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Cambodia Urges Patience in Making Asean, N Korea Statements

During Asean’s 50-year anniversary, the Cambodian government encouraged members of the regional bloc to exercise patience in drafting statements against North Korean missile use in order to minimize regional tensions, Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn said at a briefing following his return from Manila.

Canada to Reconsider Demining Funds: Minister

Canada has promised to consider funding a new mine clearance program in Cambodia, Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn said on Wednesday at a news conference.

Government Rights Chief Calls Beating Threats ‘Education’

The government’s human rights chief, following a meeting on Tuesday with the U.N.’s visiting human rights envoy, defended as “education” the violent threats officials have been making against would-be protesters in recent months.

UN Rights Envoy Arrives Today Amid Repressive Election Lead-Up

The U.N.’s human rights envoy to Cambodia—on the eve of her latest mission to the country—faces a government that has been growing increasingly repressive in the lead-up to next year’s national election, several rights groups say.

Mass Fainting at Factory Blamed on Blood Sugar

Up to 100 workers at a Phnom Penh garment factory fainted on Monday, forcing the facility to shut down for the day, in a case that police say doctors blamed on low blood-sugar levels.

Mam Sonando Gives Up the Helm of Beehive Party He Founded

Prominent radio host and government critic Mam Sonando resigned on Friday from the Beehive Social Democratic Party he founded, saying the disappointing results of the commune elections had pushed his political ambitions in a new direction.

Ministry: Evidence Bun Chhay Involved In Drug Trade

Police searched the home of embattled KNUP president Nhek Bun Chhay on Friday, as the Interior Ministry spokesman claimed there was hard evidence the former military commander had been involved in the illegal drug trade.

Mam Sonando Resigns As Head of Beehive Party

Prominent radio host and government critic Mam Sonando resigned on Friday from the Beehive Social Democratic Party he founded, saying the disappointing results of the commune elections had pushed his political ambitions in a new direction.

NGO Facing Expulsion Praised for Programs

Longtime residents of Phnom Penh’s once-notorious Svay Pak neighborhood say an NGO facing imminent closure on orders from Prime Minister Hun Sen was a boon to their small community and they had mixed feelings about its pending demise.

Government Foe Hit With 10-Year-Old Warrant

Having fallen out of favor with the ruling CPP, minor party leader Nhek Bun Chhay was on Thursday pulled in for questioning at the Phnom Penh municipal police headquarters over a 10-year-old drug case.

Former General Nhek Bun Chhay Brought In for Questioning

Under-pressure KNUP president Nhek Bun Chhay has been called into questioning at the Phnom Penh municipal police headquarters this afternoon over a 2012 incident relating to drugs, a police official said.

NGO in Hun Sen’s Crosshairs Remains Open, Under Investigation

An anti-sex trafficking NGO Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered shuttered and expelled from Cambodia was still open, but under investigation on Wednesday, an Interior Ministry official said.

Hun Sen Demands Closure Of NGO Over CNN ‘Insult’

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday ordered the speedy investigation, closure and expulsion of an anti-sex trafficking NGO over a recent CNN story featuring its work, accusing the group of inflicting Cambodia with “a serious insult” for saying that some mothers sell their daughters into the trade.

Iraqi Deminers Finish Training Visit, Colombians on the Way

A team of deminers from Iraq wrapped up a three-week training mission to Cambodia on Saturday, with another group from Colombia set to arrive next week.

Government to Investigate CNN Prostitution Coverage

The Interior Ministry on Friday said it would investigate a story about child prostitution in Phnom Penh that reappeared last week on CNN, a day after a government-friendly journalists’ union criticized the U.S. network for recycling a “fake news” story that could have a negative impact on Cambodia’s international reputation.

Interior Ministry to Investigate CNN Child Prostitution Coverage

The Interior Ministry on Friday said it would investigate a story about child prostitution in Phnom Penh that reappeared this week on CNN, a day after a prominent journalist union criticized the U.S. network for recycling a “fake news” story that could have a negative impact on Cambodia’s international reputation.

Orphanage Oversight Passed to Provincial, Local Authorities

Oversight of orphanages across the country will be placed in the hands of provincial and local authorities in an attempt to cut down on bureaucracy and administrative delays, according to a sub-decree released to the public on Thursday.

Project Aims to Send Children in Orphanages Home

BATTAMBANG CITY - Though they live in orphanages, an estimated 13,000 children in facilities across Cambodia have at least one living parent. As part of a sea change in government policy in a country with a checkered history with orphanages, officials in Battambang province on Tuesday kicked off a pilot program that aims to return children to their families.

Under Pressure, Senior KNUP Officials Jump Ship to Funcinpec

Several senior officials from the embattled KNUP have defected to rival party Funcinpec, a spokesman said on Sunday, following the sacking of 12 government advisers and a warning from the ruling party that all government workers linked to KNUP leader Nhek Bun Chhay will be targeted.

All KNUP Members Will Be Removed From Government: CPP Spokesman

Every KNUP member with a government job will be sacked in retribution for a telephone recording obtained by Prime Minister Hun Sen that allegedly shows party leader Nhek Bun Chhay colluding with the opposition CNRP, a ruling party spokesman said on Friday.