Seven journalists on Wednesday sent a report to the governor of Kompong Chhnang province claiming that a man arrested for murdering one of their associates was framed in an attempt to cover up an illegal fishing syndicate with ties to police.

An octogenarian French-Cambodian man with bad eyesight hit and killed a woman with his speeding SUV in Sihanoukville on Tuesday before plowing into several more vehicles and a car wash, injuring six others, police said Wednesday.

As Cambodian soldiers assembled for a ceremony Wednesday ahead of a one-year peacekeeping mission to the Central African Republic, military officials expressed concerns over the Ebola outbreak that has been ravaging parts of West Africa.

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A Royal Decree signed by acting head of state Chea Sim has approved the appointment of 63 advisers and assistants to National Assembly Second Vice President Nguon Nhel, according to a copy of the document obtained Wednesday.

A man was shot dead and his sister seriously wounded outside their home in Kompong Chhnang province on Tuesday evening by three armed robbers who intercepted the siblings shortly after they closed down their family’s gold-exchange business for the day, police said Wednesday.

Fishermen discovered an endangered Irrawaddy dolphin dead in the Mekong River in Kratie province on Tuesday, officials said Wednesday. There were no obvious clues as to what caused the animal’s death.

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Making good on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s pledge late last year to help Cambodia reform its electoral system, a panel of election experts from Japan met with CPP and CNRP officials Wednesday to present the findings of their recent study into the system.

In May last year, after two workers were killed when a ceiling collapsed at the Wing Star Shoes factory in Kompong Speu province, then-Minister of Social Affairs Ith Sam Heng said ministries would “inspect the buildings of all factories in use.”

CNRP lawmaker Son Chhay has sent a letter to National Assembly Secretary-General Leng Peng Long accusing the official’s deputy of stacking the parliament’s bureaucratic ranks with members of his extended family.

NGOs and community representatives called on the government Wednesday to open up its secretive auctions for confiscated timber and cancel a deal that lets timber magnate Try Pheap buy all the wood in government depots, both of which they say fuel illegal logging across the country.

More than half of all Cambodians under the age of 18 have been the victim of physical violence at least once, while more than 6 percent of females and 5 percent of males reported being sexually abused as children, according to a new study released Wednesday.

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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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