The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday ordered the release of accused fraudster Richer San at the request of the U.S. Embassy and with the blessing of Prime Minister Hun Sen, a lawyer in the case said Monday.

CNRP spokesman Yim Sovann said Monday that a group of people close to the opposition party has applied to register a firm with the government that will operate the television license promised to the CNRP by Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Brigadier General La Lay, Takeo provincial military police commander, points to a collapsed section of floor at the Nishiku Enterprise garment factory. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
Brigadier General La Lay, Takeo provincial military police commander, points to a collapsed section of floor at the Nishiku Enterprise garment factory. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

At least four female workers were injured after the floor of a garment factory in Takeo province collapsed at about 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, with a local health official saying the young women arrived at the hospital unconscious.

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Military police arrested 20 people at a guesthouse in Phnom Penh’s Pur Senchey district late Sunday night for allegedly using and dealing crystal methamphetamine, officials said Monday.

Representatives of 142 families from Pursat province’s Veal Veng district filed complaints with the provincial governor Monday seeking intervention in their land dispute with powerful timber and casino magnate Try Pheap.

Nine illegal Vietnamese immigrants were arrested during a raid on a coffee importer in Phnom Penh on Monday as part of an ongoing nationwide census of foreigners in the country, an immigration official said.

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Land rights activist Ouk Pich Samnang attempts to drive his tuk-tuk through a security barricade near Prime Minister Hun Sen's house in Phnom Penh on Monday during a protest by evictees from Preah Vihear province. (John Vink)

Eighteen land rights protesters from Preah Vihear province were injured during a clash with district security guards in Phnom Penh on Monday after they attempted to deliver a petition at Prime Minister Hun Sen’s house, a rights group said.

From inside a shanty built over a squalid pond on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, villagers Monday took turns lowering themselves into the liquid filth through a hole in the wall to search for the body of a baby who fell through the opening the night before.

Residents of Phnom Penh worried about losing their land to a railway rehabilitation project protest Monday in front of the country office of the Asian Development Bank, which has funded most of the work. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

The Asian Development Bank on Monday promised to help pry answers out of the government for residents of Phnom Penh who fear losing all or some of their land to a bank-funded project to rehabilitate the country’s railway network.

Attendees at a conference of a new political reform association called “Khmer for Khmer,” which met for the first time Sunday, hit back Monday at claims made by a CNRP public affairs officer that the group plans to form a new party to divide the opposition.

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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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