Thai assistant commissioner-general Surachate Hakparn, center, addresses the press conference on March 18, 2022.

Alleged Thai ‘Blood Slave’ Retracts Account

A Thai woman who claimed 10 days ago that her blood was harvested at a Sihanoukville scam operation said Friday she had fabricated her account in order to get a swift rescue.

Prime Minister Hun Sen speaks to Social Affairs Minister Vong Soth at a government event in Prey Veng on March 17, 2022.

Cambodia Open to Taking Ukrainian Refugees: Hun Sen

Cambodia would take on refugees from the war in Ukraine if they fled to Cambodia, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Thursday, and reminded Cambodians to not volunteer to fight in eastern European country.

Dry seeding using the ‘KID’ seeder machine is trialed in Battambang province on May 17, 2018. (Bob Martin)

Opinion: Supporting Innovation Among Cambodia’s Rice Farmers

In the face of worsening climate change, the extent to which Cambodian farmers are supported to adapt will have significant ramifications for livelihoods, communities’ food security, the environment and the economy, writes University of Sydney professor Daniel Tan.

The Venerable Prom Thomacheat carrying food for a resident gibbon in the Metta Forest around his pagoda in Trapeang Chour commune. The monk lives a hermit-like existence near the Oral Wildlife Sanctuary in Kampong Speu. (Andrew Haffner/VOD)

In Tranquil Forest, Nature-Loving Monk Faces a Military Threat

In Kampong Speu, a forest-dwelling monk hoots to mimic animals’ cries and talks of living in harmony with nature. But the community forest where he lives has been handed to the military, and nearby residents are camping among the trees to protect the land.

Authorities confiscated tools from a group of 300 people they said were attempting to claim land in Preah Sihanouk on March 13, 2022.

Group of 300 Descended on Protected Forest, Police Say

The Southern Cardamom National Park received a mob of nearly 300 people Sunday morning, arriving on “uncountable” motorbikes and tuk-tuks and armed with axes and hoes to cut down trees, according to police.

Interior Minister Sar Kheng arrives for a meeting in Battambang on March 10, 2022. (Sar Kheng's Facebook page)

No Trees Left to Give Shade in Battambang: Sar Kheng

Battambang residents will be miserable if they don’t protect the remaining forests in the province, Interior Minister Sar Kheng said at an annual provincial meeting, imploring officials to think long-term.