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Coalition recovers some lost ground

Good morning, early birds. The Coalition enjoys a mild boost in the polls since its immediate post-Libspill plunge.

Australian Filmmaker James Ricketson touches down in Sydney

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Pardoned filmmaker James Ricketson 'will be back to Cambodia', lawyer says

Australian filmmaker James Ricketson is expected to return to Sydney today after being pardoned on an espionage conviction, but his lawyer says "he will be back in Cambodia". The 69-year-old Australian, who had been making documentaries in Cambodia for more than 20 years, was convicted three weeks ago and sentenced to six years in prison.

~ Cambodian bicycle ~

Bicycle is everywhere in Cambodia, and this is one of those I spotted in Kampot laid back town, seemingly awaiting its owner to come ride for another journey. Genteel dilapidation in a quiet street, as if someone had carefully arranged it for me to find.

Six Senses Krabey Island in Cambodia Opening This December

Six Senses Krabey Island is set on a 30-acre private tropical island located three miles off Ream National Park in southern Cambodia. Sihanouk International Airport is served by flights from Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Ho Chi Minh City and Kuala Lumpur.

A Cambodian Refugee Cooks From Memory at Nyum Bai

Nite Yun has no memories of the Khao-I-Dang refugee camp in Thailand where she was born in 1982. The chef and owner of Nyum Bai in Oakland, Calif., a restaurant that has attracted national attention, was just 2 when her parents, Cambodians who had fled the Khmer Rouge in the previous decade , scooped up her and her older brother and headed to America, group.

James Ricketson Pardoned by Cambodia After Espionage Conviction

Australian filmmaker James Ricketson arrives on a prison van for his trial at a Phnom Penh court on June 15, 2018. James Ricketson was granted a royal pardon in Cambodia on Friday.

Asian countries at risk from 'Balkanisation' in cyber space: Kaspersky

Siem Reap , Sep 20 : India as well as other Asian countries are vulnerable to the risk of cyber threats from "Balkanisation" in cyber space, warned Russia-based global cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab on Thursday. Presenting key cybersecurity issues, Kaspersky's top researchers and executives made the possible threat announcement to an audience of journalists from 11 countries across the region at the firm's 4th Asia Pacific cybersecurity annual summit.

Australian filmmaker James Ricketson granted royal pardon in Cambodia

Phnom Penh: Australian film maker James Ricketson, who was sentenced to six years in prison in Cambodia for espionage, has been granted a royal pardon, according to a government statement.

'This is my land': Cambodian villagers slam Chinese mega-project

"I'm Cambodian, I'm not illegal here," said Se Say Hieng, one of the last remaining villagers who refuses to leave land that now belongs to China's Union Development Group. Construction on a port and resort city in Koh Kong, southwest Cambodia, began in 2008, and while it appears to have stalled, villagers claim that authorities have continued threatening and harassing them as they refuse to leave the leased land.

~ walking home ~

A lovely late afternoon in Kampong Cham and the novice monks seemed quite happy strolling home on the slight wobbly bamboo bridge stretching about 1km across the Mekong river to Koh Pen island. No a great deal though, I was just trying to create a mood of reality when the camera sees a relationship between humans and their environment.

Chinese president, wife visit Cambodian King, Queen Mother

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan on Wednesday visited Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk, ahead of the traditional Mid-Autumn Festival, in Beijing. Wishing the King and the Queen Mother a happy festival and good health, Xi said the close and special relationship between China and Cambodia is characterized by deep historical feelings.

Animation Is Film Announces 11 Animated Features In Competition Lineup

Animation is Film announced today the preliminary competition lineup and jury for its second annual edition, set to take place October 19-21 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. The festival, produced by GKIDS in partnership with Annecy Int'l Animated Film Festival, Variety, and Fathom Events, provides a much-needed promotional platform for all of the international and independent animated features that often struggle to draw attention in the United States, where Hollywood content dominates the multiplexes.

Chinese Initiatives Threaten Mekong River

On the sandy banks of the Mekong River, local fisherman Mana Suttawong stitches together the ropes on a worn-out net, his hands chafed from years of pulling in hefty catches on the legendary waterway. But the days of big hauls are gone for the 54-year-old, and the downsized fishing nets are a telling sign of diminished supplies.

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono expresses hope for Cambodia's continued development

Foreign Minister Taro Kono expressed hope Wednesday for Cambodia's further development and democratization in talks with his Cambodian counterpart Prak Sokhonn. Touching on Japan's history of working closely with Phnom Penh since peace was achieved in the Southeast Asian country, Kono reiterated his call for the democratization process to continue and for the freedom and rights of its people to be respected, according to the Foreign Ministry.

Cambodia PM denies 'international pressure' behind release of opposition leader

Cambodian PM Hun Sen has eased up on dissent after winning every seat in an election that was was lambasted as a sham AFP/Nhac NGUYEN PHNOM PENH: Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen batted down speculation on Wednesday that he caved to international pressure after an opposition leader was released from jail, claiming the decision was made for his ailing foe's health and safety. Kem Sokha, the co-founder of the now-defunct Cambodia National Rescue Party, was arrested on treason charges in September two months before the Supreme Court dissolved his party.

Winning Design for Phnom Penh Factory Worker Homes, a Model for Other Cities

An award-winning design for factory worker housing in Cambodia's capital will serve as a model for homes in other cities in the rapidly-urbanizing country, according to the charity that will build 3,000 units based on the blueprint next year. The contest was hosted by the United Nations Development Program as part of its strategy to encourage investment in sustainable development worldwide.

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