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1 hr ago | Voice of America
A mechanic fixes fans in his small electrical shop on the ground floor of the White Building, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Sept. 5, 2014.
5 hrs ago | The Nation
While the fashion world swoons at models displaying this season's couture on the runway, factory girls in Phnom Penh are trying not to faint at their sewing machines. On Wednesday, these two worlds - the fast fashion of Fifth Avenue storefronts and the churning sweatshops of Southeast Asia - are colliding with an international day of solidarity with Cambodian workers .
6 hrs ago | South China Morning Post
Thai Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha presides over the closing ceremony of an army training course this week. Photo: Xinhua Since seizing power from an elected government more than three months ago, Thailand's National Council for Peace and Order - the governing body of the coup makers - has continued to violate people's freedoms.
7 hrs ago | Pnompenh Post
The European Union will spend a 3 million on a program to encourage small and medium enterprises to invest in Cambodia. Speaking at a conference yesterday in Phnom Penh, EU Ambassador to Cambodia Jean-Francois Cautain said the five-year grant - to be managed by EuroCham - would be used to market Cambodia as an investment destination for European businesses and to strengthen advocacy to create a favourable business environment in the Kingdom.
11 hrs ago | Reuters
Cambodia deployed armed troops in its capital on Wednesday as garment workers held rallies to revive a campaign for higher wages that had helped to stoke a year-long political crisis. About 500 textile workers rallied in an industrial suburb of Phnom Penh, demanding a sharp hike in the monthly minimum wage to $177 from $100, as dozens of soldiers armed with assault rifles watched.
More than 1,000 garment workers at a Phnom Penh factory entered their second day of striking yesterday, ahead of today's start of global and national union campaigns to raise the minimum wage in Cambodia's garment sector. Workers at the Huey Chuen garment factory in Meanchey district began striking Monday, in opposition to the suspension of employee Heng Siheoun.
Two suspects were charged yesterday with murder and theft after 52-year-old Thai Huy was killed and dumped in a 10-metre well on her cashew farm in Phnom Penh's Daun Penh district on Saturday. Khorn Chhay, 20, and Mach Ro, 19, both from Kampong Cham province, had been employed by Huy for several months on the farm, and were arrested in Tbong Khmum province after fleeing to a relative's house there, said Heng Vuthy, police chief of Kampong Cham's Cheung Prey district.
Attitudes toward post-coup Thailand by the United States and Japan appear to be softening following the appointment of the new cabinet. Both countries criticised the May 22 coup, scaling back ties and adopting a wait-and-see approach toward the National Council for Peace and Order .
Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng yesterday called on government ministries to clean up their civil service entrance tests, which are widely perceived to be plagued by corruption, and pointed to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports drastic reform of this year's grade 12 final exams as an example. Speaking at a graduation ceremony for students of the University of Human Resources, Kheng said the strict clampdown on cheating in the grade 12 exams - which resulted in abysmally low passing rates - could be a boon to human resources if implemented in the civil service as well.
Automotive Asia , the only authorised dealer of Audi vehicles in Cambodia, opened its first showroom in Phnom Penh yesterday. The 2,000-square-metre showroom on Monivong Boulevard currently holds just two of the German carmaker's models, the Q7 and the A8L, with prices ranging between $135,000 and $206,000.
Cambodia's aviation authority yesterday approved operations for the first of three Chinese market-focused airlines, all of which are expected to take to the skies by the end of the year. The State Secretariat of Civil Aviation granted an Airline Operations Certificate to Apsara International Air - owned jointly by private Chinese and Cambodian investors - after a more than yearlong application process.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen's just-concluded visit to China's Nanning city for the 11th ASEAN-China Expo is a "success", contributing to further enhancing Cambodia's ties with China and ASEAN, a senior official said Tuesday. "The prime minister's visit to Nanning is a success in terms of politics and economics," Kao Kim Hourn, minister attached to Prime Minister Hun Sen, told reporters at Phnom Penh International Airport upon Hun Sen's return from Nanning.
As Cambodia continues to consider inking a deal to ship workers to Saudi Arabia, seven migrants have already fled notoriously poor labour conditions in the Middle Eastern nation. The workers were enlisted by a private construction company in Jeddah, according to the Thai Embassy in Saudi Arabia, which is assisting the men in the absence of a Cambodian diplomatic presence in the county.
While yesterday marked a year since the death of 29-year-old Mao Sok Chan - shot dead by security forces during clashes at a Phnom Penh bridge - his family is still waiting for justice. Sok Chan's mother, 57-year-old Tith Sang, told the Post that after a year of waiting, she remained in the dark about the truth behind her son's death.
The World Bank is considering granting $25 million in fresh loans to Cambodia to fund social land concessions. If the project is approved, it could mark the bank's first loans since it suspended lending in 2011 when it pledged no new funding until a resolution to the Boeung Kak lake dispute had been reached.
Christian Caryl analyzes the politics of rage that drives both the Islamic State jihadists and the separatists in eastern Ukraine. Oliver Bullough argues that Ukraine won't be able to solve its crippling corruption unless the West acknowledges its responsibility for the problem, too.
Labour union leaders charged with crimes stemming from violent demonstrations during a 10-day nationwide garment worker strike in December and January say they will protest this week supporting a minimum wage raise. Collective Union of Movement of Workers president Pav Sina, who was ordered by Phnom Penh Municipal Court investigating judge Chea Sokheng not to participate in demonstrations while the case is being investigated, will ignore the injunction, he said yesterday.
Updated: Wed Sep 17, 2014 03:17 pm
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