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Cambodian opposition leader gets 5-month jail sentence

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A Cambodian opposition leader was sentenced to five months in jail Friday in the latest faceoff between the government and opposition as political tensions over challenges to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s longstanding autocratic rule show no signs of easing. Sam Sokong, a defense lawyer for …

Cambodia keeps up the pressure on opposition in courts

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s government and its opposition faced off in court and on the streets Friday as political tensions around challenges to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s long-standing autocratic rule show no signs of easing. The latest flashpoint is a case in the Phnom Penh Municipal Court against …

Cambodian PM promises vigorous probe into critic’s killing

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s prime minister said Monday that authorities will conduct a vigorous investigation to uncover any conspiracy behind the shooting death of a government critic, and urged the opposition not to use the assassination to incite people. Kem Ley, 45, was killed at a gas station …

Cambodia’s zeal for rubber drives ethnic group from land

BOUSRA, Cambodia (AP) — For generations, the indigenous Bunong were famous as the great elephant keepers and masters of the forests in eastern Cambodia. They called the fertile, rolling hills of their ancestral homeland “meh ne,” or mother — a source of food, livelihoods and self-identity. From its rich red …

Cambodian charges 3 after mob attack on opposition lawmakers

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A Cambodian court Wednesday indicted three men in the mob beating of two opposition lawmakers outside of the National Assembly last week, which left one of the lawmakers knocked out cold. Rights groups have demanded an independent investigation into the assault that appeared to have …

Thai police: Suspect acknowledges being near bomb scene

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police said Wednesday a prime suspect in Bangkok’s deadly bombing has admitted to being near the shrine where the attack took place but denied placing the bomb, as other clues increasingly linked the blast to Thailand’s forced repatriation of members of a minority ethnic group to …