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Surrogate babies born in Cambodia stuck in limbo waiting for visas to leave for Australia

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Bail denied for Adhoc foursome

Senior ADHOC member Lim Mony speaks to the press as she is escorted out of the Appeal's Court yesterday in Phnom Penh. The Court of Appeal yesterday rejected the bail requests of four Adhoc staffers, now in jail more than 300 days, citing fears they would refuse to appear in court when summonsed.



The Gliding, Glowing Giants of a Cambodian Puppet Festival

The 11th annual Giant Puppet Project recently took place on February 18 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The event was founded in 2007 by Jig Cochrane, Stuart Cochlin, and Sasha Constable , and is currently directed by Cochlin, a British architect based in Siem Reap.



Hidden victims of war on drugs

Cambodia's war on drugs is in full swing, routinely grabbing headlines as ever-growing numbers of suspects more than 4,000 so far, most of them users swell the Kingdom's jails. But behind the high-profile raids, the campaign is having an alarming, albeit hidden, side effect, observers say: With the crackdown multiplying risks for drug users, many are shunning health and substitution therapy services offered by NGOs and clinics, thereby increasing the likelihood they will overdose or contract and transmit HIV, AIDS, and tuberculosis.



Cambodiaa s leader just cracked down on the opposition, and the consequences will be dramatic

Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, left, toasts champagne with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, right, during a signing ceremony at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh in 2016. , Cambodia's National Assembly passed 22 amendments to the country's Law on Political Parties.



Siem Reap hotel is aiming for solar sustainability

The Templation Hotel , located just north of Siem Reap town, claims to be the first in the Kingdom to try to supply the majority of its electricity from solar power, and is testing a model in sustainability that the MAADS hotel group may scale out to other non-urban properties. The group owns seven hotels, three shops and several restaurants.



PH dedicated to improve peace and order in the country: Yasay

The Philippine government is doing its best to improve peace and order to make this country haven of tourists and foreign investors, Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr., on Thursday said. [FILE] Philippine Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay signs documents during a ceremony at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016.



Capturing everyday life in the chaos of post-1979 Cambodia

In one of John Burgess's photos, of a row of homes in the centre of Battambang, what grabs the attention is what is not in the frame. On the streets there is nothing but the shadows cast by coconut trees and rusted utility poles.



How Cambodian tile makers have put a local touch on a colonial craft

Brought over by the French, painted cement tilemaking has been incorporated into Cambodian design for more than a century, even as the industry has died out in Europe. But with local masters ageing, who will take over? In a dark and dusty workshop along the river in Siem Reap, Cheat Ty places a blank tile into a steel frame, lays down by hand a mixture of sand and cement powder, and then fits an intricate metal mould above it.



'Girl Rising' portrays power of educating girls

"Girl Rising," a documentary and book on the amazing things that can happen in society when girls are educated, will be shared in Naperville at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, at the Hollywood Palms Cinema, 352 S. Route 59. Worldwide findings indicate societies can be transformed in merely one generation when girls benefit from education. Barriers begin to drop: early marriage, gender-based violence, domestic slavery and sex trafficking among them.



Prison numbers jump 20 percent

Interior Minister Sar Kheng speaks at a meeting launching the ministry's annual report yesterday in Phnom Penh. Photo supplied Cambodia's already swollen prison population leapt by more than 20 percent last year, according to the Ministry of Interior's annual report, which acknowledged the influx has caused "serious challenges" with overcrowding, and revealed one-third of inmates are in pre-trial detention.



Cambodian vendors protest huge fish duty hike

Cambodian merchants dumped hundreds of kilogrammes of fish on the Thai-Cambodian Friendship bridge at the border on Thursday, closing it to traffic, in a protest against a huge increase in import duty by Thai authorities. The vendors piled more than 400kg of pla chon on the road in the centre of the bridge about 10.20am and blocked all traffic lanes with the carts used to carry fish.



Cambodians block bridge with fish over duty hike

Cambodian merchants dumped hundreds of kilogrammes of fish on the Thai-Cambodian Friendship bridge on Thursday, closing it to traffic, in a protest against a huge increase in import duty by Thai authorities. About 100 fish vendors and workers piled more than 400kg of pla chon on the road in the centre of the bridge at about 10.20am and blocked all traffic lanes with almost two dozen carts used to carry fish.



Cambodia jails land rights activist for 2-1/2 years

District authorities and police officers stand guard in front of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court during a verdict of land rights activist Tep Vanny, in central Phnom Penh, Cambodia, February 23, 2017. Protesters are pushed back by district authorities as they demonstrate in support of land rights activist Tep Vanny during her verdict in front of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in central Phnom Penh, Cambodia, February 23, 2017.



Schools add value to property, but developers remain indifferent

The Internatioanl School of Phnom Penh is somewhat of a rarity in its location, given it is in proximity to boreys and villas. Although schools and hospitals help add value to borey projects and major residential developments, many new dwellings in Cambodia neglect these community services, reflecting the sales-orientated mentality of many development companies.



EU talks 'election climate'

EU ambassador George Edgar speaks at a press conference hosted at the European Union office in Phnom Penh last year. The EU's high representative for foreign affairs, Frederica Mogherini, yesterday released a letter outlining Europe's continued concern with what it perceives as a deteriorating political situation in Cambodia.



'Desperate' Australian couples unable to leave Cambodia with surrogate babies

Around 10 Australian couples have been left in legal limbo in Cambodia - unable to bring surrogate babies home months after their birth - as they wait for the Government in Phnom Penh to draft new laws on surrogacy. The Cambodian Government has begun drafting legislation that will likely ban commercial surrogacy but may allow some form of altruistic surrogacy under strict regulations.





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