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Update: Sat, Feb 25 2017    

PH dedicated to improve peace and order in the country: Yasay

The Philippine government is doing its best to improve peace and order to make this country haven of tourists and foreign investors, Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr., on Thursday said. [FILE] Philippine Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay signs documents during a ceremony at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016.



How Cambodian tile makers have put a local touch on a colonial craft

Brought over by the French, painted cement tilemaking has been incorporated into Cambodian design for more than a century, even as the industry has died out in Europe. But with local masters ageing, who will take over? In a dark and dusty workshop along the river in Siem Reap, Cheat Ty places a blank tile into a steel frame, lays down by hand a mixture of sand and cement powder, and then fits an intricate metal mould above it.



'Girl Rising' portrays power of educating girls

"Girl Rising," a documentary and book on the amazing things that can happen in society when girls are educated, will be shared in Naperville at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, at the Hollywood Palms Cinema, 352 S. Route 59. Worldwide findings indicate societies can be transformed in merely one generation when girls benefit from education. Barriers begin to drop: early marriage, gender-based violence, domestic slavery and sex trafficking among them.



Prison numbers jump 20 percent

Interior Minister Sar Kheng speaks at a meeting launching the ministry's annual report yesterday in Phnom Penh. Photo supplied Cambodia's already swollen prison population leapt by more than 20 percent last year, according to the Ministry of Interior's annual report, which acknowledged the influx has caused "serious challenges" with overcrowding, and revealed one-third of inmates are in pre-trial detention.



Cambodian vendors protest huge fish duty hike

Cambodian merchants dumped hundreds of kilogrammes of fish on the Thai-Cambodian Friendship bridge at the border on Thursday, closing it to traffic, in a protest against a huge increase in import duty by Thai authorities. The vendors piled more than 400kg of pla chon on the road in the centre of the bridge about 10.20am and blocked all traffic lanes with the carts used to carry fish.



Cambodians block bridge with fish over duty hike

Cambodian merchants dumped hundreds of kilogrammes of fish on the Thai-Cambodian Friendship bridge on Thursday, closing it to traffic, in a protest against a huge increase in import duty by Thai authorities. About 100 fish vendors and workers piled more than 400kg of pla chon on the road in the centre of the bridge at about 10.20am and blocked all traffic lanes with almost two dozen carts used to carry fish.



Cambodia jails land rights activist for 2-1/2 years

District authorities and police officers stand guard in front of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court during a verdict of land rights activist Tep Vanny, in central Phnom Penh, Cambodia, February 23, 2017. Protesters are pushed back by district authorities as they demonstrate in support of land rights activist Tep Vanny during her verdict in front of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in central Phnom Penh, Cambodia, February 23, 2017.



Schools add value to property, but developers remain indifferent

The Internatioanl School of Phnom Penh is somewhat of a rarity in its location, given it is in proximity to boreys and villas. Although schools and hospitals help add value to borey projects and major residential developments, many new dwellings in Cambodia neglect these community services, reflecting the sales-orientated mentality of many development companies.



EU talks 'election climate'

EU ambassador George Edgar speaks at a press conference hosted at the European Union office in Phnom Penh last year. The EU's high representative for foreign affairs, Frederica Mogherini, yesterday released a letter outlining Europe's continued concern with what it perceives as a deteriorating political situation in Cambodia.



'Desperate' Australian couples unable to leave Cambodia with surrogate babies

Around 10 Australian couples have been left in legal limbo in Cambodia - unable to bring surrogate babies home months after their birth - as they wait for the Government in Phnom Penh to draft new laws on surrogacy. The Cambodian Government has begun drafting legislation that will likely ban commercial surrogacy but may allow some form of altruistic surrogacy under strict regulations.



The Latest: Facebook photo shows suspect in similar shirt

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - The Latest on the investigation into the killing of Kim Jong Nam, Kim Jong Un's half brother, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia : The Vietnamese suspect in the death of the North Korean leader's estranged half brother appeared to be wearing an "LOL" shirt like the attacker's in photos on her Facebook page. Doan Thi Huong, 28, had posted to Facebook under the name Ruby Ruby, according to her niece, 18-year-old niece, Dinh Thi Quyen.



Sokha Siem Reap Achieved Prestigious Five Star Plaque

Sokha Siem Reap Resort & Convention Center Road 60, Angkor Cultural & Tourism Complex Junction, Phum Trang, Siem Reap, 17252 Cambodia Phone: +855 63 961 999 Fax: 855 63 961 888 Visit Website Siem Reap Province - Sokha Hotels & Resorts, Cambodia's leading Hospitality Company, today announced that Ministry of Tourism, Cambodia has bestowed its coveted Five-Star rating to Sokha Siem Reap Resort & Convention Center. Since the hotel's opening on 14th September 2016, it has carried forward its service principles in offering legendary service, which has been repeatedly affirmed by the multiple awards received by the resort.



Khmer Rouge cadre's war crimes charges dismissed in Cambodia

The decision in the case of Im Chaem, who was suspected of running a forced labor camp, was a boon for veteran Prime Minister Hun Sen, a former Khmer Rouge soldier who opposes further trials. Critics said the decision undermined the credibility of the court, which has found just three people guilty after a decade of work at a cost of over $260 million.



Khmer Rouge cadre's war crimes charges dismissed in Cambodia

The decision in the case of Im Chaem, who was suspected of running a forced labour camp, was a boon for veteran Prime Minister Hun Sen, a former Khmer Rouge soldier who opposes further trials. Critics said the decision undermined the credibility of the court, which has found just three people guilty after a decade of work at a cost of over $260 million.



Khmer Rouge Cadre's War Crimes Charges Dismissed in Cambodia

The decision in the case of Im Chaem, who was suspected of running a forced labor camp, was a boon for veteran Prime Minister Hun Sen, a former Khmer Rouge soldier who opposes further trials. Critics said the decision undermined the credibility of the court, which has found just three people guilty after a decade of work at a cost of over $260 million.



Lao president arrives in Cambodia for state visit

Lao President Bounnhang Vorachit arrived in Cambodia on Wednesday for a two-day state visit at the invitation of Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni. According to the schedule, the Lao leader will be received at the Royal Palace by the monarch soon after his arrival before he has separate talks with Cambodian Senate President Samdech Say Chhum, National Assembly President Samdech Heng Samrin, and Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen on Wednesday afternoon.



Emirates to fly daily to Phnom Penh starting in July

The route will be launched alongside a direct non-stop service between Dubai and Hanoi, with the flight having previously stopped in Myanmar's Yangon. The connection between Yangon and Phnom Penh will be the only direct route between the cities.