Monday, September 29, 2008

September 24, 2008; Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni Attends Opening of first Parliamentarian Meeting

Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni attends opening of the first parliamentarian meeting to form a new government after the national elections in July at the national assembly building in Phnom Penh September 24, 2008.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

T V - September 14, 2008; Thai State Of Emergency Ends

Acting Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat says he recognizes that political tensions remain but sees no reason to continue the national state of emergency.It had been in force for 12 days after violent clashes between pro- and anti-government forces.The action appears to be having no effect on the crowds of demonstrators occupying the main government compound in the capital Bangkok.

T V - September 9, 2008; Court Orders Thai Prime Minister To Quit

Samak Sundaravej is told to step down after hosting TV cookery shows as a sideline.Sundaravej appeared before the country's Constitutional Court accused of breaking the law by hosting the shows while in office. He had denied any wrongdoing and has suggested the case was politically motivated.

T V - Thai Prime Minister Dismisses Chances Of Coup

As protesters keep up their occupation of Bangkok's Government House, Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej insists he's needed now more than ever.

T V - September 4, 2008; Thai Prime Minister To Go To People For Decision

The embattled prime minister has again rejected calls to quit and announced plans to hold a national referendum to defuse the crisis.

The referendum could take place by early October if the Senate quickly endorses a bill to organize the vote.

It comes two days after a state of emergency was declared banning gatherings of more than five people.

But the thousands of protesters camped out at Government House in Bangkok show no sign of moving on.

Monday, September 15, 2008

September 15, 2008; United States Government To Provide $26 million To Support Cambodian Economic Growth

Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen speaks to the media after attending a meeting to sign agreements with the U.S. at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Phnom Penh September 15, 2008. The U.S. Government and the Royal Government of Cambodia signed a four-year bilateral agreement that will see the U.S. provide $26 million in funding to support Cambodian priorities in economic growth.

Monday, September 8, 2008

September 8, 2008; Cambodians Plant Rice

Cambodia's farmers plant rice seedlings in a paddy field. Cambodia is one of the world's poorest counties, with three-quarters of its 14 million population depending on agriculture in a country where the average daily income is less than $2.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

September 7, 2008, Mine kills 5, wounds 3 in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH - A truck hit an anti-tank mine in a former stronghold of Cambodia's ultra-communist Khmer Rouge guerrillas, killing at least five people and wounding three, police said on Sunday.

The victims of Friday's accident in the northwestern district of Anlong Veng included women and children who were travelling in a truck carrying rice to a mill, police said.

The area near the Thai border, was once a base for Khmer Rouge guerrillas and is where the group's chief, Pol Pot, died in 1998.

Recent heavy rain could have loosened the soil and shifted the mine onto the road, provincial police chief Menn Ly said.

Decades of civil war, especially in the former battlefields of Khmer Rouge, left Cambodia as the world's most mined country -- an estimated 4-6 million landmines are believed to be still planted in the countryside.

Mine-clearing teams have cleared over 400 square km (155 sq miles) of land but another 4,000 square km are still to be de-mined, said Leng Sochea, a spokesman for Cambodia's Mine Action Centre.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

T V - September 2, 2008, Thai Army

Thai military chief promises not to use firearms despite new emergency powers amid rising protest.

The deployment of troops in Bangkok raised the spectre of an army seizure of power less than two years after the military kicked out then Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, although Thailand's military promised they wouldn't fire a shot.

T V - September 2, 2008, Thailand Emergency Rule

Thai prime minister Samak Sundaravej announces a state of emergency as soldiers join police to keep order.

The emergency comes as public sector unions threatened a national strike, which would affect power and water supplies at government buildings.

Under the sweeping powers announced on television and radio, all public gatherings in the capital are banned and media reports that "undermine public security" are restricted.