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Update: Wed, Jan 17 2018    

To Liberate Cambodia

A long-standing French protectorate briefly occupied by Japan during World War II, Cambodia became independent in 1953 as the French finally withdrew from Indochina. Under the leadership of Prince Norodom Sihanouk, Cambodia remained officially neutral, including during the subsequent US war on Indochina.



The silencing of Rappler, the Philippines' most independent media voice

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Family seeks UN inquiry into 'suicide' in custody

Bruising on the body of 19-year-old Vy Pheakdey raised his father's suspicions that his death in custody was not a 'suicide', as police alleged. Photo supplied A mourning father yesterday called for a United Nations investigation into his son's death in Oddar Meanchey police custody alongside a fellow inmate, which police contend was suicide.



Funcinpec shoots down rumours of Chinese VP

Rasmei Kampuchea on Sunday put up an online story, quoting an anonymous Funcinpec official, alleging the party had appointed a Chinese man named Jack Kise to the post of party vice president - a move that would be illegal under the Law on Political Parties. "A senior Funcinpec party [member] leaked to Reaksmey Kampuchea on 13 January that Samdech Krom Prah Norodom [Ranariddh], president of the Funcinpec party, has appointed Jack Kise, who is a Chinese citizen, as deputy president," the Rasmei Kampuchea story reads, with a similar story appearing in the Khmer Times as well.



Court overturns NGO's defamation conviction

The Appeal Court on Friday overturned defamation convictions for three staffers from NGO Equitable Cambodia brought by a former employee. EC Executive Director Eang Vuthy and staffers Chheang Phea and Phen Kimsong were found guilty of public defamation by a Phnom Penh court in August 2016 over an internal memo circulated among the three regarding the conduct of Chan Vichet, a former employee of the land rights NGO.



What are we doing about Australian filmmaker James Ricketson's imprisonment?

James Ricketson, Australian documentary maker, has been languishing in a rat- and mosquito-infested jail outside the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, for seven months. Authorities are holding the 68-year-old on suspicion of so-called "espionage", but have so far provided no details of the charges against him, nor told him what the specific allegations are.



Two killed and another injured in multiple train accidents

Two people were killed in a railroad accident in Takeo province on Sunday, with another injured in a separate accident in Preah Sihanouk the same day. Cheal Phat, Tram Kak district traffic chief, said cousins Pang Pheakdey, 27, and Keo Run, 25, were riding a motorbike, and ducked under a safety barrier as a freight train was travelling through Takeo on its way from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville.



Cambodia unveils modern cancer center, new maternity facility

Cambodia on Monday inaugurated a national cancer center and a new maternity ward in the compound of the state-run Calmette Hospital here. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said the 9-storey center, along with a new maternity facility, had been well-equipped with modern medical equipment.



Hun Sen promises new fund to keep Kantha Bopha hospitals running

Doctors treat an emergency case at main Kantha Bopha hospital in Phnom Penh in July. Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday announced plans to create a second foundation to help keep the hospitals running.



Thai junta boss eyes staying on with little stopping him

In this Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, file photo, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha reviews the honor guard during a welcome ceremony at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.



Cambodia's endangered cyclo trade receives boost from PM Hun Sen

PHNOM PENH: Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen launched a foundation on Sunday to preserve the country's remaining iconic cyclos. Speaking at a ceremony attended by more than 300 cyclo drivers at Koh Pich in Phnom Penh, Mr Hun Sen announced a number of benefits for those still working in the struggling rickshaw industry.



Government plans one of world's biggest airports in Kandal

The Cambodian government has approved plans to build one of the world's largest airports in Kandal province, though key actors have yet to work out the details and one economist noted yesterday that the current proposal may be short-sighted. A document from the Council of Ministers, dated December 21, approves an investment proposal from Cambodia Airport Investment Co Ltd to build a $1.5 billion, 2,600-hectare airport in Kandal province's Kandal Steung district, about 30 kilometres south of Phnom Penh.



Eight major elections to watch worldwide in 2018

In Latin America and the Caribbean, six countries including Brazil, Cuba and Mexico will hold leadership and parliament elections. In Europe, parliament elections in Italy and Hungary are worth attention.



PROPERTY: Housebuilder's Christmas mission to build homes in makeshift settlement

While families back in the UK were working through stacks of lists in a herculean effort to avoid hopes being dashed on Christmas Day, a housebuilder from south Bucks was on a flight to Cambodia on a charity mission to build homes for a community living in a makeshift settlement in Battambang Province. Andrew Aldridge, land director from Cala Homes' regional head office in Wooburn Green, and two of his colleagues from the group, which took over Buckinghamshire-based Banner Homes in 2014, were on their way to join 250 volunteers from across the world on a 10 day assignment to build 29 homes in a village where even clean water and electricity are a luxury.



Exiled Cambodian opposition members set up new movement

Foreign-based members of Cambodia's dissolved opposition party have launched a movement to demand the release of its detained leader and to call for free and fair elections and possibly protests. The Supreme Court dissolved the Cambodia National Rescue Party in November at the request of the government of long serving Prime Minister Hun Sen. Party leader Kem Sokha was arrested in September and is accused of trying to overthrow the government with American help and of espionage - charges he denies and says are politically motivated ahead of a general election in July.



Exiled Cambodian Opposition Members Set up New Movement

Foreign-based members of Cambodia's dissolved opposition party have launched a movement to demand the release of its detained leader and to call for free and fair elections and possibly protests. The Supreme Court dissolved the Cambodia National Rescue Party in November at the request of the government of long serving Prime Minister Hun Sen. Party leader Kem Sokha was arrested in September and is accused of trying to overthrow the government with American help and of espionage - charges he denies and says are politically motivated ahead of a general election in July.



Have China's business billions put Cambodia in Beijing's pocket?

Road signs and advertising boards in Phnom Penh were traditionally written in two languages: Khmer and English. But things are changing in Cambodia's colourful capital.