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Health Ministry: COVID-19 Tally Rises To 35; More Than 1,000 Tests Conducted

The Cambodian Health Ministry confirmed Wednesday morning a total of 35 coronavirus cases in the country, the tally almost tripling in the last 48 hours.

Four Environmentalists Released By Court; Temporarily Barred From Investigating Deforestation

Four activists, including noted environmentalist Ouch Leng, were released by the Kratie Provincial Court Monday afternoon, after being detained last week as they investigated illegal logging operations in the Prey Land protected forest.

Cambodian Official: No New Dams Planned for Mekong Mainstream Before 2030

Villagers and fishing communities along the Mekong River long have been in the dark over whether proposed dams would proceed as planned.

Yung Moeun, Pol Pot’s Trusted Aide and Beijing Envoy, Dies At 73

During a conversation over lunch at a restaurant near Siem Reap’s Angkor Archeological Park, Yung Moeun, a former cadre of the Khmer Rouge, said she was a close aide to the regime’s head, Pol Pot, and more so on a personal level.

Ouch Leng And Three Environmental Activists Detained In Kratie, Being Questioned By Court

Noted environmentalist Ouch Leng and three activists were arrested and detained in Kratie province on Friday, with the court continuing to question the four over possible charges relating to “breaking and entering a dwelling.”

Cambodia Announces Nationwide School Closures as COVID Response Ramps Up

The Education Ministry announced on Monday the closure of all public and private educational institutions across the country, as the Cambodian government ramped up its response to the global pandemic, almost two months after the first reported case in the country.

Cambodia Bans Entry From Five Countries, Records Two New Virus Cases

Cambodia has banned entry of foreigners from Italy, Germany, Spain, France and United States for 30 days effective March 17th, as Phnom Penh recorded two more cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday.

Kampot Officials Make Underage Girl Publicly Apologize For Fake News, Revealing Her Identity

Kampot police officials on Wednesday made an underage student publicly apologize for allegedly spreading fake news in a private Facebook audio message, with police officials not revealing how they accessed her private texts.

Siem Reap Man Arrested for “Fake News” on COVID-19, Sar Kheng Defends Arrests

Siem Reap provincial police have arrested a man and sent him to court for allegedly posting fake news on social media about the coronavirus outbreak, with Interior Minister Sar Kheng on the same day defending the arrests as an attempt to prevent chaos in society.

Two More River Cruise Passengers Test Positive, Tally Reaches Five Cases

Two more passengers on the Viking Cruise Journey cruise ship docked at Kampong Cham province have tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, a day after another British woman on the same cruise tested positive.

Defense Distances Kem Sokha From Sam Rainsy, US Ambassador Criticizes Prosecution’s “Conspiracy Theories”

Opposition leader Kem Sokha’s defense team attempted on Thursday to distance him from the allegedly “violent” speeches of Sam Rainsy, saying videos displayed in court of the latter was made in his personal capacity and not reflective of the party’s ideology.

Two People Detained for Allegedly Spreading Fake News about COVID-19, One Facing Charges

A woman in Siem Reap and a man in Phnom Penh were arrested on Monday for allegedly spreading fake news on Facebook about the coronavirus outbreak, with the latter being let off with a warning, but the man being sent to court to face charges.

Court Admits Prosecution Evidence Despite Objections From The Defense

The council of judges spent all of Wednesday morning to hear arguments on whether the Criminal Procedures Code permitted the prosecution to submit new evidence during the trial, eventually agreeing with the prosecutors’ submission of seven new video clips.

Court Questions Kem Sokha’s Decision to Form CNRP with “Violent” Sam Rainsy

The council of judges on Wednesday afternoon proceeded to question Kem Sokha about his stated adherence to nonviolence and attempted to impeach his character by associating him with the “violent policies” of exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy.

Cambodian Government Allocates Up to $2 Billion for Economic Fallout from Coronavirus

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday said the government had allocated between $800 million to $2 billion to address the economic impacts of the novel coronavirus outbreak, which had affected upwards of 80 countries and infected more than 100,000 people.

Cambodia Announces Third COVID-19 Case, British Tourist on River Cruise from Vietnam

Cambodian Health Minister Mam Bunheng said Tuesday evening that a British tourist on a river cruise from Vietnam had tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19), only the third positive case to be reported in the country.

Hun Sen Asks MFIs to Defer Microloan Payments, Amid Factory Suspensions

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday asked microfinance institutions (MFIs) to defer payments or charge no interest for workers facing work suspensions at factories across the country, due the effects of COVID-19 on the economy.

First Case of Coronavirus Found in Cambodia

A 38-year-old man in Siem Reap is the first Cambodian diagnosed with the coronavirus, the Health Ministry announced Saturday.

Cambodian-American Composer Receives High Honor

The American Academy of Arts and Letters, founded in 1898, is one of the most respected honor societies in the United States.

Cambodian-American Fighter-Artist Lives Strong-Woman Ideal (video)

Savannahry Em’s superpower is her right hand.