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2006-01-31 03:54:38

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia's courts cannot drop criminal defamation suits against four human rights activists, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Tuesday, even though he has personally dropped his complaints. Hun Sen, who received heavy international criticism for lodging the suits against the four critics earlier this month, said that if they kept quiet, the charges would eventually expire. If, however, the courts found them guilty, he was prepared to lobby King Norodom Sihamoni...

2006-01-17 03:05:25

By Ek Madra PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia's prime minister has ordered four government critics facing criminal defamation charges to be released on bail "as a gift" to the United States, which had criticized the arrests, an official said on Tuesday. However, Hun Sen, the former Khmer Rouge soldier who has run Cambodia for the last two decades, would not drop the charges, which have intensified fears the southeast Asian nation is sliding from fledgling democracy to dictatorship....

2006-01-11 06:16:19

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen defended his use of criminal defamation lawsuits against government critics on Wednesday, saying he was merely responding to being called a dictator unjustly. "I am a victim," Hun Sen, a former Khmer Rouge soldier who has ruled the Southeast Asian nation for two decades, said in response to widespread international criticism of the arrest of three prominent human rights activists. "When they accuse this regime of being a...

2006-01-04 04:49:51

By Ek Madra PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodian police arrested another human rights worker on Wednesday in a wider crackdown on opposition figures that has drawn international condemnation, in particular from Washington, activists and police said. Pa Nguon Teang, vice-director of the U.S.-funded Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), was detained in the northeast province of Stung Treng, near the border with Laos, said CCHR spokesman Ou Virak. Police confirmed the arrest, but did...

2005-12-16 03:50:00

By Ek Madra PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia, a potential flashpoint for a feared human bird flu pandemic, will need $18 million over the next 6-18 months to boost its defenses against the virus, the United Nations said on Friday. The money will go to improving surveillance of poultry and people, including support for mobile monitoring teams, and help the country draw up a pandemic preparedness plan. "It is quite possible that you could be the country where pandemic influenza starts. It is the...

2005-12-09 01:46:02

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Genocide trials of Khmer Rouge leaders responsible for an estimated 1.7 million deaths moved a big step closer on Friday as Cambodia and the United Nations said they will set up offices next month to prepare them. A shortlist of Cambodian and international judges and prosecutors to conduct the trials would be announced this month, Sean Visoth, who will head the Cambodian team, told a joint news conference with U.N. official Michelle Lee. "Mrs. Lee will come...

2005-11-24 07:49:44

By Ek Madra KAMPOT, Cambodia (Reuters) - A Californian man accused of defaming a sleepy Cambodian province by promoting it as the perfect place to commit suicide has defended himself on Thursday, saying he meant nobody any harm. "I am an old man in a small town in Cambodia. I don't want to cause any trouble for anybody. But I do have my own beliefs which, if I can, I will tell people about," Roger Graham, 57, told Reuters after appearing in court in Kampot, a coastal town. Graham,...

2005-11-22 20:04:19

By Ek Madra KBAL SPEAN, Cambodia (Reuters) - For Noun Savy and her family, the end of Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge in her tiny corner of northwest Cambodia did not mean the start of peace. Instead, she and hundreds of villagers found themselves under attack from police and soldiers in the pay of powerful businessmen bent on evicting them from their homes along the Thai border in the shadow of giant casinos which have sprung up there. Earlier this year, her 48-year-old husband Tham Buthin...

2005-10-25 23:33:09

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - A former Khmer Rouge commander convicted of murdering three backpackers from Australia, Britain and France in 1994 has been arrested after spending months on the run, Cambodian police said on Wednesday. Chhouk Rin, 51, who went into hiding after losing a Supreme Court appeal in February against a life sentence, was found working on a farm in Anlong Veng, the final redoubt of Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot, senior police general Sok Phal said. "We spent months...

2005-10-07 19:23:35

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Health and Human services Secretary Mike Leavitt prepared to leave for Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos on Saturday to try to cement cooperation in case of a feared bird flu epidemic. He said he wants to see the situation for himself and meet top officials to try and build the trust and connections that will be needed if there is an influenza pandemic. "If there is pandemic influenza anywhere, there is...

Latest Cambodia Reference Libraries

Hairy-nosed Otter, Lutra sumatrana
2012-12-31 13:07:52

The hairy-nosed otter (Lutra sumatrana) is a rare species that was thought to be extinct until 1998. It is native to Southeast Asia with a range that includes Cambodia, Myanmar, South Thailand, South Vietnam, and Sumatra and Borneo in Peninsular Malaysia. It prefers a habitat within coastal areas or near large inland bodies of water. The hairy-nosed otter can reach an average body length between twenty and twenty-three inches, with a tail length of up to twenty inches and a weight between...

Lyle's Flying Fox, Pteropus lylei
2012-08-29 15:20:02

Lyle’s flying fox (Pteropus lylei) is a megabat that is native to Yunnan in China, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Although nothing is known about this species in China, it is known to prefer homes in mangrove forests in Vietnam. It is known to roost in trees, where it can be destructive, and feeds on fruit in orchards. Because of this, it is considered a pest in Thailand, where the majority of its full populations can be found. One colony in Thailand is thought to number around three...

2009-04-07 16:08:20

The Greater Yellownape (Picus flavinucha) is a species of bird found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are subtropical and tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist mountain regions. The adult is large and has a prominent yellow-crested nape and throat. It is mainly a dark olive-green bird with gray underparts. The crown is brownish and the flight feathers are...

2008-09-11 15:56:47

The Short-billed Minivet (Pericrocotus brevirostris), is a species of bird in the Campephagidae family. It is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist mountain habitats.

2007-04-06 08:20:46

The Pentazona barb (Puntius pentazona), or Fiveband barb is a tropical fish belonging to the Barb genus of the minnow family. It is a native of Southeast Asia, including Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam. They are also referred to as Barbus pentazona. The fish superficially resembles the tiger barb, except that there are five black vertical bands on an orange or gold body instead of four bands on the tiger barb. The fish will grow to a maximum length of 2 in (5 cm)....

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  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
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