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Cambodian Officials Verifying Identities of Rescued Fishermen

Officials from the Cambodian Embassy in Jakarta arrived in the Indonesian city of Tual on Wednesday to begin processing 58 Cambodians who were among more than 300 enslaved fishermen rescued from a remote island last week, according to the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

58 Cambodians Among Slaves Rescued in Indonesia

At least 58 Cambodians were among the more than 300 enslaved fishermen recently rescued from a remote island in Indonesia’s Maluku province, an intergovernmental migration body said Tuesday.

Sand Dredgers Freed in Capital, Jailed in Kandal

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Saturday fined and released 10 workers swept up in a crackdown on illegal sand dredging operations by the Ministry of Mines and Energy last week.

Gov’t Not Following Suit to Ban Thai Airlines

Cambodia’s aviation authority said Thursday that it planned to give Thailand two weeks to address safety concerns raised by an international audit before following China, Japan and South Korea in placing restrictions on Thai-based airlines flying into the country.

Four Children Injured by UXO Blast Near School

Four children were injured, two of them seriously, after playing with unexploded ordnance near their school in Siem Reap province’s Chi Kreng district on Tuesday, police said Thursday.

Court Delays Trial Due to Lack Of A/C, Denies Bail to Woman

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday delayed the trial of a woman whose family has been locked in a lengthy land dispute with real estate tycoon Khun Sear because the air conditioning in the courtroom was not working, a decision that was followed by denying the woman bail.

Deminer Was Likely Digging Up Explosive When Killed

Preliminary results from an investigation into the death of a veteran deminer, who was killed instantly by an explosion while clearing a field in Pailin province on Tuesday, show that he was in the process of excavating an anti-personnel mine when the blast occurred.

Deminer Dies After Mine Explosion in Pailin Province

A deminer was killed instantly when an anti-personnel mine exploded on Tuesday while he was clearing a field in Pailin province’s Sala Krao district, officials said.

Trafficking Victims Rescued From Malaysia, Indonesia

A Cambodian couple “trafficked” to work in Malaysia returned home Friday morning after being “rescued” by the Cambodian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, a government official said yesterday.

Court Orders Family off Khun Sear’s Land, Lawyer Says

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday sided with real estate tycoon Khun Sear and his eponymous company in a longstanding land dispute with a family living adjacent to an apartment block he obtained in a land swap, the family’s lawyer said Thursday.

Fear Grips Murdered Garment Worker’s Home

Friends and relatives of murder victim Sann Asros—whose decomposing body was found on the side of the road in Kandal province on Saturday—moved out of their apartments Tuesday for fear that her killer might return.

Sugar Company Says No Child Labor; Workers Say Otherwise

Phnom Penh Sugar, among the most high-profile firms accused of using child labor in an industry beset by the practice, attempted to polish its image Thursday by hosting its third annual anti-child labor seminar in Kompong Speu province.

Boy Falls Down Elevator Shaft at Health Clinic, Dies of Injuries

A 9-year-old boy died of his injuries after falling two stories down an elevator shaft on Tuesday at a health clinic in Phnom Penh’s Chamkar Mon district, police and the clinic’s director said Wednesday.

Two More HIV-Positive Roka Commune Residents Die

Two elderly women who were among the 236 villagers to test positive for HIV in Battambang province’s Roka commune died last week, a health official and aid worker said Monday.

Malaysian Woman Charged by Court in SUV Hit-and-Run Case

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday charged a 28-year-old Malaysian woman with causing injuries while driving after she smashed a luxury SUV she was driving into a tuk-tuk full of passengers and fled the scene.

Study: Injections Likely the Cause of HIV Outbreak

A government-led study into a mysterious mass outbreak of HIV in Battambang province’s Roka commune has found that the virus was most likely transmitted via injections or intravenous drips.

Young Killer in Limbo as Social Affairs Department Fails to Help

The Kompong Speu social affairs department has yet to find an organization that can care for the 11-year-old girl accused of killing her 4-year-old neighbor over a pair of earrings, drawing attention to a lack of facilities and resources available to juvenile offenders.

Government Targets Unlicensed Medics Amid HIV Outbreak

With more than 225 villagers having tested positive for HIV in Battambang province’s Roka commune, the Health Ministry is scrambling to rein in the illegal medical practices that may have led to the outbreak.

Unlicensed Doctor Charged With Murder In HIV Case

The Battambang Provincial Court on Monday charged the unlicensed doctor accused of spreading HIV to scores of villagers in Roka commune with murder, punishable by life in prison, as well as two health law violations.

Doctor at Center of HIV Case Reused Syringes

The unlicensed doctor suspected of spreading HIV to more than 100 people in Battambang prov­ince’s Roka commune has admitted to routinely reusing syringes and was sent to provincial court for questioning Sunday, according to police.