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Cambodia to officially launch Asian Cultural Council in Siem Reap

Cambodia, with Unesco support, is set to host the launching of the Asian Cultural Council next month, a government official said yesterday. According to Ek Tha, spokesman for the Office of the Council of Ministers, Deputy Prime Minister Bin Chhin had a meeting on Tuesday ...

A wetland laid to waste

Fires tore through the Tonle Sap wetlands last year, destroying an estimated third of the seasonally flooded forests that surround the lake. The loss of the trees, which are breeding grounds for freshwater fish, poses an existential threat to the area’s ecology and to the ...

Fishing industry traffickers get long jail terms

Three men have been sentenced to between eight and nine years in prison for trafficking Cambodian workers into the Thai fishing industry. Anti-trafficking police said the case came to light after the government repatriated approximately 230 Cambodian men in June 2015, many of whom were severely ...

National rail system in the pipeline

An agreement to build a national rail system has been reached by the Royal Group and two major Chinese companies. The joint venture will refurbish the rail link from Phnom Penh to the Thai border and upgrade the rail expressway from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville. There ...

Dengue cases plunge

Only 510 cases of dengue fever were reported in the first three months of this year, a drop of 62 percent  compared with the same period last year. A National Centre for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control report said the incidence was 3.1 out of 100,000 ...

Storms wreak more havoc across 17 provinces

More than 100 homes have been destroyed, another person killed and several people injured as storms continue to cut a swathe through Cambodia. A woman and two cows were killed by lightning yesterday in a rice field in Kampong Chhnang province’s Veal Veng district. In ...

Ministry cracks down in orphans scandal

The Ministry of Social Affairs has decided to reintegrate more than 3,000 children in orphanages back into families after discovering the abysmal conditions of many facilities, with some having reported sexual abuse. The announcement, which was made during the launch of the Mapping of Residential ...

Over 700 illegal fishermen netted

A four-month government campaign has exposed 730 cases of illegal fishing on Tonle Sap lake. Noa Thuok, secretary of state at the Ministry of Agriculture, said 30 people have been sent to court so far as a result of the inter-ministerial crackdown, which began in ...

Holidays see record tourists

Cambodia’s top tourist destinations recorded a record number of visitors this Khmer New Year, with 2.5 million locals and foreigners traveling to celebrate the festival around the country. A Tourist Ministry report said Siem Reap province welcomed almost 1.7 million tourists, up 23 percent from last ...

Cambodia’s cycle of abuse

Childhood trauma remains stubbornly high in Cambodia, leading to perpetration and experience of violence against women, which in turn leads to further maltreatment of children, completing a cycle of abuse, a new UN-supported study suggests. The study – supported by UN Women in Cambodia and ...

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