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Cambodia dismayed over US sanctions for corruption, logging

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The Cambodian government has expressed “strong dismay” over a U.S. Treasury decision to sanction two businessmen suspected of corruption and illegal logging.

A Foreign Ministry statement said Tuesday that the sanctions were based on groundless accusations.

“The Executive Order is an ambush against the ongoing efforts to restore trust and confidence between Cambodia and the United States,” the statement said.

HIV/AIDS Kill More Than 1,300 Cambodians In 2018

PHNOM PENH, Dec 1 (NNN-AKP) – HIV/AIDS killed more than 1,300 people in Cambodia in 2018, down 48 percent from over 2,500 deaths in 2010, Ieng Mouly, chairman of the National AIDS Authority, said today.

Speaking at an event marking World AIDS Day, Mouly said, some 880 people became newly infected with HIV last year, down 62 percent from 2,300 nine years ago.

Cambodian opposition leader still to face treason trial: PM

18 November 2019; AFP: Cambodian opposition figure Kem Sokha, freshly freed from house arrest, will still stand trial for treason, strongman premier Hun Sen said Monday.

Kem Sokha, 66, is the co-founder of the banned Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), which was dissolved ahead of widely criticised elections last year.

'It's a sin': Cambodia's brutal and shadowy dog meat trade

11 November 2019; AFP: Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies.

Khieu Chan bursts into tears when describing a job that haunts him as he goes to sleep: he kills up to six dogs a day, slicing their throats.

Cambodia lifts opposition leader's house arrest before EU trade decision

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia lifted house arrest restrictions on opposition leader Kem Sokha on Sunday, more than two years after he was charged with treason, but the charges remain and he is banned from politics and from leaving the country.

Pressure has been growing on Hun Sen, Cambodia’s authoritarian ruler of more than three decades, to ease a crackdown on his opponents as the European Union considers whether to cut preferential trade terms.

Cambodia Celebrates 66th Anniversary Of Independence

PHNOM PENH, Nov 10 (NNN-XINHUA) – Cambodia commemorated 66th anniversary of the declaration of Independence from French colonial rule on Saturday.

Nation’s King, Norodom Sihamoni, accompanied by Prime Minister, Samdech Techo Hun Sen, laid a wreath and lit the ceremonial victory fire, inside the capital’s Independence Monument, to symbolise the country’s independence from France.

The victory flame will be kept burning for three days.

U.S. concerned at Cambodia crackdown as neighbors' cooperation decried

PHNOM PENH/BANGKOK (Reuters) - The United States on Friday expressed concern over Cambodia’s crackdown on opposition to authoritarian leader Hun Sen, which has seen dozens of activists arrested and opposition leaders abroad prevented from returning.

Amnesty International, meanwhile, decried cooperation by Malaysia and Thailand to prevent foreign-based Cambodian opposition figures getting home to rally support.

Cambodia marks World Food Day, reiterates commitment to zero hunger by 2030

PURSAT, Cambodia, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia and the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) celebrated the World Food Day in Pursat province on Saturday, reiterating commitment to eradicate hunger in the kingdom by 2030.

Speaking to hundreds of participants at the event in Kandieng district of northwestern Pursat province, Cambodian Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon said the country would achieve "zero hunger" through ensuring sustainable food production, improving nutrition and promoting sustainable agricultural development.

Cambodia’s Top Court Upholds 25-Year Prison Term For Doctor Who Infected People With HIV

PHNOM PENH, Oct 5 (Xinhua) — Cambodia’s Supreme Court has upheld the decision of a lower court to sentence an unlicensed medical practitioner to 25 years in prison, for infecting over 200 villagers with HIV via the reuse of unclean needles.

Yem Chrin, 60, was arrested in 2014 in northwestern Battambang province, after most of his patients had their blood tested positive for HIV and accused him of transmitting the virus via the reuse of unsterilised needles.

Cambodia, Malaysia Sign Deals To Boost Trade, Investment, Tourism

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Sept 3 (NNN-AKP) – Cambodia and Malaysia signed two pacts today (Tuesday), to boost bilateral trade, investment and tourism, said a joint statement.

Cambodian Prime Minister, Samdech Techo Hun Sen and visiting Malaysian Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, presided over the signing ceremony of the deals after their bilateral talks at the Peace Palace here.

The documents included an agreement on the avoidance of double taxation or DTA and a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on tourism cooperation, it said.

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