The agreement by Mekong River Commission (MRC) countries to conduct more studies before they decide on Laos’ proposal for the first Lower Mekong dam received further support on Friday, with an influential US senator and an environmental group welcoming it as an important step in preventing harm to the river’s crucially important ecosystem.
As US officials yesterday continued efforts to control the damage from the release of a quarter million private diplomatic communications, the government spokesman here said Cambodian authorities feared no embarrassment from the disclosures.
When Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, one of the co-founders of the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay, failed to show up for an appeal court hearing in Sweden on Tuesday, his lawyer told the court his absence was due to his illness in Cambodia, according to reports in the Swedish media.
Almost 70,000 garment workers went on strike across the country yesterday, as the first day of a week-long series of work stoppages passed relatively peacefully, union representatives said.
From inside his tuk-tuk, Sao Ratha eyes the guesthouses lining Phnom Penh’s Street 178 hoping to find his first customer of the day. And in front of him are tuk-tuks parked back-to-back for half a block, each with a driver waiting for his own customer as well.
Environmental campaigners Global Witness said yesterday that Singapore’s alleged import of sand from Cambodia’s environmentally sensitive rivers and shores could to undermine its credibility as this year’s host of a sustainable cities conference.