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Hunting for Wild Honey in Cambodia's Forestsi
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17 December 2014
Cambodia is thought to produce the best wild honey in Southeast Asia, mainly due to its climate and topography. Most of it is harvested informally and sold cheaply at local village markets. Now, one company is helping some of the country's poorest people by employing them to hunt for honey, then selling it commercially. (AP, Koh Kong)

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You've Got To Be Kidding (Movie: Bedtime Stories)i
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01 December 2014
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 www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
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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)

You can say, "I was 'all thumbs' this morning when trying to tie this tie - I kept making mistakes and just couldn't figure a way to pull it together." What does it mean? Watch here.
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Cambodia Video News (in Khmer)

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Hunting for Wild Honey in Cambodia's Forestsi
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17 December 2014
Cambodia is thought to produce the best wild honey in Southeast Asia, mainly due to its climate and topography. Most of it is harvested informally and sold cheaply at local village markets. Now, one company is helping some of the country's poorest people by employing them to hunt for honey, then selling it commercially. (AP, Koh Kong)
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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 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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Cambodia Investigates Health Clinic in Village HIV Outbreak

Authorities say they fear the repeated use of an infected needle could be causing the devastating outbreak in northwestern Battambang province.
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Provincial Officials Delay UN Search for Montagnards

The group of 13 Montagnards is reportedly in hiding, but UN teams have so far been unable to reach them.
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Photogallery Chan Soveth Leaves a Legacy of Good Deeds, Rights Work

During his life, he investigated some of Cambodia’s worst rights abuses, from land disputes to oppression of dissidents and the devastation of the country’s natural resources.
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Children Among Infected in Village Outbreak of HIV

A local health clinic in Rokar village, Battambang province, is now under investigation, after nearly 800 people were tested for the virus.
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Poll Shows Increased Dissatisfaction With Government

Of those interviewed, 59 percent said they think the country is going in the wrong direction.
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At Least 82 People in Small Village Found HIV Positive

At least 82 people have tested positive for HIV in the village of Rokar, Battambang province, which has only 2,000 people in it.
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Judicial Officials Reviewing Complaint Against Investigating Judge

The council received a request to look into the matter from the king, following a letter of complaint from Rescue Party lawmaker Mu Sochua.
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Corruption Reform Remains Slow, Expert Says

The government this week called on its various offices and agencies, including the military, to declared their assets to the Anti-Corruption Unit in January.
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Scholar Researching Life in Cambodia’s Deaf Community

Erin Moriarty Harrelson, a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at American University, is one of the five researchers who received a Fullbright National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship this year. She is now in Cambodia, working to document the lives of deaf people in rural areas.
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Mourning Begins for Loss of Rights Defender

Chan Soveth’s remains were on display at the Koul Ta Tung pagoda, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, where many gathered to mourn his passing.
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UN To Investigate Montagnards in Remote Province

UNHCR has expressed concern for the Montangards, following reports they were being sought by Cambodian authorities for deportation.
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Chan Soveth, Human Rights Defender, Dies at 51

Chan Soveth, a longtime human rights defender, died of a heart attack on Wednesday.
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Environmentalists Skeptical Ahead of Laos Meeting on Hydropower Dam

Project is one of a series of planned dams in the Mekong River Basin that environmentalists say could harm an ecosystem critical for feeding millions of people in Southeast Asia
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On Rights Day, Consider Those Still Fighting

To commemorate this day and this collective protest, I would like to honor the indigenous women warriors of Areng Valley, who are speaking out and fighting to protect their land from the construction of a controversial dam.
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On Eve of Hunger Strike, Activists’ Families Appeal for Help

In a hand-written note from Prey Sar prison, all eight activists say they will begin a hunger strike on Wednesday that will last until they are released.
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Drug Trafficking Operations Smaller, Harder To Find, Police Say

Police have recorded 93 different drug trafficking cases in the last three months.
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Photogallery Mekong Fishermen Want Laos Dam Better Studied

The Mekong River Commission will hold a regional public consultation on Dec. 12 to discuss the project and hear objections.
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UNHCR Searching for Montagnards in Remote Cambodia Province

Montagnards, many of whom are Protestants, have long claimed persecution in Vietnam for religious reasons and for their aid of US troops during Vietnam war.
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Some Fear Political Deal Will Hurt Long-term Democracy

Ou Virak, chairman of the board at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, told “Hello VOA” that the current agreement only fits the immediate needs of the situation at hand.
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Groups Urge Standards in Election Reform Negotiations

A group of non-governmental organizations has signed onto the Election Reform Alliance, which issued a statement this week to push for the best reforms possible.
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Social Media a Potential New Tool for Good Governance, Expert Says

Cambodia currently has more than 1 million Facebook subscribers, who share news on politics, the economy and entertainment, contributing to vibrant online debates.
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International Concern Grows as Police Search for Montagnards

The Cambodian government has a history of deporting minorities from Vietnam who flee across the border seeking refuge.
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UNHCR Seeks Meeting With Vietnamese Refugees in Cambodia

Small number of Montagnards have been in hiding in forests of Ratanakiri province since late October, claiming oppression in Vietnam.
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8 Jailed Activists Threaten Hunger Strike

In a hand-written letter from Prey Sar prison, the activists say they were improperly tried by Phnom Penh Municipal Court.
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Famous Cambodian Elephant Set for Retirement, Resettlement

Large crowds gathered Tuesday to celebrate retirement and resettlement of beloved Sambo, who has been a well known resident of Phnom Penh for half a century.
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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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