's opposition leader was arrested for treason, the latest in a string of blows to critics of strongman premier Hun Sen.

End of the line for Cambodia's homegrown 'Bamboo Train'

Battambang - With a wooden platform jerry-rigged to a small engine, Cambodia's one-of-a-kind "Bamboo Train" delights tourists as it clatters through bucolic countryside -- but its days are numbered as the Southeast Asian nation plans a railways overhaul.

Made in Khmerica: the US-raised Cambodians deported to a foreign home

Battambang - Guzzling beer and pizza as hip-hop blasts from a stack of speakers, Kookie's thoughts drift back to America, a country that took him in as a child refugee from Cambodia but deported him to the kingdom years later for a criminal record.

Cambodia orders US NGO to close, expels foreign staff

Phnom Penh - Cambodia on Wednesday closed a prominent American NGO and ordered its foreign staff to leave the country, the latest salvo by Prime Minister Hun Sen against perceived critics before a general election next year.
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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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The remains of Khmer Rouge genocide victims
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A temple at Koh Ker.
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The Indochinese tiger is now "functionally extinct" in Cambodia.
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Inhabitants of Prey Lang demonstrating against the destruction of their forest.
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Rice field rats are sold live to consumers in Vietnam where they are considered a delicacy.
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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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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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A Cambodian girl salvages a board from her home in Neak Luong, southeast of Phnom Penh, after "carpet bombing."
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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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File photo: Vancouver man Vijai Kumar, in his Cambodian hotel room being interviewed by authorities. He faces child sex charges in Cambodia
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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.
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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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Dave Walker, pictured above. Facebook photo.
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Mam Sonando, likely facing a Buddhist Temple near his radio station, before followers
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