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Cambodia's first gay dance troupe upends centuries of tradition

Oct 05, 2019 - 5:19 PM

Bare-chested men wearing crowns and traditional sarongs glide through the slow, graceful movements of the Khmer dance, arching their hands back in poses normally performed by young women in golden dresses

This photo taken on August 31, 2019 shows choreographer Prumsodun Ok (R) with members from the Prumsodun Ok & Natyarasa dance company during an Apsara dance performance in Phnom Penh. Prumsodum OK & Natyarasa is an all-male Apsara company that aims to infuse classical Cambodian ballet with fresh faces, newer music, and cutting-edge outfits. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP

Filipina reporter quits Cambodia newspaper due to alleged sexual harassment

Jul 05, 2019 - 2:57 PM

The publisher and the chief operating officer of the Khmer Times deny the accusations

ACCUSATION. The publisher of Khmer Times, T. Mohan (middle), is accused of sexually harassing a 26-year-old Filina reporter. Mohan denies the allegation. Photo from L'Hebdo du Cambodge's Facebook

Cambodia premier condemns use of rights as 'political tool'

Jul 04, 2019 - 8:33 PM

In a speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council, Cambodia's premier Hun Sen says rights issues are being used as a 'hostage' in talks on economic ties

HUN SEN. In this file photo, Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen attends the plenary session of the 34th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Bangkok on June 22, 2019. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

2 survivors, 3 bodies pulled from collapsed Cambodia building

Jun 24, 2019 - 3:25 PM

(UPDATED) Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen declares the rescue and recovery operation over with 28 dead and 26 injured

NO MORE SURVIVORS. Rescue workers recover the body of a victim from the debris of an under-construction building two days after it collapsed in Sihanoukville early on June 24, 2019. Photo by Sun Rethy Kun/AFP

Rescuers scour rubble as Cambodia building collapse toll rises to 18

Jun 23, 2019 - 1:37 PM

(UPDATED) 'At around 4am there was a loud 'bang'... my floor trembled, suddenly the building went down. I was crushed by debris from my waist down,' says survivor Phat Sophal

BUILDING COLLAPSE. Cambodian rescue workers on June 23, 2019, picked through the rubble of a collapsed Chinese-owned building in a desperate search for survivors after the construction site accident killed at least 17 people. Photo by Sun Rethy Kun/AFP

7 dead in Cambodia building collapse

Jun 22, 2019 - 2:47 PM

(UPDATED) Four people are detained in connection with the accident, including the Chinese building owner, the head of the construction firm, and the contractor

Rescue workers use an earthmover to clear debris after an under-construction building collapsed in Sihanoukville June 22, 2109. - At least three people died when an under-construction building collapsed in a Cambodian beach resort early on June 22, officials said, with fears dozens more may be buried in the rubble. (Photo by Ly LAY / AFP)

Hun Sen denies Cambodia is Chinese 'colony' as work on $2 billion road begins

Mar 22, 2019 - 3:56 PM

Beijing's communist rulers lavishes the poor but strategically useful kingdom of Cambodia with aid and loans

DEFENDING CHINA. Cambodian premier Hun Sen defends China's road project in the country. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

'Fresh News' and the future of the fourth estate in Cambodia

Mar 22, 2019 - 7:22 AM

In the Cambodian government’s ongoing war on the media, a website called Fresh News is one of the country’s most useful sources of political misinformation and propaganda

Poachers kill elephant in Cambodia wildlife sanctuary

Feb 25, 2019 - 4:25 PM

The body of the male Asian elephant is found on Sunday, February 24, in a wildlife sanctuary in northeastern Mondulkiri province, according to Environment Ministry spokesman Neth Pheaktra

This recent undated handout photo released on February 25, 2019 by the Cambodian Ministry of Environment shows Cambodian authorities examining the body of a dead elephant in northeastern Mondulkiri province. Handout photo by Cambodian Ministry of Environment/AFP

Hun Sen calls on military to 'destroy' opponents

Jan 25, 2019 - 12:02 AM

Hun Sen urges the army to 'destroy... revolutions that attempt to topple the legitimate government,' adding he is 'not afraid to issue an order' if faced with threats

CRITICIZE. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen hit Western governments for pushing democracy on the country. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Cambodia PM says EU holding country 'hostage' with tariff threats

Jan 12, 2019 - 5:38 PM

In October, the European Union threatened to withdraw the duty-free Everything But Arms scheme (EBA), which benefits exports from Cambodia's garment and footwear sector

CAMBODIA PM. In this file photo, Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen delivers his address before a huge gathering for garment workers in Phnom Penh on August 15, 2018. Photo by AFP

Cambodia celebrates 40th anniversary of Khmer Rouge ouster

Jan 07, 2019 - 5:40 PM

It was on January 7, 1979 when the country ended the reign of terror of the ultra-Maoist Khmer Rouge, led by Pol Pot, that left two million Cambodians dead from starvation, hard labor, torture and mass executions

This handout photo taken and released by the Extraordinary Chamber in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) shows former Khmer Rouge prison chief Kaing Guek Eav -better known as Duch in the courtroom in Phnom Penh on March 20, 2012. Cambodia's UN-backed war crimes court was rocked on March 19, by the second resignation of an international judge in recent months amid a row over whether to pursue more former regime members. AFP PHOTO / ECCC / NHET SOKHENG ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NHET SOKHENG / ECCC" NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo by NHET SOKHENG / ECCC / AFP)

Bricked in by poverty, Cambodia's farmers fight debt bondage

Jan 02, 2019 - 3:35 PM

Unpredictable weather linked to climate change is laying waste to Cambodian fields

BRICK FACTORY. This photograph taken on December 11, 2018 shows Cambodian women working at a brick factory on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. - Saddled with debt from failed harvests, tens of thousands of farmers are turning to brick factories, where owners pay off their bills in exchange for labour. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy / AFP

Cambodia strongman Hun Sen derides 'democracy' in fiery speech

Dec 29, 2018 - 3:16 PM

'Don't make war by using what is called democracy and human rights, in which democratic countries used to make the mistake of supporting Lon Nol's coup,' says the country's strongman leader Hun Sen

CRITICIZE. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen hit Western governments for pushing democracy on the country. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

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Dec 14, 2018 - 9:26 PM

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Miss USA apologizes over 'xenophobic' remarks vs Miss Cambodia, Miss Vietnam

Dec 14, 2018 - 1:00 PM

'My life, friendships, and career revolve around me being a compassionate and empathetic woman. I would never intend to hurt another,' says Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers

KISS AND MAKE UP. Miss USA apologizes following backlash over what some say were 'xenophobic' comments made about Miss Cambodia and Miss Vietnam. Photo from Miss Australia's Instagram

Cambodia genocide verdict a signal to other perpetrators – U.S.

Nov 17, 2018 - 10:01 PM

'Let this be a message to other perpetrators of mass atrocities, even those at the highest levels, including former heads of state, that such actions will not be tolerated and they will ultimately be brought to justice,' says US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert

VERDICT. Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Bin Chhin (C), speaks as Legal Counsel of the United Nations, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Miguel de Serpa Soares (2nd-R) looks on during a press conference after the verdict of two former Khmer Rouge leaders at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in Phnom Penh on November 16, 2018.Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Khmer Rouge leaders found guilty of genocide in landmark ruling

Nov 16, 2018 - 12:48 PM

The events covered by the verdict span the 4 years of the Pol Pot regime and include extensive crimes against humanity

GUILTY. 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. File photo by Mark Peters/ECCC/AFP

Convicted Khmer Rouge prison chief hospitalized

Oct 24, 2018 - 2:59 PM

Kaing Guek Eav, better known as Duch, is serving out a life sentence for his role in managing a Phnom Penh detention center where thousands were incarcerated, tortured and sent to their deaths in nearby 'Killing Fields'

IN HOSPIRAL. This handout photo taken and released by the Extraordinary Chamber in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) shows former Khmer Rouge prison chief Kaing Guek Eav -better known as Duch in the courtroom in Phnom Penh on March 20, 2012. Photo by Nhet Sokheng/ECCC/AFP

Cambodia offers to resume search for U.S. Vietnam War missing

Oct 14, 2018 - 4:30 AM

Cambodian strongman Hun Sen says his intention is to restart the 'important' mission of retrieving the remains of American soldiers killed during the Vietnam War

REMAINS. A joint US/Kingdom of Cambodia team investigated the crash site at the Vietnam side of the border and found the remains of US military service members from the Vietnam War. File photo by Paul Richards/AFP

Cambodian parliament launches era of one-party rule

Sep 05, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Parliament will reconvene on Thursday for the formality of voting Hun Sen back in as prime minister, extending his 33-year rule over the country by another 5 years.

CAMBODIA'S PARLIAMENT. This handout photo taken and released by the National Assembly on September 5, 2018 shows lawmakers meeting at the National Assembly during the opening ceremony of the parliament in Phnom Penh. Photo by Cambodia National Assembly/AFP

‘To forget is a crime’: Genocide survivor helps heal Cambodia’s wounds

Sep 01, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Youk Chhang receives the Ramon Magsaysay Award 2018 for his work gathering and preserving evidence of the Khmer Rouge abuses

Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Cambodia king pardons jailed opposition lawmaker

Aug 25, 2018 - 9:57 PM

In an interview with government-aligned media, Um Sam An says his newfound freedom was a chance to 'reconcile the nation'

PARDONED. Former Cambodian opposition lawmaker Um Sam An (R) speaks to media at a pagoda after he was released by royal pardon in Phnom Penh on August 25, 2018. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Cambodia opposition leader denied bail again

Aug 22, 2018 - 5:58 PM

Kem Sokha's supporters earlier hoped he would be freed once the election result is beyond dispute

KEM SOKHA. Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha (L) is escorted by police at his home in Phnom Penh on September 3, 2017. File photo by AFP

Cambodia frees activist, bails journalists after flawed election

Aug 21, 2018 - 7:47 PM

Cambodia's king pardons land campaigner Tep Vanny at the request of strongman prime minister Hun Sen, days after he officially extended his 33-year grip on power

TEP VANNY. Cambodian land activist Tep Vanny speaks to journalists outside Prey Sar prison in Phnom Penh on August 21, 2018 after she was released by a Royal pardon on August 20. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

[OPINION] Finding a way forward for Cambodia after sham elections

Aug 21, 2018 - 2:26 PM

The Prime Minister is treating Cambodia as a personal fiefdom that can one day be handed over to one of his sons

Cambodia ruling party sweeps parliament after vote with no opposition

Aug 16, 2018 - 4:29 PM

The dissolved opposition is planning on ramping up efforts with governments abroad to put more pressure on Cambodian leader Hun Sen

HUN SEN. Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen delivers his address before a huge gathering for garment workers in Phnom Penh on August 15, 2018. AFP PHOTO

Cambodia PM Facebook hacked to 'give away parliament seats'

Aug 10, 2018 - 5:59 PM

Hackers break into Hun Sen's official Facebook page and say the Cambodian People's Party would give away 4 seats to other parties

HUN SEN HACKED. Image of Hun Sen from http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/51942 via Wikipedia

Cayetano defends why PH hailed controversial Cambodia polls

Aug 07, 2018 - 7:51 PM

'The Western countries sometimes have their standard of what elections should be,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

CAMBODIA POLLS. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano explains why the Philippines congratulated Cambodia on its recent elections. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cambodia strongman Hun Sen swears to die if vote numbers inflated

Aug 06, 2018 - 5:12 PM

Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party claims it won all 125 parliamentary seats in the deeply flawed July 29 poll, cementing the country as a one-party state and extending his 33-year grip on power

DIE BY THE NUMBERS. Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen (C) waves at supporters during a campaign rally in Phnom Penh on July 27, 2018.  Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

PH hails globally condemned Cambodia elections

Aug 05, 2018 - 8:05 PM

The Philippines says the Cambodian elections were 'successful' – a far cry from the chorus of condemnation from the United States, Australia, and the European Union

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen shakes hands during their meeting at the Peace Palace in Cambodia on December 14, 2016. ACE MORANDANTE/Presidential Photo

The week in photos: July 28-August 3, 2018

Aug 04, 2018 - 7:54 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

VIETNAM ATTRACTION. Visitors walk along the 150-meter long Cau Vang "Golden Bridge" in the Ba Na Hills near Danang on July 31, 2018.  Photo by Linh Pham/AFP

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

Jul 29, 2018 - 8:48 AM

(UPDATED) Unopposed strongman Hun Sen is set to extend his term once more as Cambodia's longest-serving head of government

POLLS OPEN. Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen (C) casts his vote during the general elections as his wife Bun Rany (center L) looks on in Phnom Penh on July 29, 2018. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Without an opposition, Hun Sen vows runaway win in Cambodia polls

Jul 27, 2018 - 2:55 PM

The only serious challenger to the ruling Cambodian People's Party was dissolved by the Supreme Court in November

RIVALS ELIMINATED. Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen (center) waves at supporters during a campaign rally in Phnom Penh on July 27, 2018. Photo bt Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Floods from Laos dam collapse force evacuations in Cambodia

Jul 26, 2018 - 5:31 PM

Twenty-seven people are confirmed dead, with 131 still missing, after the Xe-Namnoy dam collapsed on Monday in a remote southern corner of Laos, leaving villagers with little time to escape

LAOS FLOODING. This handout photo taken on July 25, 2018 and released to AFP on July 26 by Mime Phousavanh shows an aerial view of the flooded area in Sanamxai, in Attapeu province after a dam collapsed on July 23. Courtesy of Mime Phoumsavanh/AFP

PH's Howard Dee, 5 others named 2018 Ramon Magsaysay awardees

Jul 26, 2018 - 12:37 PM

Other awardees of Asia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize are Youk Chang of Cambodia, Maria de Lourdes Martins Cruz of East Timor, Bharat Vatwani and Sonam Wangchuk of India, and Vo Thi Hoang Yen of Vietnam

RAMON MAGSAYSAY AWARDEE. Former Ambassador Howard Dee is honored for his contributions to peace and social justice. Photo from ue.edu.ph

'Battery of Asia': Laos's controversial hydro ambitions

Jul 26, 2018 - 9:01 AM

The dam collapse this week in southern Laos that left at least 26 dead and scores missing has shed light on the perils of the country's big bet on hydropower

'BATTERY OF ASIA.' The entrance of Houay Ho Hydropower Plant is seen in Sanamxai, Attapeu province on July 25, 2018. Photo by  Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Cambodia finds 33 surrogate mothers in raid on illegal business

Jun 23, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Five people, including a Chinese national, were arrested during the operation in the capital late Friday

DETAINED. Australian national Tammy Davis-Charles (2nd L), seen with other detainees on August 3, 2017, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for sourcing clients for a surrogacy clinic in the impoverished kingdom, as authorities crackdown on 'womb for rent' businesses. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy / AFP

Cambodian prince injured, wife killed in head-on road crash

Jun 17, 2018 - 3:33 PM

(UPDATED) A member of the royalist Funcinpec party confirms the wife's death but says Prince Norodom Ranariddh is expected to recover

ROYAL. Cambodia's Prince Norodom Ranariddh (C), leader of the royalist FUNCINPEC party, speaks to media after a meeting at the National Assembly building in Phnom Penh on November 27, 2017. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Fears as Cambodia's 'last independent' newspaper sold to Malaysian investor

May 06, 2018 - 6:09 PM

The sale swiftly raised concerns about a contracting space for independent media in a country that lost its other main English newspaper in 2017

Cambodian journalists charged with espionage for filing news to U.S.

Nov 18, 2017 - 5:14 PM

The journalists — Oun Chhin and Yeang Sothearin — now face up to 15 years in jail for allegedly running an illegal media studio from a guesthouse in Phnom Penh

U.S. calls on Cambodia to 'undo' opposition party ban

Nov 17, 2017 - 3:08 PM

Washington hits out after Cambodia's Supreme Court outlaws the Cambodia National Rescue Party and banned more than 100 of its politicians in a ruling blasted by a rights groups as the 'death' of the nation's democracy

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

A region in panic: ASEAN doubles down against ISIS threat

Nov 17, 2017 - 11:05 AM

World leaders understand that the ISIS threat is not over and a war could erupt again – in their countries, if not in the Philippines – as they expect the return of Asian fighters from the Middle East

URBAN WARFARE. The war in Marawi City challenged Filipino troops used to fighting in the jungles. Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Cambodian opposition party dissolved by Supreme Court

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:49 PM

The verdict was widely expected from a justice system heavily warped by the influence of long-standing premier Hun Sen, who is accused of ruthlessly targeting rivals in the run-up to 2018 polls

PARTY'S OVER. Supporters of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) sit at CNRP headquarters in Phnom Penh on November 16, 2017. Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

What were the other ASEAN countries up to in Manila?

Nov 16, 2017 - 2:00 PM

A rundown of the main concerns and activities of the ASEAN member-states at the 31st Summit in Manila

ASEAN SUMMIT. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and leaders and representatives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states do the traditional ASEAN handshake as they pose for a photo following the signing ceremony of the ASEAN Concensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of the Migrant Workers at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

7 PH soap operas that made waves in Southeast Asia

Nov 14, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Filipino teleseryes have also become popular among our ASEAN neighbors

Miss Earth 2017 candidates share views on ASEAN, love for country

Nov 13, 2017 - 6:50 PM

The Southeast Asian ladies tell us what they want their leaders to push for during the 31st ASEAN Summit, and what they love about their countries

[OPINION] How rich are Filipinos compared to our ASEAN neighbors?

Nov 13, 2017 - 12:01 PM

Compared to our ASEAN neighbors, the Philippines has treaded on a deviant growth path. Now, our poorer neighbors are growing faster than us. As we lead this year’s special ASEAN Summit, we might ask ourselves: How can we bolster our shaky standing in the region?

Meet the spouses of the ASEAN leaders

Nov 12, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Rappler places the spotlight on some of the spouses of the ASEAN leaders, from Brunei's Queen Saleha to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's long-time partner Honeylet Avanceña

MEET THE SPOUSES. Rappler looks at some of the spouses of ASEAN leaders. File photos from

What DongYan fans should know about Cambodia PM Hun Sen

Nov 12, 2017 - 3:17 PM

Hun Sen's 32-year rule is seen as essentially authoritarian in a government accused of fraud, corruption and human rights violations

DONGYAN MEET HUN SEN. Actors and couple Marian Rivera and Dingong Dantes are invited by Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen to the welcome dinner for leaders attending the 31st ASEAN Summit. Photo from Dingdong Dantes' Facebook page