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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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All Thumbs (Movie: Minority Report)i
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24 November 2014
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Video All Thumbs (Movie: Minority Report)

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Video Carry Out (Movie: Jane Eyre)

You can say, "He has many strong qualities as a leader and under his leadership I think he will successfully 'carry out' the new mission and vision for this company." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish.
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Video A Wake Up Call (Movie: Limitless)

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Video Save Face (Movie: Just Go With It)

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

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Cambodia Video News (in Khmer)

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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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Video Thai Leader on Two-Day Diplomatic Visit to Cambodia

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

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
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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.
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Video Illegal Logging Ravaging the Last Forests, Activists Say

Forestry activists say at least 55,000 tons of luxury wood has been sent from Cambodia to China this year alone.
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Video Defense Teams Leave Khmer Rouge Tribunal Hearing

Defense lawyers for Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan boycotted an opening hearing for the two men on Friday, leaving the courtroom and putting the second and final phase of the trial for the two men in limbo.
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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.
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Video The Trial of Two Top Khmer Rouge Leaders Continues​

The trial of two former Khmer Rouge leaders resumed on Friday. They were accused of genocide. Nuon Chea, 88 and Khieu Saphan, 83, were convicted in August on charges of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life in prison.
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Video Crowd Gathers To Honor Former King’s Legacy

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.
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Video As Tribunal Continues, More Calls for Funding

Cambodian and UN officials say they still need more funding to continue the work of the Khmer Rouge tribunal, despite waning interest from some donors.
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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.
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Video Khmer Krom Leader Says He Has Received Death Threats

Thach Sitha, president of the Association of Kampuchea Krom, which advocates for the Khmer ethnic minority living in Vietnam, told protesters Wednesday he has received death threats in recent days by phone.
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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.
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Video Cambodia Foreign Minister UN Speech Touches More on World Issues, Less on Cambodia

Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong's speech to the UN’s General Assembly on Monday in New York touches more on world issues and less on Cambodia.
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Video Foreign Minister Defends Cambodia’s Rights Record

Shortly after a speech in New York by US President Barack Obama, in which he applauded the efforts of human rights defenders, Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong says the country is making progress.
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Video Cambodia Foreign Minister Previews Upcoming UN Speech

Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong is slated to deliver a speech to the UN’s General Assembly on Monday in New York.
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Video Cambodia, Australia Sign Contentious Refugee Deal

Cambodia, Australia Sign Contentious Refugee Deal
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Video Human Rights Deteroriating in Cambodia, Says Activist

Human rights in Cambodia is deteriorating and activist has urged the two main political parties to work together to reverse the trend and end culture of impunity.
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Video US Activists Express Disappointment With Opposition in Cambodia

Cambodian human rights and democracy activists in the US have split opinions on the deal cut between the ruling party and the opposition in July, ending a political deadlock that had lasted since the July 2013 elections.
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Video Cambodian American Hip Hop Artist Raps About Personal Struggles

A growing underground movement of Cambodian American hip hop artists is rapping about the struggles of living in urban America. Elizabeth Lee reports from Long Beach, California, home to the largest Cambodian community outside that country.
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Video US To Continue Regular Talks on South China Sea, Diplomat Says

A senior US diplomat says the US will continue to have discussions with claimants in the South China Sea dispute.
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Video US Will Continue Supporting Khmer Rouge Tribunal, Diplomat Says

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Video US Seeking Stronger Ties as Cambodia’s Political Reforms Move Forward​

A senior US diplomat says the country is looking to strengthen ties with Cambodia, now that the opposition has ended a boycott of the National Assembly.
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Video Protesters Clash With Police Outside Premier’s Home

Hundreds of housing rights protesters and evictees clashed with security forces outside Phnom Penh on Monday, leaving at least nine people with minor injuries.
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Video Emotional Scene Follows Khmer Rouge Guilty Verdicts

A United Nations-backed war crimes tribunal in Cambodia has handed down long awaited guilty verdicts against two aging leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime.
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Video Two Khmer Rouge Leaders Convicted and Sentenced to Life in Prison

Two Khmer Rouge Leaders Convicted and Sentenced to Life in Prison
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Video 'World’s Best Rice' Title Could Boost Cambodian Rice Exports

Award is shared this year with Thailand, and comes at time when Cambodia views rice exports as way to increase incomes for its subsistence farmers.
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Cambodian PM Defends Australia Refugee Deal

PM Hun Sen said services for the new arrivals would all be paid for by Australia through a $35 million resettlement program.
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Video Workers Say $128 Per Month Is Not Enough To Live On

In interviews with VOA Khmer, factory workers describe poor living conditions and poor eating habits as a result of their low wages.
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USAID To Provide Skills Training Ahead of Asean Integration

Many young Cambodians say they fear the impending competition from an EU-like economic integration that would free up goods and services between the 10 Asean nations.
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Election Group Suggests Revamped, Modern Voter Registry

A new voter registration system that could eliminate irregularities would cost about $17 million, an election monitor said Thursday.
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Hun Sen Claims He Has ‘No Power’ Over Courts

In fact, Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party is widely and frequently criticized for using the courts as a tool against dissidents.
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Youth Fear Impending Job Competition With Asean

All 10 Asean countries are set to form and EU-style community, allowing the free movement of goods and services between them at the end of 2015.
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Opposition Wants Better Tracking of Chinese Aid Money

China recently pledged between $500 million and $700 million for Cambodia, but it is not clear where the money will be spent.
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US Ambassador’s Column Popular, Though Not With Everyone

The ambassador has proven willing to tackle tough topics in Cambodia’s fractious political climate.
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Opposition Member Will Remain in Detention, Ministry Says

Meach Sovannara, a former Radio Free Asia reporter, is facing a hefty sentence on charges of insurrection, for allegedly orchestrating violence in a July 15 protest.
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Prince Says Opposition Unlikely To Reform Election System

Prince Norodom Ranariddh, a former key figure in Cambodian politics, says he and others want to see an independent election body.
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Opposition Demands Release of Jailed Member

Meach Sovannara is accused of taking orchestrating violent demonstrations in July, a charge he denies.
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For Author, Chasing a ‘Moving Target’ After 2013 Elections

The book will officially launch in Phnom Penh on Nov. 19 at Meta House and will be available at Monument Books in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, as well as amazon.com, on Kindle and in hardback.
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Rights Groups Fear ‘Blacklist’ for Anti-Vietnam Protesters

At least three monks have been arrested and charged with disturbing public order.
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Protesters Condemn ‘New Wave’ of Activist Arrests

Ten activists, three monks and two opposition members are currently in detention on various charges.
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Hun Sen, UN Leader Meet on Sidelines of Summit

Prime Minister Hun Sen met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the sideline of an Asean summit in Myanmar this wee, where they briefly discussed the Khmer Rouge tribunal.
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Rights Groups Condemn Arrests of Activists, Opposition Member

Lawyers for seven imprisoned activists on Thursday appealed for their release, following a swift trial and sentencing earlier this week that has been widely criticized.
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Little Union Support as Government Announces Raise in Wages

Some unions had demanded up to $177 per month, in a sector that employs up to 700,000 Cambodians and is a major economic driver for the country.
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Three More Activists Quickly Sentenced to Jail

The three activists Wednesday, including a former monk, were charged with disturbing public order, the same charge brought against the seven activists the day before.
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Opposition Decries Arrest of Prominent Member

Meach Sovannara faces up to 15 years in prison for taking part in the demonstration and allegedly inciting violence.
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Video Cambodia’s Elderly Face Increasing Hardships

More than 80 percent of country's 850,000 elderly never had formal employment and therefore do not qualify for a pension.
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Cambodia Raises Garment Wage 28 Percent, Unions Say Not Enough

Two major unions said that they didn't agree with the new figure and will hold meetings with their members about what to do next.
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Asean Draft Statement Foreshadow Upcoming Summits

The drafts show that Myanmar will welcome a variety of initiatives by the US, from cooperation on information sharing to cooperation in various regional forums.
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Election Committee Reform Team Nearing Compromise

Members of the ruling party and opposition say they are close to reaching an agreement on reform of the National Election Committee.
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Housing Activists Swiftly Convicted After Monday Arrest

The activists were sentenced to a year in prison and fined $500 each.
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ASEAN Document Pushes Talks on South China Sea

Statement, leaked ahead of next week's summit in Myanmar, is draft of closing message.
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No Response to Opposition Query on Alleged Border Violation

Border officials have said in the past they hope to have major meetings by the end of the year with Vietnamese counterparts to move toward full demarcation.
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Transparency Worries Remain in Land Development, Expert Says

Ok Serei Sopheak says the government needs to review its policies, particularly in granting 99-year leases, which should be closer to 40 years long.
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Family Members Claim Innocence for Suspects of Overthrow Plot

Family members claim the suspects were not involved in an armed movement and fear retribution from local authorities.
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Country Celebrates 10th Anniversary of King’s Coronation

Members of the crowd held balloons, Cambodian flags or bouquets of flowers, as Sihamoni gave a speech that appealed for unity, peace and political stability.
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Poor Electricity and Labor Force Hurting Economy, Report Says

Intermittent electricity, informal payments and a low-skill labor force are all major constraints to doing business in Cambodia, the report says.
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Asia Attempts to Understand, Reduce Violence Against Kids

Cambodia launches a UN - backed survey into violence against children.
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‘Promising’ Climate After Political Deal, Investors Say

But analysts say Cambodia's long-term attractiveness to US investors will depend on long-promised reforms, particularly in education, energy security and anti-corruption.
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Dueling Holidays Reflect Stark Political Differences

The Oct. 23 holiday was taken off the list of national holidays, angering those who see it as an important day and opening the ruling party to criticism for the move.
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In Wake of Scandal, Activist Defends Her Work

A Newsweek story published in May cast doubt on her origin story, and she later resigned from the Somaly Mam Foundation.
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Cambodian Author Examines Extreme Militarism

Nhem Boraden said that while it could be called a failed state, and one without a civilian structure, the Khmer Rouge regime had all the elements of a modern military.
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Filmmaker Warns of Impacts of Hydrodam in Western Cambodia

The Stung Cheay Areng dam would flood at least 26,000 acres and displace more than 1,500 people from their ancestral homes, Kalyanee Mam warns.
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Some Success, After Promises of Peace Accords

The accords ended decades of violence in the country and paved the way for a constitutional democracy.
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Washington State Senator Sees Business Potential in Cambodia

Sen. Don Benton, from Washington state, told VOA Khmer that Cambodia has many business opportunities, compared to other Asean countries.
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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.
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Police Detain Suspected Members of Illegal Armed Movement

Police say the suspects were part of an illegal armed movement that sought to incite violence in the capital.
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Demonstrators Call on Government To Fulfill Principles of Peace Accords

The accords were signed in 1991 and brought liberal democracy and a constitution to a country that had been shattered by war.
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Illegal Logging Ravaging the Last Forests, Activists Say

Forestry activists say at least 55,000 tons of luxury wood were sent from Cambodia to China this year alone.
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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.
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Retired Musician Still Has Songs To Share

Recently, the 78-year-old smiled as he sang to welcome a VOA Khmer reporter for an interview.
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Cambodians in Washington Fundraise for Children’s Hospital

Cambodians in Washington raised more than $15,000 for the Kantha Bopha Hospital on Saturday, at an event sponsored by the Cambodian Embassy.
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Japanese Election Reform Team To Meet With Opposition

A Japanese delegation investigating election reform will meet with the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party Wednesday.
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Immigration Delegation Heads to Australia

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