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Drug-resistant malaria spreading rapidly in Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand

Deadly malaria that is resistant to drug treatment has spread rapidly to the border between Thailand and Myanmar, raising concerns of an uncontrollable epidemic, scientists said Thursday. A pair of studies published in The Lancet and the journal Science showed how the disease is moving fast into new territory and…

Small dams, big impact on Mekong River fish: study

WASHINGTON — Plans to build hydropower dams along small branches of southeast Asia’s longest river could have a devastating impact on millions of people who rely on the world’s largest inland fishery, scientists said Monday. Plenty of attention has focused on plans to develop 11 big dams along the main…

Cambodian toddler dies from bird flu: WHO

PHNOM PENH — A two-year-old Cambodian boy has died from bird flu, the World Health Organization (WHO) said, in the country’s first fatality from the virus this year. The child, from northwestern Banteay Meanchey province, fell ill on January 3 and was taken to hospital where he tested positive for…

Top accused says Khmer Rouge not ‘bad people’

The Khmer Rouge were not “bad people”, the regime’s highest-ranking surviving member said on Monday as Cambodia’s UN-backed war crimes tribunal began hearing evidence in a long-awaited atrocities trial. “Brother Number Two” Nuon Chea, seen as the chief ideologue of the brutal 1970s movement, was the first of three accused…

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