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Karaoke Videos Too Sexy for TV, Gov’t Warns

Cambodian television stations must stop showing sexy karaoke videos or face suspension, the Ministry of Information said Monday. “In some karaoke songs,” said Khieu...

CPP Gets Most-Lucrative Gov’t Posts

Prospective coalition partners Funcinpec and the CPP inked an agreement Monday for a power-sharing arrangement, with the CPP assuming control of the main money-making...

Speculation Rife Over Ministry Leaderships

As once-and-future coalition partners Funcinpec and the CPP  revealed on Monday how they will divide up ministries, speculating which personality would snare which political...

Squatter Plan Moving Ahead

Plans to relocate Phnom Penh squatters onto a palm oil plantation in Sihanoukville are moving ahead slowly, with hundreds of people applying and construction...

Small-Party Election Losers Want Seats in New Senate

Despite soundly losing in the July polls, 23 mostly CPP-aligned parties say they want to be included in the proposed Senate for the sake...

King Unable To Intervene For Rainsy

King Norodom Sihanouk has indicated he cannot obtain additional security guarantees from the government for opposition figure Sam Rainsy, saying his “royal capabilities have...

Businessman Shot in Leg On Monivong

A French businessman was wounded by gunfire Friday night while driving in Phnom Penh. Jean Michael Faucher, 45, the director of the Dumez GTM...

Traffic Accidents Rise Sharply, Police Say

Here’s news that’s probably clear to anyone who’s been on Phnom Penh’s streets lately: It can be dangerous out there. The latest statistics from...

A Problem Worldwide

Cambodians call them khmeng anathar, literally “children wandering around.” But they have many different names in many different countries. In Zaire, they are called...

Street Families Pose Complex Dilemma

Those who work with street children divide them into two broad categories. The first are those who are on their own, with little support...

Street Life

Where Survival Means Tough Choices for Kids Cheth is 11 years old and, a month ago, what he wanted most was to have his foot...

Rainsy Seeking New Security Guarantees

Opposition figure Sam Rainsy said Friday that he will not return to Cambodia unless Second Prime Minister Hun Sen guarantees that he and his...

Sihanoukville Hotel Project Is Back on Track

After a lengthy delay, work is finally set to begin on a $30 million Sihanoukville hotel following a government order to change the resort’s...

Value-Added Tax Comes Into Play on Jan 1

The Finance Ministry on Thurs­day announced that the long-awaited value-added tax, or VAT, will be implemented on Jan 1. Starting at the beginning of...

US Welcomes Steps Toward Government

The US on Thursday welcomed progress toward forming a new Cambodian government, calling it a start toward political reconciliation. “We have long supported the...

KR Trials Must be Held Here, Ung Huot Informs UN Experts

Outgoing First Prime Minister Ung Huot told UN experts Thurs­day that any tribunal to try Khmer Rouge leaders for crimes against humanity should take...

Citizenry Cautious In Praise for Deal

Phnom Penh residents Thurs­day lauded the progress made in the past week toward forming a new coalition government. But they cautioned that even if...

CPP, Funcinpec Embark on Key Meetings

Senate Said Most Complicated Issue Funcinpec and CPP officials were tight-lipped on the results of the first day of working-group meetings aimed at forming a...

Rainsy Return Set for Tuesday

Sam Rainsy will return from Paris on Tuesday despite concerns about his safety, a spokes­man for his party said Thursday. The top opposition politician...

Ex-Funcinpec Members Sign Critical Letter

Three prominent former Fun­cinpec officials Thursday stood behind an inflammatory “Open Letter of the Royal Gov­ernment of Cambodia” that at­tacked the opposition as “allies”...

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Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen ‘Misreading’ EU as Withdrawal of Trade Preferences...

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen is wrong to assume the EU will stop at partial trade sanctions if he does not end a crackdown on voices critical of his government, observers said Wednesday, a week ahead of a planned return of tariffs to around one-fifth of Cambodian exports to the bloc.