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Holland America Line’s Westerdam cruise ship docks at the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port on February 13, 2020 (Panha Chorpoan/VOD)

Cruise Ship Cast Out Over Virus Fears Docks at Sihanoukville

A luxury cruise ship that was turned away by other Asian nations due to fears of coronavirus docked at Cambodia’s Sihanoukville port Thursday evening, with passengers required to undergo health checks before they can disembark, officials said.

Prime Minister Hun Sen speaks on February 11, 2020, in this photograph posted to his Facebook page.

Any Factory Closures Will Be Due to Coronavirus, Not EBA, PM Says

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday said potential closures of garment factories in coming months would be due to novel coronavirus quarantine measures cutting manufacturers off from Chinese materials suppliers, not the result of the E.U. suspending trade benefits.

Construction of the Don Sahong dam in Laos in 2016 (International Rivers)

Downstream Mekong Nations Raise Concerns Over Proposed Laos Dam

Downstream Mekong countries, including Cambodia, have asked Laos to take a deeper look at the environmental impacts of a planned large-scale hydropower dam that academics and activists say will maim the mainstream Mekong River, which is already showing signs of severe damage.

Former employees of the closed-down Great Duke Hotel raise banners demanding severance pay and benefits on January 20, 2020 in Phnom Penh. (Panha Chorpoan/VOD)

Ex-Great Duke Hotel Workers Continue Compensation Demands

The owner of the shuttered Great Duke Hotel in Phnom Penh has declined to offer unpaid seniority payments and other benefits demanded by workers, while agreeing to pay compensation for unused annual leave, according to the union representing workers in the ongoing dispute.