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News Making International Headlines: 4 October 2021

INTERNATIONAL: At least five people have been killed and four others injured in an explosion outside the Eid Gah Mosque in the Afghan capital. A shopkeeper says he heard an explosion followed by gunfire.…

Tom Brady Becomes NFL’s All-Time Passing Yards Leader

INTERNATIONAL: Tom Brady has become the NFL's all-time leader in passing yards during his return to New England to play the Patriots on Sunday night. Brady completed a 28-yard pass to Tampa Bay Buccaneers…

World Number Two Out of Indian Wells

INTERNATIONAL: World number two, Aryna Sabalenka, will not play at the Indian Wells tournament after testing positive for Covid-19. Her absence is another blow to the tournament which starts on Monday,…

Barca’s Beleaguered Coach Clings On

INTERNATIONAL: He might be one of the most unpopular football coaches in Europe, but Barcelona’s Ronald Koeman will be remaining at the club, at least for now. He’s thanked club president, Joan Laporta,…

Environmentally-Friendly Diamonds Produced

INTERNATIONAL: They say diamonds are forever and are also a girl’s best friend, but diamonds are now also seen as Earth’s best friend, at least the ones being produced by a new tech start-up in New York.

Pchum Ben the Most Khmer of Cambodian Festivals

Phnom Penh: Pchum Ben is a three-day national holiday. It’s the culmination of the 15-day Kan Ben festival, Which started on 22 September. It is celebrated in a Budhhist fashion but is not actually a…

La Palma Eruption Turns “Much More Aggressive”

INTERNATIONAL: The volcanic eruption on Spain’s Canary Islands is gathering strength, almost two weeks after it started on the island of La Palma. Local media report that the north side of the volcano…

Annual Exodus to Provinces for Pchum Ben

Phnom Penh: Heavy traffic has been reported out of Phnom Penh all day as tens of thousands of people make their way to the provinces for the Pchum Ben holiday. Roads are expected to be heavily congested…

US Accused of “Using a Stick” to Hurt Cambodians

Phnom Penh: Secretary of State in the Ministry of Information, Chum Kosal, says the US is using “a stick to cut the wounds of the Cambodian people, who were healed, by making a law to punish Cambodian…

FM to Attend ASEAN Meetings on Monday

Phnom Penh: Foreign Affairs Minister, Prak Sokhonn, will participate in three ASEAN-related meetings virtually on Monday. He will join the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the 24th ASEAN Political-Security…

Government Launches New App for Digital Library

Phnom Penh: The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications has launched a new mobile app to enable easy access to its digital library to contribute to studies and research by educators, students as well…

Kampong Cham Tests New Oxygen Generator

Kampong Cham: The Governor of Kampong Cham, Un Chanda, joined his team to inspect the new oxygen production process at the Kampong Cham Provincial Referral Hospital on Friday.

Cambodia, Korea to Sign Free Trade Agreement This Month

Phnom Penh: Cambodia and South Korea are scheduled to sign a Free Trade Agreement this month, although no specific date has been set. The Undersecretary of State and the Spokesman for the Ministry of…

Bulk of Agricultural Exports Increase to 46%

Phnom Penh: The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries reports that the bulk of agricultural exports has increased by 46.47% compared to the same period in 2020. From January to September about…

Cambodia Sends 300 Troops to Mali for Humanitarian Mission

Phnom Penh: Although Cambodia and other countries in the world are currently battling against the Covid-19 crisis, the Kingdom’s humanitarian work on the international stage hasn’t stopped. This first…

Southeast Asian Sailing Championship has Dates Announced

Sihanoukville: The Southeast Asian Sailing Championship will be held in Preah Sihanouk from December 12 to 17 with 200 athletes from seven countries participating. Prime Minister Hun Sen already agreed…

Disney and Scarlet Johansson Resolve Lawsuit

INTERNATIONAL: Back in July, Scarlet Johansson took out a lawsuit against Disney. She alleged Disney had broken the contract, formerly agreed for the movie “Black Widow”, in which she plays the lead role.…

News Making International Headlines: 1 October 2021

INTERNATIONAL: About 200 L.A. County firefighters battled a roaring blaze at a commercial warehouse in the Southern California city of Carson on Thursday, where the flames were being fed by stocks of…

Australia to Reopen Borders from November

INTERNATIONAL: Australia will reopen its international border from November, allowing vaccinated travellers into the country for the first time in 18 months. Currently only citizens and people with exemptions…

Chapei Dang Veng Competition Festival to be Held Mid-October

Phnom Penh: The Chapei Dang Veng competition festival will be held between 15 and 17 October in Phnom Penh. The three-day festival is organized by the Ministry of Culture. A “Chapey Dong Veng” is a Cambodian…

Renowned Singer Sem Sangvath Dies at 48

Phnom Penh: A well-known Cambodian singer, Sem Sangvath has passed away on Friday at the age of 48. Sangvath is known for his songs about the life of the Cambodians. One of his many songs is the “Life…

Brazil Legend Pele, 80, Discharged from Hospital.

INTERNATIONAL: Three time World Cup winner, Pele, has been discharged from hospital as he continues his recovery following an operation to remove a tumour from his colon.

Preah Vihear on Flood Alert

Preah Vihear: With floods in Southeast Asia being widely reported internationally, another province in the Kingdom, Preah Vihear, on the Thai border is preparing for the worst as water levels of the Stung…

Siem Reap Governor Threatens More Lockdowns and Red Zones

Siem Reap: Within 24 hours of the lifting of Siem Reap’s red zones, Provincial Governor, Tea Seiha, has warned that he will not hesitate to ask the Prime Minister to re-impose the red zones “if people…

NEC Calls Citizens to Check Voter's List

Phnom Penh: The National Election Committee NEC has appealed to Cambodians who are on the 2020 voter list to check their names posted at commune halls and town halls. The NEC says on Thursday that if…

Container Storage Period Increased

Phnom Penh: Sihanoukville Autonomous Port has adjusted the container storage period up to one week to contribute to the business facilitation of business in the transport and logistics sector starting…

Siem Reap Ends Lockdowns

Siem Reap: The Siem Reap provincial administration has decided to end the lockdowns in the province and end the primary health checkpoints at the provincial borders with effect from Thursday.

Government Spokesperson: US Trying to Tarnish Relations

Phnom Penh: A spokesman for the Royal Government says the US Congressional “HR 4686”proposal to sanction senior government officials would tarnish US-Cambodia relations, and believed the measure would…

Even Ronaldo’s Driver Affected by UK Fuel Crisis

INTERNATIONAL: Due to the fuel crisis in the UK, Cristiano Ronaldo’s driver waited nearly seven hours to fill his $300,000 Bentley with petrol, but left without a drop. The supercar was spotted in a queue…

News Making International Headlines: 30 September 2021

INTERNATIONAL: Ecuadorian officials have confirmed that the number of inmates killed in a prison riot in the southwest port city of Guayaquil has risen to 30, while the number of injured has climbed to…

Britney Celebrates End of Father’s Conservatorship

INTERNATIONAL: Singer Britney Spears reportedly “burst into tears” on Wednesday after learning that her father Jamie has been suspended as the conservator of her personal affairs and $60 million estate…

Cambodia Preparing for ASEM13

Phnom Penh: The National Committee for Organising the 13th ASEM Summit, ASEM13, has held a Briefing Session on its preparations with all relevant embassies and institutions of ASEM Partner Countries.…

PM Allows Release of 229 Confiscated Vehicles

Phnom Penh: The Ministry of Public Works and Transport has fined and confiscated vehicles for overweight transportation. Now, the Royal Government will allow the release of all 229 vehicles back to their…

Construction Project Starts at Rabbit Island

Kep: Deputy Governor of Kep Vao Sokha has announced that a project developed by the Try Pheap Group is underway on Koh Tonsay - Rabbit Island – about four kilometers offshore of Kep province. The U$130…

Yim Sinan: We Want a Life Without an Arrest Warrant

Phnom Penh: The former President of the Youth Movement of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, Yim Sinan, said that in writing a letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen, he wanted the Prime Minister to ask the…

Officer Arrested for Fraud in Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh: A cadastral officer in the district of Saang at Kandal province has been continuously accused of fraud by authorities and is now in custody at Phnom Penh. The criminal, Meas Ponleu, was born…

$82 Million Loan from ADB to Improve Roads in the Kingdom

Phnom Penh: The Asian Development Bank, ADB, has approved an $82 million loan to improve 48 kms of roads in Prey Veng and Kandal provinces. The improvement is aimed at boosting economic development along…

Kingdom Launches National Policy on Child Protection

Phnom Penh: The Cambodian National Council for Children, in collaboration with Plan International Cambodia, as well as APLE, Child Fund, and the Child Protection Unit, has launched the Implementation…

Border Guards Arrest 12 People Attempting to Cross Thailand

Banteay Meanchey: The 514th Infantry Battalion, in cooperation with the Joint Forces has arrested a total of 12 Cambodians caught illegally crossing into Thailand. The incident was intercepted at Chamkar…

Floods Hit Hard in Banteay Meanchey

Banteay Meanchey: More than 34,000 people have been affected and a thousand families evacuated in Banteay Meanchey as floods wreak havoc across the province. The Banteay Meanchey Provincial Administration…

News Making International Headlines: 29 September 2021

INTERNATIONAL: Red hot lava from the Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma in the Canary Islands has finally reached the Atlantic Ocean, nine days after it started to flow down the mountain, consuming buildings,…

Chinese Men and Guide Caught Attempting Thai Border Crossing

Banteay Meanchey: Four Chinese nationals attempting to cross the border into Thailand were arrested by Banteay Meanchey Operational Area Forces at 8.30pm on Tuesday, along with their guide, in the border…

Cambodia to Mark World Teachers’ Day

Phnom Penh: The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport will mark World Teachers’ Day on 5 October. Themed "Teachers Maintain Key Roles in Education at all Circumstances",

Six Chinese Arrested for Trafficking Drugs

Sihanoukville: Preah Sihanouk Police Chief General Choun Narin has led the arrest of the six Chinese Nationals found trafficking drugs in the province. The arrested Chinese were identified as:

Almost 1 Million Cambodian Students Back in Class

Phnom Penh: 22 provinces and Phnom Penh have reopened schools, with only two provinces, Preah Vihear and Siem Reap yet to go back to school. It could be an even longer wait in Preah Vihear, with authorities…

New Red Zone for Part of Preah Vihear

Preah Vihear: The Preah Vihear provincial administration has issued a decision to designate O Khleng Por Village in Preah Vihear City a "red zone" for the next two weeks. The decision was announced on…

World Bank Predicts Slow Rebound for Cambodian Economy

Phnom Penh: A new forecast by the World Bank shows that Cambodia's economic growth will experience a slow rebound, given the ongoing community outbreak. It says growth will hit just 2.2% this year, but…

Cambodia’s New Gold Mine Produces the Goods

Mondulkiri: After just three months of operations, Renaissance Minerals (Cambodia) Limited has refined 48 gold bars, equivalent to approximately 555 kilograms of the precious metal, as of 27 September.

The Girl in the Golden Gown

INTERNATIONAL: Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge sparkled on Tuesday night as she joined her husband, Prince William, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall for the world premiere of the Covid-delayed…

Right to Information Draft Law for Finalisation

Phnom Penh: The Ministry of Information and the Ministry of Justice have agreed to finalise the discussions on the draft law about access to information, which will be submitted to the Cabinet for approval

New Witness to Testify in Prince Andrew Case

INTERNATIONAL: More trouble for Britain’s Prince Andrew. An eyewitness who claims she saw the prince dancing with his alleged sex abuse victim Virginia Giuffre, on the same night he said he was at a Pizza…

News Making International Headlines: 28 September 2021

INTERNATIONAL: The South Korean military has confirmed that North Korea has fired an unidentified projectile towards the sea off its east coast in the country’s latest weapons test that has raised questions…

Cambodians Celebrate Pchum Ben in a Safer Way

Phnom Penh: People bring flowers to pagodas. Candles and incense being lit for prayer. Foods being offered to the monks. Traditional music using yike and lakhon basac reverberating in these sacred places.…

Digital Payments Made Easier for Cambodians

Phnom Penh: Digital banking is relatively new in the Kingdom but a recent study by Visa reveals that there is great potential for the growth of digital payments. Visa Country Manager for Cambodia,

Phnom Penh Pagodas Being Disinfected on Orders of Governor

Phnom Penh: 151 pagodas across Phnom Penh are being disinfected, following the suspension of the Kan Ben and Pchum Pen festivals. Phnom Penh Governor Khuong Sreng has issued an order instructing all 14…

Calls for Priority Fill Ups Amid UK Fuel Shortage

INTERNATIONAL: The British government has put the army on standby and soldiers will be deployed if needed amid the ongoing fuel supply crisis. The British Medical Association says there is a real risk…

FUNCINPEC Removes Three People Seeking Party Seal

Phnom Penh: FUNCINPEC has decided to end the membership of three people for demanding the party's seal from Princess Norodom Marie. In a decision dated Friday 24 September 24, President of FUNCINPEC,…

Indonesian Chamber of Commerce Opens in Cambodia

Phnom Penh: Indonesia has officially opened its Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia on Monday to facilitate trade between the two countries and strengthen the relationship between Indonesian and Cambodian…

Water Resources Ministry Donates to Teams Along Coast

Kampong Speu: Monday saw a representative of the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology, Lim Kean Hor, meet with officers, deputies and soldiers of the Coastal Island Command in O Srok Phnom district…

Superior Kills Employee Over Financial Dispute

Prey Veng: The branch head of a finance company in Prey Veng, Vivath Golden Finance, Yom Chantha, 22, was reported killing his female employee at Svay Antor district due to financial issue. The victim…

National Road 48 Will Start Construction by November 2021

Phnom Penh: Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol has announced that National Road 48 will be upgraded. The $78 million reform will receive finance by the Republic of Korea and will double…

Kampong Cham Closes Market

Kampong Cham: The Kampong Cham Provincial Administration has issued a decision to temporarily close the Thnal Bek market in Svay Teap commune, Chamkar Leu district. The decision was made on Monday which…