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Thai Leader on Two-Day Diplomatic Visit to Cambodia

Thai Leader on Two-Day Diplomatic Visit to Cambodia

31 October 2014
The head of Thailand’s military-controlled government begins a two-day visit to Cambodia today, in a bid to improve diplomatic ties with Cambodia in talks with Prime Minister Hun Sen and other officials. More
October 2014
30 October 2014

Myanmar President Calls Meeting of Top Army, Political Officials

Summit, to be held Friday in capital Naypyidaw, will bring together six political parties, including that of longtime democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Three Decades on, China Puts Focus Back on Constitution

Communist Party says national day to celebrate document will be held each year and officials will swear allegiance to it when they come into office.

28 October 2014

Asia Attempts to Understand, Reduce Violence Against Kids

Cambodia launches a UN - backed survey into violence against children.

Myanmar Journalist’s Death Spurs Call for Inquiry

He died in military custody; had covered clashes between government troops, ethnic fighters.

Jailed Vietnamese Blogger Freed to Go to US

Authorities offered Dieu Cay choice of leaving or serving out rest of 12-year term.

24 October 2014

Video Demonstrators Call on Government To Fulfill Principles of Peace Accords

Hundreds of activists demonstrated in Phnom Penh on Thursday, gathering to protest the government’s failure to fulfill the promises of the Paris Peace Accords.

Audio VOA Exclusive: US Democracy Group Rebuts Hong Kong Meddling Allegations

Chinese state media and pro-Beijing news outlets in Hong Kong have published a series of articles accusing the National Endowment for Democracy of funding, advising protesters.

Opposition Says Vietnam Building Roads Into Cambodia

Mao Monivann, a parliamentarian for the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, told VOA Khmer that Vietnam had built 50 kilometers of road pushing into Cambodia.

22 October 2014

Video Hong Kong Talks Begin With Few Concessions

Activists on street worry first round of talks has widened gulf between government and pro-democracy protesters.

Thailand's Troubled Tourism Industry Struggles to Recover

Political unrest and the murder of two British tourists are keeping visitors away.

Japan Team Finds Voter Registration Irregularities

Japanese Ambassador Kumamaru Yuji told reporters Japan is willing to help Cambodia restore its voter registries to ensure free and fair elections in the future.

21 October 2014

Immigration Delegation Heads to Australia

The agreement could bring in refugees currently held on the Micronesian island of Nauru to Cambodia.

Cambodian Children More Vulnerable Under Asean Integration, Report Warns

Rights workers fear for the safety of Cambodia’s vulnerable children once Asean joins in an economic community next year.

20 October 2014

Photogallery Joko Widodo Sworn In as Indonesia’s Head of State

Analysts say Widodo’s emphasis on domestic reform is likely to leave little room for foreign policy concerns.

18 October 2014

Photogallery  Hong Kong's Government, Students to Begin Talks Tuesday

​​A few days ago, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said he was seeking ways to resume talks with protest leaders that stalled after the government backed out

Video Hundreds March To Protest Refugee Deal With Australia​

Some 300 people, including monks and students, marched through the capital on Friday, protesting a refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia.

Photogallery Hong Kong Impasse as Crowds Grow Again

Hundreds of Hong Kong police staged a dawn raid on one of the key sites occupied by pro-democracy protesters.

17 October 2014

New Myanmar Media Bill Criticized by Journalists

Proposed bill limits foreign ownership of private TV broadcasting in Myanmar, also known as Burma.

Vietnamese Businesses Urge Boycott on Low-End Chinese Products

Action would show national loyalty in face of assertive Chinese behavior in South China Sea.

13 October 2014

Public Discussions Planned for Controversial Laos Dam

The discussions over the Don Sahong Dam will start in Stung Treng province this week, near the Lao border, and continue through early December.

Kerry Touts Greater Asean Economic Potential

John Kerry speech marked the 30th anniversary of the US-Asean Business Council and comes as Asean is moving toward economic integration in 2015.

11 October 2014

China Paper Says US Behind Hong Kong Protests

Front-page editorial in party-run 'People's Daily' says US government, NGOs, media working to foment a 'color revolution' in semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

10 October 2014

Hong Kong Protests Swell After Talks Canceled

Authorities backed out of the talks late Thursday, saying negotiations cannot be held while the protests, which they view as illegal, continue.

Vietnam Tanker Freed, Indonesian Pirates Blamed

Deputy Captain tells VOA Thursday he believes Indonesian pirates carried out the attack on the ship shortly after its departure from a port in Singapore.

Anonymous Tip Reveals Secret Payments to Hong Kong Leader

Leung received undisclosed payments worth $6.5M from Australian firm UGL in the two years since he took office.

Video Protesters March for World Habitat Day

More than 1,000 people marched on the National Assembly on Monday, many of them displaced from land disputes, to mark World Habitat Day.

08 October 2014

US Satellites to Help Mekong River Region Deal with Climate Change

US-led project will provide satellite imagery to the region's governments documenting changing conditions to help communities more effectively deal with natural disasters.

07 October 2014

Japanese, American Win Nobel Physics Prize for LED Invention

Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura win for inventing a new energy efficient , environmentally friendly light source, the LED.

Video Demonstrators Decry 'Crimea-like' Policies in Vietnam

Cambodians and Laotians gathered in front of the White House in Washington on Monday, claiming that Vietnamese policies in the region are hurting their respective countries.

06 October 2014

Multimedia Hong Kong Protesters Warned to Leave Protest Site

Many students and civil servants return to school and work Monday, yet activists vow to keep up their campaign of civil disobedience.

03 October 2014

Multimedia Hong Kong Protesters, Pro-China Residents Scuffle

Hong Kong's leader made an apparent concession by offering talks, but Beijing restated its resolute opposition to a completely free vote in the territory.

Cambodia Delegation Prepares To Visit Nauru Refugees

Some 1,000 asylum seekers are currently being held on Nauru.

02 October 2014

Multimedia Hong Kong Protesters' Deadline for Action Nears

Pro-democracy demonstrators give Leung Chun-ying until midnight local time (1600 GMT) to resign, have already begun camping outside his office.

Video Hong Kong Marks National Day as Protesters Continue Blockades

Pro-democracy protesters heckle territory's chief executive during ceremonies to mark the 65th anniversary of founding of communist China.

01 October 2014

Multimedia Hong Kong Protesters, and China, Dig in

Territory's leader says Beijing will not be swayed by calls for election reform, even as activists threaten to expand their campaign of civil disobedience.

Detainees Protest at Australian Offshore Detention Center

A young girl has reportedly swallowed detergent and a man cut his own throat after being told they would not be able to apply for TPVs.

October 2014

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Thai Leader on Two-Day Diplomatic Visit to Cambodiai
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30 October 2014
The head of Thailand’s military-controlled government begins a two-day visit to Cambodia today, in a bid to improve diplomatic ties with Cambodia in talks with Prime Minister Hun Sen and other officials. Premier Prayuth Chan-ocha also hopes to improve cooperation along the borders and “clear up controversies of the past,” a spokesman for Hun Sen told reporters Thursday. (Kong Sothanarith, Phnom Penh)

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Let the Cat out of the Bag (Movie: My Sister's Keeper)i
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27 October 2014
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Video Let the Cat out of the Bag (Movie: My Sister's Keeper)

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Video Face the Music (Movie: Yes Man)

You can say, "You lied, and lied, but this time you got caught. It's time you 'face the music'. It's time you confess and tell the truth." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
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Video Hit the Nail on the Head (Movie: Inside Job)

You can say, "The professor 'hit the nail on the head' when she said, that we cannot demand respect, respect must be earned and not given freely." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish or www.khmer.voanews.com/maniandmori. To contact Mani & Mori
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