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EuroCham Holds First Annual General Meeting

The European Chamber of Commerce (EuroCham) held its first annual general meeting Thursday at the Sofitel Hotel in Phnom Penh where a board of directors was elected and the French and German chambers merged with EuroCham in order to reinforce the interests of European companies in Cambodia.

Military Police Officers Fight Battle of the Bulge

More than 100 military police from a unit in Banteay Meanchey province were ordered to strip off their shirts on Tuesday, and take a walk of shame—in front of assembled media—to highlight the obesity problem facing the country’s armed forces.

Lao Dam May Kill Off Mekong Giant Catfish

The construction of the massive Xayaburi dam in Laos could force the Mekong giant catfish, one of the world’s largest species of freshwater fish, into extinction, according to a new study commissioned by the World Wildlife Fund.

Hun Sen Says CPP Plays Vote Like an Attacking Football Team

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday took on the role of an inspirational midfield player, figuratively at least, as he used the inauguration of a new football academy in Takeo province to draw a light-hearted analogy likening the CPP to a football team preparing to beat the opposition in the upcoming national election.

New Coal Plant to Tackle Blackouts

National energy supplier Electricite du Cambodge (EdC) on Monday announced that a 50-MW coal-fired power plant in Preah Sihanouk province is ready to come online this week and will solve Phnom Penh’s chronic blackouts.

British Trade Minister Sees Opportunities in Cambodia

British Minister of State for Trade and Investment Stephen Green said Monday that British businesses had not paid enough attention to the Asean region, in particular to Cambodia, and he hoped to see that change.

US, Cambodian Air Forces Conduct Airdrops

The U.S. and Cambodian air forces on Thursday carried out four simulated airdrops in Kompong Speu as part of the 2013 Pacific Airlift Rally, a biennial military airlift event involving 22 nations from the Asia-Pacific region.

Construction Begins to Repair Phnom Penh’s Destroyed Street 63

Workers with heavy machinery began repairing Phnom Penh’s busy Street 63 on Thursday in order to get rid of the potholes and cracked concrete that has turned the street into a divot-ridden, water-logged throughway since new pipes were laid six months ago.

Japanese Funder Blames Street’s Ruin on City Hall

Japan’s aid arm, the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which is funding a drainage project along Phnom Penh’s Street 63, said Wednesday that while it was true sections of the busy road remained in a deplorable condition, responsibility for the street lay with City Hall.

Worse Than Potholes, Street 63 Roadwork Hurts City’s Image

Skyscrapers, supermarkets and high-end clothing stores along Sihanouk Boulevard may reflect the increasingly affluent side of Phnom Penh, but turning down busy Street 63 toward Central Market the scene is more warzone than Asean capital, with the air thick with dust and the road peppered with water-logged potholes and cracked concrete.

Students Hone Their English Skills Thanks to Lessons by Radio

“Teaching English by Radio,” a three-year-long experimental program that aims to improve English-language lessons in schools with the assistance of a BBC-produced radio program, has boasted dramatic results from its pilot scheme, with hopes now high that it can be expanded nationwide.

Hun Sen Says Rural Breastfeeding Campaigns a Waste of Money

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday told health workers and NGOs they were wasting their money on campaigns to promote breastfeeding in rural areas because 99 percent of mothers in those areas already breastfeed.

Massive Power Outage Triggered by Falling Tree

A massive power outage that left large areas of Phnom Penh without elec­­tricity and water and plunged Southern Vietnam into darkness on Wednesday was caused by a crane operator knocking a tree onto a high-voltage power line, Vietnam’s state-owned energy provider said Thursday.

Vietnam Power Failure Hits Phnom Penh

A massive power outage Wednesday in Southern Vietnam brought rolling blackouts that lasted for hours to Ho Chi Minh City, the entire southeastern region of Vietnam and large sections of Phnom Penh.

At 10th Anniversary, Arbitration Council Faces Funding Shortage

The Arbitration Council, an independent body that resolves labor disputes in Cambodia’s garment sector, celebrated its 10th anniversary on Tuesday, though officials expressed concern that funding for the body was due to run out in March next year.

US-Cambodian Military Exercises Begin in Kompong Speu

A two-week bilateral military training exercise involving 317 members of the Royal Cam­bodian Armed Forces (RCAF) and 139 U.S. Army troops began Thursday in Kompong Speu province at the Training Center for Multinational Peacekeeping Forces.

Lawmaker Calls for Pay Freeze on Opposition

($) Senior CPP lawmaker Cheam Yeap on Wednesday sent a letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen and National Assembly President Heng Samrin asking the government to freeze the wages of all lawmakers belonging to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), claiming that the newly formed party is not yet legally entitled to have its members sit in the assembly.

Buddhist Monk in US Sex Scandal Breaks Silence

($) His whereabouts remain a mystery, but the Cambodian Buddhist monk at the center of a sex-tape scandal currently playing out in a Lowell, Massachusetts, courtroom has broken his silence over a number of allegations that have enraged and divided the U.S.’ second-largest Cambodian-American population.

Cambodia’s Excess Baggage

"I don’t know what I was expecting, but I wasn’t expecting to look out the bus window and see all the blue bags along the road and in the fields,” said 27-year-old Christopher Convery, who is currently backpacking for the first time in Cambodia.

Thailand Bans Documentary About Disputed Border

Thailand’s Ministry of Culture has banned a documentary film about the disputed Thai-Cambodia border territory that has since 1962 sparked an often-violent tug of war between the two neighbors, according to the filmmaker.