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China records first human infection with H3N8 strain of bird flu

China recorded its first human infection with the H3N8 strain of bird flu, but the risk of its spread among people is low, the health authority said. The variant was found in a four-year-old boy from the central province of Henan province who showed fever and other symptoms on April 5, the National Health Commission […]

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WWF publish list of 224 newly discovered species from greater Mekong region

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) conservation group has published a list of 224 newly discovered species from the greater Mekong region. They include a monkey with ghostly white circles around its eyes, frogs, newts and the only known succulent bamboo species, a WWF report says. Some of the world’s most endangered species in the area […]

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Magawa: Gold medal Cambodian rat who sniffed land mines has died

A landmine-hunting rat that was awarded a gold medal for heroism for clearing ordnance from the Cambodian countryside has died, his charity said Tuesday. Magawa, a giant African pouched rat originally from Tanzania, helped clear mines from about 225,000 sq m of land which is equivalent of 42 football pitches over the course of his […]

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United States seizes Singapore owned oil tanker for making oil deliveries to North Korea, violating sanctions

The United States has seized a Singapore-owned oil tanker that was used to make oil deliveries to North Korea in violation of international sanctions, the Justice Department said. A New York federal judge issued a judgement of forfeiture authorising the US to take ownership of the M/T Courageous, which is currently in Cambodia. The ship, […]

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Cambodia: TikTok pet lion confiscated by authorities returned after intervention by prime minister

The pet lion that was confiscated by officials in Cambodia last month was returned to its owner after the intervention by its prime minister. The 18-month-old male lion was illegally smuggled into the country by a Chinese national, officials said. They launched an inquiry in April after seeing TikTok videos of the lion at a […]

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Cambodia: Authorities confiscate lion illegally kept as pet after appearance on TikTok

Cambodian authorities confiscated a lion that was being illegally kept as a pet after it was seen being cuddled and bathed in social media videos. Officials said a Chinese national had imported the animal and was raising it at a villa in the capital Phnom Penh. They launched their investigation in April, after discovering footage […]

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Magawa: Hero rat retires five years after sniffing out landmines in Cambodia

Magawa the “hero rat,” whose work sniffing out landmines in Cambodia won him a medal for life-saving bravery, is retiring after a distinguished five-year career. The African giant pouched rat has found 71 landmines and 38 items of unexploded ordnance during his service, according to APOPO, the mine-clearing non-governmental organization that trained him. His work […]

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Vice withdraws article featuring edited-colourised photographs of victims of Khmer Rouge

US media group Vice withdrew an article that featured newly-colourised photographs of victims of the Khmer Rouge after Cambodia condemned the images saying its an insult to the dead because some had been altered to add smiles. In the article artist Matt Loughrey colourised images from Tuol Sleng, the former school turned into the torture […]

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World’s loneliest elephant rescued from a life of MISERY arrives in Cambodia

An overweight elephant, Kaavan, dubbed as the world’s loneliest arrived in Cambodia after being rescued from a life of misery in a Pakistani zoo. Kaavan spent 35 years in a barren, substandard zoo enclosure, living in isolation after his mate died in 2012. In Cambodia he will live in a wildlife sanctuary and roam in […]

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Cambodian farmers install traditional ‘Ting Mong’ scarecrows to ward off coronavirus

A scarecrow dressed in a floral shirt, armed with sticks were erected in front of rural Cambodian homes by superstitious farmers to ward off the coronavirus. Known as “Ting Mong” in Khmer, the creatively rendered scarecrows often pop up in villages that have been hard-hit by infectious diseases like dengue or water-borne diarrhoea. “I’ve set […]

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Heavy rains bring deadly floods across Mekong region, displacing thousands

A tropical depression is forcing rain across the Mekong region. Hundreds of families have been forced to evacuate amid extreme rainfall in Cambodia’s western province of Battambang. “A two-year-old child and 57-year-old man have drowned in the flood,” Seak Vichet, a spokesman for the Cambodian national committee for disaster management said on Saturday. Authorities do […]

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African giant pouched rat wins gold medal from UK charity for hunting landmines

A rat in Cambodia has been heralded a hero and awarded for saving lives. Magawa, an African giant pouched rat, was given a gold medal by the British veterinary charity People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) for his work detecting undetonated landmines in Cambodia. Decades of conflict have left the Southeast Asian country littered with […]