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Iran Missile Launch Detected, a Possible Violation of U.N. Resolution

Israel, U.S. senators quickly demanded new U.N. sanctions in response<p>WASHINGTON—Iran staged a missile test launch, U.S. officials said Monday, posing a possible violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions and an early challenge to the Trump administration’s campaign pledge to confront …

United Nations

​Airbnb: Stranded refugees can stay with us for free

The home rental site creates a webpage that lets people volunteer their homes to immigrants who've been affected by Trump's executive order.<p>Many tech companies have issued statements opposing US President Donald Trump's immigration ban and offered assistance in the way of legal defense funds and …

Hospitality

Islamic body calls US travel ban a 'grave concern'

The world's largest body of Islamic nations said on Monday that it has "grave concern" over U.S. President Donald Trump banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries, warning such moves would only embolden extremists.<p>The statement from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation marked the …

Russians Fear Foreign Wars More Than Anything: Poll Shows Trump-Putin Relationship Hasn't Soothed Concerns

As Russia remains in the middle of the bloody civil wars raging on in Ukraine and Syria, the most prevalent fear among its citizens today is the …

Trump says his Muslim ban is keeping out "bad dudes." Here's what those bad dudes actually look like

President Donald Trump says he's protecting you from "bad dudes."<p>In response to nationwide protests objecting to Trump's immigration ban signed …

Saudi Arabia and Egypt are excluded from Trump's ban. Why?

When President Trump issued executive orders limiting immigration on Friday, it appears there was at least one important omission. He has failed to instruct the National Park Service to put a hood over the Statue of Liberty, the world’s most renowned symbol of freedom.<p>It is not the only omission. …

Immigration

The Muslim refugees converting to Christianity 'to find safety'

Ibrahim Ali remembers his first church service well. The smell of the candles, the cheap plywood pews, and the hymn singing that sounded so foreign to him at the time.<p>The 57-year-old Muslim Syrian never imagined that when he fled to neighbouring Lebanon to seek refuge from the war that he would end …

Middle East

President Trump Prepares to Withdraw from Groundbreaking Climate Change Agreement, Transition Official Says

The United States will switch course on climate change and pull out of a global pact to cut emissions, said Myron Ebell, who headed U.S. President …

U.S. Calls for UN Security Council Meeting on Iran

January 31st, 2017, 4:24 AM UTC<p>Bloomberg's Ramy Inocencio reports on the U.S. calling for a UN Security Council meeting on Iran. He speaks with …

Local Business Interests Linked to US Election Violations

A local Japanese real estate executive, his Cambodian employee and a company owned by a prominent U.S. investor in Cambodia gave almost $800,000 to a …

'This Is Real Freedom of Speech': Young Cambodian Women Forge a New World Through Rap

On hot Phnom Penh afternoons, the rapper Jessica “Lisha” Srin finds her shade and solace within the darkness of recording studios. In the booth, …

Music

12 Organizations Standing Up to Trump's Immigration Ban

Here's where to donate should you want to help take action.<p>On Friday, President Trump signed an executive order banning refugees and others coming into the United States from seven majority-Muslim nations. The order, widely labeled as a "Muslim ban," has since faced immense opposition, leading to …

Trump touts $600 million in F-35 savings, an amount similar to a cut that was already planned

President Donald Trump touted a $600-million cost reduction for the F-35 fighter jet program in remarks Monday. But that amount appears to be similar to a previously planned price slash by the Department of Defense.<p>Trump took credit for the reduction, telling reporters that the cut applies to 90 …

Aviation

Cambodia says China not behind scrapped US military drill

PHNOM PENH - Cambodia has cancelled upcoming military exercises with the United States, the defense ministry said Tuesday, denying the decision was …

Why Did Cambodia Just Cut US Military Drills?

Phnom Penh’s official reasons for the nixing do not pass the smell test and raise troubling questions.

U.S. Military

Cambodia Cancels Military Exercise With U.S.

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia has informed the United States that it is canceling an annual joint military exercise this year, even though …

How Mekong Review Aims to Connect Southeast Asia Through Literature

Details<p>Written by Michael Tatarski. Photos by Brandon Coleman.<p><i>First published in late 2015, The</i> Mekong Review <i>has quickly garnered a sterling</i> …

Vietnam

Govt downplays large gap of sand import and export of Cambodia and Singapore

Just this Monday, The Singapore government distanced itself from any wrongdoing over accusations that it imported tens of millions of tons of …

Cambodia PM files fresh lawsuit against opposition leader | Reuters

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen filed a $1-million defamation lawsuit against opposition leader Sam Rainsy on Wednesday, keeping up pressure ahead of elections.<p>President of the Cambodian People's Party (CPP) and Prime Minister Hun Sen greets during a ceremony at the party …

The Real Price of Cambodia's Defamation Charges

Sam Rainsy will have to dig deep into his pockets. The exiled leader of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) was first hit with the …

Asia

Twitter Lessons for Trump from Cambodia's Facebook King

President-elect Donald Trump is not the only politician who wields power through social media. Whereas the President-elect favors early morning Twitter posts to castigate opponents, institutions and ideas with which he disagrees, Hun Sen, Cambodia’s long-standing prime minister, uses Facebook as a …

Why Cambodia has cosied up to China

“CAMBODIA is a thin piece of ham between two fat pieces of bread,” says a former Cambodian minister, as he stirs a glass of iced coffee. To …

Phnom Penh Update: Human Rights Event

<b>An event update from Cambodia, where at the end of the year the volunteers and staff organized an event focused on “Human Rights”.</b><p><i>Words and photos by</i> …

Cambodia Open for Business, Closed for Dissent

Prime Minister Hun Sen has a message for the world: Cambodia wants your investment and acquiescence. He has spent much of the past year telling …

Asia

Why Chinese cash will continue to feed Phnom Penh bubble

Chinese investors are some of the largest housing investors in the Kingdom of Cambodia. Chinese companies also dominate Cambodia’s construction …

Cambodia’s school made of rubbish encourages green, clean future

PHNOM PENH: The Coconut School is quite a sight to behold.<p>Flanked by the traditional stilted homes and lush vegetation of a Cambodian island village, …

Sustainability

Tourists 'will still come' to Angkor Wat despite massive price rise

SIEM REAP, Cambodia: From next week, foreigners will have to pay almost twice as much to visit Angkor Wat, Cambodia’s most-visited attraction, …

Angkor Wat

Will tourists pay nearly double to enter Angkor Wat?

<b>The price of visiting Cambodia's celebrated Angkor Wat site is about to jump significantly, making some wonder if tourists will be put off going.</b><p>The vast archaeological park, named after its most famous temple complex the 12th Century Angkor Wat, draws more than two million tourists a …

Cambodian Photographer Teaches About Wildlife

Suy Senglim credits a French journalist he met in 2000 for his interest in photography. Since 2012, the Cambodian man has used his love of …