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Forever Foreign

Many have viewed Vietnam as Cambodia’s arch-enemy, a consequence of history. In the wake of such hostility, ethnic Vietnamese who call Cambodia home are forever seen as strangers.

South Korean Pastor Sentenced to 14 Years for Child Sex Abuse

A South Korean pastor accused of sexually abusing several girls who lived with him at his Siem Reap City church was sentenced on Thursday to 14 years, an unprecedentedly long jail term for such crimes, according to one NGO

CNRP Planning Strategy to Weather Storm Ahead of Election

As the ruling party swings at critical voices and opposition officials, leaders of the CNRP are meeting to focus their attention on a voter registration campaign and assess the rapidly shifting political

Cambodia Celebrates Improved SEA Games Tally

The 2017 Southeast Asia Games drew to a close on Tuesday, with Cambodia improving on its last effort by bagging three gold medals, including Sorn Seavmey emerging victorious in the women’s taekwondo.

Phnom Penh Police Officer Kills Wife, Himself

A Phnom Penh police officer, reported to be an assistant to municipal police chief Chuon Sovann, fatally shot his wife and then himself on Sunday night, according to a report posted to the website of the National Police on Monday.

Grape Expectations

Amid fields of rice in Battambang province, one family branched out into grapes, creating Cambodia’s first bottles of locally-produced wine. Now they have their sights set on conquering the juice market.

More Migrant Workers Returned from Malaysia

Eleven more Cambodians who went to Malaysia seeking work have been repatriated in the past week, according to a pair of statements released by the Foreign Affairs Ministry on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Issues Reprieve to AIM After Founder’s Apology

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday agreed to allow Agape International Missions to continue its operations in Cambodia, just three weeks after ordering the expulsion of the anti-sex trafficking NGO over a CNN story featuring its work, according to an online news report.

Ministry Urges ‘Ethical Responsibility’ in Reporting on Violence Against Women

The Ministry of Women’s Affairs is urging the media to “bear ethical responsibility” in reporting on news about violence against women, days after a TV host apologized for making what he later said was a joke about a teenager’s rape and murder.

Royal Academy of Cambodia To Publish Book on Laos-Cambodia Border

Cambodia’s highest academic institution, the Royal Academy of Cambodia, intends to publish a book on the ongoing creation of the border between Laos and Cambodia, the head of the academy said Friday.

Voter Registration System a Stride Toward Democracy: UN Envoy

The U.N. envoy to Cambodia on Thursday lauded the development of the country’s electronic voter registration system ahead of recent commune elections as a step toward “more fair and transparent elections.”

Activists Accept Host’s Second Rape-Row Apology

Activists said they accepted a second on-air apology on Thursday from prominent Hang Meas TV news commentator Meas Rithy for remarks he made last week saying that a rapist and murderer should leave his victim alive to “keep her for using again.”

Ministry Collecting Data on Foreign Media Organizations

The Information Ministry is collecting data on foreign media, including updated information on staff, ministry spokesman Ouk Kimseng said on Wednesday, as the Finance Ministry’s tax department defended investigations into two U.S.-funded media organizations as well as other outlets and NGOs.

Victim’s Family Speaks Out Amid Rape Row

After a visit to see her family in Preah Vihear province for the first time in nearly a year, 18-year-old Sovan Somalin opened the door of a shared taxi to begin the daylong journey back to Bavet City, where she worked at a casino.

UN Rights Envoy Says Current Political Climate Still ‘Tense’

The U.N.’s visiting human rights envoy to Cambodia called the current political climate “tense” after what she described as a wide-ranging discussion with Interior Minister Sar Kheng in Phnom Penh on Monday.

Laos Border Dispute Leads to Critic’s Arrest

A frequent government critic was arrested on Sunday in the wake of a brief border dispute with Laos that saw armored vehicles paraded around Phnom Penh’s Independence Monument and Prime Minister Hun Sen fly into Vientiane to negotiate a resolution.

Prime Minister Heads to Vientiane After Giving Laos Troops 6 Days to Leave Border...

Prime Minister Hun Sen is set to go to Vientiane on Saturday in a bid to ease tensions after ordering troops from neighboring Laos to retreat from a disputed patch of border area by Thursday, even as Cambodian troops were mobilizing in the area, officials said.

Prime Minister Gives Laos Troops 6 Days to Leave Border Area

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday said troops from neighboring Laos that entered the country in April near a patch of border area must retreat by Wednesday.

Justice Ministry Studying Alternatives to Prison for Some Inmates

At the urging of the U.N.’s human rights envoy to Cambodia, the Justice Ministry on Thursday said it was studying the feasibility of a pilot program that would help ease the burden on the country’s overcrowded prisons by creating alternatives to jail.

Suspect Nabbed Months After Guesthouse Murder

A 30-year-old murder suspect was arrested Wednesday night in Pailin province for shooting his girlfriend last year at a Phnom Penh guesthouse in Russei Keo district, a military police spokesman said.