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The Khmer Magic Music Bus takes masters of traditional Cambodian instruments and songs to help reconnect locals with their national identity and heal a land still recovering from genocide.

Seven of the 10 Chinese suspects arrested in Singapore’s massive money-laundering probe held foreign passports from the likes of Cambodia and Vanuatu, where citizenship can be bought for as little as US$130,000.

In 2000, not a single woman from the Asia-Pacific countries served in UN peacekeeping forces. That has changed dramatically, with women from across the region pursuing careers thousands of kilometres from home and family.

Kavich Neang, the Cambodian filmmaker behind White Building, which won several international awards, talks about why audiences at home shun his movies as too realistic, and why he’ll stick to his guns.

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In this issue of the Global Impact newsletter, we look back at recent elections in the likes of Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia following a busy time for politics in Southeast Asia in recent weeks

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China’s BYD, Trina Solar, Longi Green Energy and Canadian Solar were completing products in Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam then shipping to the US.

Top Chinese diplomat says Beijing firmly supports Cambodia to safeguard national interests and national dignity and a greater role on world and regional stages.

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Rice prices have hit their highest level in 15 years after largest-exporter India restricted shipments. It’s bad news for consumers – but could be a boon for Thailand.

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The long-serving Cambodian strongman announced he was stepping down and handing power to eldest son Hun Manet days after winning a landslide victory in polls widely decried as a sham.

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The National Election Committee officially announced that the Cambodian People’s Party – which is now led by Hun Manet, the son of long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen – won 120 of 125 seats in the July general election.

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Phnom Penh might seem like one huge building site fuelled by Chinese money but a heritage tour of the Cambodian capital uncovers its abundant historical and traditional architecture.

Poet and former monk Chin Meas could have been a Cambodian national treasure but for the Hun Sen regime. Now he ekes out a living working a noodle cart, but still finds ways to express himself.

The move comes after Indonesia police smashed a human trafficking ring involving law enforcement officials who sent people to Cambodia to sell their kidneys.

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The 70-year-old Hun Sen has led Cambodia with an iron fist for nearly four decades. He said on Wednesday he will resign and hand power to his eldest son Hun Manet.

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As Cambodia’s strongman prime minister prepares to hand power to his son, observers warn that much of the supposed public support for them is actually a mirage.

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Party says long-serving leader Hun Sen’s son and anointed successor, Hun Manet, has won a National Assembly seat, making him eligible to become premier if chosen by the house.

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