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Hun Sen Laments Impact of Foreign Competition in Rice Sector

Cambodia’s rice industry faces a ple­thora of challenges—both internal and external—that have led to low prices and prevented ex­porters from achieving a lofty tonnage target set by the government in 2010, Prime Minister Hun­ Sen said on Monday.

Cycle of Rice: The Harvest

Machines have transformed the country’s annual rice harvest. This is the sixth in a 12-part series on Cambodia’s rice cycle, to be published monthly.

Civil Party Says Ethnic Tolerance Prevailed in Village

A civil party told the Khmer Rouge tribunal on Thursday that his half-Vietnamese sister-in-law faced no prejudice within their village in Prey Veng province before she was taken away with her five children for a “study session” by Khmer Rouge cadres.

Ministry Seeks to Arrest Photoshopper Abroad

The Interior Ministry has asked Interpol to help arrest a “Cambodian living abroad” it believes is responsible for doctoring and circulating an image of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s wife, according to a ministry spokesman.

Woman Dies After Vital Care Denied, Husband Says

A 31-year-old woman who suffered severe head wounds in an attack by an ax-wielding assailant in Sihanoukville on Tuesday died at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital in Phnom Penh on Wednesday afternoon after being denied a brain scan, blood transfusions and surgery, according to her husband.

New Youth-Oriented Political Party Launches

A former garment worker announced plans on Thursday to launch a political party focused on alleviating the problems faced by Cambodia’s youth, targeting what he says is a lacuna in current policy.

NYT to Cease Distribution In Cambodia

The print edition of the International New York Times will no longer be available in Cambodia following the closure of its Thai print operation at the end of the year, a representative of the newspaper said on Thursday.

Khmer Times Publisher to Retire Plagiarizing Pen

T Mohan, publisher of the Khmer Times, will no longer be writing for the English-language daily, a senior editor said this week, following the discovery of a trove of plagiarized material in opinion pieces written by the Malaysian businessman in his newspaper over the past 16 months.

Increase in Conservation Work Planned for Angkorian Temple

Banteay Chhmar, the expansive Angkorian temple in Banteay Meanchey province noted for its elaborate bas-reliefs, is set to see a significant increase in conservation work over the next five years following an agreement between the Ministry of Culture and the London-based School of Oriental and African Studies, officials said on Monday.

The Cycle of Rice: Crossing the Continents

At factories in Phnom Penh, workers prepare rice to export. This is the fifth in a 12-part series on Cambodia’s annual rice cycle, to be published monthly.

The Cycle of Rice: Crossing Continents

Watching as a team of sweat-soaked workers loaded 50-kg bags of long-grained Cambodian white rice onto a waiting container truck, They Honrith explained that the shipment was only at the beginning of a journey that would take it across two continents.

Ministry Official Kills Village Chief

A seemingly minor dispute between an Interior Ministry official and a village chief in Phnom Penh turned deadly when the official gunned down the village chief and his relative on Wednesday afternoon, according to police, who offered wildly different reports of the shooting.

Child Violence Costs Cambodia Hundreds of Millions: Report

Violence against children cost Cambodia more than $160 million in 2013, according to a report released by the government on Wednesday.

Off-Script Hun Sen Ponders Global Affairs

Speaking to representatives of more than 40 Asian parliaments on Wednesday, Prime Minister Hun Sen questioned the “double standard” that he said the West applies to other countries, before offering up his thoughts on Syria’s ongoing civil war.

In HIV Case, Key Evidence Trails Behind Guilty Verdict

When the Battambang Provincial Court last week handed down a 25-year prison sentence to Yem Chrin, an unlicensed medic blamed for spreading HIV to more than 280 residents of rural Roka commune, it likely failed to consider relevant medical evidence, according to interviews with doctors and health officials.

Battambang Wetland Receives International Recognition

Prek Toal, Southeast Asia’s largest waterbird colony, has been recognized as a Wetland of International Importance, the Ministry of Environment announced on Wednesday.

Community Gathers to Inaugurate City’s New Jewish Center

More than 100 members of Cambodia’s Jewish community and visitors from around the world gathered in Phnom Penh on Tuesday to inaugurate the city’s new Chabad Jewish Center in a ceremony that culminated with the placing of mezuzah—pieces of parchment with verses from the Torah—in the doorways of the building, which is still under construction.

Firm Vows to Finish Building Gold Tower 42

The South Korean company behind the long-stalled Gold Tower 42 has again promised to resume construction on the $240-million skyscraper in Phnom Penh, telling officials from the Ministry of Land Management that work would proceed this month and wrap up in 2018.

Ducati to Bring Top-End Motorcycles to Cambodia

Ducati, the Italian maker of top-of-the-line motorcycles, will open a Phnom Penh showroom and service center next week, the company announced on Monday.

Hun Many Hailed on Return With Peace Prize

A day after being awarded the fledgling Gusi Peace Prize in Manila, Prime Minister Hun Sen’s youngest son, Hun Many, returned home to a hero’s welcome on Thursday.