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Border Committee Says Official Maps Remain Legitimatei
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20 August 2015
Having reviewed a number of map’s from the UN, Cambodian officials announced Thursday that the map Cambodia currently uses for border demarcation and negotiation is legitimate. The new claim casts doubt on accusations from critics that the government is using outdated maps that make it easier for Vietnam to encroach on Cambodian territory. Var Kimhong, head of the Cambodian Border Committee, said he had reviewed 18 maps, one by one, which show “the map being used for border demarcation with Vietnam is the same.” He called for an end to false claims about other maps that might be used and for critics to “let the border committee work freely.” VOA Khmer's Neou Vannarin has the report from Phnom Penh,Cambodia.

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Save Face (Movie: Just Go With It)i
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03 November 2014
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Video Save Face (Movie: Just Go With It)

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Video You've Got To Be Kidding (Movie: Bedtime Stories)

You can say, "What? You lost your passport? So, you're stranded in a foreign country, where you don't speak the language and you don't know anyone? You've got to be kidding me, right?" What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish.
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Video All Thumbs (Movie: Minority Report)

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Cambodia Seeks Closer Trade Ties to USi
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29 August 2015
Cambodia hopes to bring its ties with the US to another level, with a main focus on trade, demining and cultural exchange, Cambodian Ambassador Chum Bun Rong, who is new to his post, tells VOA Khmer in an exclusive interview. Ambassador Chum Bun Rong also met with US Ambassador-designate William A. Heidt. VOA Khmer Men Kimseng reports from Washington.
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Video Cambodia Seeks Closer Trade Ties to US

Cambodia hopes to bring its ties with the US to another level, with a main focus on trade, demining and cultural exchange, Cambodian Ambassador Chum Bun Rong, who is new to his post, tells VOA Khmer in an exclusive interview.
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Video Ieng Thirith, Former Khmer Rouge Leader, Dead at 83

The Khmer Rouge’s former social affairs minister, Ieng Thirith who was found mentally incompetent to stand trial at the UN-backed tribunal in 2011, has died.
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Video A Writer Returns to Preah Vihear Temple

Preah Vihear temple, which sits on a high cliff near the Thai border, has been the center of confrontation between Cambodia and Thailand for years.
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Video Border Committee Says Official Maps Remain Legitimate

Var Kimhong, head of the Cambodian Border Committee, said he had reviewed 18 maps, one by one, which show “the map being used for border demarcation with Vietnam is the same.”
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Video A Writer Returns to Preah Vihear Temple

In an interview at the temple with VOA Khmer, Burgess said both governments may find it difficult to create lasting peace near the temple, because it has emotional significance to both Thai and Cambodian groups.
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Video Cambodia Makes Progress Curbing Bear Trade

Cambodia's wild bears are under unprecedented pressure. Their native forests are being cut down at record rates, and China's huge demand for traditional medicine has made them targets. VOA Khmer's Sreng Leakhena narrates.
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Video Burgess Documents Cambodian-Thai Conflict at Preah Vihear in Newest Book

Preah Vihear temple has been at the center of a border dispute between Cambodia and Thailand for more than a century. Built from sandstone a thousand years ago, it was the center of faith and worship during the height of the Khmer Empire.
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Video Cambodia Senate Passed NGO Law Despite Protests And Boycott

Hundreds of people demonstrated outside Cambodia’s Senate on Friday morning as senators inside debated a controversial new law designed to regulate the non-profit sector.
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Video In France, Cambodian Parents Are Determined To Maintain Their Culture

They live thousands of kilometers away from Cambodia, but that doesn’t keep some Cambodian people from being in touch with their culture. Every Sunday parents drive their children, sometimes for over an hour, to learn classical dance and traditional Cambodian music. VOA Khmer's Poch Reasey reports f
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Video Burgess Documents Cambodian-Thai Conflict at Preah Vihear in Newest Book

Preah Vihear temple has been at the center of a border dispute between Cambodia and Thailand for more than a century. Built from sandstone a thousand years ago, it was the center of faith and worship during the height of the Khmer Empire.
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Video Law on NGOs Passes, Despite Protests and an Opposition Boycott

Despite days of protests in the capital and mounting objections from the international community, ruling party lawmakers on Monday approved a draft law that will regulate the thousands of NGOs in the country.
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Video Pilot Project Using Software to Boost Rice Production Is Underway in Cambodia

Cambodia is a small country with big aspirations. By the end of 2015 it aims to become one of the world's major rice exporters - which means it will have to almost triple exports of milled rice in the next sixteen months.
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Video US Ambassador-at-Large of War Crime Calls for Arrest of More Suspects

Khmer Rouge leaders are currently on trial by the UN-backed tribunal for genocide. The tribunal is facing serious roadblocks, including Tuesday resignation of UN judge Mark Harmon.
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Video Hun Sen Seeks Official Maps for Vietnam Border from UN

Prime Minister Hun Sen has written to the UN Secretary-General to request an official map that would show proper border demarcation between Cambodia and Vietnam. VOA Khmer's Neou Vannarin reports from Phnom Penh.
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Video Villagers Clash With Vietnamese Border Security

A group of villagers clashed with Vietnamese border security on Sunday, after they accused the neighboring country of encroachment.
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Video Cambodia Struggling to Curb Child Labor

Earlier this year a United Nations report found 10 percent of Cambodian children aged 7-14 are working – one of the highest rates in the region – and said one in four children in that age bracket are forced to quit school to help their families. VOA Khmer's Pin Sisovann narrates.
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Video New Band Wants To Promote Girls and Produce Original Songs

A new band called "TKS" is capturing the attention of Cambodian and international audiences, launching two music videos on Facebook and YouTube. VOA Khmer's Poch Reasey reports.
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Video Senior Diplomat Calls NGO Law ‘Unnecessary’

Following a two-day visit, US Deputy Assistance Secretary of State Scott Busby told reporters Cambodia should reconsider the law.
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Video Cambodian Circus Gives Hope to Starving Artists

It has been 40 years since the fall of Phnom Penh to the Khmer Rouge, which implemented policies leading to the deaths of more than 1 million Cambodians. The country continues to heal.
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Video Young Journalists Report on Worldwide Landmine Problem

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Video Opposition Leader Meets With US Officials

Opposition leader Sam Raisny met with US officials and party supporters around Washington, DC, this week, to explain his ongoing negotiations with the ruling Cambodian People’s Party
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Video Cambodia Opposition Leader Optimistic With Culture of Dialogue And New NEC

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy said Cambodia is at a political turning point where politicians have to adopt the “culture of dialogue.” This will ensure that safety, dignity, and freedom of expression of all politicians be protected.
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Video For Many, Cambodian Rock Brings Sense of Pride

At a recent showing of the Cambodian rock documentary “Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten” in Maryland on April 29th, Cambodian audience members said they found the film touching, reminding them of Cambodia before the war and the Khmer Rouge. Some said the film made them feel proud to be Cambodian. The film examines a rare moment in Cambodian history, when the country was newly independent and where a rock and roll scene grew, thanks to influences from US radio coming from the armed forces in Vietnam. Menh Sothyvan, a singer and songwriter who survived the Khmer Rouge, told VOA Khmer's Ly Moryvan these rock songs have staying power. They were original and influential. “So we have kept conserved what is our from that time to now.”
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Video VIDEO: Clinton in Cambodia to Boost Investment, Discuss Outstanding Debt

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Cambodia where she met with Prime Minister Hun Sen to discuss U.S. investment and Cambodia's outstanding debt. VOA State Department correspondent Scott Stearns and VOA Khmer's Say Mony report from Phnom Penh.
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Video VIDEO: Beehive Radio Operator Denies Allegation, Will Return

ndependent radio station operator Mam Sonando is scheduled to return to Cambodia this week, despite concerns that he will be detained upon his arrival in Phnom Penh.
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