NGOs want government, Italy to halt reopening of intercountry adoptions

Reopening intercountry adoptions will put Cambodian children and their families at risk, a group of NGOs said in a statement Wednesday, urging the Cambodian government to stop the process. ... ...

Sovann Sreypich

U.S. Embassy in Cambodia launches $25 million Inclusive Primary Education Activity (IPEA) programme

A new $25 million U.S. government-funded education program that will improve the reading and learning experience for Cambodian primary schoolchildren was launched in Phnom Penh yesterday at an event jointly presided over by Dr. Hang Chuon Naron, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports; U.S. Ambassador ...

Khmer Times Staff

U.S. embassy calls for proposal on cultural preservation grants

The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State have called for proposals for the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Grants Programme. ... ...

Khmer Times Staff

US promises aid for Kingdom’s looming water, climate crises

US Ambassador Patrick Murphy said the US was committed to helping the Kingdom address its water and climate issues, as well as attract better foreign investments. Murphy’s remarks came as he met with Minister of Water Resources and Meteorology Lim Kean Hor and Minister of ...

Ry Sochan

US to assist biodiversity efforts

Cambodia and the US continue to strengthen cooperation in the management and conservation of natural resources. Minister of Environment Say Sam Al said the two countries were involved in the management and conservation of more than seven million hectares of natural resources and biodiversity. Sam ...

Mech Dara

Banh: ‘Talks ongoing over US cooperation’

Minister of National Defence Tea Banh and new US ambassador to Cambodia Patrick Murphy have agreed to strengthen cooperation between the two countries, particularly militarily. Banh, who is also deputy prime minister, told The Post that during a meeting with Murphy on Wednesday at the ...

Mech Dara

US told not to meddle in Kingdom’s internal affairs after Embassy issues Kem Sokha video

The Foreign Affairs Ministry has called on the United States to respect the Kingdom’s laws, saying that it should not meddle in Cambodia’s internal affairs. The ministry’s reaction follows a video clip released by the US embassy in Phnom Penh on Tuesday in which US State ...

Taing Vida

US Embassy: Chinese trade does not help like the West’s

The US Embassy in Phnom Penh on Friday said relations between China and Cambodia did not create jobs or help industry when compared to the trade between the Kingdom and the US. “About 87 per cent of trade [with China] are Chinese imports, which do ...

Long Kimmarita

China’s embassy mocks US over Lon Nol claims

The Chinese Embassy in Cambodia on Friday issued a statement singling out the US’ Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), not the US government itself, as the culprit in the 1970 Lon Nol coup d’etat, apparently mocking last week’s denial by the US Embassy in Cambodia of ...

Mech Dara

CMAC removes China UXO found in Battambang

A Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) team of experts yesterday successfully removed two unexploded anti-tank mines discovered by rat hunters in Battambang province on Wednesday, police said. ... ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya

Deportees quizzed in detention

Cambodia has sent officials to interview refugees in the United States who are subject to deportation orders. Interior Ministry spokesman General Khieu Sopheak said about 50 refugees had been interviewed but no decision had been made on their repatriation. ... ...

Khuon Narim

US has new plan for UXO removal in Cambodia after cutting CMAC funding

One day after it was revealed that the United States would discontinue funding for the Cambodian government’s explosives removal body, the US Embassy said it would fund a separate “world-class removal program” in the eastern part of the country, following a competitive bidding process. ... ...

Ananth Baliga

Tea Banh shrugs off threat of international sanctions

Defence Minister Tea Banh expressed indifference to the threat of international sanctions being levied on government officials and the Cambodian economy on Saturday, while ordering his military to be ready to destroy any attempts at an alleged “colour revolution” or popular demonstration over the arrest ...

Mech Dara and Leonie Kijewski

Handful of protesters arrested at US Embassy

Around six people were arrested outside the United States Embassy in Phnom Penh yesterday for attempting to stage a small protest, but were released later in the afternoon after agreeing to not demonstrate again without a City Hall permit. ... ...

Mech Dara

Hun Sen amps up attacks on US

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday ratcheted up his attacks on the United States, announcing that he had instructed the Immigration Department to check for American “spies” and suggesting the US Embassy pull out its Peace Corps volunteers. ... ...

Mech Dara and Ananth Baliga

Trade with US normal, says ministry

Despite a diplomatic row with the United States, the trade relationship between Cambodia and the US remains normal, said the Ministry of Commerce’s spokesperson yesterday. ... ...

May Kunmakara

PM sees red over embassy post

Prime Minister Hun Sen took the US Embassy to task yesterday for posting an image of a red herring on its Facebook page while it pointed to American contributions to saving temples and protecting forests. ... ...

Ven Rathavong

More condemn shutdown of Daily

International condemnation of the government’s aggressive pursuit of a tax dispute with the Cambodia Daily continued to pour in yesterday, with the US Embassy in Phnom Penh calling the closure of the hard-hitting newspaper a “sad day for the press and for Cambodia”. ... ...

Ananth Baliga

US denies conspiracy to topple Cambodian government

The US Embassy yesterday hit back at unsubstantiated claims of a United States-backed conspiracy to topple the government disseminated by pro-government media outlet Fresh News, even as local news reported that the Interior Ministry would investigate the purported plot.​ ...  ...

Mech Dara and Shaun Turton

US Embassy under fire

Government officials reacted strongly yesterday after the US Embassy questioned Cambodia’s commitment to democracy. ... ...

May Titthara

Ministry shutters NDI for Lango violations as US Embassy hits back

The Cambodian Foreign Ministry yesterday announced that it was halting the operations of the US State Department-funded National Democratic Institute (NDI) and expelling all its foreign staff from the Kingdom in the next week – a move that prompted the US Embassy to fire back ...

Ananth Baliga

Amid $1.9M gift, CMAC boss tempers US aid comments

Seemingly backing away from previous criticism, Heng Ratana, director-general of the Cambodia Mine Action Centre (CMAC), expressed gratitude to the US on Friday for pledging another $1.9 million to the organisation, while still implying that Cambodia is not treated as well as its neighbouring countries. ...

Andrew Nachemson and Niem Chheng

Asean needs bigger role: researcher

The July 12 arbitration decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague in favor of the Philippines’ maritime rights against China’s overarching claims in the South China Sea means Asean will need to play an active, diplomatic role in diffusing tension and maintaining ...

Safiya Charles

US weighs in on anti-Hun Sen protest

Amid fears of a potential reprise of anti-opposition violence that flared in October, a US Embassy spokesman yesterday called on the government “to ensure that no one is threatened, punished, or harmed in Cambodia” if a planned anti-Hun Sen rally takes place as scheduled next ...

Brent Crane

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