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Cambodia earns $2.5 billion from tourism in 2013

Cambodia earned $2.5 billion from the tourism sector last year, a senior government official said Monday. Sok An, head of the Office of the Council of Ministers, said the number of foreign tourists to Cambodia has been steadily increasing from only around 120,000 in 1993 to more than 4.2 million in 2013, most of them visitors to Cambodian cultural heritage sites such as the Angkor Wat temples.

Cambodia convicts 13 over 'concocted' treason plot

A Cambodian court sentenced 13 people to up to nine years in prison Friday on treason charges denounced by rights campaigners as a "concocted" smear campaign against the opposition. The accused, including a refugee in Denmark, were convicted for plotting to overthrow the government through their Khmer National Liberation Front (KNLF) -- a previously unknown group. Only seven of the defendants -- three of whom were Buddhist monks at the time of their arrest in neighbouring Thailand last year -- attended the Phnom Penh Municipal Court for the verdict.

Cambodian court convicts 13 of plotting against government

By Prak Chan Thul PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - A Cambodian court convicted 13 people on Friday of plotting to overthrow the government, a case seen by rights groups as a politically motivated bid to discredit opposition to long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen. The 13, seven of whom appeared in a Phnom Penh court, are linked to a little-known group called the Khmer National Liberation Front (KNLF), based in Denmark, said Phnom Penh Municipal Court judge Seng Neang.

Cambodia's political crisis may soon be over, leaders say

Cambodia's political crisis that has dragged on for nearly seven months may be nearing an end as the leaders from the ruling and opposition parties have reached a tentative deal, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Thursday. Hun Sen of the Cambodian People's Party said he spent around 45 minutes on the telephone with Sam Rainsy, president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, concerning election reform and the opposition party's call for an early election.

Court lists charges for next phase of Khmer Rouge trial

Cambodia's UN-backed Khmer Rouge court on Monday listed charges in the next trial of two former regime leaders, including the genocide of Vietnamese people and ethnic Muslims, forced marriages and rape. The complex case of the regime's two most senior surviving leaders has been split into a series of smaller trials, initially focusing on the forced evacuation of people into rural labour camps and related charges of crimes against humanity. The first trial against "Brother Number Two" Nuon Chea, 87, and former head of state Khieu Samphan, 82, was completed late last year.

Cambodian PM threatens opposition leader with legal action

Cambodian strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday threatened opposition leader Sam Rainsy with legal action over a letter to the nation's king that appeared to rebuke the monarch for endorsing parliament. Experts say the threat could be an attempt to press Rainsy into ending the opposition's boycott of parliament called after last year's election. The poll returned Hun Sen to power but is hotly disputed due to allegations of massive vote-rigging.

Three remains, possibly of U.S. soldiers, sent to U.S.

Three remains, possibly those of U.S. military members who died or went missing during the Vietnam War more than 40 years ago, were sent from Cambodia to the U.S. state of Hawaii on Wednesday. Speaking at a repatriation ceremony, U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia William E. Todd said, "Today, we honor colleagues who died far from home and whom we never knew."

N.Korea crimes on par with Nazis, Khmer Rouge: UN probe

The crimes of North Korea's regime are as chilling as those of the Nazis, the apartheid regime or Cambodia's Khmer Rouge and must be stopped, the head of a UN inquiry said Monday. "Contending with the great scourges of Nazism, apartheid, the Khmer Rouge and other affronts required courage by great nations and ordinary human beings alike," Michael Kirby told the UN Human Rights Council. "It is now your solemn duty to address the scourge of human rights violations and crimes against humanity in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea," he said. nl-jwf/ec

Cambodia's Prince Ranariddh forms new political party

Cambodian Prince Norodom Ranariddh, a son of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, returned to politics Monday by officially registering his new party with the government, according an aide. Noranarith Anandayat, chief of the prince's cabinet, told Kyodo News that papers to register for the "The Community of Royalist People's Party" were submitted to the Interior Ministry.

Cambodia considers giving visa for Japanese on airplane

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Tuesday his government wants to make it easier for Japanese travelers to visit Cambodia by introducing in-flight processing of tourist visas. Speaking at a government forum with private sectors in Phnom Penh, Hun Sen said the original idea from the Japanese side is reasonable and could lead to an increased number of tourists from Japan.
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