Cambodia

Pet lion confiscated in Cambodia after TikTok videos

Officials said a Chinese national had imported the animal and was raising it at a villa in the capital Phnom Penh.

They launched their investigation in April, after discovering footage of the 70kg (11st) lion on TikTok.

The 18-month-old animal was moved to a wildlife rescue centre.

Authorities have not announced whether the owner will face any legal action.

Environment ministry spokesman Neth Pheaktra told AFP news agency that images shared on TikTok showed the lion sitting on a driveway and being sprayed down with a hose as a young cub.

Refugee deal on Nauru to expire in two months, official says

General Khieu Sopheak, Interior Ministry spokesman, said that Cambodia will review the agreement on taking in the refugees from Nauru when it expires in August.

Gen Sopheak said that since the deal has been implemented for more than two years, only several refugees decided to come, then left Cambodia for their countries and only one of them still lives in Cambodia.

“We will consider it, but it depends on the Australian side whether they want to extend it or not,” he said. “We always abide by the agreement, but we will follow the decision made by the Australian side.”

Cambodia charges foreigners with making pornographic images

They were arrested on Thursday after images emerged of people appearing to imitate sex acts at a party in a villa in Siem Reap in the north-west.

If convicted, they could face up to a year in prison.

Also among those arrested are citizens of Canada, New Zealand, the Netherlands and Norway, reports say.

However several people in the pictures from the party do not appear among those held, reports say.

Britain's Foreign Office said it was providing assistance to the arrested UK nationals.

US to sanction visas for citizens of four countries

The new policies, laid out in US State Department cables sent on Tuesday, are the latest example of President Donald Trump's effort to crack down on immigrants who are in the country illegally.

In each case, there are exceptions for those who apply for visas from outside their countries, as well as exceptions on humanitarian grounds or for travel "deemed in the interest of the United States".

The new rules, which go into effect on Wednesday, do not affect visas that have already been granted.

Cambodia breast milk: The debate over mothers selling milk

But the case has raised questions about whether these women have been exploited, or empowered, by this enterprise.

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For the past two years, dozens of women have been supplying their excess breast milk to a company called Ambrosia Labs.

The company has been processing and selling the milk in the US. It was marketed at US mothers who have problems producing milk for their babies.

On Tuesday, Cambodia imposed an immediate ban on breast milk exports, effectively ending the business.

Cambodia MPs back law barring PM Hun Sen's long-time rival

Sam Rainsy now lives in exile due to what he says is a politically motivated defamation conviction.

The amended legislation bars political leaders with convictions from running for office.

It also allows the Supreme Court to dissolve political parties whose leaders have criminal convictions.

Mr Rainsy stepped down from the helm of his opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) this month ahead of the changes, saying he wanted to protect the party.

Angelina Jolie on Cambodia, politics and a 'difficult year'

The actress was speaking exclusively to the BBC before the screening of First They Killed My Father, a true-life account of the Khmer Rouge genocide through the eyes of a child.

She said she hoped the film, which she directed, would help Cambodians to speak more openly about the trauma of the period.

Two million people died.

Jolie, now a UN refugee agency special envoy, first visited Cambodia for the filming of 2001 hit Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

She later adopted Maddox, her oldest son, from Cambodia.

Wife of murdered Cambodian activist to seek asylum in Australia

Bou Rachana says she no longer feels safe in Cambodia since her husband's death, and wants to move her family to Australia for protection.

She has four young sons and is five months pregnant with a fifth child.

She plans to lodge a formal application for asylum with the Australian embassy in Phnom Penh as soon as she has finished with funeral arrangements and a period of mourning.

Fourth refugee from Nauru heads home; one left

“The Iranian refugee left Cambodia for his native country in April because he volunteered to return home,” said Kerm Sarin, head of administration at the Interior Ministry’s immigration department on Sunday.

“We don’t know why he left; he just told us that he was volunteering to return home.”

Cambodia to resettle two more Nauru refugees

The Cambodia Daily reports that Sar Kheng told a local television station on Thursday that a delegation had just returned from Nauru where it met the applicants.

Mr Kheng says Australia had said it had four people who had volunteered for resettlement, but two of them have since decided to remain on Nauru.

He would not say when the two would arrive or why the others had changed their minds.

Cambodia has so far only resettled four refugees from Nauru under a 38 million US dollar deal between the governments of Australia and Cambodia signed last year.