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Thai Gov’t to Investigate Log-Export Deal

The Thai government has reiterated its pledge to prevent illegal log imports from Cambodia and has promised to investigate a current alleged deal. The...

CPP Members Plot Strategy

Top CPP officials once again have urged their cadre to avoid vio­lence during the upcoming election campaign. CPP members discussed that appeal and other...

CMAC Killings ‘Retaliation’

Leaflets left by the resistance soldiers who allegedly killed two deminers and two of their children in a northwest Cambodian village Thursday night indicated...

5 Dead in Raid on Village, CMAC Base Attack

Fifty to 100 armed men looted and attacked a northwest village near the Thai border late Thurs­day night, killing five people, including two deminers...

Grant to Increase Crop Yields

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization has signed a $335,000 grant to help Cambodia improve agricultural techniques to ensure a secure food supply. The...

Watchdog Says Gov’t Plans $50M Log Deal

A Cambodian forestry company is set to export about $50 million worth of illegal logs into Thailand via Laos, the environmental watch­dog Global Witness...

A Pageant’s the Prize for Young Models

The catwalk was so narrow the models occasionally bumped shoulders as they passed. At one point, the music ended prematurely. At another, toilet paper...

Gov’t Orders Protest Ban For Election

Phnom Penh Municipality has banned demonstrations until after the scheduled July 26 elections in order to “maintain good security, public order and a good...

Vendors Mull Dry-Polls Plea

Drink vendors could be facing an election-day dilemma: to sell or not to sell. Cambodia’s two prime ministers have appealed to citizens and foreigners alike...

Environmentalists Give Forests Five Years Before They’re Gone

In March, Agriculture Minister Tao Seng Huor agreed with the World Bank to crack down on illegal logging in part by suspending the signing...

Unesco Cautious About Tonle Sap Development

Any oil or gas exploration in the Tonle Sap area should be preceded by an environmental study that shows it would have no negative...

Group Links Gov’t Official to Timber Transfer

Environmental watchdog Glo­bal Witness has charged Cam­bodia’s forestry director with ne­gotiating a timber concessions transfer despite alleged government assurances not to do so. The...

Sea to Get Attention During Environment Day

While illegal logging often dominates the environmental spot­­light, concern about the future of Cambodia’s coastal re­gion takes center stage today.  About 200 people, including government...

Gov’t Urged To Regulate Tonle Sap

Cambodia needs to create new laws and enforce existing ones to protect the resource-rich Tonle Sap lake in light of a new Unesco designation,...

Bank Governor Vows to Keep Riel Stable

The head of Cambodia’s central bank pledged Tuesday to keep the riel stable at about 4,000 to the US dollar by auctioning dollars every...

Global Witness Cautious About World Bank Forestry Plan

The environmental watchdog Global Witness said it “welcomes” the findings contained in a World Bank-funded forestry re­form report, but questioned some of the proposed...

Phnom Penh Merchants Get Advice on Thwarting Kidnappings

Private security consultants warned local business leaders Wednesday to stay alert and refrain from “loose talk,” or they run a greater risk of be­coming...

Government Scrambles to Keep Riel from Crashing

Cambodia’s central bank and key ministers are scrambling to figure out ways to stabilize the country’s currency in the run-up to the scheduled July...

Logging Patrol Plan Hinges on Armed Rangers

Imagine 700 well-armed and well-trained rangers in camouflage uniforms patrolling Cam­bodia’s forests for illegal loggers. That is the centerpiece of a proposal to restore...

‘Free and Fair’ Elections Quizzed At Seminar

On what marked the fifth an­niversary of the UN-sponsored ­elections, policy makers grappled last weekend with such thorny ’98 campaign issues as voter intimidation...

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