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Ambassador to Australia faces graft claims

Cambodia’s ambassador to Australia was told by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday to respond to allegations that he and his staff have been illegally selling large quantities of tax-exempt alcohol and tobacco to a store in Melbourne.   ...

Khy Sovuthy and Taylor O'Connell
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/ambassador-to-australia-faces-graft-claims-112488/

Canberra embassy probed for 'duty-free abuse': report

Cambodia’s ambassador to Australia yesterday swiftly denied allegations of corruption amid reports the embassy is under investigation for links to an alleged alcohol and tobacco black market that took in roughly $200,000.   ...

Erin Handley
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/canberra-embassy-probed-duty-free-abuse-report

Seven new ambassadors to leave for overseas posts

Seven newly appointed Cambodian ambassadors met with King Norodom Sihamoni at the Royal Palace on Thursday prior to leaving for their posts in the coming days, said Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Koy Kuong, who has been appointed ambassador to Australia and New Zealand. ...

Khuon Narim
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/seven-new-ambassadors-to-leave-for-overseas-posts-85434/

China, Cambodia further cement relations

Prime Minister Hun Sen met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the 60th Asian-Af­ri­can Conference Commemoration in Bandung, Indonesia, on Thursday, announcing further cooperation between the two countries, local media reported Friday. ...

Sek Odom and Maria Paula Brito
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/china-cambodia-further-cement-relations-82669/

IOM raising funds to return rescued fishermen

As 58 Cambodian fishermen rescued from slavery in Indonesia await their travel documents to return home, the intergovernmental body organizing their return is attempting to raise money to pay for their travel because the Cambodian government is not offering any funds for their repatriation. ...

Alex Consiglio and Khy Sovuthy
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/iom-raising-funds-to-return-rescued-fishermen-82532/

UN refugee agency wants no part of Cambodia resettlement

The United Nations agency responsible for refugees has washed its hands of Australia’s controversial deal to send refugees from the tiny Pacific island of Nauru to Cambodia. ...

The Sydney Morning Herald News Staff
http://bit.ly/1HbyCqc

Twelve more students located in Yemen

As eight Cambodian students wait to be evacuated from the embattled Yemeni capital of Sanaa, Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Koy Kuong said Wednesday 12 others have been located in the country. ...

Chris Mueller
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/twelve-more-students-located-in-yemen-81709/

Men enslaved in Indonesia rescued and repatriated

Nineteen Cambodian men were repatriated Sunday morning after being rescued by Indonesian authorities from slavery on Thai fishing boats, according to Foreign Ministry spokesman Koy Kuong. ...

Ouch Sony
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/men-enslaved-in-indonesia-rescued-and-repatriated-81447/

Ukrainian politician off wanted list

A Ukrainian member of parliament sought by Cambodian authorities over allegations of child-rape was removed from Interpol’s most-wanted list on Tuesday night because, according to Cambodia’s Interpol office, “the case involves politics in Ukraine and Russia.” ...

Matt Blomberg and Aun Pheap
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/ukrainian-politician-struck-from-wanted-list-80730/

Ukrainian politician off wanted list

A Ukrainian member of parliament sought by Cambodian authorities over allegations of child-rape was removed from Interpol’s most-wanted list on Tuesday night because, according to Cambodia’s Interpol office, “the case involves politics in Ukraine and Russia.” ...

Matt Blomberg and Aun Pheap
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/ukrainian-politician-struck-from-wanted-list-80730/

NGO says Cambodian officials back on Nauru to meet refugees

Refugees on Nauru say Cambodian officials have returned to the tiny South Pacific island nation to once more try to convince some of them to resettle in Cambodia, according to an Australia-based group that advocates for refugee rights. ...

Zsombor Peter
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/ngo-says-cambodian-officials-back-on-nauru-to-meet-refugees-80738/

NGO says Cambodian officials back on Nauru to meet refugees

Refugees on Nauru say Cambodian officials have returned to the tiny South Pacific island nation to once more try to convince some of them to resettle in Cambodia, according to an Australia-based group that advocates for refugee rights. ...

Zsombor Peter
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/ngo-says-cambodian-officials-back-on-nauru-to-meet-refugees-80738/

Sar Kheng leaves for Australia

Interior Minister Sar Kheng left for Australia on Tuesday amid ongoing efforts by the two countries to convince refugees Australia is currently holding on the South Pacific island nation of Nauru to resettle in Cambodia. ...

Mech Dara
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/sar-kheng-leaves-for-australia-80653/

After visit, Refugee deal still shrouded in doubt

In 2001, Australia’s then-Conservative government first introduced its “Pacific Solution” as a way of stopping an influx of asylum seekers attempting to reach its shores by boat—and as a way of winning votes during an election defined by wedge politics. ...

Holly Robertson
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/after-visit-refugee-deal-still-shrouded-in-doubt-79790/

Cambodia, Australia further discuss refugee resettlement plan

Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong met with Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton on Thursday to further discuss a refugee resettlement plan following an agreement struck by the two countries in September. ...

The Cambodia Herald​ News Staff
http://thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/cambodia-australia-further-discuss-refugee-resettlement-plan-8297

Russia eyes Polonsky with extradition treaty

Russia and Cambodia are in the final stages of drafting an extradition treaty that would clear the way for Moscow to have fugitive developer Sergei Polonsky sent home to face multimillion-dollar embezzlement charges, Russian media reported Wednesday. ...

Ben Woods
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/russia-eyes-polonsky-with-extradition-treaty-79135/

Number of deceased migrants returned from Thailand rises

Although the number of migrant workers who crossed to Thailand through the Poipet International Border Checkpoint decreased slightly from 2013 to 2014, the number of people who died while working in Thailand appeared to increase, a provincial official said this week. ...

Kuch Naren
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/number-of-deceased-migrants-returned-from-thailand-rises-78468/

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