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Cambodia and China will kick off preparations for their third annual joint “Golden Dragon” military exercise on Feb. 28, Cambodia’s National Defense Ministry announced Wednesday, highlighting improved ties between the two countries as Western influence in the Southeast Asian nation wanes.
Cambodia has one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world, largely due to illegal logging.
A newly opened Chinese hotel and casino on an island near Cambodia’s port city of Sihanoukville has been pouring raw sewage into the sea, ruining the beauty of a local beach, island resort owners and environmental activists say.
Cambodia’s Ministry of Interior on Thursday issued detailed instructions for the political rehabilitation of lawmakers from the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), but a party official said it had no interest in returning while leader Kem Sokha remained in jail.
A group of forestry activists accompanied by monks held a Buddhist ceremony in hopes of protecting Prey Lang forest in Cambodia’s central plains. The forest has been ravaged by deforestation caused by illegal logging, with much of the illicit timber smuggled outside the country.
Cambodia and the United States sparred this weekend over comments appearing on a U.S. embassy Facebook page criticizing the Cambodian government’s continued detention of the leader of a now-banned opposition party.
Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy vowed again on Friday to go back to Cambodia after more than three years abroad, defying threats by ruling Prime Minister Hun Sen to arrest him but declining to set a clear date for his return.
Cambodia must work during the next 18 months to destroy the opposition party at the local level before European Union trade sanctions come into effect, Prime Minister Hun Sen said in a phone call to government officers leaked to social media on Thursday.
About 23 percent of children in three Cambodian provinces along the country’s northwestern border with Thailand have dropped out of school, causing great concern for the education ministry.
North Korean-themed restaurants in Cambodia are struggling with financial difficulties due to UN sanctions and a dwindling customer base.
Thai authorities have deported eight Cambodian Muslims who were part of a group of 18 arrested after they were initially suspected of training to join separatist insurgents in Thailand’s mainly Muslim southern border region, diplomats said on Monday.
Officials in Cambodia’s Banteay Meanchey province are making preparations to release 47 Malaysians who were detained on suspicion of running an illegal gambling operation there.
Authorities in the insurgency-stricken Thai Deep South said Thursday they had found no evidence so far to charge 18 Cambodian Muslims in custody over suspected rebel links, but most were indicted for immigration violations.
The unique spice was deemed “too decadent” under the Khmer Rouge. But now, Kampot pepper farmers are hoping for a bumper harvest.
Cambodia’s government on Friday denied reports that the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) plans to amend the constitution to allow China to build a naval base in the country, amid growing influence from Beijing in the Southeast Asian nation.
A court in Cambodia’s capital on Friday ordered a member of the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) detained pending a bail hearing after questioning him over a post he made on Facebook last month, which said the European Union plans to impose a tariff on Cambodian rice.
Cambodia’s Interior Ministry has received a warrant to arrest acting president of the now-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Sam Rainsy upon entering the country, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Friday, daring the opposition chief to honor his pledge to return from self-imposed exile.
Ethnic Vietnamese evicted last year from a floating village on Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake are beginning to return, citing poor conditions at the site chosen for their relocation and claiming they need to look after fish farms left behind, Cambodian sources say.
Six Arrested, One Critically Injured After Police Fire on Land Protest in Cambodia’s Sihanoukville...
Six villagers were arrested and one was left critically injured Thursday after authorities fired on a protest against the forcible eviction of residents from land in southwest Cambodia’s Sihanoukville province, in the country’s first violent police crackdown since a July election widely seen as unfree and unfair.
Cambodian authorities this week gave permission for trade union members to commemorate the 2004 murder of their former president Chea Vichea, forbidding participants to march, however, and warning against the involvement of former opposition party members now banned from political life.