Cambodia

Country Cambodia
Capital Phnom Penh
Continent Asia(Southeast Asia)
Currency Riel(KHR)
Languages Khmer

Phnom Penh

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Most Cambodians consider themselves to be Khmers, descendants of the Angkor Empire that extended over much of Southeast Asia and reached its zenith between the 10th and 13th centuries. Attacks by the Thai and Cham (from present-day Vietnam) weakened the empire, ushering in a long period of decline. The king placed the country under French protection in 1863 and it became part of French Indochina in 1887. Following Japanese occupation in World War II, Cambodia gained full independence from France in 1953. In April 1975, after a five-year struggle, Communist Khmer Rouge forces captured Phnom Penh and evacuated all cities and towns. At least 1.5 million Cambodians died from execution, forced hardships, or starvation during the Khmer Rouge regime under POL POT. A December 1978 Vietnamese invasion drove the Khmer Rouge into the countryside, began a 10-year Vietnamese occupation, and touched off almost 13 years of civil war. The 1991 Paris Peace Accords mandated democratic elections and a ceasefire, which was not fully respected by the Khmer Rouge. UN-sponsored elections in 1993 helped restore some semblance of normalcy under a coalition government. Factional fighting in 1997 ended the first coalition government, but a second round of national elections in 1998 led to the formation of another coalition government and renewed political stability. The remaining elements of the Khmer Rouge surrendered in early 1999. Some of the surviving Khmer Rouge leaders are awaiting trial for crimes against humanity by a hybrid UN-Cambodian tribunal supported by international assistance. Elections in July 2003 were relatively peaceful, but it took one year of negotiations between contending political parties before a coalition government was formed. In October 2004, King Norodom SIHANOUK abdicated the throne and his son, Prince Norodom SIHAMONI, was selected to succeed him. Local elections were held in Cambodia in April 2007, with little of the pre-election violence that preceded prior elections. National elections in July 2008 were relatively peaceful.

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Cambodia does not need international recognition for upcoming ... - Channel NewsAsia

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Cambodia does not need international recognition for upcoming ...
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PHNOM PENH: The result of Cambodia's 2018 national election does not need the United Nations' recognition and the country is determined to hold elections on schedule, said Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday (Jan 18). “The upcoming elections will be ...
Hun Sen: Election Will Go Ahead No Matter WhatVOA Khmer
Cambodia sets ageing policy for 2017-2030Eleven Myanmar
PM says elections will go on as scheduledKhmer Times
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Cambodia's ruling party holds extraordinary congress to design next ... - Xinhua

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Cambodia's ruling party holds extraordinary congress to design next ...
Xinhua
President of the Cambodian People's Party (CPP) and prime minister of Cambodia, Samdech Techo Hun Sen (R front), honorary President of CPP and president of the National Assembly Samdech Heng Samrin (L front) attend the CPP's extraordinary congress in ...
Cambodia's ruling party holds extraordinary congress | Vietnam+ ...http://en.vietnamplus.vn/ (press release)

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Australian film-maker accused of spying in Cambodia says journalism 'not a crime' - The Guardian

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Australian film-maker accused of spying in Cambodia says journalism 'not a crime'
The Guardian
“Its obviously difficult for the family every time we are in court and disappointing to have this delay come about today,” she said. “We just ask that the evidence be brought forth and that bail either be accepted or denied so that we can continue to ...
Cambodia's Hun Sen appoints son-in-law to senior police postReuters
Cambodia Has Its Own Mobile Payment App, But Will It Catch On Beyond Phnom Penh?Forbes
Cambodia plans to build one of world's biggest airportsThe Straits Times
Nikkei Asian Review -ABC Online -SBS
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New Market to Serve as 'Model' for Cambodia-Vietnam Trade - Voice of America

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New Market to Serve as 'Model' for Cambodia-Vietnam Trade
Voice of America
A new market will open on the border of Cambodia and Vietnam next year. Construction of the market began this week in Tbong Khmum province. A Cambodia commerce ministry official said the Vietnamese government had given a grant of $2 million to build ...



Does Cambodia's New Opposition Movement Really Matter? - The Diplomat

The Diplomat

Does Cambodia's New Opposition Movement Really Matter?
The Diplomat
Cambodia's former opposition leader Sam Rainsy's reverence for political change is exceeded only by his reverence for himself as the instigator of it. That may be why, this weekend in the United States, he launched the Cambodia National Rescue Movement ...
Cambodia on a 'downward trend', according to Freedom House ...The Phnom Penh Post
Has Cambodia's economic boom imploded?East Asia Forum
Cambodian exile says postpone election to avoid violenceReuters
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Dutch relax travel warning for Cambodia - The Phnom Penh Post

Dutch relax travel warning for Cambodia
The Phnom Penh Post
The Dutch government relaxed their travel warning from “orange” to “yellow” for Cambodia's Oddar Meanchey and Preah Vihear provinces, citing an ease in border disputes with Thailand – though the government is now admonishing tourists in the Kingdom not ...



My story: connecting Cambodia to the world after the Khmer Rouge - Telstra Exchange (blog)

Telstra Exchange (blog)

My story: connecting Cambodia to the world after the Khmer Rouge
Telstra Exchange (blog)
I remember my first job - it led me all the way from my home in Sydney to Phnom Penh less than 10 years after the reign of the Khmer Rouge.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs: We welcome US's comments on 7 ...The Phnom Penh Post

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BSP Finance launched in Cambodia - Loop PNG

Loop PNG

BSP Finance launched in Cambodia
Loop PNG
BSP board chairman, Sir Kostas Constantinou, and BSP Group CEO, Robin Fleming, were in Cambodia to officially launch the subsidiary, which has been operating under the BSP Finance banner since May 2017. BSP concluded equity participation in RMA ...



New Cambodia-Vietnam Market to Serve as 'Model' for Growing Trade Ties - VOA Khmer

VOA Khmer

New Cambodia-Vietnam Market to Serve as 'Model' for Growing Trade Ties
VOA Khmer
Mr. Pan Sorasak, Cambodia's minister of commerce (left) and Vietnamese ambassador to Cambodia Vu Quang Minh preside over the inauguration ceremony of “Da Market,” a joint initiative of the two nations, located along the border of Memot district of ...



In a threatened Cambodian forest, hand-in-hand push to protect land and people - Christian Science Monitor

Christian Science Monitor

In a threatened Cambodian forest, hand-in-hand push to protect land and people
Christian Science Monitor
Wearing the everyday clothes of rural Cambodia – old jeans, faded collared shirt, and sandals – plus a GPS and machete, he ventures through forest rivers to investigate signs of illegal hunting. This time of year, amid the six-month rainy season, “it ...