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Guards Get Trash Duty After Cleanup Video

Two days after a video posted on Facebook showed workers sweeping Water Festival trash into the Tonle Sap river, Phnom Penh security guards were on riverside cleanup duty.

Phnom Penh Struggles to Cope With Water Festival’s Trash

The crowds were still large and lively around Independence Monument late on Monday night when Khea Sarorn and Meas Sokchan walked along Suramarit Boulevard collecting the trash that had piled up over the second day of Water Festival celebrations in Phnom Penh.

Police Seek Eight After Man Drowns Escaping Beating

Police are searching for eight men who beat a 32-year-old man in a dispute over his sister-in-law, leading him to jump into a small Takeo province river to escape, where he drowned, officials said on Tuesday.

Two Charged for Phony Facebook Posts

Two men accused of posting phony public documents on Facebook under Prime Minister Hun Sen’s name were charged with forgery by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday, deputy prosecutor Sieng Sok said on Monday.

Man Hacks Wife to Death With Machete

A 47-year-old man was arrested on Sunday morning in Kratie province after killing his wife with a machete, according to a local police official.

Preparing the Boats

On the outskirts of Phnom Penh, a crew of 63 gets ready for the Water Festival races.

Balloon Crackdown Doesn’t Last Very Long, Vendors Say

Two months ago, authorities banned balloon vendors from tourist-dense areas of Phnom Penh like the riverside, the Royal Palace and Independence Monument, saying the vendors’ gas tanks could trigger explosions, stampedes and acts of terrorism. But for vendors who ply Sihanouk Boulevard, the prohibition has amounted to little more than a cat-and-mouse game with authorities.

Lay Priest, 72, Charged With Sexually Assaulting Two Girls

A 72-year-old lay priest was charged on Monday with sexually assaulting two girls from the same village in Banteay Meanchey province, officials said.

Three Men Arrested for Gang Rape of 15-Year-Old

Three suspects in the gang rape of a 15-year-old girl were arrested in Svay Rieng province on Thursday morning while another remains on the run, according to police.

Man Accused of Killing Sister-in-Law With Machete

Police were searching on Tuesday for a man accused of hacking his sister-in-law to death with a machete and seriously injuring his wife during a domestic dispute in Takeo province.

Fight Breaks Out Between Party Officials at Registration Station

A fight broke out between two officials from the CPP and CNRP at a Phnom Penh voter registration office on Sunday morning as the wife of the opposition member left the station in frustration for having failed to help a villager register to vote, an official said.

Street Gamblers Warned in Illegal Betting Crackdown

Sixty-one people across four Preah Sihanouk provincial districts were cautioned for illegal gambling between Wednesday and Saturday, according to a Facebook post by provincial police chief Chuon Narin.

Former Soldier Accused Of Killing Father With Ax

A former soldier who served prison time for killing a colleague was accused of hacking his father to death with an ax while he was sleeping on Wednesday in Battambang province, according to a National Police report.

Teenager Arrested for Rape of 10-Year-Old Neighbor

A 14-year-old boy in Kandal province confessed to raping his 10-year-old neighbor on three separate occasions, police said on Thursday.

Son Confesses to Raping Mother Multiple Times

A 47-year-old man was arrested in Phnom Penh on Wednesday over accusations of regularly raping his mother over two months and threatening to kill her if she told anyone, according to a National Police report.

Man Nabbed for Attempted Rape of 15-Year-Old Cousin

Police arrested a 42-year-old welder on Tuesday for the attempted rape of his 15-year-old cousin in Kandal province’s Sa’ang district, police said.

Clown Steps on Landmine (But Not Really)

News readers around the world were told over the weekend of a freak accident in which a prankster dressed as a clown stepped on an unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Oddar Meanchey province’s Samraong City. But local officials say it never happened.

Father At Large After Murdering Son in Pursat

A rice farmer accused of murdering his son with an ax after an argument on Friday evening in Pursat province is still at large, police said on Sunday.

Two Boys Drown in Canal Swollen by Rain

Three boys roughhousing on a bicycle as they pedaled home from school fell into a rain-swollen canal in Kompong Chhnang province, killing two, while the third was swept away, but grabbed a tree branch and climbed to safety, officials said.

More Families Evacuated As Flooding Continues

Floodwaters displaced another 74 families on the outskirts of Phnom Penh in Dangkao district on Wednesday as water levels continued to rise, according to Nop Puthea, director of the district’s administration.