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WWII-era shipwreck found off Koh Rong

Debris of the Japanese cargo vessel Burma Maru were discovered over the course of a two-day dive last week. Mikko Paasi

A group of six divers led by The Dive Shop Cambodia owner Dennis Funke have discovered what they believe is the wreckage of a Japanese merchant vessel sunk by a US Navy submarine during World War II. The cargo ship is suspected to be the steam-powered Burma Maru, and was discovered on Tuesday last week over the course of a two-day dive. The find was the result of nearly five years of research.

CNRP’s deputy role to multiply

CNRP members Pol Ham (left), Mu Sochua (middle) and Eng Chhay Eang (left) were nominated for deputy president roles at party headquarters yesterday in Phnom Penh. Post staff

The Cambodian National Rescue Party yesterday signalled that acting president Kem Sokha would take the helm of the opposition, flanked by three deputies – Pol Ham, Eng Chhay Eang and Mu Sochua. According to CNRP spokesman Yim Sovann, the party yesterday resolved to vote in three deputies beneath Sokha, who is the only candidate for the presidency. A vote will take place on Thursday at an extraordinary congress of some 1,100 members.

Siem Reap woman fighting necrosis

An old photo of Soth Rey, 18, who is suffering from a life-threatening flesh-eating virus. Photo supplied

Soth Rey was working in a Siem Reap massage parlour to help support her parents and three younger siblings when she contracted an unexpected illness. According to Rey’s 20-year-old sister Soth Borey, the young woman fell ill with a sinus infection in December. They brought her to a doctor in Siem Reap who said she had the flu. But weeks later, ulcers developed in her nose, and the doctor opted to pull some of Rey’s teeth.

RCAF-Australia training called off

A Cambodian anti-terrorism unit stands guard during an air-crash drill during a full-scale airport-emergency exercise in 2010 at Phnom Penh’s Military Air Force Base. Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Australia has become the latest Western country to see military cooperation programs with Cambodia suspended, with the scrapping of a counter-terrorism exercise, a defence official confirmed yesterday. The decision to suspend the Dawn Kouprey exercises was first reported by the Australia Broadcasting Corporation. It follows a decision by the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, revealed in January, to postpone drills with the United States military for two years.

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