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Officials sign the agreement with a Chinese company to create a 30,000-hectare tree plantation on Saturday in Preah Vihear province.
Mon, 18 September 2017

Defence in tree plantation deal

The Ministry of Defence on Saturday signed an agreement with a Chinese company to create a 30,000-hectare tree plantation in Preah Vihear province, an official said yesterday.

Mon, 18 September 2017

Chinese arrested after radio report

Immigration Police who burst into a Phnom Penh apartment building on Saturday morning expecting to find a Chinese VoIP scam based on reports from a local radio station didn’t find any evidence of an extortion ring.

Officials inspect seized timber after a bust on Saturday in Kampong Speu province.
Mon, 18 September 2017

Timber busts in Kampong Speu

National and Provincial Military Police in Kampong Speu seized hauls of illicit timber and arrested two suspects in separate cases over the weekend.

A pile of trash waits for pickup in Sihanoukville. Waste collection company Cintri lost their contract bid to Kampong Som Waste Management.
Mon, 18 September 2017

New firm takes over for Cintri to tackle trash in Sihanoukville

Move over, Cintri – there’s a new garbage collector in town.

Mother Nature co-founder Alejandro Gonzalez-Davidson (centre) is escorted by officials after his arrest in 2015.
Mon, 18 September 2017

Environmental NGO Mother Nature dissolved

The Interior Ministry on Friday announced it had stricken critical environmental NGO Mother Nature from its registry, effective immediately, with the group saying it had requested the move and would continue to investigate sand dredging and export violations in the country’s southwest despite the de-registration. In a letter disclosing the move, the ministry said the NGO had requested the removal of its own accord in a letter from Mother Nature head Prum Thomacheat on August 23 requesting dissolution of the environmental group. Deported Mother Nature co-founder Alejandro Gonzalez-Davidson said on Friday that the request had been prompted by constant harassment of two other co-founders, Thomacheat and fellow monk Sok Chantra.

Hun Sen at Vattanac.
Fri, 15 September 2017

Breaking: Hun Sen suggests US embassy to pull out Peace Corps volunteers

Far from backing down in the face of international criticism, Prime Minister Hun Sen today ratcheted up his attacks on the United States, announcing that he had instructed the Immigration Department to check for American “spies” and

Fri, 15 September 2017

Breaking: Mother Nature stricken from registry

The Interior Ministry today announced it had stricken critical environmental NGO Mother Nature from its registry, effective immediately, just days after the group called attention to major discrepancies in silica sand exports to Tai

A staffer at Phnom Penh’s Kantha Bopha Hospital gives free medicine to mothers waiting for prescriptions for their children. Cambodia continues to face challenges to reach health goals set by the United Nations for 2030, a study has found.
Fri, 15 September 2017

Gains in health care

Cambodia has made significant leaps in improving access to health care for its citizens, according to an extensive study published this week, though like other countries worldwide it faces a “challenging road” to hit health targets

Cambodia-US Working groups meet to propose amendments to the US Embassy Memorandum of Understanding in August.
Fri, 15 September 2017

Remains hostage in spat with US

Prime Minister Hun Sen hit back yesterday in response to United States visa sanctions by saying Cambodia would no longer assist in finding and repatriating the remains of American soldiers who lost their lives during the Vietnam War. The step follows a US ban imposed on Wednesday on certain visas for senior Foreign Ministry officials, which came in response to the Kingdom temporarily suspending a controversial 2002 agreement to receive citizens that the US wants to deport due to prior felony convictions. “Cambodia suspends cooperating with the US in seeking US soldiers’ bones which went missing in Cambodia during the war,” Hun Sen said in a rare interview with government mouthpiece Fresh News.

Opposition leader Kem Sokha is escorted from his home by police following his midnight arrest in Phnom Penh earlier this month.
Fri, 15 September 2017

Eyes on Sokha not welcome: lawyers

Jailed opposition leader Kem Sokha’s lawyers have said that they are under surveillance during meetings with their client in Tbong Khmum’s Trapaing Thlong prison, which they yesterday called a violation of their rights ensuring client-attorney conversations are confidential. The Cambodia National Rescue Party president was jailed on September 3 following his arrest in a midnight raid on his home in Phnom Penh and has since been charged with “treason” for claiming that he had received United States assistance in planning his political career. While lawyers have had difficulty meeting with the party president, when they do get access they say they are being monitored with cameras and audio recording equipment in the prison.