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{FD} Former opposition party leader freed in Cambodia

The leader of Cambodia’s now dissolved opposition party was released on bail Monday after being jailed for a year on a treason charge. Continue reading

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{FD} Cambodia’s longtime leader Hun Sen begins another term

Cambodia’s one-party legislature on Thursday confirmed Prime Minister Hun Sen for another five-year term, cementing his status as one of the world’s longest-serving leaders. Continue reading

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{FD} Cambodia’s new one-party legislature begins session

Cambodia’s king on Wednesday presided over the opening of the new session of the National Assembly, whose 125 seats are filled by members of a single party following an election widely decried as unfair. Continue reading

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{FD} Court extends detention of Cambodian opposition leader

A court in Cambodia on Thursday extended by six months the pre-trial detention of Kem Sokha, the leader of the now-dissolved main opposition party who already has been held for a year on a treason charge. Continue reading

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{FD} 14 Cambodian opposition activists freed from prison

Fourteen Cambodian opposition activists were freed Tuesday from long prison terms, their pardons coming as the latest in a series of releases engineered by Prime Minister Hun Sen after his party’s election sweep last month. Continue reading

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{FD} Cambodia pardons more jailed opposition members

Fourteen anti-government activists were given pardons Monday that will free them from long prison terms, the latest in a series of releases engineered by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen after his party’s election sweep last month. Continue reading

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{FD} Jailed ex-Cambodian opposition lawmaker pardoned by king

A former Cambodian opposition lawmaker who has been a strong critic of the government’s handling of demarcating the border with neighboring Vietnam has been pardoned by the country’s king. Continue reading

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{FD} Hun Sen considering amnesty for Cambodian prisoners

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Thursday that he is considering a “huge amnesty” for prisoners so that those released will have a chance to correct their mistakes. Continue reading

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{FD} Head of disbanded Cambodian opposition party denied bail

Cambodia’s Supreme Court denied a bail request Wednesday for Kem Sokha, the leader of the now-dissolved main opposition party who has been detained for nearly a year without trial on a treason charge. Continue reading

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{FD} Cambodian reporters charged with spying granted bail

Two Cambodian journalists who had worked for U.S.-funded Radio Free Asia and are charged with espionage were released Tuesday on bail, a day after a pardon freed four land rights activists from prison. Continue reading

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{FD} Cambodian king pardons imprisoned land rights activists

A prominent leader of Cambodia’s land rights movement and three female activists imprisoned with her were freed Monday under a royal pardon. Continue reading

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{FD} Cambodian election results give ruling party sweep of seats

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling party has won all 125 seats in the National Assembly, official results released Wednesday by the state election board confirmed. Continue reading

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{FD} Cambodia’s ruler starts campaigning with opponents silenced

Campaigning officially began Saturday for Cambodia’s July 29 general election, with Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling party virtually assured victory because the only credible opposition party was dissolved last year. Continue reading

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{FD} Former Cambodian PM Ranariddh hurt in car crash; wife killed

A Cambodian prince who was a candidate in upcoming general elections was seriously injured Sunday in a road crash that killed his wife and injured at least seven other people, officials said. Continue reading

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{FD} Cambodia’s ruling party claims sweeping win in Senate vote

The ruling party of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen claimed a sweeping win in Sunday’s elections for the country’s Senate, a victory that it assured itself by eliminating any serious opposition from the contest. Continue reading

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{FD} Cambodia’s ruling party has sure lock on Senate election

Cambodia’s ruling party is assured of a sweeping victory in the election of a new Senate after the only real opposition to it was eliminated. Continue reading

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{FD} Lawyer: Expel ‘dirty dancing’ foreigners in Cambodia

The lawyer for 10 Westerners arrested in Cambodia for allegedly posting photos on social media showing themselves engaged in sexually suggestive dancing says they may have offended local standards of morality, but should be expelled from the country ra… Continue reading

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{FD} Cambodia charges foreigners after pornographic dance arrests

Cambodian prosecutors charged 10 foreigners Sunday with producing pornographic pictures after they were arrested at a party in Siem Reap town, near the country’s famed Angkor Wat temple complex. Continue reading

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{FD} Cambodia upholds jail term for Australian in surrogacy case

An appeals court on Monday upheld the prison sentence of an Australian woman convicted of providing commercial surrogacy services in Cambodia. Continue reading

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{FD} Nest of endangered giant softshell turtle found in Cambodia

Conservationists have found a nest of the endangered Asian giant softshell turtle on a Mekong River sandbar in northeastern Cambodia, while 115 new species of various other animal and plant life have been discovered in the greater Mekong region. Continue reading

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{FD} EU suspends aid to Cambodian election commission

The European Union says it has suspended assistance to Cambodia’s election commission following last month’s dissolution of the country’s main opposition party, and warned that next July’s general election will not be legitimate if the opposition is no… Continue reading

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{FD} Cambodia opposition braces for dissolution amid crackdown

A Cambodian opposition leader said Wednesday that he expects his political party to be dissolved in a Supreme Court ruling this week, a move that would further descend the nation into authoritarianism ahead of next year’s general election. Continue reading

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{FD} Cambodian local election results offer hope to opposition

Final results of Cambodia’s local elections this month confirm the dominance of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling party, but a strong showing by the opposition saw its prospects boosted for next year’s general election. Continue reading

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{FD} Rival Cambodian parties both satisfied with election results

Cambodia’s ruling and opposition parties have both expressed satisfaction with the results of Sunday’s local elections, in which Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party retained its dominance in most regions but lost ground to its oppo… Continue reading

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{FD} Cambodia opposition claims strong showing in local elections

Cambodians are voting in local elections that could shake longtime ruler Hun Sen’s grip on power. Continue reading

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