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Cambodia’s flooding brings specter of disease

BANGKOK — Flooding is a perennial pain in Cambodia, the low-lying, deeply impoverished nation squeezed between Thailand and Vietnam. About this time each year, rivers swell, lakes expand and villages sink beneath soupy brown waters. But this year’s flooding woes are proving particularly miserable. More than 100 are dead, roughly 850 square miles flooded and more than 60,000 evacuated from their homes.

Blood sugar: Oxfam accuses Coke and Pepsi of fueling land grabs

KOH KONG, Cambodia — Song Kong wouldn’t think of buying a Coke or Pepsi at the local village store in rural Cambodia. With an income of about $1.50 per day, he needs every penny to keep his five children from starving. Despite Kong’s thriftiness, Oxfam contends that the soft drink powerhouses are already taking food from his children’s mouths. The organization alleges that a plantation whose sugar ends up in the companies’ products has robbed 457 families of their farmland — their primary source of income.

Cambodian elections: Ain't no party but the ruling party

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — This surely is not what the United Nations had in mind when it helped resurrect Cambodia from decades of war in 1993.

Cambodia sends off King Father Norodom Sihanouk in fiery ceremony

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — One hundred one guns flashed against a quiet summer sky, then the sound of conch shells pierced the air. Norodom Sihanouk — Cambodia's two-time king and former prime minister — had been placed onto his final funeral pyre.

Former Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk dead at 89 (PHOTOS)

Norodom Sihanouk died Monday in Beijing at the age of 89.

Cambodia mystery disease "solved," health experts say

The cause of Cambodia's deadly "mystery" disease has been found by health experts, CNN reported today. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Cambodian Ministry of Health allegedly have determined that the culprit is a combination of pathogens: enterovirus 71, streptococcus suis and dengue fever.

On Location Video: Cambodia's human rights crackdown

Phnom Penh police arrested activists fighting the largest mass eviction since Pol Pot emptied the Cambodian capital in 1975.

French architect arrested in Cambodia over Bo Xilai scandal

Phnom Penh police chief Touch Naruth said Devillers had been detained “about two weeks ago… with the cooperation of China.”

Cambodia: a California accountant’s coup d'etat

On the evening of February 12, 1999, a man made his way through the potholed streets near Phnom Penh’s sprawling Russian Market, a ramshackle conglomeration of tin-and-plastic-sheeted stalls, propped by up by flimsy wooden beams and stretching an entire city block. It was the height of the dry season, when the temperature settled just above 80 degrees and stayed there, a nice night to sit in one of the many open-air coffee shops or karaoke bars, order a cold can of Angkor beer for half an American dollar, and croon along with the latest hits from neighboring Thailand. The man approached an establishment popular with Phnom Penh’s Vietnamese population, filled with molded-plastic chairs clustered around cramped tables, and threw a grenade into the café. The explosion that followed sent furniture and people flying through the air.

Cambodia environmentalist shot dead by police

Cambodian human rights group Licadho said Wutty had brought two journalists from the Cambodia Daily Newspaper to witness large-scale forest destruction and illegal rosewood smuggling near a Chinese-built hydroelectric dam in Koh Kong.
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