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Cambodia agrees to take refugees now on Nauru reports

Tent accommodation at the federal government’s offshore detention centre in Nauru. Photograph: Department of Immigration/AAP Cambodia has agreed to an in-principle arrangement to take asylum seekers in Australian detention in Nauru who are found to be genuine refugees, according to the ABC. Reports emerged in February that Australia’s foreign minister, Julie Bishop, had asked Cambodia’s

Life on Mekong Faces Threats


With a massive dam under construction in Laos and other dams on the way, the Mekong River is facing a wave of hydroelectric projects that could profoundly alter the river’s ecology and disrupt the food supplies of millions of people in Southeast Asia. In the sleepy northern Thai border town of Huay Luk, a community

Developing world exploitation being funded by Australian banks, says Oxfam

Lowland rainforest which has been logged in New Britain, Papua New Guinea. Photograph: University of Papua New Guinea/AAP Australia’s biggest banking institutions have provided financial support to companies involved in illegal logging, forced evictions and child labour, according to a new report from Oxfam Australia. A new report released on Monday says ANZ, Westpac, National

Australia’s asylum policies repeatedly criticised by UN officials at conference

Asylum seekers being searched on arrival at Christmas Island in 2012. Photograph: Daniel Wilkins/Newspix/REX United Nations officials have repeatedly criticised Australia’s refugee policies at a regional conference in Indonesia. The potential resettlement of refugees in Cambodia and policy of turning back boats were both singled out at the two-day conference in Jakarta. The United Nations

Arrive in Luang Prabang

Arrive in Luang Prabang

You’ll know you’re getting close to Luang Prabang when the river widens and you see the oft-visited caves on your right side. There’s a new Lao-owned vegetarian restaurant open near the Hotel Villa Deux Rivieres in Luang Prabang; all their proteins are made from tofu and assembled to look like chicken, beef, eggs or pork

Cambodian Style Grilled Fish

Cambodian Style Grilled Fish

Fish forms the largest component of an average Cambodia person’s protein intake. Grilled whole catfish is a popular takeaway food, and found at markets and stalls throughout the country. This version of Cambodian style grilled fish uses fillets of firm fish and the sauce is made up of tamarind, palm sugar and sautéed shallots. Cambodian

Ho Chi Minh city bakery figures out the ABC of burger bun success

Sign of the times … Ho Chi Minh city’s first McDonald’s, which opened in February. Photograph: AFP While many foreign residents lament the arrival of global brands such Starbucks, Burger King and most recently McDonald’s into Vietnam, one local family-run business – ABC Bakery – is happily reaping the benefits. “We make burger buns for all



Battambang is somewhat of an ode to French colonialism. The city lies in the heart of the Northwest and until the war years it was the leading rice-producing province of the country. The 100,000-person town offers not only one of the best preserved examples of the French Colonial era, but also the small-town feel you

Eyewitness: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Eyewitness: Phnom Penh, Cambodia | World news | The Guardian Photographs from the Guardian Eyewitness series The Guardian, Thursday 10 April 2014 A beauty salon in Cambodia, where Korean pop culture is driving a boom in the cosmetics industry. Imports are up 130%, not including smuggled goods, the government reports, but one in five plastic

Australia in early discussions with Cambodia on refugee transfer

Morrison said the Australian government would fund some ‘resettlement packages’ for refugees moved to Cambodia, but declined to detail the costs. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images Scott Morrison has given the clearest indication yet of a refugee resettlement deal with Cambodia, stating Australia is in “early discussions” with the south-east Asian state to eventually transfer refugees