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1,000 Phnom Kulen Families to Be Relocated

A group of about 1,000 families living in Siem Reap province’s Phnom Kulen National Park will be relocated to prevent them from continuing an environmentally detrimental trend of clearing land, building homes, selling and repeating, the environment minister said on Thursday.

Environmental Campaigner’s Appeal Goes to the Supreme Court

An activist allied with environmental NGO Mother Nature on Wednesday pleaded with the Supreme Court to overturn an illegal logging conviction he received for cutting wood to build a community center.

Soldiers, Police in Mondolkiri Under Investigation for Wood Smuggling

The top military and police officials in Mondolkiri province have opened investigations into some of their soldiers and officers after a news story claimed they were involved in timber trafficking into Vietnam.

Locals Halt Demolition of Illegal Angkor Park Home

The government body charged with managing the Angkor Archaeological Park on Tuesday temporarily backed off plans to demolish one of several hundred illegally built homes and shophouses after at least 50 people gathered, threatening to protest if they went ahead.

Apsara Authority Starts Razing Illegal Angkor Park Homes

The government body charged with managing the Angkor Archaeological Park on Monday started tearing down the first of more than 500 homes and shophouses illegally built within the park in the weeks before the June 4 commune elections.

Provincial Governor Changes Draw Praise, Disappointment

Phnom Penh governor Pa Socheatvong and three provincial governors are set to be replaced and become advisers to the government, according to a royal decree signed over the weekend, making way for the country’s first female provincial governor to be appointed in Koh Kong province.

Removal of Unauthorized Angkor Park Homes, Shops Delayed

Authorities have postponed until Monday the removal of more than 500 shops and homes illegally built in Angkor Archaeological Park in the weeks leading up to the June 4 commune elections, an Interior Ministry official said.

Police Son of Official Demoted After Car-Shooting Accusation

A senior police officer who is the son of a high-ranking government official has been demoted following the release of video footage showing him shooting at a car from his own vehicle after he clipped it while overtaking, a National Police official announced on Wednesday.

Tip Leads Police to Mondolkiri Timber Cache

Military police in Mondolkiri province, an area known for illegal logging, are searching for the owners of a haul of valuable timber seized on Wednesday morning following the arrest of a teenager guarding the cache.

Hundreds of New Angkor Park Shops, Homes Face Removal

Authorities threatened to start tearing down more than 500 shops and homes illegally erected in Angkor Archaeological Park in the runup to the commune elections, setting up a potential clash today with villagers who said they would refuse to budge.

Elderly Man Arrested for Impersonating Village Chief, Freed

Authorities in Battambang province have released a septuagenarian arrested for impersonating an incoming village chief on a document for a local woman to access free medical care, though they may yet open an investigation.

Police Say Car-Shooting Official’s Son Is Not Facing Arrest

A traffic police officer accused of shooting at another vehicle after a hit-and-run collision avoided arrest because of his father’s high-ranking government position, a provincial police chief said on Monday.

Minister Kept in Dark as King Sihamoni Shakes Up State Television

King Norodom Sihamoni issued a royal decree on Saturday replacing the head of the state-run Television of Kampuchea (TVK), apparently to the surprise of the information minister and a ministry spokesman.

Military Denies Timber Trafficking Reports

Military police in Takeo province on Sunday denied news reports that some of their officers had recently allowed a group of timber traffickers to go free after extorting them for a $1,500 bribe on their way to Vietnam.

Alleged Timber Trafficking Grandma Denies Charges at Trial

Alleged timber trafficker Heng Samneang denied charges of illegal logging and obstructing officials during her trial on Thursday at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, but also provided some incriminating testimony under questioning.

Montagnards Set to Be Handed to Hanoi Officials

Sixteen Montagnards who ran out of asylum appeals in Cambodia were taken to Ratanakkiri province on Thursday and were expected to be handed over to Vietnamese authorities today, an official said.

Tada Island Natural Resort

For Khmer New Year in April, my family and I wanted to do something different, so we headed to a new tourist spot in Kampot province, about 150 km south of Phnom Penh. A dirt road at the foot of a mountain leads you to the Tada Island Natural Resort. There’s an entrance fee—$1 for Cambodians and $3 for foreigners

Government Spokesman Admits to NGO Scare

Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak’s pre-election warning that some NGOs and their leaders were being watched for illegally aiding the opposition was a threat designed to frighten them, General Sopheak said on Wednesday, as civil society groups warily condemned the statements.

Sixteen More Montagnards Set to Return to Vietnam Today

Sixteen Montagnards are set to be repatriated to Vietnam today with the help of the U.N.’s refugee agency (UNHCR) after losing the right to appeal the rejection of their asylum applications, officials and a U.S.-based NGO said on Wednesday.

Flood Waters Shut Down Nat’l Road in Poipet

Heavy flood waters closed more than 500 meters of National Road 5 and a section of railway in Banteay Meanchey province’s Poipet City on Monday night, according to provincial governor Soun Bovor, who attributed the problem to development.