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‘Factories, fossil fuels mostly to blame for climate change’

Ministry of Environment spokesman Neth Pheaktra on Wednesday blamed climate change and global warming on greenhouse gas emissions from heavy industrial factories and the burning of fossil fuels in developed countries. He said deforestation is only a small contributing factor. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/factories-fossil-fuels-mostly-blame-climate-change

Government group to support local officials

The government has issued guidelines on the roles and duties of national-level officials who undertake municipal and provincial missions to promote the implementation of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Rectangular Strategy for Growth, Employment, Equity and Efficiency Phase IV. ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/government-group-support-local-officials

Phay Siphan: Preah Sihanouk will become a second Singapore

Government spokesman Phay Siphan said on Monday that Preah Sihanouk province will become a second Singapore, as authorities were warned that its development, fuelled largely by Chinese investment, was coming at a cost to locals. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/phay-siphan-preah-sihanouk-will-become-second-singapore

PM: Fight against fake news

Prime Minister Hun Sen raised cyber-security and access to information in his address to nearly 5,000 participants at the correspondents’ dinner held on Friday in Phnom Penh. In his speech, Hun Sen called on officials and members of the press to wage a fight against ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pm-fight-against-fake-news

Son of PM appointed as CMAC’s board member

Hun Manith, the son of Prime Minister Hun Sen, has been “promoted” as a board member and adviser of the Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) – a position equal to a cabinet minister. A royal decree, signed by the King on November 2 and obtained ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/son-pm-appointed-cmacs-board-member

Germany’s Merkel sends PM ‘congratulations’ on poll win

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel became the first leader of a Western democracy to congratulate Prime Minister Hun Sen on his party’s landslide victory in the July 29 national elections, issuing a letter wishing him success over the course of his new term of office. Observers, ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/germanys-merkel-sends-pm-congratulations-poll-win

Australia to miss opening of assembly due to ‘flawed’ poll

As Australia became the latest Western embassy to announce it would not be sending a representative to Wednesday’s opening of parliament, Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan dismissed the US and EU Ambassadors being “unable to attend” as no loss because “they give no value ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/australia-miss-opening-assembly-due-flawed-poll

US names new ambassador to Cambodia

US President Donald Trump on Friday appointed W Patrick Murphy as the new US Ambassador to Cambodia, replacing incumbent William A Heidt. A press release posted on the White House’s website said nominee W Patrick Murphy is currently acting principal deputy assistant secretary at the ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/us-names-new-ambassador-cambodia

Cambodia’s democracy, economy at risk: report

Cambodia has become more autocratic and its government’s claim of stable economic development rests on uncertain basis, according to a comprehensive new report. The Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Transformation Index (BTI), published on Thursday, claims that the quality of Cambodia’s democracy, market economy and governance performance has ...

Leonie Kijewski
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cambodias-democracy-economy-risk-report

US funding conditional on Cambodia’s release of political prisoners, reinstatement of CNRP

The United States Senate has passed a $1.3 trillion spending bill that looks to cut funding for Cambodia unless it releases all political prisoners and reinstates the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party. The passage of the omnibus bill on Friday, which averts a US government ...

Erin Handley
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/us-funding-conditional-cambodias-release-political-prisoners-reinstatement-cnrp

Lon Nol coup marked

Cambodian government officials and pro-government media yesterday commemorated the seldom-observed anniversary of Marshal Lon Nol’s rise to power, seizing the opportunity to once again re-litigate historical grievances with the United States. In an article on Sunday, Lim Cheavutha, the CEO of government mouthpiece Fresh News, ...

Andrew Nachemson
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/lon-nol-coup-marked

UN report highlights escalation of tensions in Cambodia

Shrinking political and civic space in the Kingdom is highlighted in a new report from the United Nations’ human rights commissioner and secretary-general ahead of a UN Human Rights Council discussion this month on Cambodia. ...

Leonie Kijewski
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/un-report-highlights-escalation-tensions-cambodia

Hun Sen claims glowing review by UN

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday claimed that Cambodia received an exceedingly positive review during a yearly assessment with United Nations representatives, even as the UN published a statement slamming recent legal amendments. ...

Ben Sokhean and Andrew Nachemson
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/hun-sen-claims-glowing-review-un

Cambodia plunges in democracy survey after CNRP dissolution

The state of democracy in Cambodia has declined to the point where it is now led by an outright “authoritarian” regime, according to the latest Democracy Index from the Economist Intelligence Unit. The Democracy Index 2017, released yesterday, ranked Cambodia 124th out of 167 countries, ...

Erin Handley
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cambodia-plunges-democracy-survey-after-cnrp-dissolution

Industrial development plan to boost economy is ‘90%’ on track​

An ambitous 10-year plan to boost the country’s industrial development is “90 percent” on track and has earned the approval of Prime Minister Hun Sen, government representatives said yesterday.​ ...

Cheng Sokhorng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/industrial-development-plan-boost-economy-90-track

Sub-decree approval rules amended

From now on, only certain sub-decrees will need to be pored over by the cabinet before they are signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen, the premier told a session of the cabinet on Friday morning, although failing to specify what the selection criteria would be. Mr. ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/30162/sub-decree-approval-rules-amended/

Minister tells UN ‘perfect democracy’ not realistic

Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn defended the government before the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Saturday, saying that the ruling party was being held to unrealistic expectations of a “perfect democracy” while the opposition was “committing very serious crimes.” Delivering his first major address to ...

Colin Meyn
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/minister-tells-un-perfect-democracy-not-realistic-118422/

Battambang farmers protest plummeting rice prices

Attempting to call attention to the havoc low rice prices are wreaking on their livelihoods, hundreds of farmers in Battambang’s Sangke district took to the streets yesterday, symbolically pouring rice onto National Road 5. ...

Lay Samean
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/battambang-farmers-protest-plummeting-rice-prices

CNRP talks mass protests after Sokha conviction

Opposition leaders on Sunday called on supporters to consider mass demonstrations after the conviction on Friday of CNRP Vice President Kem Sokha, while a government spokesman warned that those who attempted to heed the call to action would pay a “very high price.” ...

Khuon Narim and George Wright
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/second/cnrp-talks-mass-protests-sokha-conviction-117862/

Cambodia, China sign new MoU on money laundering

Cambodia and China last week signed an agreement to exchange financial intelligence to combat money laundering and terrorism financing, though experts said the Kingdom should still be doing more to tackle an issue that has long persisted in the country, in part, due to local ...

Yesenia Amaro
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cambodia-china-sign-new-mou-money-laundering

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