The Cambodian Bird’s Nest Federation is planning to export locally harvested swiftlet nests to China starting next year, but not all nest farmers are optimistic about the scheme.

Without bothering to wait for the defendants to arrive, the Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the guilty verdicts against three men convicted alongside disgraced former Phnom Penh police chief Heng Pov of conspiring to murder municipal court Judge Sok Sethamony in 2003.

Two garment workers who were injured Tuesday when a floor collapsed at the Nishiku Enterprise factory in Takeo province lie outside Bati District Referral Hospital. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
Two garment workers who were injured Tuesday when a floor collapsed at the Nishiku Enterprise factory in Takeo province lie outside Bati District Referral Hospital. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

At least eight workers sustained minor injuries Tuesday morning after the floor of a clothing factory in Takeo province collapsed, once again raising concerns about a lack of oversight of building standards in the crucial garment sector.

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The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday heard the case of a woman charged with defrauding 24 would-be migrant workers of more than $30,000.

Immigration chief Sok Phal is in Australia to meet with officials there about the controversial refugee deal the two countries signed last month, but will not be visiting Nauru, where Australia is detaining the asylum seekers it wants to send to Cambodia, the Interior Ministry said Tuesday.

Nearly 300 people simultaneously developed a bout of diarrhea and vomiting, while a pregnant woman was induced to give birth to twins, after eating homemade noodles at an engagement ceremony in Kompong Thom province Sunday.

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The defense teams for Khmer Rouge tribunal defendants Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan both stayed away from a meeting Tuesday that the court hoped would help end their boycott of the second phase of Case 002, in which their clients stand accused of genocide and other crimes.

Police and environment officers in Mondolkiri province on Sunday confiscated more than 3,000 lengths of luxury-grade timber found inside a wildlife sanctuary but have yet to determine if it belongs to a Chinese company with a land concession in the area.

A former lawmaker candidate from the opposition CNRP announced Tuesday that he is now leading a platoon of amateur soldiers and will next week ask the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh to deploy the group in the war against the Islamic State group.

Siem Reap heritage protection police chief Man Chhoeun on Monday filed a court complaint against the New Zealand tourist who admitted to breaking a Buddha statue earlier this month in the Angkor Archaeological Park.

About 20 villagers who were employed in an illegal logging racket in Pailin province’s Sala Krao district have submitted a report to the provincial police accusing their two ringleaders of failing to pay their “service fee,” an official said Tuesday.

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The second trial against Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, which for the first time includes charges of genocide, was adjourned Friday when the pair announced a boycott of proceedings.

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Hundreds of monks and activists marched through Phnom Penh on Friday calling for the cancellation of an agreement signed last month that could see refugees who sought asylum in Australia resettled in Cambodia.

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