A feud between the eldest daughter of CNRP Vice President Kem Sokha and a teenage opposition activist who shot to fame during last year’s election has once again come to a head with claims the student activist is being used in a new effort to split the opposition.

Australia’s foreign affairs minister thanked Prime Minister Hun Sen over the weekend for agreeing to resettle ref­ugees seeking asylum in Aus­tralia, and stressed that the transfers would be on a voluntary basis.

Somaly Mam speaks with Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in Laguna Niguel, California, in 2011. (Asa Mathat)
Somaly Mam speaks with Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in Laguna Niguel, California, in 2011. (Asa Mathat)

Months after announcing the resignation of its founder and promising to start afresh to continue its “vital work” protecting vulnerable girls in Cambodia, the U.S.-based Somaly Mam Foundation announced Saturday that it has ceased operations, telling supporters to turn to other organizations to help the fight against sex trafficking and slavery.

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The body of a 27-year-old moneylender who went missing in Siem Reap City was found in the Siem Reap River on Friday morning, local police said Sunday.

The Ministry of Environment has canceled 11 economic land concessions granted to companies that it says have failed to develop the land per their agreements with the government, the ministry announced on Friday.

Local branches of the CNRP and CPP in Banteay Meanchey province have been feuding since Wednesday over whether the opposition party should be allowed to plant a promotional sign in the ground above a storm drain.

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One of the country’s largest unions on Sunday came out in favor of a new minimum wage for garment workers far lower than what many of its counterparts have been agitating for over the past several months, bolstering prospects for a compromise with factories.

Kompong Chhnang province authorities Sunday ordered a 43-year-old woman claiming to be possessed by the spirit of a goddess to leave a pagoda in Boribor district where she has been collecting money from people who have come to see a platinum ring she supposedly gave birth to.

Noranarith Anandayath, the long-serving personal secretary of former First Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh, said Sunday that he has resigned from the prince’s newly formed political party and is considering joining the CPP.

The chief investigator at the Ministry of Interior’s department of immigration on Sunday vowed that a U.S. Army deserter wanted for child sex crimes who is at large in Cambodia would not be allowed to escape the country.

The French director of a child protection NGO in Sihanoukville who was charged Friday with sexually abusing multiple boys in his care may have first abused children as long as seven years ago, according to anti-pedophile group Action pour les Enfants.

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In the lead-up to this week’s second-chance national high school exam, Chiep Srey Pich prepared almost exactly as she did for the first round. The only extra hurdle to overcome this time, she said, was fear.

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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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