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WHO Says Cambodia on Track to Reach Zero Malaria Deaths

Eight Cambodians have died from malaria so far this year, compared to 37 in the same period last year, a drop of about 80 percent and a sign that the country could soon reach the goal of zero malaria deaths, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

Flooding Caused Evacuation of 31,000 Houses

More than 31,000 households were evacuated and 168 people died across 20 provinces during this year’s rainy-season flooding, according to the Humanitarian Response Forum, which released its final report on the flooding Monday.

Air Pollution—The Latest Threat to Angkor Park

Air pollution from vehicles and electric generators inside the Angkor Archeological Park and in Siem Reap City is soiling and darkening the monuments at the World Heritage Site, an official at the Apsara Authority, which is responsible for the park, said Friday.

Private Ship Registry Did Not Monitor Compliance

The privately-operated International Ship Registry of Cambodia, a South Korea-based company that owns the rights to register foreign vessels under the Cambodian flag, told ship owners last year that it was not monitoring their observance of international maritime laws, and that it was their own responsibility to ensure compliance.

New Health Center Claims to Cure Cancer Through Detox

An unconventional new health center in Chamkar Mon district is claiming to be able to cure Cambodians of cancer and diabetes using only “detoxifying treatments” such as a thin, gray mat that emits magnetic vibrations.

Website of Company Running Ship Registry Closed Down

The website of the International Ship Registry of Cambodia, a private company based in South Korea that bought the rights from the government to register foreign vessels under the Cambodian national flag for $6 million, is no longer operating.

Education Ministry Gets Donation of IT Supplies

The European Union, Unicef and the Embassy of Sweden on Friday donated information technology (IT) supplies worth about $500,000 to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport to enhance communication and administrative work, officials said.

CNRP Calls for Investigation Into National Ship Registry Sale

The opposition CNRP on Friday called for a full investigation into the government’s management of the national ship registry, which a Council of Ministers official revealed on Thursday was sold to a private South Korean company for $6 million.

Saved From the Soup, Rescued Sun Bears Thrive

Now about six months old, Hope is still a little clumsy when climbing trees. Hope’s sidekick, named “173,” follows her around as if they were inseparable twins. Together, they swing in a hammock, bathe in a pool and, sometimes, climb up the metal bars of their enclosure to pull on the camera straps of adoring visitors. Though the smallest and most threatened of their kind, the two sun bear cubs are thriving.

Government Sold National Ship Registry Rights

Cambodia has no control over Cambodian-flagged ships complicit in illegal activities on the high seas as the government sold the authority to register ocean-going vessels, under Cambodia’s national flag, to a company in South Korea for $6 million, a Council of Ministers official claimed Thursday.

EU Fish Ban Blamed on Cambodian-Flagged Vessels

A ban on imports of Cambodian seafood proposed by the European Commission is in direct response to Cambodian-flagged vessels complicit in illegal fishing in international waters, Jean-Francois Cautain, European Union ambassador to Cambodia, said Wednesday.

Campaign Against Gender Violence Launched

The Ministry of Women’s Affairs, NGOs and several U.N. agencies Monday launched the 13th annual campaign against gender-based violence, which this year is focused on rape, organizers said Monday.

Snakebites an Under-Reported but Deadly Problem in Cambodia

Along Cambodia’s rivers, floodlands and lowlands live millions of venomous snakes, 10 species of which can be lethal if you disturb their slumber.

Diabetes on Rise Due to Unhealthy Lifestyles

More than 1,000 people marched to the Kompong Thom provincial referral hospital on Saturday to mark World Diabetes Day and raise awareness of the chronic disease, which affects 3 percent of Cambodians and is increasing due to changing diets.

VN Rubber Company Says It Improves Forest

The Vietnamese Hoang Anh Gia Lai company, the majority shareholder of several economic land concessions in Ratanakkiri province, on Friday rebuffed accusations that it had logged forests and forced evictions, claiming that its activities improved the environment and the livelihoods of locals.

High Rate of HIV Infection Among Intravenous Drug Users

While Cambodia is often touted as a regional success story in terms of HIV/AIDS prevention, the prevalence of the disease among men who have sex with men, sex workers and intravenous drug users remains a concern, according to a report by UNAIDS released Tuesday.

CPP Says ACU Will Investigate Global Fund Corruption

The government’s Anti-Corruption Unit will investigate evidence of massive corruption in the health sector uncovered in a two-year audit by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and those found to have committed wrongdoing will be prosecuted, a CPP spokesman said Monday.

Global Fund Reveals Network Of Bribery in Health Ministry

Officials working for the Ministry of Health have engaged in setting up fake bank accounts to receive hundred of thousands of dollars in bribes and have directly told businesses that government contracts could only be secured if large sums of cash were paid to individuals, a report by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria found.

Siem Reap Man Becomes 102nd Lightning Fatality in 2013

Lightning struck and killed a 54-year-old farmer in Siem Reap province’s Puok district on Wednesday, making him the 102nd person to be killed by lightning this year, officials said Thursday.

Man’s Death Brings National Bird Flu Fatalities to 14 This Year

A 29-year-old man who died from bird flu last week become the 14th Cambodian to die from avian influenza so far this year, while a 3-year-old boy has recovered after treatment for the often-fatal disease, the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization said in a joint statement Thursday.