Friday, 27 February 2009

The Phnom Penh Post News In Brief

In Brief: Asean summit opens

Written by Cheng Sokha
Friday, 27 February 2009

The 14th Asean Summit is set to begin today in Cha-am, Thailand, near the resort town of Hua Hin. Prime Minister Hun Sen is expected to hold sideline talks with his Thai counterpart, Abhisit Vejjajiva, to discuss the dispute over territory along their shared border that has dragged on for more than seven months and included a fatal clash.

In Brief: Officials deny king's meddling

Written by Neth Pheaktra
Friday, 27 February 2009

In a posting on its website, the Foreign Affairs Ministry on Thursday refuted claims that King Norodom Sihamoni had lobbied for the election of Algeria's former foreign affairs minister for the top post at the United Nation's cultural arm, Unesco. The posting came after a recent article in the Algerian newspaper El Khara, which said Sihamoni had been in contact with Mohammed Bedjaoui to support him in a bid to replace current Unesco general director, Koichiro Matsuura, of Japan.

In Brief: Anti-malarial resistant parasites

Written by Robbie corey-Boulet
Friday, 27 February 2009

New studies provide evidence that malaria parasites resistant to the anti-malarial drug artemisinin have emerged along the Thai-Cambodian border, the World Health Organisation said Wednesday. The parasites could "seriously undermine" progress made in controlling the disease, which has been aided by increased use of artemisinin-based combination therapies. "If we do not put a stop to the drug-resistant malaria situation that has been documented in the Thai-Cambodia border, it could spread rapidly to neighbouring countries and threaten our efforts to control this deadly disease," said Hiroki Nakatani, the WHO's assistant director general.

Quarterfinals kickoff

Written by Dan Riley
Friday, 27 February 2009

PHNOM PENH - The quaterfinals of the top domestic football competition, the Samdech Hun Sen Cup, begin Saturday with Build Bright University - who scraped through the last round against Kiriong Sok Sen Chey on penalties - against defending champions Phnom Penh Crown in the 2pm kickoff slot at Olympic Stadium. The day's later fixture kicking off at 4:15pm sees last year's runners up Preah Khan Reach take on Post Tel Club who have already scored ten goals in the competition thanks to a demolition of Battambang Province in the previous round. Admission to the stadium is free and games are broadcast on TVK.

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