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First Coronavirus Case in Cambodia Confirmed

UPDATED 8:41 p.m. — The 60-year-old man flew from Wuhan city to Cambodia on January 23 and developed a fever and runny nose on Saturday, ministry spokesman Ly Sovann told VOD in a message.

Farmers in Kandal province’s Koh Thom district harvest rice in February 2019. (Heng Vichet/VOD)

Minor Party Pushes for Bigger Subsidies to Help Rice Farmers

The minor Grassroots Democratic Party (GDP) suggested increasing subsidized loans to rice millers to $100-200 million a year to help farmers struggling with depressed prices as they flood the market with millions of tons of surplus rice.

Farmers in Kandal province’s Koh Thom district harvest rice in February 2019. (Heng Vichet/VOD)

Ministries Must Monitor for Cheap Rice Price, Hun Sen Says

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday ordered government ministries to monitor rice millers to ensure that they used government-funded loans to help rice farmers profit rather than lower the price of rice, following the announcement of a $50-million government rice subsidy last week.

Participants gather at Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park to celebrate International Human Rights Day on December 10, 2019. (Mech Choulay/VOD)

As Human Rights Day Passes, Uncertainty Clouds Its Future

Unionists predicted muted International Human Rights Day celebrations in the years ahead, as the final time it was to be marked as a national holiday reignited debate over whether foreign pressure was justified to protect universal human rights.