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With No Boat Races This Year, City Hall Offers Alternatives

Despite the cancellation of this year’s boat races in Phnom Penh, Water Festival revelers at Wat Phnom on Wednesday afternoon were provided with entertainment courtesy of City Hall, as municipal governor Pa Socheatvong shook loose grains of rice from stalks with his bare feet before pounding the grains flat with a large mortar and pestle.

Medvedev Concludes State Visit; Cold War Debt Discussed

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev concluded a three-day state visit to Cambodia on Tuesday, a trip that culminated with the signing of a number of agreements between the two countries and their respective ruling parties.

Russian PM’s Arrival Met With Security, Limited Media Access

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev landed at Phnom Penh International Airport on Monday evening and was greeted by a delegation of senior Cambodian government officials and a large security contingent—but few members of the local media, who were largely barred from covering his visit.

Latest Moves Not Political, Minister Tells Diplomats

Foreign Minister Hor Namhong on Wednesday summoned the country’s diplomatic corps to deny that he had played any role in the issuance of an arrest warrant for opposition leader Sam Rainsy last week.

Cintri in Contract Negotiations With All Phnom Penh Districts

Phnom Penh’s beleaguered trash-collection company, Cintri, is in the process of creating new contracts with each of the city’s 12 districts, an official from the firm said on Thursday.

Cambodians Like Their News From Facebook

Increasing numbers of Cambodians are turning to the Internet and Facebook for their news, according to a report set to be released on Thursday by the Open Institute, a local technology NGO.

Nuon Chea’s Defense Stages Walkout at Tribunal

Proceedings were halted at the Khmer Rouge tribunal on Tuesday after Nuon Chea’s lead national lawyer left the courtroom on his client’s instructions, prompting judges to order the appointment of standby counsel to represent the former regime leader.

Cambodia Must Bridge Skills Gap: Report

Cambodia must work to close the skills gap between its labor force and the domestic job market in order to maintain its economic growth, according to a report released on Monday by the Asian Development Bank and the International Labor Organization.

The Cycle of Rice: Damming the Sea

In Preah Sihanouk province, farmers in the coastal lowland rely on dikes to protect their rice from the sea. This is the fourth in a 12-part series on Cambodia’s annual rice cycle, to be published monthly.

Cambodia Performs Poorly on Index for Energy Sustainability

Cambodia continues to struggle to adopt a balanced approach to its energy needs, according to a report released by the World Energy Council today.

After Shock of HIV Outbreak, Facing the Future

Som Saron has not worked since testing positive for HIV late last year. Taking care of her young niece at her parents’ home in Roka commune last week, the 37-year-old said that a fear of being stigmatized kept her from walking the community’s gravel roads selling fried bananas, as she had done for years before her diagnosis.

Trial of Medic in HIV Outbreak Concludes

The trial of an unlicensed medic accused of infecting more than 270 villagers with HIV concluded Wednesday evening after five days of hearings at the Battambang Provincial Court, with a verdict in the case due in early December.

SEZs a Boon to Country’s Workers: ADB Report

Cambodia’s nine special economic zones (SEZs) have created nearly 70,000 jobs that would not have existed otherwise, according to a report released by the Asian Development Bank last week.

Trial of Medic At Center of HIV Outbreak Continues

The trial of an unlicensed medic accused of infecting more than 270 villagers with HIV continued Wednesday at the Battambang Provincial Court, with deputy prosecutor Heng Luy calling 25 HIV-infected villagers to testify during the daylong hearing.

Unlicensed Medic on Trial Over HIV Outbreak

The trial of an unlicensed medic charged with murder for allegedly infecting more than 270 villagers with HIV began Tuesday at the Battambang Provincial Court. In the courtroom, Yem Chrin denied responsibility for the mass outbreak that struck Sangke district’s Roka commune in December last year, saying that he had not reused syringes as accused by prosecutors.

The Cycle of Rice: Rice for the Spirits

During the Buddhist festival of Pchum Ben, Cambodians offer rice and other food to monks to be channelled to the spirits of their ancestors. This is the third in a 12-part series on Cambodia’s annual rice cycle, to be published monthly.

Boy Recovers After Contracting Measles in Kratie

A young boy in Kratie province who fell ill with measles last month has fully recovered, a provincial health official said Monday.

Psycho Thriller

When he finishes his upcoming psychological thriller, “Mind Cage,” Indian director Amit Dubey says he hopes local audiences will be entertained by their first taste of a genre new to Cambodia.

New Case of Measles Confirmed in Kratie Province

Months after the country was declared measles free, a case of the highly contagious disease has been confirmed in Kratie province, according to a statement released Thursday by the Ministry of Health, World Health Organization and Unicef.

Police Block Marchers on World Habitat Day

More than 1,000 demonstrators from about 50 communities across the country gathered Monday to mark U.N. World Habitat Day and protest against widespread land and housing evictions, but found their march blocked by municipal authorities, who claimed the protesters posed a risk to security.