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Thailand returns 16 smuggled artefacts to Cambodia

Thailand on Saturday returned 16 ancient artefacts recovered from smugglers to Cambodia. The handover ceremony was held at the Foreign Ministry during a two-day visit to Thailand by Cambodian Foreign Affairs Minister Hor Namhong.  “It is my great pleasure to hand over these 16 antiquities through you ...

Uighurs sent back from Thailand were on way to join jihad, says China

More than 100 ethnic Uighurs deported from Thailand to China had been on their way to Turkey, Syria or Iraq to wage holy war, China’s official news agency has claimed. On 9 July, Thai authorities sent back the 109 Uighurs,who had been in Thailand for over a year ...

Cambodia: One dinner, big message

The two first families of Cambodian politics dined together Saturday night, talking selfies and putting human faces on the “Culture of Dialogue.” The dinner at the Cambodiana drew together for one meal the families of Prime Minister Hun Sen and opposition leader Sam Rainsy. The convivial, ...

Transparency watchdog deals discounts to fight corruption

Transparency International Cambodia has launched a new campaign to encourage citizens to fight corruption, issuing a card that provides discounts with more than 100 companies to people who vow to work against the practice. The card includes a hotline to report corruption that its holders may ...

After slavery, trafficked fishermen face lonely road to recovery

Hundreds of fishermen were rescued from slavery on Thai fishing boats off the coast of Indonesia earlier this year. Trafficked and sold to work on the boats, the men – mostly from Myanmar and Cambodia – had endured beatings, abuse and torture. After they were freed, ...

EU warns NGO law could cost $700m

The European Parliament yesterday passed a resolution urging Cambodia’s government to scrap the proposed NGO law, saying the Kingdom could lose $600-700 million annually in development projects if the legislation is passed. It stated the Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organisations could see the country lose ...

NLD commits to contesting November election

The Burmese opposition party led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi announced 11 July it will contest the general election on Nov. 8, an effort that is expected to strongly challenge the ruling military-backed party. “We will contest the election to continue implementing the democratic transition ...

Seven dead and dozens injured in attacks in Thailand's south

Three people were killed and a dozen injured in four separate bomb blasts in Thailand’s war-torn deep south, police said on 11 July, while another four died from shooting and arson attacks. More than 6,300 people have been killed in near-daily conflict pitting troops and police against ...

World Bank loans Vietnam $507 mln for agriculture, poverty reduction, transport

Vietnam’s central bank and the World Bank on Thursday signed four credit agreements totaling US$507 million to support Vietnam’s priorities in sustainable agriculture, poverty reduction, and a bus rapid transit system.   The financing covers four projects: the Sustainable Agriculture Transformation Project (US$238 million), additional financing for ...

Mekong Delta summer-autumn rice output seen up 1.6 pct

The summer-autumn paddy rice output in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s food basket, is projected to rise 1.6 percent from last year to 9.07 million tonnes, the Vietnam Economic Times newspaper reported, citing data from the agriculture ministry. Keep reading ...

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