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Cambodia opposition leader charged with treason, espionage – court

Sep 05, 2017 - 1:56 PM

The case comes as opponents of Cambodia s strongman premier as well as NGOs and the critical press have increasingly been smothered by court cases and threats ahead of a crunch general election next year

UNDER ARREST. Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha (L) is escorted by police at his home in Phnom Penh on September 3, 2017. Stringer/AFP

Cambodian paper to close as opposition leader arrested for treason

Sep 03, 2017 - 5:41 PM

The Cambodia Daily one of the country s few remaining independent newspaper is facing a multi million dollar tax bill

Saving Angkor: Yoshiaki Ishizawa’s work in reviving Cambodian heritage

Aug 31, 2017 - 6:19 PM

Yoshiaki Ishizawa wins the Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2017 for his decades long work conserving Angkor Wat and reviving Cambodia s sense of culture and identity

Tearful Alora still unable to overcome Cambodian rival but has no regrets

Aug 29, 2017 - 9:25 PM

The Filipino Rio Olympian wins a silver but knowing she was unable to overcome this same foe on her fourth try overwhelms her

NO REGRETS. Taekwondo jin Kirstie Alora is tearful as she talks to the media later on after yet another loss to her Cambodian rival in the 2017 SEA Games. But she says she did her best, and she has no regrets. Photo by PSC-POC Media Group

Philippines upsets Cambodia in SEAG men's football opener

Aug 16, 2017 - 12:26 AM

The Philippine women s team also wins 2 1 over Malaysia

UPSET. Philippines has earned its first victory over Cambodia since the 2005 SEA Games

Cambodian political commentator jailed for 18 months

Aug 10, 2017 - 6:19 PM

Political analyst Kim Sok is charged with defamation and inciting unrest for comments in a radio interview suggesting links between the ruling Cambodia People s Party and the shooting of government critic Kem Ley

Rappler Talk: Meet the ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes

Aug 08, 2017 - 7:10 PM

MovePH s Voltaire Tupaz talks to two ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes on Rappler Talk at 8 pm Tuesday August 8 Bookmark this page to watch the interview

Southeast Asian nations feud over China sea claims

Aug 06, 2017 - 3:05 PM

UPDATED Southeast Asian nations fight to find a compromise on how to deal with Chinese expansionism in the South China Sea

TOP DIPLOMATS. ASEAN foreign ministers take part in a meeting of the 50th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM) at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila on August 5, 2017. Erik de Castro/AFP

TIMELINE: Agreements, challenges in ASEAN

Aug 01, 2017 - 1:00 PM

The regional bloc s unity and mettle have been put to the test over the last 5 decades

Killed Filipino Jesuit in Cambodia on road to sainthood

Jul 31, 2017 - 12:10 AM

UPDATED Jesuit seminarian Richie Fernando could become the first Filipino saint born in the 20th century

ROLE MODEL. Jesuit seminarian Richie Fernando, 26, is remember for trying to stop his student from releasing a grenade in a school for the handicapped in Cambodia. Photo from sjapc.net

Southeast Asian nations torch $1-B of seized drugs

Jun 26, 2017 - 2:41 PM

The burnings to mark the UN s world anti drugs day follow another year of record seizures of narcotics from the remote borderlands of Myanmar Laos southern China and northern Thailand

FOR DISPOSAL. Employees from the Food and Drug Administration puts bags of methamphetamines into a vat before their incineration during the 47th Destruction of Confiscated Narcotics event by the Thai Government at Bang Pa-In Industrial Estate in Ayutthaya on June 26, 2017. Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Top Khmer Rouge leader denies genocide at close of UN-backed trial

Jun 23, 2017 - 3:42 PM

Khieu Samphan one of the Khmer Rouge s few public faces as its head of state claims he was not part of the killing machine that decimated nearly a quarter of Cambodia s population

Local Cambodia polls test strongman's popularity

Jun 04, 2017 - 1:16 PM

Sunday s vote in more than 1 600 communes – village clusters – is seen as a warm up to next year s crunch national elections

In this file photo, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen attends the 30th ASEAN Summit in Manila, April 2017. File photo

Cambodia wielding 'courts of injustice' ahead of polls

May 30, 2017 - 1:41 PM

Authorities have embarked on what Amnesty International described as a systematic campaign using the criminal justice system to harass and intimidate opponents

Supporter of Cambodian People Party (CPP) ride their motorbikes during the Commune Election Campaign in Phnom Penh on May 21, 2017. Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Honeylet and Kitty in Phnom Penh

May 12, 2017 - 10:55 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte s family members go on a hospital visit and a tour of several attractions in the Cambodian capital

While President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is attending the World Economic Forum (WEF) on the (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) ASEAN 2017 at the Sokha Hotel, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on May 11, 2017, his First Lady Honeylet and their daughter Veronica take time to show their compassion to the ailing children of the Kantha Bopha IV Children's Hospital. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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May 11, 2017 - 9:19 PM

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Duterte set to visit Cambodia, Hong Kong, Beijing

May 08, 2017 - 12:40 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will attend the World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2017 in Cambodia meet with Filipinos in Hong Kong and join the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing

A race to kill democracy

May 03, 2017 - 9:09 AM

Leaders in two Southeast Asian countries the Philippines and Cambodia have used a startlingly similar playbook to undermine the opposition and subvert democracy

Southeast Asia's leaders steer away from democracy – activists

Apr 28, 2017 - 12:22 PM

Human rights is in a precipitous downward spiral in every ASEAN country except perhaps Myanmar and that’s only because military rule in that country was so horrible for so long says Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch

Dutchman held in Cambodia with thousands of child porn photos

Apr 19, 2017 - 5:29 PM

Evrard Nicolas Sarot is detained on Tuesday in Siem Reap province with pictures on his iPad and a digital camera of naked boys aged between 11 and 15 according to police

QUIZ: How well do you know the ASEAN member countries?

Apr 18, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Test your knowledge on the 10 countries making up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations

ASEAN MEMBERS. Cars and tuk-tuk ride past a row of ASEAN member countries' flags in the Laos capital of Vientiane on July 23, 2016. Photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

Ceres, Global win big in AFC Cup with highlight goals

Mar 08, 2017 - 12:43 PM

Pinoy football clubs shone on Tuesday Can this success help boost the upcoming national league?

Iain Ramsay's superb goal was the pick of the bunch on Tuesday night. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Gunman called 'Meet to Kill' admits murdering Cambodian critic

Mar 01, 2017 - 5:38 PM

Oeuth Ang a former soldier who had little steady work shoots Kem Ley in the head while his victim was having a morning coffee at a Phnom Penh gas station in July

Man jailed for Facebook threat to Cambodian PM Hun Sen

Feb 24, 2017 - 3:05 PM

Ven Sopheap a resident of eastern Prey Veng province is given a two year prison sentence for issuing a death threat and inciting discrimination

This handout photo taken and released on April 4, 2016 by the Cambodia National Assembly shows Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen speaking during a meeting at the National Assembly building in Phnom Penh.  Cambodia's parliament on April 4 approved a rare cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Hun Sen, a move he described as a "neccessary measure" as the under pressure strongman gears up for a tough election fight in 2018. / AFP PHOTO / CAMBODIA NATIONAL ASSEMBLY / Handout / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / CAMBODIA NATIONAL ASSEMBLY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Angelina Jolie unveils Khmer Rouge film in 'second home' Cambodia

Feb 19, 2017 - 11:44 AM

Angelina presents her second film First They Killed My Father based on the memoirs of Loung Ung

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie (1st-L) speaks as her children and actors of her new film stand on a stage during the premiere of Jolie's new film "First They Killed My Father" at the Elephant Terrace inside the Angkor park in Siem Reap on February 18, 2017. Angelina Jolie unveiled her new film on the horrors of the Khmer Rouge era on Saturday at the ancient Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, a country the star shares a deep affinity with through her adopted son Maddox. / AFP PHOTO / STR

ASEAN lawmakers: PH will lose int'l credibility if death penalty returns

Feb 15, 2017 - 3:15 PM

Just because an issue is popular it doesn t make it morally right or effective says anti death penalty Malaysian parliamentarian Kasthuri Patto

ANTI-DEATH PENALTY. From left to right: Representatives Lawrence Fortun, Ramon Rocamora, Tom Villarin, Cambodian Parliamentarian Mu Sochua, Malaysian Parliamentarian Kasthuri Patto, Philippine Representatives Edcel Lagman and Yul Servo. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

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Jan 02, 2017 - 9:01 PM

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Cambodia to arrest 3 suspects behind photoshopped image of king

Jan 02, 2017 - 3:48 PM

UPDATED The suspects supposedly used a photo editing software to put King Norodom Sihamoni in a gay porn scene

RESPECTED. King Norodom Sihamoni is largely respected in Cambodia. File photo by Ace Moradante/Malacañang Photo

Cambodian court convicts exiled opposition leader

Dec 27, 2016 - 4:48 PM

In an email to Agence France Presse Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy slams the verdict saying his conviction was reached by a kangaroo court

CONVICTED. In this file photo, Cambodia's main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party president Sam Rainsy arrives at a conference room to speak to the press in Tokyo on November 10, 2015. File photo by Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, December 16, 2016

Dec 16, 2016 - 11:44 AM

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Dec 15, 2016 - 9:00 PM

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What Duterte accomplished in Cambodia

Dec 15, 2016 - 1:55 PM

The Philippine President will bring home 4 deals on cooperation in tourism sports labor and fighting crime

'REGAL' DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Duterte and King of Cambodia His Majesty Norodom Sihamoni meet at the Throne Hall of the Royal Palace in Cambodia on December 14, 2016. Photo by Rene Lumawag/Presidential Photo

FAST FACTS: PH-Cambodia relations through the years

Dec 13, 2016 - 3:13 PM

President Duterte will be the 5th Philippine president to visit Cambodia

Duterte off to Cambodia, Singapore in December

Dec 09, 2016 - 12:26 PM

The President continues his tour of ASEAN countries with his upcoming state visits to Cambodia and Singapore

LEADING ASEAN. President Rodrigo Duterte addresses business leaders at the 13th ASEAN Business and Investment Summit in Vientiane, Laos on September 6. KING RODRIGUEZ/PPD

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Nov 29, 2016 - 9:34 PM

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PH sends 'very strong' protest vs UN envoy

Nov 29, 2016 - 6:40 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr hits an irresponsible statement of UN envoy David Scheffer who warned the Philippines over human rights abuses

UN ENVOY. David Scheffer, the UN secretary-general's envoy to a UN-backed court in Cambodia, is the subject of a 'very strong' protest note recently sent by the Philippines to the UN. Photo courtesy of William and Mary Law School

PH slams UN's Khmer Rouge warning as 'irresponsible'

Nov 29, 2016 - 3:30 PM

DFA: Mr Scheffer s remarks are irresponsible and alarming since these are directed at the leadership of a democratic country with a functioning criminal justice system

NUON CHEA AND KHIEU SAMPHAN. This handout photo taken and released by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on November 23, 2016 shows former Khmer Rouge leader Nuon Chea (L) and former Khmer Rouge head of state Khieu Samphan (R) sitting in the courtroom at the ECCC in Phnom Penh. Photo by Sok Heng Nhet/ ECCC / AFP

Court upholds life sentences for Khmer Rouge leaders

Nov 23, 2016 - 12:51 PM

The decision delivers a blow to their hopes of release as they face a second trial for genocide

This handout photo taken and released by the Extraordinary Chamber in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) shows former Khmer Rouge leader head of state Khieu Samphan (L) and 'Brother Number Two' Nuon Chea (R) in the courtroom at ECCC in Phnom Penh on October 31, 2013. Mark Peters/ECCC/AFP

Brash Cambodian PM backs Trump presidency

Nov 03, 2016 - 5:06 PM

Frankly speaking I really want Trump to win Hun Sen says in a speech to hundreds of police cadets in the capital Phnom Penh

HUN SEN. Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of World Economic Forum on Mekong region in Hanoi on October 25, 2016. File photo from AFP

Pokemon Go players anger Khmer Rouge prison survivors

Aug 10, 2016 - 2:45 PM

The game sparks anger after players appeared at Tuol Sleng prison where up to 15 000 people were sent to their deaths during the Khmer Rouge s 1975 79 rule

SACRED GROUND. In this file photo, tourists walk as they visit at the Tuol Sleng genocide museum in Phnom Penh on August 24, 2015. Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Cambodia: Yasay dropped bid for ASEAN to cite Hague ruling

Jul 27, 2016 - 9:40 PM

The Filipino foreign minister himself decided to remove it and not to mention the ruling Cambodia s foreign ministry spokesman says

NEIGHBORS IN ASIA. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr (4th from left) links his hands with ASEAN foreign ministers, as well as Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (2nd) during the ASEAN-China Ministerial meeting as part of the 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting (AMM) and related meetings in Vientiane, Laos, on July 25, 2016. Photo by Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Thousands in funeral march for slain Cambodia activist

Jul 24, 2016 - 8:10 PM

The procession for Kem Ley is one of the largest public gatherings in Cambodia in recent years

epa05438650 People attend the funeral procession of Cambodian independent political analyst Kem Ley in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 24 July 2016. Kem Ley was shot dead at a Star Mart Caltex gas station in Phnom Penh on 10 July 2016. EPA/KITH SEREY

ASEAN deadlocked as South China Sea split deepens

Jul 24, 2016 - 9:26 AM

4th UPDATE The first day of talks in Laos ends without an agreement on whether or not to mention the Hague ruling on the Philippines China case

epa05438677 (L-R) Malaysia's Secretary General of Foreign Affairs Tan Sri Othman Hashim, Myanmar's Foreign Minister and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Singapore's Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan, Thailand's Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai, Vietnam's Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, Laos' Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, Laos Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith, Philippines' Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay, Brunei's Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Pehin Lim Jock Seng, Cambodia's Foreign Minister Prak Sokhon, Indonesia's Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh link their hands for a group photo during the opening ceremony of the 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM) in Vientiane, Laos, 24 July 2016. Laos is hosting the 49th Foreign Ministers' Meeting (AMM) and the 23rd Regional Forum (ARF), a meeting between the foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members countries and its three dialogue partners aimed to strengthen political, cultural and discuss the solution of global economic, including human trafficking and the South China Sea territory dispute. EPA/RUNGROJ YONGRIT

Cambodia blocking ASEAN consensus on South China Sea

Jul 23, 2016 - 6:12 PM

The issue is expected to overshadow the summit happening in Laos with several of the 10 member states also claiming territory in the contested waters

In this file photo, a balloon with the ASEAN logo stands next to ASEAN members and dialogue partners flags at the main venue of the Myanmar International Convention Center, ahead of the arrival of leaders for the 25th Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, Naypyidaw, Myanmar, November 2014. Azhar Rahim/EPA

PH among countries with increasing HIV infections

Jul 22, 2016 - 6:01 PM

A study shows increase in new HIV infection rate from 2005 to 2015 in 74 countries

ASEAN to stay quiet on South China Sea ruling – diplomats

Jul 14, 2016 - 3:35 PM

UPDATED Regional diplomats say the no comment is due to pressure from Beijing

In this file photo, a balloon with the ASEAN logo stands next to ASEAN members and dialogue partners flags at the main venue of the Myanmar International Convention Center, ahead of the arrival of leaders for the 25th Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, Naypyidaw, Myanmar, November 2014. Azhar Rahim/EPA

Prominent Cambodian critic shot dead – police

Jul 10, 2016 - 1:55 PM

UPDATED The death of Kem Ley comes at a time of heightened political tensions between premier Hun Sen and Cambodia s political opposition

KILLED. Cambodian officials inspect the body of Cambodian independent political analyst Kem Ley as he lies on a floor at a Starmart Caltex gas station in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Photo by Mak Remissa/EPA

Cambodian PM heads huge business empire – watchdog

Jul 07, 2016 - 3:03 PM

Hun Sen and his relatives have amassed more than 200 million through their interests in 114 private companies according to a report from UK based watchdog Global Witness

This handout photo taken and released on April 4, 2016 by the Cambodia National Assembly shows Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen speaking during a meeting at the National Assembly building in Phnom Penh. Cambodia National Assembly/Handout/AFP

Grant for the 12th Angkor Photo Workshop available

Jun 27, 2016 - 3:13 PM

The grant recipient will also get a one year mentorship with any Angkor alumnus photographer from the Philippines and have his or her work featured on Invisible Photographer Asia

Cambodian PM denies role in ASEAN U-turn on South China Sea

Jun 20, 2016 - 6:00 PM

In an angry speech Hun Sen also accuses the Hague based Permanent Court of Arbitration of political bias as it prepares to rule on a sea dispute between the Philippines and China

HUN SEN. Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen speaks during the Shaping the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Agenda for inclusion and Growth forum as part of the World Economic Forum on ASEAN in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, June 1, 2016. File photo by Fazry Ismail/EPA