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from the Wikileaks cables
Julian Assange, the man behind Wikileaks, is also facing a rape charge by Interpol and countless demands from embassies he shut the site down  AFP Photo 

Within hours, everything that is discussed in ASEAN meetings is known in Beijing, given China’s close ties with Laos, Cambodia and Burma.

- A cable from an American diplomat, quoting Singaporean leader Lee Kuan Yew discussing the Kingdom’s close relations with China. 

Why is it that we’re trying to prevent the Pakistani government from collapsing? Shoring up Pakistan, helping it fight extremism, trying to improve its institutions are not just a humanitarian effort or some naive public diplomacy gambit.

- An official at the US Embassy in Pakistan suggesting that US efforts in Pakistan are futile.

The Google hacking was part of a coordinated campaign of computer sabotage carried out by... the ??? what government? They have broken into American government computers and those of Western allies, the Dalai Lama and American businesses since 2002, cables said.

- New York Times report on cables from the US officials.

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Rising tension between North & South Korea

Years since either North Korea or South Korea has shelled the other side. The last time was during the 1950-1953 war.
The number of people who died in the attacks. The North said it was in retaliation for South Korean shells landing in its waters during a military drill earlier that day.
Staged atomic bomb tests conducted by the regime of Kim Jong-Il since 2006.
Troops involved in the US and Japan’s biggest military exercise ever, which started last Friday. The previously announced eight-day “Keen Sword” drills, to be held near South Korea’s coast, also involved 60 warships and 500 aircraft.
Estimated number of North Koreans, out of  how many people live in North Korea?  to have starved to death in the past decade.
The age of Kim Jong Un, likely to be the next leader of the North.

News Briefs

TWO US college graduates started a business to help hungover party hosts clean up and recover from the night before. Hangover Helpers has quickly become very popular.
For US$ ??? how much does it cost? per roommate, they offer to deliver burritos and Gatorade to ease aching heads and calm fragile stomachs, while clearing up the mess from the night before. AFP

Big Stories

  1. 1,010 Cambodia-related
    Wilileaks cables are in the archive to be released.
  2. Former Prime minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh will return to political life.
    ??? where did he announce this from?

  3. The Cambodian Centre for Human Rights will investigate the causes of the deadly Koh Pich bridge tragedy.


  • Kak Channthy, Cambodian Space Project frontwoman, killed in crash at 38 [Updated]

    Updated 5:05pm, Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Kak Channthy, frontwoman of popular The Cambodian Space Project, was killed Tuesday morning in a traffic accident in Phnom Penh. She was 38. Channthy, the internationally recognised singer-songwriter also known as “Srey Thy”, was reportedly travelling in a tuk-tuk on the city's

  • Australians protest Asean summit visit by PM Hun Sen

    Hundreds of protesters gathered in Sydney’s Hyde Park on Friday to protest against Cambodian strongman Hun Sen, who claimed to have been gifted millions of dollars by the Australian government ahead of a special Asean summit this weekend. An estimated 300 protesters, the majority of

  • One Australian, one Cambodian killed in explosion at military base

    Updated: 5:20pm, Friday 16 March 2018 An Australian tourist and a Cambodian soldier were killed in an explosion on Thursday afternoon at an army base in Cambodia’s Kampong Speu province. The Australian, whom the government initially identified as a technical demining expert in his 40s, and

  • Peeling back layers of prehistory in Battambang

    When the man passed away, he had not yet reached 50. He belonged to a tribe that had settled near the Sangker River in Battambang province, likely cultivating the fields and raising animals. On the side, they hunted for boars, and even turtles, one of which