Cambodia, Laos Agree to Withdraw Troops From Border-Dispute Zone

By Sun Narin, VOA Khmer

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Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, second from right, talks with his government offers as he arrives from Laos, at the airport in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Hun Sen, who threatened Friday to use force over a border crisis with neighboring Laos, has announced less than 24 hours later that he has peacefully resolved it. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday came to an agreement with his Laos counterpart Thongloun Sisoulith to withdraw troops from the border region in northern Stung Treng province where tensions have escalated in recent weeks. Continue reading “Cambodia, Laos Agree to Withdraw Troops From Border-Dispute Zone”

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As N. Korea Threats Loom Large, Cambodia Joins Asean Seeking Scaling Down of Hostilities

As U.S. President Donald Trump issued a threat of war against North Korea, Cambodian Foreign Minister Prak Sokhon this week said that Asean countries had sent a “strong message” to the reclusive state expressing “grave concerns” over its nuclear weapons program. Continue reading “As N. Korea Threats Loom Large, Cambodia Joins Asean Seeking Scaling Down of Hostilities”

In Siem Reap, Villagers Hope for Cheaper Electricity

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The electricity grid is seen on a road in Siem Reap, Cambodia, July 10, 2017. (Sun Narin/VOA Khmer)

Like many villagers in Siem Reap, Khun Ma seeks shade in his home to avoid the mid-afternoon heat. The 32-year-old tuk tuk driver cannot afford the high rates charged by private electricity companies in the city. Continue reading “In Siem Reap, Villagers Hope for Cheaper Electricity”

កម្ពុជា​ត្រូវ​ការ​ពេល​បន្ថែម មុន​ស្នើ​ដាក់​បញ្ចូល​ទីក្រុង​៣​ទៀត​ជា​បេតិកភណ្ឌ​ពិភពលោក

By Sun Narin, VOA Khmer

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សំណង់​ផ្ទះ​ប្រវត្តិសាស្រ្ត​នៅ​ក្នុង​ក្រុង​បាត់ដំបង ខេត្តបាត់ដំបង ដែល​បន្សល់​ទុក​តាំងពី​សម័យ​អាណានិគម​បារាំង ហើយ​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​គ្រោង​នឹង​ស្នើ​សុំ​ដាក់​បញ្ចូល​ជា​បេតិកភណ្ឌ​ពិភព​លោក​របស់​អង្គការ​យូណេស្កូ។ (ស៊ុន ណារិន/VOA)

មន្ត្រី​ក្រសួង​វប្បធម៌ និង​វិចិត្រ​សិល្បៈ​ បាន​លើក​ឡើង​ថា កម្ពុជា​កំពុង​សិក្សា និង​ត្រូវ​ការ​ពេល​វេលា​បន្ថែម​ទៀត​ក្នុង​ការ​ស្រាវជ្រាវ មុន​នឹង​ដាក់​សំណើ​ទៅ​អង្គការ​យូណេស្កូ ដើម្បី​បញ្ចូល​ទីក្រុង​ចំនួន​៣ ក្នុង​ខេត្ត​៣​ផ្សេង​គ្នា រួម​មាន​ខេត្ត​បាត់ដំបង កំពត និង​ក្រចេះ ជា​ទីក្រុង​បេតិកភណ្ឌ​ពិភពលោក។ Continue reading “កម្ពុជា​ត្រូវ​ការ​ពេល​បន្ថែម មុន​ស្នើ​ដាក់​បញ្ចូល​ទីក្រុង​៣​ទៀត​ជា​បេតិកភណ្ឌ​ពិភពលោក”

As Battambang Closes Famous Bamboo Railway, Locals Fear Lost Income

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A bamboo train railroad over a bridge passing a pond, in Battambang, on July 21, 2017. The railroad will be repaired in the upcoming months. (Sun Narin/VOA Khmer)

For nearly two decades Ngul Nguon has relied on the trade brought by tourists visiting Battambang’s bamboo railway. But his life is about to change as the famous railroad looks set to be closed as the government moves ahead with plans to refurbish the country’s railways. Continue reading “As Battambang Closes Famous Bamboo Railway, Locals Fear Lost Income”

Cambodians at New World Heritage Site Hope for Better Income, But Fear Rules

By Sun Narin, VOA Khmer

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Tourists visit Sambor Prei Kuk temple complex, Kampong Thom, Cambodia, July 13, 2017. (Sun Narin/VOA Khmer)

When Phal Mao heard recently that the Sambor Prei Kuk temple complex near her village had been listed as Cambodia’s third Unesco World Heritage site, she felt happy, and she realized the fortune’s of her community had suddenly changed. Continue reading “Cambodians at New World Heritage Site Hope for Better Income, But Fear Rules”

Villagers and Councilors Complain Over Lack of Commune Hall

Sun Narin, VOA Khmer

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The Cambodian People’s Party commune office and Svay Pleung commune hall are located on the same plot of land in Kampong Thom, Cambodia, July 14, 2017. (Sun Narin/VOA Khmer)

Svay Pleung commune in Kampong Thom province has never had a commune hall for its officials to conduct business.

For some 15 years councilors have been forced to work out of a small area in a villager’s home. There’s no room for the commune chief, councilors and staff to administer the constituency of some 6,500 residents. Continue reading “Villagers and Councilors Complain Over Lack of Commune Hall”