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Ancient Cambodians Used Jars to Keep the Remains of the Deadi
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02 March 2015
Around 600 years ago, the people living in the remote Cardamom Mountains in southern Cambodia placed the bones of their dead in large jars on steep ledges hidden deep in the jungle. Ten years after discovering a large grave site full of jars, researchers are still baffled as to why ancient Cambodians used jars in this way. AP reports from Koh Kong province, Cambodia.

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Ancient Cambodians Used Jars to Keep the Remains of the Deadi
X
02 March 2015
Around 600 years ago, the people living in the remote Cardamom Mountains in southern Cambodia placed the bones of their dead in large jars on steep ledges hidden deep in the jungle. Ten years after discovering a large grave site full of jars, researchers are still baffled as to why ancient Cambodians used jars in this way. AP reports from Koh Kong province, Cambodia.
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Video Ancient Cambodians Used Jars to Keep the Remains of the Dead

Around 600 years ago, the people living in the remote Cardamom Mountains in southern Cambodia placed the bones of their dead in large jars on steep ledges hidden deep in the jungle.
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A Lao dam project on a section of the Mekong River is drawing opposition from local fishermen, international environmental groups and neighboring countries. VOA's Say Mony visited the region to investigate the concerns.
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Born in Battambang, Cambodia, Oun Leuth had a normal childhood. But when the Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia on April 17, 1975, his life was turned upside down. Leuth is now a K-9 trainer with the U.S. Secret Service, which protects the American president.
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Video US Committed to Help Cambodia Rid of Landmine/UXO Impacts

The US says it is committed to help Cambodia clear its land contaminated by landmines and war remnants and turn it into productive land for farmers. Rear Admiral Samuel Perez Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of State visited Cambodia and Laos from late January to early February
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Video Rights Expert Pessimistic About Cambodia's Reform Prospects

A prominent human rights expert says that the ruling Cambodian People's Party’s recent move to add people from the security forces into its Central Committee creates “a huge conflict of national interest.”
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Video Author Predicts ‘Evolutionary’ Shedding of Cambodia’s Old Politics

Cambodia’s political system will likely undergo a period of gradual evolution toward more inclusiveness before it can reach an eventual transition of power, Sebastian Strangio, author of “Hun Sen’s Cambodia,” says.
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Video With Prince Ranariddh Back into Limelight, CPP Appears Stronger, Analyst Says

With Prime Minister Hun Sen holding on to power for 30 years, the region will have a new leader where those who want to stay long in power can turn to for a lesson, analyst says.
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Video Cambodia Reduces Western Influence, Tilts Towards Local

Cambodia tilts towards China and its acceptance of more and more Chinese aid helps the impoverished nation to reduce influence of international donors who had sought to push Cambodia towards more democratic form of governance.
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Video Raising Frogs in Rice Fields Generates More Incomes and Crops for Farmers

Frogs are a natural, organic alternative to pesticides for farmers in Cambodia fighting against the insects ravening their fragile rice seedlings.
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Video Cyclo May Not be Around for Much Longer Without Support

The cyclo is an icon of Cambodia, one that may not be around for much longer as modern forms of transport push the bicycle rickshaw, into history. ​Despite the challenge, the cyclo's veteran drivers - most of them old men from the countryside - are determined to keep pedaling on. AP/Phnom Penh
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Video Land Victim Lawyer Seeks US Support on ICC Case

A petition filed at the International Criminal Court in October 2014 alleged that a group of politicians, security chiefs and business magnates in Cambodia have involved in systematic illegal seizures of land from poor people.
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Video Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre Helps Local Poor Generate Income

Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre near Siem Reap is home to the largest butterfly centre in Southeast Asia. As well as showcasing the country's abundance of butterfly species, the centre also trains poor local farmers to make extra money by raising butterflies.
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Video Cambodia Coconuts - How One Company Is Cracking The Coconut Craze

Cracking open a fresh coconut for a drink has long been a popular refreshment in Cambodia. Now the coconuts are being upscaled, and one company is employing women from one of the country's poorest communities to make oil and other items from coconuts. AP/Cambodia, Kompot.
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Video Cambodian Youth Selling Kidney Expresses Deep Remorse​

This tiny one room house in Phnom Penh is home to Chhay and nine of his relatives. Inside the 18 years old is trying to recover from something he describes as a massive mistake. Two years ago, he was talked into doing something he deeply regrets - selling one of his kidney for 3000 dollars. (AFP)
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Video Hunting for Wild Honey in Cambodia's Forests

Cambodia is thought to produce the best wild honey in Southeast Asia, mainly due to its climate and topography.
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Video Cambodia Potteries Improved And Meet Big Demand

The ancient Kingdom of Angkor once created pottery fit for kings, but the artisan skills have declined through the centuries.
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Video On Rights Day, Consider Those Still Fighting

Award-winning filmmaker Kalyanee Mam submitted an essay to VOA Khmer to mark International Human Rights Day. It is accompanied by a short film she produced looking at the lives of the women of the Areng Valley, who oppose a proposed hydroelectric dam there they say endangers their way of life.
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Video Cambodia’s Elderly Face Increasing Hardships

Like many developing countries, Cambodia’s mainly agricultural society is changing fast, driven by urbanization and falling fertility rates. As young workers move to the cities, older people are staying back in the villages, where they have little support.
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Video World's Best Rice Title Should Help Boost Cambodian Rice Exports

For the third year in a row, Cambodia's premier rice has been voted the world's best at the World Rice Conference.
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Video 'World’s Best Rice' Title Could Boost Cambodian Rice Exports

For the third year in a row, Cambodia’s premier rice has been voted the world’s best at the World Rice Conference. The award, which it shares this year with Thailand, comes at a time when Cambodia is looking at rice exports as a way to increase incomes for its many impoverished subsistence farmers.
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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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Video Companies See Potential in Internet Growth

Online businesses have grown fast in countries with developed Internet infrastructure. But despite an undeveloped Net infrastructure, Cambodia's fast online growth in recent years promises new business.
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Video Elephants Threatened by Human Settlement

The Asian elephant population living in the wild in Cambodia has fallen dramatically from about 2,000 in 1995 to fewer than 400 today.
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Video Artists Exhibit Artworks to Raise Awareness of Counterfeit Medicine

Artists from five southeast Asian nations displayed their artworks at an exhibition in Cambodia's capital city on Thursday, to raise the awareness of counterfeit medicine.
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A total 45 known Montagnards—an ethnic minority in Vietnam that claims persecution there—have been arrested and deported since December.
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“The Magic Flute” will be a unique operatic performance, held in 2017 at the Chau Say Tevoda temple in Siem Reap.
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Maternal and child malnutrition cost the country nearly $90 million a year while stunted growth and anemia cost the country nearly $130 million.
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High Number of Migrant Workers Create Political, Economic Challenges

In June and July last year, some 200,000 Cambodian migrant workers were either expelled from Thailand or left in the wake of political unrest and a crackdown on foreign workers.
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Supporters say Meach Sovannara is being held for political purposes and for his support of the Cambodia National Rescue Party.
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Corrupt Officials a Roadblock To Civic Groups, Expert Says

Ok Serei Sopheak told “Hello VOA” that the problems are caused by officials involved in bad governance, who don’t want to be exposed and therefore refuse to cooperate.
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Activist Advises Vigilance Over the Areng Valley

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Michelle Obama To Visit Cambodia To Promote Girls’ Education

Lady Michelle Obama will arrive in Siem Reap after visiting Tokyo and Kyoto from March 18 to March 20.
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Two Former Khmer Rouge Cadre Charged by Tribunal

The suspects are part of two ongoing cases at the UN-backed court that Prime Minister Hun Sen and other senior officials oppose—and that court observers fear may never be completed.
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Despite Law, Domestic Violence Remains a Major Problem

Domestic violence remains a prevalent problem in post-war Cambodia, with more than 20 percent of men reportedly committing physical violence against women, according to the rights group Licadho.
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Photogallery Restive Pagoda Has Long Been a Thorn in Government’s Side

The pagoda houses monks from the restive minority community of Khmer Kampuchea Krom, an ethnic group that lives in today’s Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, who claim abuse at the hands of Vietnamese authorities.
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NGOs Say Election Reform Deal Remains Flawed

NGOs, meanwhile, are banned from “insulting” political parties—another concern for critics of the draft.
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13 Montagnards Recommended for Refugee Status; 36 Deported

The 13, including one woman, had fled to the jungles of remote Ratanakkiri province late last year and were brought to Phnom Penh with the support of the UN High Commission for Refugees.
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Video Critics Fear Effects of Laotian Dam Project

Laos wants dam for economic development, but fishermen, civil society groups, communities in countries all along Mekong River oppose project.
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Cambodian Province Deports 4 Montagnards Back to Vietnam

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In recent months dozens of ethnic minority Montagnard people from Vietnam have crossed border into Cambodia complaining of harassment by Vietnamese authorities.
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Photogallery Photographer Captures Cambodia’s Rapid Changes

Axelrod says the building boom during the past seven years has not benefited all segments of society, especially those from poor communities often evicted from desired real estate.
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Youth Driving Change in Cambodian Gender Norms

Engrained cultural traditions have been inherently preventing women from pursuing political leadership roles, participating in public life.
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Rights Group Reports Threefold ‘Surge’ in Land Dispute Filings

In a statement issued Thursday, the group said more than 10,000 families, or nearly 50,000 individuals, had registered land conflicts with their office.
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No Response From King in Case of Embattled Environmentalist

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Parliamentary Committee To Investigate Illegal Logging

Global Witness has reported a major timber operation by the Try Pheap Group, which belongs to a powerful businessman of the same name.
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Confront Climate Change or Lose Development, Expert Says

Eight separate ministries and government agencies have prepared plans to deal with climate change, according to the Environment Ministry.
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Forest Activist Should ‘Leave’ Before He’s Expelled, Official Says

Alex Gonzalez-Davidson, head of the Mother Nature activist group, will see his visa expire on Feb. 20
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Unclaimed Urns Moved To Shelves, Search for Families Continues

Some 500 urns are now listed, with dates from 1970 to 1990.
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Environmentalist Faces Deportation by Interior Ministry

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Chief of Phnom Penh Court Replaced Amid Murder Scandal

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Cambodia Among Countries With a Concerning Decline in Freedoms

Freedom House says Cambodia is part of a growing, worrying trend worldwide.
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Women Political Roles More ‘Symbolic’ than Substantive, Report Says

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Many of Cambodia’s Cham Muslims Condemn ISIS Brutality

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Hun Sen Named Acting President of Ruling Party

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Cambodian Activists Win Award for Work to Combat Domestic Violence

Winning the inaugural VXW Award means the women will get assistance to further promote their efforts on smartphones and online.
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Growing Pains, as Capital Keeps Expanding

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