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Neou Vannarin

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Two Villagers Detained During Roadblock Protest in Siem Reap

Two villagers were detained in Siem Reap province on Monday as they participated in a large protest that blocked the main road leading to Kulen Mountain, a popular tourist attraction in Banteay Srei district, villagers and an official said.

Hun Sen Thanks Chinese State Councilor for Support

In a meeting with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi on Wednesday, Prime Minister Hun Sen thanked China for its support of Cambodia and for the medical care that King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Mother Norodom Monineath regularly receive in Beijing.

China Pledges $144-Million Aid Package to Enhance Ties

In the latest overture to Cambodia, China pledged $144 million in grants and no-interest loans Tuesday at the second meeting of the Cambodia-China Inter-governmental Coordination Committee, which was established last year to boost ties between the increasingly cozy countries.

Defense Minister Says Thailand Sorry for Shooting

Thailand’s Defense Minister said Wednesday that his government has apologized for the fatal shooting earlier this month of a 55-year-old Cambodian woman who was foraging for food along Oddar Meanchey province’s border with Thailand.

Double Mango Harvest Draws Overseas Interest

Australian researchers have just wrapped up a field visit of a different kind to Battambang, Kompong Speu and Kandal provinces, where they spent nearly two weeks studying techniques used by Cambodian mango farmers.

Gov’t Seeking Access to Seized Artifacts

Cambodia has put in a request to Thailand to inspect a haul seized last month from a disgraced senior Thai police official—a trove that includes Khmer antiquities that Thai authorities say may have been smuggled into the country illegally.

Thousands Flock to Capital for Human Rights Day

More than a thousand people poured onto the streets of Phnom Penh on Wednesday calling for judicial reforms, an end to state-sanctioned violence and the elimination of corruption to mark the 66th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.

Human Rights Day Activists Face Obstacles Entering Capital

Activists and monks who have been marching to Phnom Penh from across the country to mark Human Rights Day on Wednesday met with roadblocks and armed police on the city’s outskirts Tuesday.

For Phnom Penh’s Elephant, One Final Journey

After a four-day journey across the country—and more than 30 years working on the capital’s streets—Phnom Penh’s former resident elephant finally returned to the jungle this week, arriving at her new home in Mondolkiri on Wednesday.

China’s First ‘Cultural Mansion’ Off to Slow Start

Sitting just off a dusty thoroughfare in Tuol Kok district, China’s first “Cultural Mansion” on foreign soil fills three floors in a nondescript eight-story building that looks more like a run-down hotel than a shining symbol of Chinese culture.

For Those Who Can Afford It, Urban Farming Bears Fruit

Man Sophal unzipped a plastic tarp covering a metal structure in front of his villa, revealing rows of perforated PVC pipes from which a variety of cabbage and lettuce sprouted.

Top Paddlers Compete for National Team Spots

About 300 of the country’s strongest paddlers gathered in Takhmao City in Kandal province Tuesday to vie for a spot on the national team that will compete at the 38th SEA Games in Singapore in June.

Revelers Celebrate 61st Anniversary of Independence

Several thousand revelers turned out to Phnom Penh’s Independence Monument on Sunday to mark the 61st anniversary of the day King Norodom Sihanouk secured Cambodia’s independence from France.

A Lone, Defiant Victim Seeks His Day in Court

For two days last week, Freedom Park was occupied by a single man standing still beneath an umbrella, silently protesting the dominant tragedy of his life in the only way he could think of to make himself heard.

Sihamoni Marks Reign With Praise for Stability

About 10,000 people turned out in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh on Wednesday morning for a ceremony to mark 10 years since King Norodom Sihamoni ascended to the throne in place of his father.

Villagers Losing Land March to PM’s House

A group of 30 protesters from a community next to Phnom Penh International Airport took to the streets near Prime Minister Hun Sen’s house Monday seeking land titles and compensation for property they are set to lose in the airport’s expansion.

Election Observers Call for Recount of Votes in Kandal

Election observers on Wednesday released a joint statement regarding the fallout from the disputed national election, calling for a recount of votes in Kandal province’s Takhmao City, where a large number of irregularities were reported.

CPP Threatens Legal Action Against CNRP

The CPP on Tuesday threatened legal action against the CNRP if it did not cease its “defamatory rhetoric” regarding the ruling party’s relationship with the National Election Committee, which the opposition accuses of rigging July’s election in order to keep the CPP in power.

EU Diplomat Sends Letter of Congratulations to Opposition

The European Union’s high commissioner has sent a letter to CNRP president Sam Rainsy congratulating him on the opposition’s performance in last month’s national election and encouraging him to settle claims of electoral irregularities through prompt and peaceful measures.

CNRP Files Complaints Against Preliminary Election Results

Provincial representatives of the opposition CNRP filed eight complaints with the National Election Committee on Wednesday over irregularities in the electoral process, and planned to file at least six more before this morning’s deadline, according to party officials.