Monday, December 9, 2019

Today’s Top News

‘Just a thought’: Cambodia leader Hun Sen considers death sentence for rapists

Prime minister suggested a referendum could be held to decide whether the public want the country’s constitution changed to allow the new law.

Southeast Asian Women Call For Greater Opportunities, Lament War and Repression

International Women’s Day was celebrated throughout Southeast Asia on Friday through peaceful processions calling for equal opportunities for all women and personal appeals for greater female involvement in politics in the traditionally conservative, male-dominated region.

Interview: Book Author’s 10-Year Observation of Cambodia

My book is exactly about “Cambodia in the 21st century”. I thought the book could include some kind of photos of Cambodian society now. What is happening and what is changing, from a traditional to a more modern society.

Six Activists From Banned Political Party Flee Cambodia for Thailand

Six activists of the now-dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) have fled Cambodia this week, fearing political persecution at the hands of the court, which they say is controlled by the Hun Sen-led Cambodian People’s Party (CPP).

Cambodian Army Backs Business Group in Land Dispute, Defying Government Order

Cambodia’s military is backing a powerful company in its seizure of land in Preah Vihear province, guarding bulldozers sent to destroy villagers’ crops and defying government orders not to get involved in land disputes, Cambodian sources say.

Hun Sen Gives Former Opposition Officials Royal Pardon Ultimatum

Some 118 former Cambodia National Rescue Party officials were banned from political activities for five years in a Supreme Court ruling in November 2017.

Cambodian PM Hun Sen Says No Release For Opposition Leader Kem Sokha

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Monday that opposition leader Kem Sokha will not be released from detention despite hitting the 18-month maximum allowed by law in pre-trial detention, a move denounced by the opposition as a violation of the constitution.

Hunt on for ‘general’ who hit singer

Minsitry of National Defence spokesman General Chhum Socheat on Thursday said a search is underway for a man claiming to be a three-star general who allegedly slapped a female singer at Boeng Meas Restaurant on Wednesday night after she rejected his request to sleep with him.

RCEP trade negotiations begin in Cambodia

Trade ministers from 16 Asia-Pacific countries, including Japan, China and ASEAN members, are meeting in Cambodia for negotiations on the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, or RCEP.

Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen Defends Embrace of China Amid Concerns of ‘Occupation’

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday dismissed concerns that increased investment and aid from China would result in the “occupation” of his country by the Asian power, as observers urged him to balance Beijing’s influence by nurturing relations with other nations.

Commerce Ministry Slams US Congressmen Over Trade Sanctions Bill

Cambodia exported $400 million in garments and textile products to the United States duty-free last year, according to GMAC.

US Lawmakers in Threat to Review Cambodia Trade Privileges Over Hun Sen’s Crackdown

Citing human rights violations, two U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation on Wednesday that would require the Trump Administration to review the preferential trade terms under which Cambodia exports $180 million of goods to the United States each year.

Huge Drug Bust at Nightclub Owned By Prominent Tycoon’s Brother: Police

The raid on the Rock Entertainment Center on Saturday netted 29 alleged drug dealers, 231 alleged users, 50 kilograms of drugs and one pistol, according to a police spokesman.

Poachers kill elephant in Cambodia wildlife sanctuary

An elephant has been found dead with its tusks and tail sliced off in a wildlife sanctuary in Cambodia, where wild elephant numbers have dwindled to just a few hundred due to poaching and deforestation.

Mother’s Death in Childbirth Sparks Outcry in Cambodia

Prak Soda and Suon Sakhen, high school sweethearts, married seven years ago. Lifelong residents of Svay Rieng province, one of Cambodia’s poorest, they were expecting an uneventful delivery of their second child earlier this month.

S’wak cops nab suspect over 47 M’sians held in Cambodia

It has been confirmed that a suspect was arrested in connection with the cheating case involving 47 Malaysians who were detained in Cambodia.

Global watchdog to put Cambodia on its money-laundering watchlist

A global money-laundering watchdog, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), will place Cambodia on its watchlist on Friday (Feb 22) because of concern it is highly vulnerable to money laundering, a high-level official with knowledge of the issue said.

Prime Minister Hun Sen announces free legal aid for garment workers

Prime Minister Hun Sen announced on Wednesday that factory workers will have access to legal representation free of charge once his volunteer group of his lawyers is established, while civil society groups say the government should instead improve labour law enforcement.

Cambodia economy: High growth expected to continue

From the ashes of war, Cambodia is forecast to have the sixth fastest growing economy in the world.

US, Cambodia in War of Words Over Detained Opposition Leader

Cambodia and the United States sparred this weekend over comments appearing on a U.S. embassy Facebook page criticizing the Cambodian government’s continued detention of the leader of a now-banned opposition party.

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US praises growth in the Kingdom’s digital sector

US ambassador Patrick Murphy praised the growth of the Kingdom’s digital sector and expressed hope of expanding cooperation between the two countries in the sector. Cambodia has a high rate of mobile phone users.