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KrisEnergy to consider selling stake in Block A

Singapore-listed KrisEnergy Ltd is considering selling or farming out a stake in its Cambodia Block A offshore oilfield to ease its debt burden, according to the company’s 2016 year-end report. ...

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Matthieu de Gaudemar
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/krisenergy-consider-selling-stake-block

Kingdom a one-man show, report asserts

It's a mistake to consider Cambodia a nation under authoritarian rule by a single party; it comes down to a single man – Prime Minister Hun Sen, a new paper argues. ...

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Erin Handley
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/kingdom-one-man-show-report-asserts

Meat imports rack up $100M tab

Cambodians spent over $100 million on imported meat last year, further widening the gap of domestic supply as local producers failed to capture the lucrative protein market, a government official said yesterday. ...

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Kali Kotoski and Cheng Sokhorng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/meat-imports-rack-100m-tab

Prison denies radio access to inmates

Inmates at Prey Sar prison in Phnom Penh will no longer be able to listen to the radio, according to a social media post by a jailed opposition member, which is an apparent violation of the law. ...

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May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/35818/prison-denies-radio-access-to-inmates/

Mining revenue rises on improved collection

The Ministry of Mines and Energy collected $20.3 million in non-tax revenue last year, a 20 percent increase over the previous year, it said yesterday. ...

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Hor Kimsay
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/mining-revenue-rises-improved-collection

Wall of fresh fish blocks Poipet border

Thai authorities withdrew a 700 percent import tax increase on Cambodian fish vendors on Thursday after the angered cart-pushers formed a wall of baskets teeming with fresh fish along a border checkpoint on Thursday in protest, according to Poipet authorities. ...

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Buth Kimsay
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/wall-of-fresh-fish-blocks-poipet-border-125741/

Probe launched into police chief accused of corruption

Investigators have arrived in Kompong Thom province to pursue allegations that the provincial police chief and two of his deputies routinely accepted bribes of up to $7,000 in exchange for jobs or promotions, officials said on Thursday. ...

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Aun Pheap
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/probe-launched-into-police-chief-accused-of-corruption-125748/

Diversify to compete, WB economist says

Cambodia's lagging agriculture and nascent manufacturing sectors need to diversify as the threat of regional competition heats up, a World Bank economist warned yesterday, while enumerating the challenges the Kingdom faces after having officially graduated into a lower-middle income country last year. ...

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Kali Kotoski
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/diversify-compete-wb-economist-says 

Locals seek spirits’ help

More than 300 ethnic villagers at two separate locations in Preah Vihear province conducted traditional ceremonies yesterday beseeching the spirits for an end to their ongoing land dispute with the Chinese-owned Rui Feng sugar company. ...

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Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/locals-seek-spirits-help

Vietnamese trucks, logs seized in Mondulkiri

Seven Vietnamese nationals were arrested during a timber bust on Wednesday when Mondulkiri authorities intercepted eight trucks loaded with illegal timber in the Keo Seima protected area. ...

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Khouth Sophak Chakrya and Mech Dara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/vietnamese-trucks-logs-seized-mondulkiri

Kingdom sees major increase in United States investment

US investments in Cambodia increased 15-fold last year, due mainly to the construction of a new Coca-Cola plant in the Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone, according to a statement from the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC). ...

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Sok Chan
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/35808/kingdom-sees-major-increase-in-united-states-investment/

Protest violence as activist jailed

At least three women – one pregnant – and a man were hurt in a clash with security forces at Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday after land rights activist Tep Vanny was jailed for two and a half years over a 2013 protest. ...

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Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/35824/protest-violence-as-activist-jailed/

Laos Dismisses Concerns Over Hydropower Project

High-ranking Laos officials said on Wednesday that the proposed Pak Beng hydropower dam will not have a major impact on downstream communities, claiming that they would take time to study its potential impacts. ...

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Sun Narin
http://www.voacambodia.com/a/laos-dismisses-concerns-over-hydropower-project/3735377.html

Kids’ supplement results mixed

The Cambodian government and UNICEF yesterday released results of a clinical trial on new locally produced food supplements to tackle the country’s persistently dismal malnutrition figures, with at least one of the two products proving effective. ...

 

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Yesenia Amaro
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/kids-supplement-results-mixed

Land feuds get top-level airing

Fifteen national and international organizations representing 38 civil society groups met with the National Assembly’s first commission yesterday to discuss eight major land dispute cases in an effort to find a solution for those affected. ...

 

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May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/35763/land-feuds-get-top-level-airing/

French and Vietnamese banks to open in Cambodia

Two more foreign banks—one French and one Vietnamese—announced plans earlier this week to open branches in Cambodia. ...

 

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Hang Sokunthea
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/french-and-vietnamese-banks-to-open-in-cambodia-125674/

Armed illegal miners resist ministry’s efforts for regulation

Illegal miners in the remote reaches of Cambodia are repelling government inspectors with armed middlemen, the Mines and Energy Ministry said on Wednesday as it hosted its annual meeting in Phnom Penh. ...

 

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Sek Odom
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/armed-illegal-miners-resist-ministrys-efforts-for-regulation-125657/

Misbehaving foreigners banned

More than 3,500 foreigners committed immigration offenses last year and more than 800 were banned from returning to Cambodia, the Interior Ministry’s report for 2016 said yesterday. ...

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Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/35766/misbehaving-foreigners-banned/

EU talks ‘election climate’

The EU’s high representative for foreign affairs, Frederica Mogherini, yesterday released a letter outlining Europe’s continued concern with what it perceives as a deteriorating political situation in Cambodia. ...

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Cristina Maza
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/eu-talks-election-climate

PM slams US take on Party Law

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday launched a not-so-thinly-veiled attack on the US over its recent public airing of concerns over the newly amended Law on Political Parties, arguing that its past bombing of Cambodia left it no moral high ground from which to criticise the government. ...

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Touch Sokha
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pm-slams-us-take-party-law

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