Cambodian double amputee artist fights stigma through art | AFP

Whispered insults, social isolation, and lost opportunities — Morn Chear is channeling the stigma he has endured since he lost both his hands a decade ago into artwork that highlights the hardships of Cambodia’s disabled.

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Cambodian economy takes a hit as Chinese tourists vanish from Angkor Wat | AFP

The iconic temples of Angkor in Cambodia, normally crowded with Chinese tour groups, have been relatively deserted as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Tourists who do come are getting to experience the temples amid usual serenity, but it has also left a hole in a tourism industry heavily reliant on Chinese visitors.

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Cambodia PM welcomes cruise passengers disembarking after two weeks at sea over virus fears | AFP

Passengers on a cruise ship that was turned away from ports around Asia over fears they could be carrying the new coronavirus finally began disembarking in Cambodia on Friday. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen says the country may not have much wealth but has “sympathy” for those onboard the ship. “Via Cambodia, people from 41 countries will travel to their countries and meet their families without fear,” he adds. + SEE ALSO VIDI1OZ5YB_EN AND VIDI1OZ5LE_EN+

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Cambodia: Passengers of US cruise ship blocked over virus fears disembark | AFP

Passengers begin disembarking a US cruise ship at a Cambodian pier, after the vessel had been blocked from several Asian ports over concerns that a passenger could have been infected with the new coronavirus. IMAGES

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US cruise ship blocked over virus fears docks in Cambodia | AFP

A US cruise ship docks at a Cambodian pier after being blocked from several Asian ports over concerns that a passenger could have been infected with the new coronavirus.

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Wild elephant rescued from muddy pond in Cambodia | AFP

Cambodian authorities and local villagers rescue a male wild elephant trapped in a muddy pond in the country’s northeastern wildlife sanctuary in Modulkiri province. The elephant had fallen into the pond during the early morning hours on Monday, a spokesman for the environment ministry said. It was rescued in the afternoon. There are about 400 elephants in the wild in Cambodia, and about 50 held in captivity, according to an animal rescue NGO. The demand for animal parts threatens Cambodia’s dwindling elephant population found in the northeast and southeast forests, where illegal logging and deforestation is reducing their habitat.

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Gory spirit festival lights up Cambodian capital | AFP

Spirit mediums in headdresses and lurid make-up, their cheeks pierced by needles and tongues cut by knives, lead a striking procession through the Cambodian capital to mark the end of Chinese New Year. Hundreds of people filled an alley for the colourful annual festival, known as the Hei Neak Ta, or the spirit parade. The procession mixes Chinese ritual and local folk tradition in a country where beliefs in the spirit world run deep. Believers invite spirit-possesed mediums into their shops and homes to bless them with good luck or to banish illness or bad fortune. The mediums forced needles through their cheeks and cut their tongues, using blood to write mystical diagrams known as yantras on paper slips before distributing them to the crowd.

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Survivor of Cambodia building collapse recounts the disaster | AFP

Ros Sitha, one of two men pulled alive from a collapsed Cambodian building more than two days after the accident left at least 28 people dead, recounts his ordeal.

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Rescuers at work as Cambodia building collapse toll rises to 17 | AFP

Rescue workers pick through the rubble of a collapsed Chinese-owned building in a Cambodian beach town in a desperate search for survivors, after the construction site accident killed at least 17 people. IMAGES

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Cambodian Prime Minister visits Vietnam

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen pays an official visit to Hanoi where he is welcomed by his Vietnamese counterpart Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in the courtyard of the Presidential Palace. IMAGES

Critics of Cambodia’s Hun Sen refuse to be silenced in Australia

From the safety of suburban Australia, Bou Rachna recalls her husband Kem Ley, a prominent Cambodian political analyst, who was shot dead at a Phnom Penh gas station in a 2016 killing that rattled the nation. She and her five children arrived in Australia last month where they were granted asylum, but reminders of the violence that felled Kem Ley have followed them, with death threats mailed to the family ahead of a visit to Sydney by Cambodia’s strongman leader Hun Sen for a special Australia-ASEAN summit this week.

Ancient Cambodian city set for rebirth after UNESCO listing

The ancient temple city of Sambor Prei Kuk in Cambodia is ready for a renaissance since being listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in July. Cloistered by trees and linked by winding dirt trails, the site has played second fiddle to its much bigger cousin to the west — Angkor Wat — Cambodia’s top tourist destination. But local authorities are now hoping for a tourism bonanza that could breathe new life into a once-thriving 6th and 7th century metropolis. IMAGES AND SOUNDBITES.

On The Line: Andrew Glazer Discusses Labor Exploitation

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VICE News’ Senior Producer Andrew Glazer joined ‘On The Line’ to discuss exploitative labor practices in Japan and Cambodia.

For workers at the lowest rungs on the economic ladder, things aren’t always as they seem. Although it was designed to rescue and rehabilitate sex workers, many Cambodian women say the country’s anti­-trafficking campaign is forcing them into a trade where conditions and pay are even worse: making clothing for Western brands.

The Japanese government offers an internship program that attracts foreign workers. Advertised as providing laborers with transferrable new skills for when they return home, many interns are underpaid, saddled with insurmountable debt, and forced into a form of indentured servitude.

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This Week On The Line (Trailer): Andrew Glazer Discusses Labor Exploitation

On Thursday at 12pm EDT VICE News’ Senior Producer Andrew Glazer (https://twitter.com/andrewglazer) will join On The Line to discuss exploitative labor practices in Japan and Cambodia.

For workers at the lowest rungs on the economic ladder, things aren’t always as they seem. Although it was designed to rescue and rehabilitate sex workers, many Cambodian women say the country’s anti­-trafficking campaign is forcing them into a trade where conditions and pay are even worse: making clothing for Western brands.

The Japanese government offers an internship program that attracts foreign workers. Advertised as providing laborers with transferrable new skills for when they return home, many interns are underpaid, saddled with insurmountable debt, and forced into a form of indentured servitude.

Watch “The High Cost of Cheap Clothes” – http://bit.ly/1FuOFOv

Watch “The Worst Internship Ever: Japan’s Labor Pains” – http://bit.ly/1dOj93l

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