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A Student Killed in Firework Mishap in King's Coronation Ceremony

A Student Killed in Firework Mishap in King's Coronation Ceremony

30 October 2014
Thousand of people gathered in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh on Wednesday October 29 to attend a ceremony marking the tenth anniversary of King Norodom Sihamoni coronation, unfortunately a student were killed and seven were injured in the firework mishap. Pin Sisovann, VOA Khmer More

Retired Musician Still Has Songs To Share

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Police File Charges Against Woman for Temple Vandalism

Police say that on Oct. 9, Willemijn Vermaat, 40, spent the night in the Bayon Temple illegally and subsequently knocked over a 12th-century statue there.

Authorities Mull Legal Action for Accused Temple Vandal

Willemijn Vermaat, 40, was briefly detained the following morning, before the statue was found knocked over, and she appears to have left the country.

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More than 1,000 people, including monks and students, gathered Wednesday in front of the Royal Palace to mark the second anniversary of the passing of former king Norodom Sihanouk.

Vandalism Suspected at Famed Bayon Temple of Angkor Wat

The statue, in Bayon Temple, was found tipped over, while a New Zealand woman who sneaked into the temples one night last week is suspected, police say.

Video African Filmmaker in Texas Explores Cultural Issues

Texas-based Nigerian filmmaker Kelechi Eke makes “Nollywood” style films that focus on the lives of African immigrants as well as important issues back in Africa. VOA’s Greg Flakus has this report from Houston.

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Monks Arrested for Serious Crimes During Spiritual Holiday

Two monks and four laymen were arrested at a pagoda in Siem Reap province over the holiday, accused of drinking alcohol and using drugs.

Video Now a Successful Fair-Trade Business Is Making Luxury Fabric From the Lotus' Stems

Lotus flowers are a symbol of divinity and purity in many Asian countries, and the plants grow wild in many parts of Cambodia. Now lotus' stems are made into luxury fabric. AP has this report from Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

In Gay-Friendly Stockholm, Old Stigmas Remain

To open more minds, Sweden has Pride parades every year, drawing tens of thousands of participants.

Researcher Describes Khmer Rouge Atrocities Against Cham Muslims

Both leaders on trial will face charges related to the treatment of the Chams, as well as Vietnamese, when their trial begins in full later this year.

Video Cambodian American Hip Hop Artist Sings of Personal Struggles

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Video Banteay Chhmar Restoration Project Underway

Cambodia's «Second Angkor Wat» at Banteay Chhmar is slowing returning to life after eight centuries of isolated slumber. A British archaeologist has put together a team if workers and experts who are rebuilding the ancient temples stone by stone. (AP, Phnom Penh)

Protesters Again Demand Vietnamese Apology Over Kampuchea Krom

Many Cambodians remain angered that the area, called Kampuchea Krom, or Lower Cambodia, in Khmer, was partitioned to Vietnam by the French in 1949.

Remains of King Enshrined in Silver Pagoda

Norodom Sihanouk, a major political figure beloved by many Cambodians, died in October 2012.

Video Cambodian Metalwork in Good Business for Tourists' Souvenirs

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Villagers Accuse Mondolkiri Company of Major Deforestation

Adhoc says at least 110 forestry activists are currently under threat, through lawsuit, violence or arrest, in the province.

Musician Has Supported Cambodian Arts for Decades

The school teaches traditional dance, Pin Peat music, and Mahori music, and Yike, taught by skillful professors from the Royal University of Fine Arts.

Video DC United Academy Coach Teaches Soccer Basics

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Video Protocol on Sexual Violence in War Launched at London Summit

A conference in London - organized in part by actress Angelina Jolie - has launched a new international protocol on investigating sexual violence in war.

Casino Expansion Next To Buddhist Institute Irks Some

Lao Mong Hay said the casino expansion not only hurts the institution’s physical building, but it is harmful to what the building represents.

Women Minorities Call Land Development a Major Threat

A group of 20 women from various indigenous groups from across the country met in Phnom Penh on Wednesday, calling economic land concessions the top threat to their way of life.

Ceremony Marks Loss of ‘Lower Cambodia’ to Vietnam

The delta was once part of Cambodia, but it was partitioned to Vietnam by the French at the end of their Indochinese colonization in 1949.

Video Three Statues Repatriated in Phnom Penh Ceremony

Three statues looted from Cambodia over the last 40 years were returned to Phnom Penh in an official ceremony Tuesday.

Photogallery Three Statues Repatriated in Phnom Penh Ceremony

Three major statues looted from Cambodia during its civil war were returned to Phnom Penh in an official ceremony Tuesday.

High Rate of Khmer Rouge Sexual Violence Among Ethnic Minorities

The survey, conducted by the Cambodian Defenders Project, found that some 60 percent of 105 surveyed respondents experienced some form of sexual violence under the Khmer Rouge.

Video Success in US Possible, Former Ambassador Says

At the close of National Asia Pacific Heritage Month, Sichan Siv, a Cambodian and former US ambassador to the UN, says cultural assimilation had been the key to his success in the United States.

Video Few Khmer Architectures Remained Are At Risk of Demolition

Khmer architecture was uniquely Cambodia style of modern architecture developed in the 1950s and 1960s. The New Khmer Architecture movement began with independence from France in 1953.

Cambodian Minorities Join Meetings at UN Headquarters in New York

A group representing Cambodia’s indigenous communities traveled to New York this week, meeting with UN officials and other minority groups from 70 countries.

Video Cambodian Orphans 'Strive' in Performing Arts Documentary

"Still I Strive" is a documentary about children at a unique orphanage in Phnom Penh who possess strong artistic skills and aspire to perform for the royal family. Director Adam Pfleghaar is in Washington, DC for the screening of the documentary which premiered at the Busan Film Festival in 2012.

Video Cabinet Minister Wants More Antiquities Returned to Cambodia

After touring the Metropolitan Museum in New York on Thursday, Cambodian Cabinet Minister Sok An expressed hope that some of the artifacts originally from Cambodia, but not on loan, will be returned to their rightful owners one day.

Two Ancient Statues Returned to Cambodia

Cambodia has officially received two 10th Century artifacts looted from the country more than four decades ago.

Video Cambodian Orphans 'Strive' in Performing Arts Documentary

"Still I Strive" is a documentary about children at a unique orphanage in Phnom Penh who possess strong artistic skills and aspire to perform for the royal family. Director Adam Pfleghaar says the orphans are able to use the performing arts to instill hope and motivation in their lives.

At Virginia Arts Festival, Reconnection to the Past

Members of the Cambodian American Heritage Association held an art performance on Saturday in Arlington, Virginia, in celebration of the Khmer New Year.

Video Hindu, Buddhist Works from Ancient Southeast Asia on View in New York

An exhibit of Hindu and Buddhist sculptural works from first-millennium Southeast Asia opened on April 14 at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. VOA's Carolyn Weaver has this report on the "Lost Kingdoms" exhibit.

Video At Virginia Arts Festival, Reconnection to the Past

Members of the Cambodian American Heritage Association held an art performance on Saturday in Arlington, Virginia, in celebration of the Khmer New Year. VOA Khmer's Pin Sisovann has the report.

Video Cambodia's Angkor Wat Joins Google's List of Online Tourist Sites

Cambodian's ancient Angkor Wat has become the latest historical site to be digitally mapped by Google for armchair tourists to visit online.

As New Year Holiday Ends, Many Factories Stay Closed

Union leaders say many workers are staying home in a quiet strike, rather than demonstrating, as they continue to push for a raise in the minimum wage to $160 per month.

Less Rain, More Bugs Predicted for Year of the Horse

Cambodians have deep traditions steeped in animism, astrology and folktales, and many take such predictions very seriously, especially at the onset of a new year.

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30 October 2014
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