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Mystery HIV Outbreak Sparks Panic In Battambang

What began as a few routine health checks late last week has snowballed into a public health panic in Battambang province’s Sangke district, where nearly 100 people have tested positive for HIV.

Gov’t Seeking Access to Seized Artifacts

Cambodia has put in a request to Thailand to inspect a haul seized last month from a disgraced senior Thai police official—a trove that includes Khmer antiquities that Thai authorities say may have been smuggled into the country illegally.

Conference Examines Cambodia’s Past—Beyond the Khmer Rouge

A symposium exploring the way Cambodia constructs collective memory began in Phnom Penh on Monday, with one unique caveat: It excludes discussions of the Khmer Rouge.

Abused Brides Come Home After China Ordeal

Two Cambodian women were returned to Phnom Penh on Monday after each spending more than a year in China, where they both say they suffered through abusive marriages so bad that they decided to leave their newborn babies and escape from their husbands.

Artistic Exchange Sees Ancient Technique Return to Cambodia

Outside a classroom at the Royal University of Fine Arts this week, students laid down brick tiles and mixed white plaster in preparation to execute a technique that can be traced back to early civilizations—creating frescoes using lime.

Facing Cuts, Gov’t Pressured to Take Lead in Fight Against AIDS

Two of the major donors who have supported Cambodia’s highly successful fight against HIV/AIDS are set to make significant cuts to their funding, putting pressure on the government to increase its own spending, officials and experts said.

Facilities for Country’s Disabled ‘Horrendous,’ Unicef Rep Says

Facilities for the disabled in Cam­bodia are “horrendous,” Uni­cef’s country representative told re­port­ers Friday on the sidelines of a regional conference in Phnom Penh on the challenges facing children with disabilities in Southeast Asia.

Donors Meet Over New Civil Servant Per Diems

Cambodia’s international donors met Tuesday to decide whether they will comply with the government’s recent move to increase the per diem that civil servants receive for attending work-related, out-of-office events.

Abandoned Young: NGOs Struggle to Care for Country’s Disabled Children

Southeast Asia’s first insane asylum, the famous Prek Tnot hospital in Kandal province now houses the Center for Child and Adolescent Mental Health—Cambodia’s only mental-health facility dedicated to children.

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‘It’s not political’: Phnom Penh Post CEO on $3.9m tax bill

A large tax bill handed down to the Phnom Penh Post, Cambodia’s last remaining independent English-language newspaper, is part of an ongoing, “perfectly routine” audit negotiation process rather than an attack on free press, according to the paper’s CEO, Marcus Holmes. He added that such audits were hitting businesses across the country in a government effort to strictly enforce the years-old tax law.

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