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- Alfred Riedl says Indonesia were lucky in AFF Cup semi vs. Vietnam
Indonesia coach Alfred Riedl admits that his side were "lucky" in their 2-1 semifinal victory over Vietnam, and will need to improve in Wednesday's second leg in Hanoi to have any chance of moving thr
- Thailand's Kiatisuk says AFF champions ready for Myanmar roar
Kiatisuk Senamuang is confident his Thailand side can come away with a positive result in their AFF Suzuki Cup first-leg semifinal away to Myanmar in Yangon on Sunday.
The 32,000-seat Thuwunna Stadiu
- Gearing Up for Voter Registration
In Poipet near the Thai border to inform the people to register to vote between 1 September to 29 November, 2016. The commune election is scheduled for 4 June, 2017.
- Free the Five Human Rights Defenders
ASEAN MPs call for the release of human rights defenders in Cambodia A call from ASEAN parliamentarians
- Dear Hon. Prime Minister
- Cambodia at a Point of No Return
The New York Times by Mu Sochua
- A HERO FAREWELL
Sea of Mourners Carries Kem Ley Home
- Would Disgraced Official Have Gotten Free Ride?
- National Budget Used to Cover Sexual Assault?
Incredible! Government Official Assaulted Interpreter in Korea: Police
- You Can Not Jail My Conscience
Well known human rights defenders and election commission official taken to court today.
- Five-Year Sentence for Chief in Sokha Case
Undeterred by Kem Sokha’s royal pardon on Friday, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday sentenced a CNRP commune chief to five years in prison for bribery relating to the deputy opposition leader’s “prostitution” case.
- With Sokha Pardon, What’s in It for Hun Sen?
If his opponents have learned anything in the past two decades, it’s that Prime Minister Hun Sen does not do favors. He makes deals, breaks deals and plays chess.
- Hun Sen Rips Into US Ambassador at New Factory Opening
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday ripped into critics of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and suggested that the U.S. look in the mirror rather than criticize Cambodia for cracking down on post-election demonstrators.
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- Immigration Officials Hawk Condo Project
With capital condominium sales sagging, one Japanese development company has turned to an unlikely group of marketers: airport immigration officials.
- Cuban-Trained Doctors Remember Castro’s Communism
It’s been more than 20 years since Ouk Reth returned to Cambodia from Cuba, but upon hearing about the death of Fidel Castro late last month, the heart surgeon’s thoughts returned to his days as a student in Havana.
- Villagers Block Road as State Evictions Begin
Some 50 villagers living on state land near Sihanoukville’s Kbal Chhay waterfall burned tires and blocked National Road 4 for three hours on Sunday, according to residents, in protest over state evictions that began last week.
- Official Caught Smuggling Gold Into Vietnam
A senior Cambodian police official has reportedly been arrested and detained by Vietnamese officials who caught him smuggling gold bars worth more than $750,000 into the country.
- Military Police Investigate Company Over Illegal Timber
Authorities say they are investigating a firm given permission to log thousands of hectares of land belonging to the military in Preah Vihear province after a raid on Sunday uncovered illegally logged timber.
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- NGO: Airline Verifications Just ‘Routine Checks’
The Cambodia director for ActionAid on Monday brushed off as “routine checks” two racial profiling complaints against Bangkok Airways by a Kenyan woman and Ugandan man flying to Phnom Penh to work with the international humanitarian group.
- Khmer Rouge Tribunal Hears of Ambush Before Commander’s Suicide
A witness told the Khmer Rouge tribunal on Monday that he accompanied the regime’s East Zone commander on a trip to Phnom Penh in 1978 in an attempt to reason with Pol Pot, only to come under gunfire in an ambush in the capital.
- Ministry to Conduct Inspections Over Sand Dredging
Officials from the Mines and Energy Ministry plan this week to inspect sand-dredging companies and meet with residents in Koh Kong province who have long complained about the ecological consequences of the practice.
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- Deported PI to Be Moved Between Australian States
A private investigator deported from Cambodia in October while working on a pedophile case for the Australian police, and returned to his home country from Bangkok on Friday, will be sent to Queensland in relation to a 2007 torture case, Australian Federal Police said on Monday.
- Cambodia Takes Another Gold Medal in Madagascar
Cambodia picked up another gold in petanque on Sunday in the sport’s world championships held this year in Madagascar, earning $30,000 in prize money.
- Sokha to Replace Rainsy in Parliamentary Position
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy is to be replaced by Kem Sokha, his deputy, as head of the minority group in parliament, according to National Assembly spokesman Leng Peng Long.
- Kem Sokha Back Home After Royal Pardon
Deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha over the weekend spent his first night at home since May following Friday’s royal pardon for evading court questioning, though a fragile political cease-fire and an open corruption probe mean he may not yet be in the clear.
- Taking the train in Cambodia: Phnom Penh-Kampot-Sihanoukville
This dispatch is from our Cambodia railway correspondent, Abigail Gilbert. After a wait of 14 years, passenger trains are once again running in Cambodia. Train buffs will need no other excuse to get on board, but there are good reasons why … Continue reading
- The 10 best things to do on Otres
Located on the sunny shores of Southern Cambodia, the coastal community of Otres is so much more than just a beach destination. Although it is the perfect place to while away a few days enjoying sun, sand, and sea, you … Continue reading
- How to get to Kep
Wondering how to get to Kep? Check our handy guide to getting to Kep from Phnom Penh, Kampot, Sihanoukville, and Siem Reap. We’ll cover all of your options for how to get to Kep, including taxis, tuk tuks, mini-buses, and … Continue reading
- Cambodia’s Water Festival
Cambodia’s famous Water Festival is one of the highlights of the calendar year, bringing together people from across the country for three unforgettable days of boat racing, fireworks and festivities. Heralding the end of the rainy season and the coming … Continue reading
- It’s not just a temple…Banteay Srei District in Siem Reap
Most who have heard of Banteay Srei know it as one of the outlying temples of Angkor in Siem Reap. But Banteay Srei is more than just a single temple — it’s a whole district that has retained much of … Continue reading
- "Black Monday" activists continue protest with symbolic offerings to monks
Boeung Kak and Borei Keila land rights activists yesterday continued their “Black Monday” protests by making offerings to seven monks, who were meant to symbolise seven detained human rights officials and political prisoners. The protest, which took place Monday morning at the Boeung Kak community, involved 50 land activists making offerings to the monks...
- Mess of meth surprises during illicit moto bust
A 23-year-old man who was a regular customer of a thief’s illicit business saw himself arrested on Sunday in the capital’s Meanchey district. Police had received a tip-off that the man had purchased a motorbike from the thief and tailed him to his home, only to uncover 71 packets of methamphetamine in the vehicle. Another... [full post]
- Coca-Cola Cambodia celebrates development milestone with inauguration of new bottling plant
Cambodia Beverage Company Ltd., a bottling unit of The Coca‑Cola Company, officially inaugurated a bottling facility in Phnom Penh yesterday as part of its previously announced US$100 million investment in Cambodia from 2015 to 2018. The event was presided by Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia and Samdech Kittiprittbandit...
- Huge raid, scant details
Military police officers on Sunday raided a company contracted to clear land for soldiers in Preah Vihear province in an operation, led by military police chief Sao Sokha, that deployed 200 troops and three helicopters. Despite the huge display of force, a military police spokesman declined to release details of the mission, though a prominent... [full post]
- Four capital districts to join new trash scheme
Four capital districts are slated to agree to a new rubbish-collecting schedule with city contractor Cintri on Wednesday, according to the director of Phnom Penh waste disposal management, Mao Kolmardy. Kolmardy said Dangkor, Ch-bar Ampov, Chroy Changvar and Prek Pnov districts will join the city’s eight others under the agreement with the garbage...
- Learning curve: Education minister vows better pay, training
Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron yesterday vowed to bolster teacher salaries and improve training for educators at an international education conference held in Siem Reap. Naron attended the International Teacher Task Force event yesterday, which runs from December 3 to 7, with some 300 policymakers, practitioners and research and development partners...
- Experts discuss dengue, Zika
A health symposium hosted by the Pasteur Institute on containing and predicting dengue fever reflected on mixed results yesterday, while some experts took the opportunity to theorise on whether another headline-grabbing mosquito-borne virus – Zika – may already be present in the Kingdom. Tuseo Luciano, WHO malaria program director in Cambodia, said that...
- Ex-cadre testifies on Sao Phim’s last stand
Senior Khmer Rouge leader Sao Phim, who killed himself rather than be taken prisoner by the comrades who suspected him of treason, was said to have had his innards scooped out and his corpse stuffed with ice before it was paraded around on a horse cart, a Khmer Rouge tribunal witness testified yesterday. Sin Oeng,... [full post]
- Sovantha gifts raise eyebrows
Social media star Thy Sovantha’s announcement that she has received $3 million from international donors to fund a series of university scholarships yesterday prompted calls from civil society leaders for transparency about the source of the money. The claim of receiving $3 million, which is meant to fund 1,000 students, was made on the former... [full post]
- Official’s car identified in fatal accident: police
A car belonging to Oddar Meanchey Deputy Governor Vath Paranin was involved in the death of an 8-year-old boy in the province’s Samroang town, though a provincial official said Paranin was attending a provincial meeting at the time of the accident. Thou Sophea, director for Oddar Meanchey’s provincial traffic police, said the victim, Norn Knoy,... [full post]
- Hollow-core precast concrete plant opened
Cambodia's first hollow-core precast concrete factory was inaugurated yesterday in Kampong Speu province, according to local media reports. The factory, a joint venture of VCON Group and Phnom Penh Precast Plants, aims to supply the local construction sector with ready-made products for foundations and walls, including injection into existing beams and...
- Cambodia’s Ka wins second ITF singles title
Cambodia’s Andrea Ka won her second major singles title of the year by taking the $10,000 ITF Women’s Pro Circuit event in Hua Hin, Thailand, on Saturday. The 24-year-old France-born Cambodian right-hander produced a stunningly bold third-set tie-break following a love set after being swept away in the first set by top seed Chieu Yu... [full post]
- Bold stare-down turns to belted beat-down
A stare-down between two garment workers escalated rather quickly in Svay Rieng town on Sunday. The two strangers were separately having a drink with their groups of friends when their eyes locked across their tables. The coincidence was regarded as a challenge, leading to a tipsy tiff that escalated into a tussle, resulting in one... [full post]
- Month-old mark finds football field fraudster
As (ILL) luck would have it, a fraudster came face to face with the woman he had duped in the capital’s Daun Penh district on Saturday. The enterprising lady had sought the help of the 27-year-old-man in starting a football pitch. The crafty crook, however, promptly cut off his phone line before making good on... [full post]
- Customs urged to move online
Customs authorities should work quickly to adopt an envisioned online registration system for cross-border cargo shipments that would expedite delivery and cut out pesky middlemen who tack on unofficial fees, Transport Minister Sun Chanthol said yesterday. “Online registration is important because right now for the trucks crossing the border [everything is...
- Tanncam takes stake in financial service firm
Tanncam Investment Company, an Uzbeki-owned investment company registered in Cambodia, has agreed to purchase a 30 percent stake in financial services firm Cambodian Investment Management (CIM) and its related group companies for an undisclosed sum. The transaction will provide equity financing for CIM and its subsidiaries and affiliates: Cambodian...
- Coca-Cola opens new $100M plant at capital economic zone
Global beverage giant Coca-Cola officially inaugurated its new $100 million Cambodian production facility yesterday, significantly increasing its local bottling capacity while bolstering the confidence of foreign investors. The 25,000-square-metre factory, situated on 12.5 hectares in the Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone on the capital’s outskirts, replaces...
- Top drug cop dubious of production claims
A Joint operation between police in Phnom Penh’s Russey Keo and Meanchey districts shut down a meth lab in Meanchey’s Boeung Tompun commune on Sunday night, which the nation’s top drug cop said would be the first bust of its kind this year if true. Russey Keo district police chief Tieng Chansar said that the... [full post]
- Chief swiftly sentenced
A Judge sentenced opposition commune chief Seang Chet to five years in prison yesterday for allegedly bribing the mistress of CNRP vice president Kem Sokha, though the local official’s wife said she hoped Sokha’s recent pardon in a related case was a sign her husband would soon go free. In a two-minute hearing at Phnom... [full post]
- New National Assembly role for Sokha
The Cambodia National Rescue Party said yesterday it plans to appoint acting president Kem Sokha to replace Sam Rainsy as head of the party’s lawmakers in the National Assembly but said the title of “minority leader” will still belong to Rainsy, who fled to France a year ago. The party’s intention to appoint Sokha to... [full post]
- Analyst in CPP’s crosshairs
Prime Minister Hun Sen and the CPP-aligned news media have launched a public and somewhat off-the-wall attack on academic and commentator Sophal Ear, a longtime government critic, goading him to leave America due to his criticisms of US president-elect Donald Trump before last month’s election. Ear described Trump as “autocratic” and a fellow traveller of...
- Press ignoring ‘savage crackdown’ in US: Prime Minister
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday complained to US Ambassador William Heidt about the lack of attention from media and rights group being paid to what he termed a “savage crackdown” on protests against US president-elect Donald Trump in the US. Speaking at the opening of the new Coca-Cola factory in Phnom Penh, which the ambassador... [full post]
- One injured in Siem Reap blaze
A man was left with burns and a damaged spine yesterday after a fire broke out in the Garden Village Guesthouse in Siem Reap due to an “electrical malfunction”, police said. The town’s acting police chief, Da Chamroeun, said the fire had sent columns of smoke billowing out of the guesthouse and destroyed the upper... [full post]
- RCAF officer jailed over harassment
An RCAF officer was arrested yesterday for allegedly sexually assaulting a waitress in a beer garden in the capital’s Kraing Thnong commune on Sunday night. According to a district police officer who asked not to be named, a witness had seen the official – identified as 42-year-old Heng Sambath – get up and walk towards... [full post]
- Tipsy teen attempts to cleave his own kin
A pair of disheartened parents had no choice but to call the cops on their child after he chased them with a cleaver on Saturday in Kampot. The 19-year-old had returned home drunk that night, but instead of destroying random household objects as usual, he instead pursued his poor parents. His folks eventually ran to... [full post]
- Four-on-four fistfight in international uproar
Yet another drunken conflict erupted between two groups on Sunday, this time in a local restaurant in Preah Sihanouk province. A group of four Cambodians got into a verbal argument with a group of four Vietnamese counterparts, culminating in a brawl that could not be contained as glass containers were used to strike one another... [full post]
- Breaking: Five years for chief tied to Sokha case
The Phnom Penh Municipal Court this morning sentenced Sam Rainsy Party commune chief Seang Chet to five years in prison for a plot to bribe the purported mistress of CNRP leader Kem Sokha. Presiding judge Koa Vandy gave no details of the evidence against Chet, who was one of six people imprisoned for a supposed-scheme... [full post]
- New skybridge construction kicks off
Construction officially began on new additions to Kbal Thnal’s skybridge yesterday, with Phnom Penh governor Pa Socheatvong overseeing the inauguration ceremony. Three new elevated roads will be connected to the original Kbal Thnal overpass over the course of the next 13 months, according to deputy city governor Suy Serith. The new roads will serve as... [full post]
- Alcohol, anger fuel cleaver murder
Drunken arguments ended in deaths in two separate cases in Preah Sihanouk and Kampong Speu provinces on Saturday, police said yesterday. In Preah Sihanouk’s Boeng Chum village, 42-year-old Vietnamese national, Hou Chiv Fung, was allegedly killed by a fellow countryman – identified as Yor Yang Ouk, 33 – who had thrown a cleaver at the... [full post]
- Excavation prompts concerns in Pailin
The ongoing excavation of the Phnom Preal hills in Pailin’s Sala Krao district has raised questions among villagers about its true purpose, despite authorities maintaining the work is purely for road construction reasons. According to villager Om Sam Ol excavation of the hills had been ongoing for weeks on end, prompting her to believe that... [full post]
- Ministry questions brick factory report
The Labour Ministry on Friday sidestepped evidence uncovered by rights group Licadho suggesting the use of debt bondage is rife in Cambodian brick factories, instead choosing to question the group’s methods. The statement, released in response to the group’s December 2 report Built on Slavery: Debt Bondage and Child Labour in Cambodia’s Brick Factories,...
- Road blocked in Preah Sihanouk land protest
Dozens of land-dispute demonstrators blocked National Road 4 in Preah Sihanouk province yesterday, burning tyres in protest of a resettlement site that they said was too small. The protesters had previously been living around the Kbal Chhay waterfall and had been told to move to a relocation site inside the city after it was determined... [full post]
- R’kiri tribe gets emotional
A remote tribe in northeast Cambodia were crucial participants in a new study that concludes the way our bodies express emotions is universal, rather than dictated by the cultures in which we are raised. The work of four American psychologists, the finding is soon to be published in scientific journal Emotion. In order to conduct... [full post]
- Million-dollar fire: Blaze wipes out capital auto shops
The cause of a massive fire that destroyed three automobile shops and damaged 13 others in Depo Market in the capital’s Tuol Kork district on Saturday morning has not yet been identified due to “a lack of cooperation from the shop’s owner”, said Prom Yorn, director of the municipal fire department. “Until now, authorities are... [full post]
- Ten busted in alleged garment truck heist
Ten people were arrested on Saturday morning in Kampong Speu’s Chbar Mon commune for allegedly attempting to steal garments from a shipping container en route to Preah Sihanouk province for export to Europe, police officials said yesterday. According to Sok Khemarin, chief of the Ministry of Interior’s penal police department, authorities had launched a...
- Neighbour plays hunch, chases down burglar
A local lookout played the role of Good Samaritan on Saturday in Phnom Penh when he helped police apprehend a thief. The witness saw a suspicious man enter and exit a rental room, and decided to investigate the situation. He called for the skulking creep to stop, but the man removed all doubt of his... [full post]
- Jewel thieves foolishly return to scene of crime
A group of glamorous thieves targeted a jewellery vendor in Kandal’s Koh Thom district on Thursday, but were picked up by police for trying to profit off the pilfered goods the next day. Police said the bold burglars broke into a shop at the local market before returning the very next day to try to... [full post]
- Thieves who took their time will be doing time
A group of burglars without a getaway plan were arrested by police on Sunday in Phnom Penh’s Russey Keo district. The thieving quartet allegedly broke into a student’s room to steal a computer – and the wifi modem for good measure. While the heist was successful, the poorly planned escape saw the thieves waiting patiently... [full post]
- Mix-up puts couple on wrong end of the stick
A bathroom break almost ended with broken bones for one Phnom Penh couple who got caught in a case of mistaken identity on Saturday night. The pair pulled over to relieve themselves when six manic men materialised, armed with sticks. They began beating the hapless passersby, who eventually managed to mount their motorbike and make... [full post]
- Hot merchandise ends up burning capital trio
Associating with criminals didn’t pay off for one trio of motorbike buyers who were arrested for allegedly purchasing stolen goods in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district on Saturday. Police were trying to track down a stolen motorbike, but the thief said he had already turned a profit and sold it to somebody else. Following the... [full post]
- Unregistered Voters Hurts Opposition, Analyst Says
About one in five eligible voters failed to register. Most of those who did not manage to register are thought to be migrant workers based in Thailand, Malaysia and South Korea.
- Supreme Court Rejects Bail Requests in Corruption Case
Presiding Judge Kim Sathavy said the decision was made to prevent the accused from interfering with the investigation.
- The Power of Ownership and Its Future
US foreign assistance provides dividends in the form of enhanced U.S. national security and economic prosperity with only less than 1 percent of the total US federal budget, according to a report.
- Local Efforts Contributed to US Presidential Elections
Voter turnout in Fairfax was high at 70 to 80 percent compared to the national level, where fewer than half of the electorate voted.
- Interview with Dr. Alexander L. Hinton, Author of “Man or Monster? The Trial of a Khmer Rouge Torturer"
“Man or Monster? The Trial of a Khmer Rouge Torturer”, is a study not just of Comrade Duch, the notorious chief of the S-21 Security Center in Phnom Penh, thousands were tortured and starved to death, but of why people resort to extreme violence.
- Court Rejects Request for Retrial in Corruption Case Against Rights Workers
Normally, prisoners must be released after a maximum of six months if the courts have failed to gather enough evidence to take the case to trial.
- Opposition in Last-Ditch Attempt to Extend Voter Registration Period
About 20 percent of eligible voters have yet to register, many of whom are believed to be migrant workers.
- Cambodia, Vietnam to Ask France’s Help to Draw Up Border Map
In late August a committee set up to discuss the issue decided to draft a letter to France asking the former colonial power to assist in resolving the dispute.
- Only One in Ten Migrant Workers Registered to Vote: Advocate
Chhoun Chheng, who works in the same factory as Sert, said that he was refused the opportunity to register twice, once in Battambang and another time in Banteay Meanchey.
- ADB Launches $40m Scheme to Promote Lending in Cambodia
The program is intended to enhance the infrastructure of existing financial sectors to create new products and services that will bring in more people to the formal financial system.
- The Cambodians at the Heart of the Technology Revolution
Silicon Valley is the fast-paced technology capital of the world. Not many Cambodians have made it here. But for those who have, their stories are as unexpected as the valley itself.
- Local Efforts Contribute to Presidential Elections
The US presidential election was held on November 8 with victory going to the Republican candidate Donald Trump. VOA Khmer reporter Men Kimseng went down to a few polling stations in Fairfax, VA, on the election day and saw active efforts by party officials and volunteers to convince people to vote for their candidates. Elections... [full post]
- Civil Society Rebukes Ministry Over Zika Scare
The ministry quickly issued a retraction of the erroneous statement, which said a 44-year-old man in Kampong Cham province had contracted the disease.
- PM Calls on Rice Farmers to Stockpile Produce Amid Price Crash
He said that Cambodia would stockpile 5 million tons of rice and be in a position to export hundreds of thousands of tons to countries like China and Vietnam.
- Khmer Rouge Leaders Found Guilty of Crimes Against Humanity
The charges were brought for the two men’s participation in the forced evacuation of Phnom Penh and other areas of the country, and the execution of hundreds of officials of the ousted Lon Nol regime.
- If Trump Kills TPP, China Gains, Experts Say
President-elect Donald Trump said in a video message this week that he would pull the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement on his first day in office. During the campaign, Trump had called several trade deals "disasters" and said flawed agreements had cost millions of U.S. manufacturing jobs. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)... [full post]
- Trump's Decision to Abandon TPP Could Benefit China
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, abandons a massive trade deal that was a key plank of President Barack Obama's re-engagement with Asian nations. Trump says instead of one agreement that accounts for 40 percent of world trade, he plans to negotiate one-on-one trade deals that will... [full post]
- Obama to Trump: US Leadership ‘Indispensable’
U.S. President Barack Obama finished his final foreign tour in Peru the same way he began it in Europe, trying to reassure other world leaders who are anxious about a possible sharp shift in U.S. foreign policy under President-elect Donald Trump. Obama met with the leaders of the 21 Asia Pacific Economic Conference in Lima... [full post]
- Gov’t, Opposition Agree to Debate $5bn Budget for 2017 Despite Parliamentary Boycott
National defense and security spending will increase by more than a fifth, to $822 million, while the Ministry of Economy and Finance will also receive a large hike of 13 percent, to $322 million.
- Cambodian Opposition Leader Offers Border Policy Ahead of Next Election
Immigration and border security would be priorities for a CNRP administration, he added, because of what he described as “invasions” of Cambodian territory by illegal immigrants and foreign interests.