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Historic Phnom Kulen’s Popularity Surges, but Threats Loom

phnom kulen, Siem Reap pro­vince - As a child growing up in Cambodia, Kaven Lee heard stories about a sacred mountain with waterfalls called...

Sacred Site Farmed Out To Military

Top government officials in­cluding Prime Minister Hun Sen approved a development contract six months ago in one of the country’s most sacred areas—Phnom Kulen...

German Waste Program Ends

A two-year, German-funded training program to promote private waste management projects in Cambodia concluded Thurs­day. Under the program, 12 Cam­bodians were trained in waste...

Amnestied General Returns to Phnom Penh

Serey Kosal, a top Funcinpec official convicted in March of conspiring with the Khmer Rouge to overthrow the government, returned to Phnom Penh this...

New Minister Seeks Media Responsibility

Funcinpec appears poised to regain media outlets lost after last year’s factional fighting, but new Information Minister Lu Lay­sreng pledged Tuesday to foster a...

Ending Deforestation a ‘Main Focus’ of Gov’t

On the day of the new government’s confirmation, a top CPP official proclaimed the nation’s rulers will attack illegal logging. “This will be a...

F’pec Delays Assembly to Review Posts

The National Assembly failed to meet Thursday to take the next step in forming the new government, as Funcinpec couldn’t complete its parliamentary commission...

Appointment of Hun Sen May Be Premature, Analyst Says

King Norodom Sihanouk has appointed CPP leader Hun Sen prime minister by royal decree, but at least one legal analyst said the action might...

Assembly Session Officially Ends Impasse

Prince Is President; Two VPs Are CPP Amid tight security, the Na­tional Assembly convened Wed­nesday, electing Prince Nor­odom Ranariddh its president as ex­pected and officially...

Small-Party Election Losers Want Seats in New Senate

Despite soundly losing in the July polls, 23 mostly CPP-aligned parties say they want to be included in the proposed Senate for the sake...

PMs Accused of Authorizing Logging Deal

An environmental watchdog claims Cambodia’s two prime ministers authorized an illegal log export deal to Thailand via Laos earlier this year. The deal collapsed...

UN Envoy Attacks Culture of Impunity

A culture of impunity continues to be “a most serious problem in Cambodia, in particular with re­gard to unlawful acts by the military and...

Politicians Maneuver to Curry Favor With US

Before, during and since the July 26 elections, the ruling CPP and the opposition have waged an intense public-relations war for support from the...

US House Calls PM Criminal

The full US House of Represe­ntatives passed a resolution Sat­urday condemning Second Prime Minister Hun Sen as a war criminal. The measure, which urged...

Embassy Downplays Significance of Rohrabacher Resolution

While the US State Depart­ment urges an investigation into human rights violations in Cam­bodia, its representatives say it does not support a controversial congressional...

Capital Residents Weary of Political Bickering

Kun Theavy says he wants a new government formed as soon as possible. “Now both government em­ployees and businessmen are having difficulties,” the government...

Multi-Party Talks Make Little Headway

Assembly Opening Likely Delayed Again A second round of critical multi-party talks ended Monday with little progress, and a likely further delay of the National...

Parties Gear Up for Second Round of Talks

Cambodia’s major political parties head into their second working session today, seemingly far apart in their objectives. Funcinpec and the Sam Rainsy Party say...

JIOG Spokesman Defends Review, Deplores Post-Poll Violence

The European Union’s chief observer Wednesday defended the group’s rosy election assessment, but criticized the government’s handling of election complaints and expressed deep concern...

Rohrabacher Rebuked for Attack on Hun Sen

Two Cambodian genocide experts say that a US congressman’s call to condemn Second Prime Minister Hun Sen as a war criminal has “no basis...