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Kate Bartlett

Deputy managing editor

Desperate for a Cure, Thousands Flock to Child Healer

For days now, since news spread of 2-year-old Kong Keng’s purported healing powers, the infirm, the lame, the sick and terminally ill have flocked here to dusty Khnor village, some having traveled from as far away as the borders of Laos and Vietnam.

KR Tribunal Lacks Funds to Pay Reparations

The Khmer Rouge war crimes tribunal does not have sufficient funds to pay reparations to war crimes victims as stipulated in the event of a guilty verdict in the current Case 002, the Open Society Foundations said Wednesday.

Cambodian Sommeliers Head to Singapore for Regional Contest

With the Khmer middle class's growing taste for fine wine—a relatively new profession has sprung up in Cambodia—that of sommelier. And, for the first time this month, two Cambodian sommeliers are taking part in a regional contest in Singapore.

Opposition Rejects Poll Result, Demands Investigation

Cambodia National Rescue Party president Sam Rainsy said Monday that the opposition has rejected the results of Sunday’s election, and called for an independent investigation of the vote to determine if a re-election is required.

Archaeologist Says Existence of Siem Reap Lost City Long Known

The lead archaeologist behind a project in Siem Reap studying medieval ruins around Kulen mountain on Sunday sought to clarify international media coverage proclaiming the “discovery” of a lost city in the area, as researchers have known about the existence of the centuries-old city for decades.

Fake Facebook Page Used to Spread Lewd Photo of Mu Sochua

The government’s Press and Quick Reaction Unit has denied any connection to the dissemination of a doctored, lewd image of opposition party member Mu Sochua that surfaced on the social media website Facebook on Saturday.

Plenty of Mud, Paucity of Policy, in Election Discourse

So far, in the run-up to July’s national election, the main issues of inter-party contention have not been the country’s struggling health system, under-funded education sector, poverty reduction, job creation or the ever-present cost of corruption. Rather, the debate has lurched back to old narratives: Who is a Vietnamese puppet? Who is a terrorist? Who loves the monarchy more? And, who saved the country, or caused its destruction, in the 1970s?

Predictions Skewed by Royal Oxen’s Taste for Corn

Following ancient tradition, the royal oxen are allowed to choose from a buffet of rice, corn, beans, sesame seeds, freshly cut grass, water and rice wine to predict the upcoming harvest. But it seems the royal oxen simply have a taste for corn.

Party Faithful Applaud CPP on ‘Day of Anger’

Dressed in the trademark black pajamas of the Khmer Rouge regime, wild-eyed young soldiers armed with AK-47 rifles drive the population out of Phnom Penh: a pregnant woman, a sickly old man on a drip, children. None are spared and many are later brutally massacred.

Sotheby’s Files Defense Denying Knowledge Statue Was Stolen

($) Sotheby’s has denied having “any knowledge” that a 10th-century Khmer statue in its possession—which the U.S. government has taken the auction house to court over in an effort to return it to Cambodia—was stolen from the Koh Ker temple complex in Preah Vihear province.

US Judge Denies Sotheby’s Motion to Dismiss Statue Case

Cambodia’s lawsuit against auction house Sotheby’s over a 10th century sandstone statue has been given the go-ahead by a U.S. judge who on Thursday denied Sotheby’s motion to dismiss the case.

Victims Voice Impatience With KR Tribunal

The Khmer Rouge tribunal has so far failed to deliver, and given the recent death of one of the three accused, the court’s financial woes and the advancing age of the two remaining defendants, there is little optimism that it ever will, victims of the Pol Pot regime said Monday.

French Reality TV Show Contestant Dies off Cambodian Coast

A 25-year-old Frenchman died Friday of a heart attack while taking part in the filming of a “Survivor”-style reality television show on Koh Rong, located about 30 km off the coast of Preah Sihanouk province, officials said.

Ieng Sary Cremated in Elaborate Funeral Ceremony

Ieng Sary, one of the principal leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime, who died last week in the middle of a war crimes trial in which he and two others were accused of genocide, was cremated Thursday.

Ieng Sary’s Death—Another Nail in the ECCC Coffin?

With former Khmer Rouge foreign minister Ieng Sary now dead, his wife Ieng Thirith freed, and their Pol Pot regime colleague Nuon Chea in and out of the hospital, the work of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) appeared to lie in tatters on Thursday.

Seventh H5N1 Death; Cambodia World’s Worst Hit This Year

A 2-year-old boy has become the latest victim of avian influenza, bringing the total number of deaths to seven since January 21, and making...

Report Details 20 Years of Impunity, Killings

A funeral wreath and photograph of a bespectacled middle-aged man adorns the cover of a new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on extrajudicial...

Ieng Sary Leaves Hospital, Fit to Stand Trial

After two months in hospital, former Khmer Rouge Foreign Minister Ieng Sary has returned to reside in the detention center at the Extraordinary Chambers...

Neighbors Add More Details to ‘Facebook Murder’ Case

Neighbors of the only suspect in last week’s brutal murder of a 19-year-old girl said on Monday that they had still not been interviewed...

Cambodia to Resume International Adoptions on January 1

Cambodia will allow intercountry adoptions to resume from January 1 next year, four years after the government stopped adoptions amid claims of corruption and...