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  1. The Council of Ministers today unanimously approved the imposing of harsher legal penalties against individuals and entities who violate the COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures and rules. This decision to impose stern legal action was decided with the worsening of the third community outbreak dubbed “February 20 Community Event” which has infected 236 people with 77 hotspots identified so far. The decision for harsher penalties was disclosed in an official letter addressed to Interior Minister Sar Kheng and Health Minister Mam Bun Heng, a copy of which was obtained by Khmer Time
  2. John Futch, a veteran newspaper journalist who served for years at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, has died in Cambodia, two weeks after suffering a stroke. He was 75. A GoFundMe had been set up to help Futch, also a Vietnam War veteran, with medical expenses. His death was reported on a Facebook post. “John Futch has spent his life fighting for our freedoms — in war zones and newsrooms across the country,” said Michael Delorio, Futch’s adopted son who started the GoFundMe. “More recently in retirement he’s been living in Cambodia. Recently, he had a fall and he
  3. Canada has approved the import of roughly 2,500 non-human primates annually from the U.S., but 2020 was the first year an additional number were imported from Cambodia OTTAWA – Animal rights activists are up in arms after Canadian companies last year bought 1,000 monkeys for the purpose of scientific experimentation from Cambodian suppliers, saying our nation should not be supporting potentially notoriously inhumane breeders. “There have been very serious welfare concerns raised about the living conditions of these monkeys in Cambodia and nearby countries, as well as co
  4. The third community outbreak is worsening day by day with 60 more people tested positive for COVID-19 as well as 16 new hotspots being identified by the Health Ministry yesterday. So far the total number of infections linked to the February 20 Community Incident has reached 196 with the number of identified hotspots now at 63. The Health Ministry yesterday reported 58 new cases linked to the incident, while Phnom Penh’s Russey Keo district governor Chea Pisey reported the other two. Health Ministry spokeswoman Youk Sambath said that from February 20 to yesterday, the samples of 6,7
  5. Bilateral trade between Cambodia and Thailand has started early 2021 on a downward note with contraction continuing as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic remains very much in evidence. Two-way trade was valued at $653 million in January 2021, a year-on-year decrease of 10.6 percent, data from Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce shows. Cambodia exports to Thailand in January totalled $113 million, a slide down of 4.8 percent year-on-year, according to the report. Meanwhile Cambodia imported $540 million of goods from Thailand, a decline of 11.7 percent compared with January of 2020.
  6. The editor in chief of the Chinese language online news Angkor Today has been ordered deported after he published an article, saying Cambodia sells China-aided COVID-19 vaccines. According to a directive issued today by Interior Minister Sar Kheng, the Chinese editor-in-chief Shen Kaidong was ordered to be expelled and barred from re-entering Cambodia. Meanwhile, Information Minister Khieu Kanharith also issued a directive revoking the license of Angkor Today because the owner Ung Kongkea published exaggerated news on Wechat which affected public health and caused national chaos and
  7. Ministry of Health spokeswoman Or Vandine denied recent claims the ministry had surreptitiously given Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccinations to unauthorised persons in exchange for money at Calmette Hospital. She condemned a local media report, saying vaccination is free and not for sale under any circumstances, and that it is currently only available to volunteers from such groups as have been identified as eligible by the health ministry. “I deny that accusation totally and condemn those persons who pollute society with such fabrications and spread these false notions and di
  8. In terms of business and law, Cambodian women rank better than some nations in Asean, according to a new World Bank report on “Women, Business and the Law 2021” released yesterday. The report said Cambodian women rank above average with a total score of 75 points, better than Indonesia at 64.4, Myanmar at 58.8, Brunei at 53.1 and Malaysia at 50, but lower than Thailand at 78.1, the Philippines at 78.8, Vietnam at 81.9, Singapore at 82.5 and Laos at 88.1 points. This indicator captures legal differences between men and women in eight areas, including mobility, workplace, pay, marria
  9. Police in Phnom Penh arrested a French man on Tuesday, accused of drug use, illegal possession of two weapons and staying illegally in the country. Chroy Changva district police officer Major Ly Seng identified the man as Sebastien Baudry, 43, a French tourist staying in a rental house in Chroy Changva commune. Maj Seng said that on Tuesday morning, Baudry smoked drugs at his rental house. At 11.30am, he became high and started destroying his Cambodian neighbour’s house. The house owner alerted the police for intervention. “When he saw our police forces, he ran quickly to take a gu
  10. The Cambodian government is providing free vaccinations against COVID-19 to all foreigners living and working in the Kingdom. This was disclosed in a circular dated February 24, 2021, by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to diplomatic missions in Phnom Penh and the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator. The ministry in the circular said: “All foreign nationals who are currently residing and working in Cambodia can get vaccinated against COVID-19 at no charge in accordance with Cambodian COVID-19 vaccination plans”. More details on the process of vaccinating foreigners wi
  11. Khmer Times has reliably learned that the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Interior were extremely upset and concerned with the antics of a police woman who attended a wedding party in Prey Veng on 17 February, 2021 and was later tested positive for COVID-19. Authorities fear the outbreak of a fourth community outbreak within a week if there are positive cases among the 41 brought in for swab tests after being tracked down. The police women who reportedly has a Chinese national as a husband, had attended the wedding at Toul Sangke Toteung village, Cheach commune, Kamchay Mear
  12. Outbreak linked to Chinese nationals bribing guards to leave quarantine early PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia is scrambling to control its worst COVID-19 outbreak since the pandemic began. Detected on Saturday, the new cluster is mostly among Chinese nationals in the capital, Phnom Penh, and stood at 76 infections as of Monday. The figure, expected to rise, represents a significant chunk of the country's current total of 568 cases. Authorities have locked down some two dozen hotspots around the city, closed several schools and instituted a "limited ban" on sports. Th
  13. PHNOM PENH, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen has approved the deportation of any foreigners who violate the COVID-19 quarantine rules, escape treatment and refuse cooperation with authorities. "For foreigners, they will be deported from Cambodia and banned from re-entering the country," said a letter signed by Hun Sen on Monday. "For Cambodians, they will face the country's law." The letter said any companies which ignore cooperation with the authorities in tracing suspicious cases will see their licenses revoked and their businesses shut down.
  14. EXCLUSIVE: The distressed animals were saved from the horrific dog meat trade in the first such example of an intervention by Cambodian authorities Crammed in metal cages, these starving and dehydrated dogs were being driven to a slaughterhouse to be butchered for meat. But the 61 hounds – a mix of strays and stolen pets – were saved. Just minutes before these heartbreaking pictures were taken, the driver was intercepted and arrested on Sunday by Cambodian authorities. read more https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/harrowing-images-show-61-dogs-23551720
  15. Authorities in Thailand deported more than 200 Cambodian migrant workers Monday as both Bangkok and Phnom Penh began enforcing new regulations to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in their nations. The move prompted rights groups to call for assistance from Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government to offset expected financial difficulties for the deportees. Um Sophal, the Police Commissioner for Banteay Meanchey province—which borders Thailand—told RFA’s Khmer Service that all of the deportees returned by foot to Cambodia through the O’Bey Cho
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