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  1. Born on May 14, 1953 and educated in Prague since the age of nine, it was only when he attained the age of 14 that he got his first taste of the art when he starred in ‘The Little Prince’, a film made by his father, Prince Norodom Sihanouk. Prince Norodom Sihamoni remained in Prague where he attended the National Conservatory and the Academy of Music Arts, concentrating on dance, music, and theatre and graduated in 1975. In 1992 he was named permanent representative of Cambodia to the United Nations. In 1993, the year his father was re-crowned King, Prince Sihamoni became Cambodia’
  2. PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA — Cambodia has administered at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine to over 2 million residents in an aggressive vaccination drive that kicked off in early February. The effort resulted in a high vaccination rate but has been marred with confusion and, more recently, coercion. The country is facing its worst COVID-19 outbreak since January 2020 with more than 19,500 cases reported since February this year. In the last 12 months, Cambodia has reported less than 500 cases with small spikes in March and November 2020. As of Fri
  3. Critics say the long-ruling strongman is trying to boost the political fortunes of his son, Hun Manet. Cambodian political opposition leader Sam Rainsy has launched a campaign to help Cambodians impoverished by government-ordered lockdowns amid rising numbers of COVID-19 infections in the country, raffling his Casio wristwatch valued at $5.00. The move by the exiled party leader has sparked calls for Prime Minister Hun Sen to sell his own watches, valued at many millions of dollars more. Sam Rainsy’s campaign will run for three weeks beginning May 16,
  4. Many in Laos are reluctant to take the vaccine, fearing harm to their health, after a 70-year-old woman dies on May 10 two days after taking the shot. Cases of COVID-19 infection continued to climb in Vietnam this week, with authorities locking down residential areas and industrial zones for disinfection, state media said on Thursday. Officials in Cambodia transferred inmates from a provincial prison to slow the spread of the disease behind bars amid rising numbers of deaths in the country, while in Laos residents voiced concern over the safety of vacci
  5. NGO that forced government into U-turn over controversial dam latest target of deepening crackdown on dissent. Arrested last year with two of his fellow environmental activists, Thun Rotha has barely seen his baby who is now 14 months old. “He was arrested when our son was six months old,” Rotha’s wife Pat Raksmey told Al Jazeera. “It’s a smear campaign of the powerful. He has not incited anyone. He questions those who are in power.” Rotha is one of three members of the environmental NGO Mother Nature who were arrested in 2020 after they organised a march to
  6. Archaeologists of the Apsara Authority have found an ancient underground drainage system, stretching about 80 metres, which is believed to have released water from Angkor Thom to outside the temple complex in Siem Reap province. The ancient drainage system was found during the implementation of a project to improve the walkway, gardens and drainage system in Angkor Thom. The ancient system is parallel to the path situated between the basement of the Elephant Terrace and the east gate of Angkor Thom, according to Apsara Authority. Khiev Chan, Apsara Authority ‘s archaeolo
  7. While Thai authorities have increased checkpoints and patrol along borders to prevent illegal entries to combat COVID-19, the Cambodian province of Takeo has locked down a village after new infection cases were continually reported. Bangkok (VNA) – While Thai authorities have increased checkpoints and patrol along borders to prevent illegal entries to combat COVID-19, the Cambodian province of Takeo has locked down a village after new infection cases were continually reported. National police chief of Thailand Suwat Jangyodsuk has ordered all police units to ramp up surveillance i
  8. The COVID-19 pandemic in Laos has been gradually controlled with new infection cases falling, especially in major cities. Vientiane (VNA) – The COVID-19 pandemic in Laos has been gradually controlled with new infection cases falling, especially in major cities. The Lao Health Ministry on May 11 announced that there were 35 new infections in the past 24 hours, including nine in Vientiane, five imported in Champasak and 20 in Tonpheung district of Bokeo province bordering China. So far, Laos has recorded 1,362 infections, 297 of them have recovered and one death. Meanwhile, the C
  9. In an interesting twist, police arrested a 38-year old man for killing his wife and four children, aged between three and nine, before setting fire to his house in a fit of anger on May 9 in Kampong Chhnang province’s Doeu Chrey village. Kampong Chhnang deputy police chief, Brigadier General Ear Buthoeun told Khmer Times that the suspect and his wife were believed embroiled in a heated argument when he committed the heinous crime. Brig Gen Buthoeun declined to give further details as he said the investigation was still in progress. According to neighbours, the suspect was the third
  10. Prison officials say Pin Kimseng died of pneumonia, but his body showed signs of physical assault including injuries to his head and a broken neck. Cambodia’s National Committee Against Torture is promising to investigate the death in custody of a young detainee whose body was returned to his family bearing signs of physical assault, including injuries to his head and a broken neck, family members say. Pin Kimseng, a 21-year-old resident of Beantey Meanchey province’s Poipet city, was found dead on May 3 after prison officials sent him for medical
  11. Officials from the General Department of PPR detected nearly 12 tons of counterfeit alcohol or methanol and destroyed it at a landfill in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district. The destruction of the fake alcohol was organized with the approval of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court and with the participation of Dangkor district administration officials. These methanol substances were confiscated from warehouses and were meant to be distributed to pharmacies in Phnom Penh. Alcohol, or ethanol, is a substance that is used to kill germs, especially at a time when Covid-19 is rampant.
  12. 2 woman were arrested yesterday for selling fake vaccination cards to factory workers in Khan Por Sen Chey. The women – named as Chap Malin, 33 years old and Uy Sokha, 36 years old were arrested in the Brillian factory in Prey Pring South 1 village, Sangkat Choam Chao II, Khan Por Sen Chey while selling the counterfeit documents for 10,000 riels each. When police apprehended them, they were in possession of 10 of the fake vaccination cards, which they were selling to workers who were hoping to circumvent the government rules that factory workers must be vaccinated. The arrest was t
  13. PHNOM PENH, May 11 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia's COVID-19 case tally has surged to 20,223 on Tuesday after 480 new infections were reported nationwide in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health said in a statement. The new confirmed cases included 470 local cases and 10 imported cases, the statement said. Five more fatalities were recorded during the cited period, raising the death toll from the coronavirus epidemic to 131, the statement said, adding that 350 patients have recovered, taking the total number of recoveries to 8,170 in the Southeast Asian country. Cambodia has been sufferi
  14. Five people, including four children and a pregnant woman, died in a house fire on Sunday night in Kampong Chhnang province’s Doeu Chrey village. Deputy police chief of Boribor district Tith Saroun told Khmer Times that the fire was brought under control after an hour of battling the raging flames. The fire started at about 8.30pm and was completely extinguished around 9.30pm. The house belonged to Non Sareth,35,and his wife Sean Sokchea, who is in her thirties. A pregnant mother and four children were killed in the fire which also gutted the entire house. Deputy Poli
  15. Police in Banteay Meanchey province’s Malai district in collaboration with provincial border military forces yesterday arrested two men for attempting to illegally smuggle 25 people across the border into Thailand to work. Major Nuon Sothy, Malai district police deputy chief, told Khmer Times yesterday that they were arrested at about 2am on Monday along the Cambodian-Thai border, in Boeng Beng commune. Maj Sothy said the two suspects were arrested while they were walking and guiding 25 people along the Cambodian border, attempting to send them into Thailand through an illegal chec
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