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South China Sea Verdict Final, Japan’s Abe Tells Hun Sen

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appeared to rebuke Cambodia’s position on the South China Sea dispute over the weekend, saying that an international tribunal’s ruling on China’s territorial claims should be respected.

After Sea Decision, Chinese Funds Flow In

China will provide Cambodia with more than half a billion dollars in aid, Prime Minister Hun Sen announced yesterday, less than a week after Cambodia again declined to support an Asean statement critical of Beijing’s claims to the hotly contested South China Sea.

Kandal Drinking Water Contaminated With Fecal Matter, Study Says

A study of drinking water sources in Kandal province found widespread contamination from human excrement, posing a health risk to residents that likely mirrors the situation across Cambodia, the authors say.

Government Backs Letter Denouncing Foreign Press

Foreign-owned newspapers in Cambodia serve as opposition propaganda machines and will face legal repercussions if they continue to disrupt stability in Cambodia, according to an anonymous letter published by a CPP-aligned media outlet and endorsed by a government spokesman.

Disgraced Education Ministry Official Still on Payroll, Colleagues Say

Disgraced Education Ministry official Kry Seang Long—who was arrested for sexually assaulting his interpreter in South Korea in May —is still employed at the ministry, officials said this week.

Trial Shows Promise of New PTSD Treatment

A new treatment designed to stabilize those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has pro­v­en highly effective and could be used to help the roughly quarter of Cambodians who have the mental illness, according to a new study.

US Restaurant Week Plugs Global Americana

The U.S. Embassy-sponsored American Restaurant Week captures the fusions that have sprung up as U.S. culinary culture is remade in Cambodia’s rapidly globalizing capital.

Rosewood Exports Undercut UN Protections

Cambodia exported hundreds of millions of dollars worth of threatened Siamese rosewood in the 18 months after ratifying a 2013 international protocol designed to protect the species from destructive trade, according to a report released on Friday.

Government Official Assaulted Interpreter in Korea: Police

Senior Education Ministry official Kry Seang Long was charged with sexually assaulting his interpreter during an official visit to South Korea in late May and released after the Cambodian Embassy intervened and paid more than $12,000 in fines, Cambodian and South Korean officials said on Wednesday.

Live From Facebook, It’s Prime Minister Hun Sen

As Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Facebook fandom has grown, his "electronic government" now includes regular entertainment programming in a bid to court young, smartphone-streaming voters.

Civil Society Slams Ambassador’s Response to UN Official

Civil society leaders on Friday condemned a statement made by Cambodia’s representative to the U.N. earlier this past week that characterized the country’s democratic space as “broad and deep.”

Tigers and Tubers—Secrets of Bunong Healers

A study by a French pharmacologist has catalogued hundreds of traditional plant and animal medicinal cures used by Cambodia’s Bunong ethnic minority that hint at the old—and threatened—connection between Bunong and the forest.

Author Recounts US’ Frosty Ties to Sihanouk

William Rust reveals Americans’ clumsy attempts to manage Prince Sihanouk during the 1950s and early 1960s in his upcoming book “Eisenhower & Cambodia: Diplomacy, Covert Action, and the Origins of the Second Indochina War.”

World Bank Will Resume Funding to Cambodia

The World Bank approved $130 million in new loans to Cambodia late Thursday night, ending a lending freeze that had been in place since 2011 to protest forced evictions by the government.

Choeung Ek Dig Unearths Angkor-Era Kiln

In the cluttered backyard of an unassuming stilted house just down the road from the Killing Fields on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, archaeologists are digging up a relic of the country’s historical high point: a kiln that once furnished stoneware pottery across the Angkorian empire.

Malnutrition Costs Economy $266 Million per Year, Study Finds

Malnutrition is costing the Cambodian economy $266 million annually in lost economic growth, according to study published last week in the journal Nutrients.

Government Struggles to Ease Capital Congestion

Experts warn that soaring population, vehicle use, condominium construction, minimal enforcement of parking and vehicle tax laws and lackluster public transit options could spell decades of gridlock if action is not taken soon.

Royal Railways Considering Airport Train

Royal Railways is conducting a feasibility study on a rail line that would whisk passengers from the center of Phnom Penh to the airport in less than 15 minutes, the company’s CEO said on Wednesday.

As Fast Food Takes Hold, Health Fears Grow

As increasing numbers of Cambodians discover the quick, rich treats of fast-food franchises springing up across the country, health experts warn that waistlines and rates of related diseases are likely to keep pace.

Government Had ‘No Choice’ But to Arrest Critics

Provocations from the opposition over the past two years left the ruling CPP “no choice” but to use the courts to preserve peace in the country, Foreign Affairs Ministry Secretary of State Ouch Borith argued at the close of a three-day summit with representatives of the E.U. on Wednesday.