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China signs secret deal to use Cambodia naval base: report

China has signed a secret deal to gain exclusive rights to a Cambodian naval base, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.

The U.S.’s Toxic Agent Orange Legacy

Washington has admitted to the long-lasting effects of dioxin use in Vietnam, but has largely sidestepped the issue in neighboring Cambodia and Laos.

The U.S. Fears This Huge Southeast Asian Resort May Become a Chinese Naval Base

Encompassing 20% of Cambodia’s coastline, the China-backed Dara Sakor investment zone is unlike any other in the Southeast Asian nation.

US Rep. Ted Yoho Vows to Hold Cambodian Leaders Accountable

The US House of Representatives on Monday passed the Cambodia Democracy Act of 2019.

Cambodia says plastic waste shipments came from U.S., Canada

70 containers were shipped from the U.S., 13 came from Canada Cambodia says.

U.S. House Bill on Cambodia an “Act Against Peace,” Cambodian Official Says

The bill was introduced in January by a Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) following Cambodian government crackdowns on civil society groups, independent media, and opposition politicians.

U.S. Expresses Concern Over Kem Ley Anniversary Arrests

In a statement on Monday, the US Embassy in Phnom Penh said that “all Cambodians should be able to exercise their rights to express their views freely and assemble peacefully.”

Chinese consulate proposed for Sihanoukville

An information centre for Chinese nationals and a Chinese consulate will be established in Sihanoukville following a meeting between new provincial governor Kouch Chamroeun and Chinese ambassador Wang Wentian, provincial spokesperson Kheang Phearum told The Post on Sunday.

Hun Sen gently adjusts Cambodia’s intimacy with China

Prime minister feels the disenchantment at home and anger from abroad.

Local Cambodian Patrols Seek to End Illegal Logging

According to Forest News, Cambodia loses about 208,000 hectares of forest every year from logging.

Anniversary of Cambodian Political Commentator Kem Ley’s Murder Marred by Arrests, Restrictions

The third anniversary of the murder of Cambodian political commentator Kem Ley was marred by what rights groups called restrictions to the rights of freedom of expression and assembly, including the arrest of several youth activists, drawing condemnation from the country’s dissolved opposition party on Thursday.

24 Rights Groups Renew Call For More Investigation into Killing of Political Commentator

In 2016, Kem Ley was shot dead at a gas station in Phnom Penh following his comments in a Global Witness report alleging corruption relating to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s family.

“It’s your fault!” – Domestic abuse in Cambodia

Some Cambodians are blaming domestic abuse on the victims.

Sar Kheng sues Rainsy for $1M over ‘revenge’ claims 

Minister of Interior Sar Kheng is demanding $1 million in damages from Sam Rainsy after the “acting president” of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party claimed he supported a revenge plot against Prime Minister Hun Sen.

EU Trade Commissioner says that human & labour rights situation in Myanmar & Cambodia...

On Sunday, the European Union and Vietnam signed a landmark free trade agreement (FTA) that will eventually phase out almost all tariffs on goods that flow between the trading bloc and the Southeast Asian nation, after it the deal is ratified by lawmakers on both sides.

Are there some destinations in the world we should simply not visit?

Ethical is the new buzzword for consumers, but how can we travel responsibly?

Cambodia’s Fatal Building Collapse Survivors Relive Hours Before Rescue

Enveloped in total darkness, breathing air tainted by the smell of rotting bodies, their hopes faded under the rubble of a building erected without proper permits amid a building boom fueled by Chinese money.

RT Fixer Appeals “Unjust” Two-Year Prison Sentence

Rath Rott Mony was sentenced on a charge of “incitement to discriminate” in relation to the broadcast of a documentary film titled “My Mother Sold Me.”

Rainsy releases seven-point plan for return to Kingdom

Sam Rainsy, the “acting president” of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), released a seven-point plan on Monday to be fulfilled on his return to the Kingdom.

‘Real Concern’ Cambodia May Host Chinese Military Assets, Despite Defense Minister’s Downplay: US

The U.S. Embassy in Cambodia on Tuesday hit back at Minister of Defense Tea Banh’s bid to downplay suspicions that his government plans to host Chinese military assets at a U.S.-funded naval base in Preah Sihanouk province, warning that such a move would “weaken Cambodia’s independence” and threaten ASEAN.

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A Cambodian student’s account of the virus emerging in Wuhan

Like many, Cambodian student Soun Phannaroat didn't think much of December reports of a new virus spreading in Wuhan, the city in which she was studying. But as the weeks ticked on, the gravity of the situation became apparent, and she knew she needed to leave.