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Number of Trained Midwives Set to Increase

($) The Ministry of Health is increasing the number of midwives it is training this year despite being on track to reach the Millennium Development Goal for midwifery and maternal health, officials said Sunday to mark International Day of the Midwife.

New York Museum to Return Stolen Statues

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art will return to Cambodia two ancient Khmer statues stolen from the Koh Ker temple complex in Preah Vi­hear province during the turmoil of the 1970s, the museum announced in a statement on Friday.

Tourism Sector a Boon to Orphanage ‘Business’

Despite the number of single orphans—children who have lost one parent—and double orphans declining, the number of orphanages in Cambodia is increasing as more tourists enter the country wanting to add an element of altruism to their holiday. But many of the children are not orphans and experts say the growing sector is born more out of poverty than a lack of parents.

Court Questions Major Over Abuse of Minors

Banteay Meanchey provincial police arrested a wheelchair-bound retired Royal Cambodian Armed Forces major on allegations he abused minors in Poipet City between 2008 and 2012, police said Friday.

Happiness Is In the Eye of the Statistician

Cambodians are a very contented people. Practically nowhere else in the world are people as happy as Cambodians are with their government, their education system, and their "freedom of choice," according to the UNDP's Human Development Report 2013, which was released last month in Mexico.

Six-Year-Old in Critical Condition Is 10th Bird Flu Case This Year

A 6-year-old boy from Kampot City’s Troeuy Koh commune has become the 10th person to contract bird flu this year and remained in a very serious condition at Phnom Penh’s Kantha Bopha hospital Wednesday night, said the hospital’s deputy director, Denis Laurent.

International Parliamentary Group Proposes Resolution on Rainsy

A Committee on Human Rights of parliamentarians from 162 countries has proposed a draft resolution stating that the criminal convictions against Cambodian opposition party leader Sam Rainsy are politically motivated, and that his participation in July’s national election is necessary if he vote is to be considered free and fair.

Police Charge Orphanage Director With Abusing Minors

Police have charged the director of an orphanage in Siem Reap with sexually abusing two minors and have sent him to the provincial prison to await trial, an official said Wednesday.

KR Tribunal Unlikely to Complete Work, NGO Report Says

Completion of the Khmer Rouge tribunal’s current caseload is “doubtful” as the health of the two remaining war crimes defendants declines and overall donor fatigue continues to delay the proceedings, the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) concluded in its latest assessment of the court.

Decision to Promote Telecom Chief Defended

The Minister of Posts and Tele­com­munications on Thursday defended the appointment of the former Tele­com Cambodia (T.C.) director- general to the position of an undersecretary despite ongoing investigations into his involvement in alleged corrupt acts and embezzlement of funds at the state-owned company.

Inmates Find a Legal Means of Escape in Prison Libraries

With novels, agriculture books and magazines in hand, 13 inmates sat around a longish table in Kandal provincial prison this week, flipping through pages, studiously staring at pictures of cows and advertisements for pizza at a fast food chain.

UN-Funded ‘Equity’ News Program Scrapped

The U.N.-funded television program “Equity Weekly,” which was created in 2003 with the aim of promoting good governance through issues-based news programs and offering a voice to the political opposition on state-run TVK, has been permanently halted and will not air ahead of July’s national elections.

Demining in the Depths

A badge on his chest, a certificate in hand, a bow for officials. It was a proud day for deminer Tri Khun and his buddies—as he calls them—after four weeks of rigorous training to become the country’s first salvage dive unit.

Bird Flu Death Toll Rises to Eight

A 35-year-old man from Kompong Cham province has become the eighth person to die from avian influenza since January 21, in the worst single...

Artifacts Tie Historical Thread Between Cambodia, Neighbors

Withstanding wars, looting and occupations for centuries, mighty stone lions with curly fur and open jaws protected the temples of Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. Over...

Italy Signs Agreement to Resume Adoptions

Italy has signed a memorandum of understanding with Cambodia to allow its citizens to adopt Cambodian children, making it the first country to do...

Sixth Death From Bird Flu Confirmed

A 3-year-old girl from Kampot province who was diagnosed with bird flu on Monday died Wednesday morning at Kantha Bopha Hospital in Phnom Penh, making her the sixth person to die from the virus since January 21, the Ministry of Health said. The Health Ministry also raised concerns that the H5N1 virus could mutate and cause a pandemic by being transmitted from human to human in the same way as seasonal flu.

Little H5N1 Awareness Among Poultry Owners

Residents of Koh Dach commune in Russei Keo district said yesterday that they knew little about the H5N1 outbreak—which the World Health Organization (WHO) has partly attributed to an increased movement of live poultry for the Chinese Lunar New Year.

Having Learned How to Swim, Deminers Dive In

Swimming crawl-style up and down a 35-meter long pool, potential salvage divers from the Cam­bodian Mine Action Center have clearly come a long way...

France Pushes Hun Sen on Human Rights Record

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault raised concerns over the controversial convictions against op­position leader Sam Rainsy and independent ra­dio station owner Mam So­nan­do during...