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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
You can say, "I'm so mad at you. I can't believe you 'let the cat out of the bag'. I can't believe you told him I have a crush on him. How could you?" 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 - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
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Video Let the Cat out of the Bag (Movie: My Sister's Keeper)

You can say, "I'm so mad at you. I can't believe you 'let the cat out of the bag'. I can't believe you told him I have a crush on him. How could you?" What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.
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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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Video Speak of the Devil (Movie: Easy A)

You can say, "Speaking of the devil, there she is! Hey, we were just talking about you a moment ago." 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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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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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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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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Hundreds March To Protest Refugee Deal With Australia

Many of the protesters were victims of land disputes who said Cambodia is not ready to take on refugees because it has yet to solve many of its own lingering development questions.
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Lawyer Files Complaint at International Court Over Land Grabs

A communication filed on Oct. 7 claims that over the last 14 years, an estimated 770,000 Cambodians, or 6 percent of the population, have been hurt by land grabs, according to a statement from two groups.
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Slain Journalist Quietly Reported on Illegal Timber

Traing Try wrote stories for several small papers, mostly about illegal logging and the illicit transport of timber from Cambodia to Vietnam.
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Media Groups Urge Action in Murder of Journalist

The three men were arrested Sunday and are accused of murdering journalist Taing Try, who was in Kratie province investigating illegal logging.
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Remembering a Former King’s Legacy

More than 1,000 people 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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Remembering Cambodia’s Heritage by Kalyanee Mam

Award-winning filmmaker Kalyanee Mam submitted an essay to VOA Khmer following the murder of journalist Taing Try.
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Three Men Charged for Murder of Journalist

The three men are also accused of possession of illegal weapons.
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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.
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More Negotiations Planned Ahead of Minimum Wage Decision

Major brands who source from Cambodia have meanwhile begun to push for fair conditions and wages for factory labor.
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Three Suspects Detained for Murder of Journalist

At least 14 journalists have been killed since 1990.
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First Water Festival To Be Held Since 2010 Bridge Stampede

Festivals since the stampede have been canceled, after authorities and police were accused of negligence.
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Unions To Meet With Labor Minister Next Week

Factories have said they can only pay $110 per month for workers, who are demanding a minimum $177 per month to keep up with the cost of living in Cambodia.
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Khmer Krom Leader Says He Has Received Death Threats

Some 200 protesters have gathered in front of the embassy over the past five days to demand an apology from an official there for comments he made about Kampuchea Krom.
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Video Demonstrators Decry ‘Crimea-like’ Policies in Vietnam

Vietnamese Embassy officials declined to comment on the protest, which followed a two-day conference in Virginia to discuss issues faced by Cambodians, Hmong and Montagnards.
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Election Reform Group Shut Out of Political Talks

A coalition of election reform proponents says it has not been allowed to attend talks between the ruling party and opposition.
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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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Activists Fear a Curtailing of Online Freedom

Cambodia has nearly 3 million Internet users, most of whom go online via their mobile phones.
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Cambodia Delegation Prepares To Visit Nauru Refugees

Some 1,000 asylum seekers are currently being held on Nauru.
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‘Hun Sen’s Cambodia’ Charts Country’s Modern Political Changes

After spending about seven years working in and writing about Cambodia, he decided to write a book about a country that is undergoing unprecedented political change and has the potential for economic prosperity.
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US Retailers Say They Support a Living Wage for Workers

Workers have begun midday strikes in support of a wage increase to $177 per month, an amount factories have said they cannot afford.
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Video Foreign Minister Defends Cambodia’s Rights Record

Hor Namhong also defended, more broadly, Cambodia’s rights efforts, pointing to the high number of NGOs in the country, as well as media that criticize the government.
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No March for World Habitat Day

The decision was made following a meeting Wednesday morning between city officials and community organizers.
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Constitution Amended To Strengthen ‘Independent’ Election Body

One hundred and twenty of 123 lawmakers took part in Wednesday’s session, which amended Article 76, chapters 15 and 16, of the constitution.
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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.
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Study Finds Widespread Food Insecurity Among Factory Workers

The study comes as workers are demanding a minimum wage of $177 per month to keep up with the rising cost of living.
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Thousands of Hectares Taken Back from Concessions

Some 2.2 million acres have been granted to companies, affecting 420,000 people, according to the rights group Licadho.
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UN Address Focuses Less on Cambodia than International Issues

Hor Namhong told the Assembly that Cambodia supports joint international efforts to fight terrorists, and he requested that the international community come together to combat the Ebola virus.
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