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Appeal Court Upholds Detention of Activist Monk

The Appeal Court on Thursday rejected an appeal seeking the release of an activist monk arrested and charged with illegal weapons possession and incitement after he was photographed holding what was supposedly a toy gun, his lawyer said.

Nhek Bun Chhay Loyalists Stripped of Government Roles

Twelve government advisers—many of them said to be allies of KNUP leader Nhek Bun Chhay—have been stripped of their positions in a suspected purge of officials loyal to the former general.

Garment Workers File Petition to Drop Incitement Complaint

Four workers’ representatives for the shuttered Chung Fai Knitwear factory appeared for court questioning on Wednesday, then submitted a petition to the Labor Ministry asking for severance pay and that the court complaint be dropped.

Interior Minister Approves Central Surveillance Control Room

Plans to set up a central control room at Phnom Penh City Hall to coordinate surveillance cameras across the capital have been approved, according to a statement signed by Interior Minister Sar Kheng.

Endangered Gaur Meat, Horns Nabbed in M’kiri

Meat and horns from a gaur—a massive, endangered wild ox—were confiscated from motorbikes attempting to smuggle the parts from the Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary in Mondolkiri province, a wildlife NGO official said.

Bus Route Expansion Delayed for More Planning

Expansion of Phnom Penh’s fledgling bus network has been delayed until at least next month because City Hall needs more time to plan new routes, according to its spokesman.

Construction Project Value Rises 27% So Far

The total value of construction projects in Cambodia rose to almost $5 billion in the first half of the year, an increase of 27 percent over the same period last year, according to data released by the Land Management Ministry on Friday.

Migrant Workers Overwhelm Passport Center

On a narrow side street on the outskirts of Phnom Penh on Tuesday, cars and tuk-tuks crept slowly along as hordes of pedestrians and motorbikes blocked their paths. Food carts and steady streams of customers lined the road.

Attempted Murder Charge Sought in Airport Row

A 25-year-old man accused of attacking a businessman with a meat cleaver outside the Phnom Penh airport was provisionally charged on Tuesday with attempted murder, Phnom Penh Municipal Court spokesman Ly Sophana said in a text message.

Businessman Hacked With Meat Cleaver at Airport

A Phnom Penh International Airport employee accused of hacking a businessman with a meat cleaver at the airport was to be sent to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Saturday for questioning, police said.

Centers in Thailand to Grant Migrant Workers Travel Documents

The Thai government has agreed to set up stations across Thailand where Cambodian illegal migrant workers can register for documents that will allow them to stay and work in the country, Labor Minister Ith Sam Heng said at a news conference on Thursday.

Researcher Traces Life, Times of Cambodia’s Old Cinemas

Since last September, Jessica Austin has been crisscrossing the country in search of buildings that, half a century ago, were part of what made Cambodia magical: the country’s cinemas.

Confusion Drives More Legal, Illegal Workers From Thailand

Hundreds of fearful and confused Cambodian migrant workers—including those with legal documentation—are continuing to flee Thailand, workers said on Tuesday, even as both the Cambodian and Thai governments called for calm among the migrant workforce.

Use WhatsApp to Report Child Abuse: Ministry

The Social Affairs Ministry yesterday encouraged NGOs to use a WhatsApp group to facilitate the reporting of child abuse.

Illegal Migrant Workers Return Home Seeking Passports

Applications for passports increased by 50 percent on Monday after thousands of Cambodian workers began pouring in from Thailand amid a crackdown on illegal migrants by the Thai junta, an Interior Ministry official said.

Ammonia Gas Leak at Illegal Ice Factory Leads to Evacuation

An illegal Phnom Penh ice factory leaked ammonia gas on Monday for the second time in eight months, causing an evacuation of nearby buildings, City Hall spokesman Met Measpheakdey said on Monday. An elementary school was also forced to close for the morning.

Adhoc 5 Released on Bail

The Adhoc 5, a group of current and former rights workers who have spent more than a year in pre-trial detention on bribery charges widely seen as politically motivated, have been approved for release this evening, a court official said.

Over 200 Migrant Workers Arrested in Thailand

More than 200 Cambodian migrant workers were arrested in Thailand last week for having inadequate or no working permits, and are waiting to either be deported or face charges in a Thai court, according to the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

More Concessions for Poor Sought at National Housing Forum

Banks and microfinance institutions should lower interest rates and extend payback periods for low-income Cambodians taking out housing loans, representatives from NGOs, the government and the private sector said on Tuesday at a housing forum in Phnom Penh.

Blackout Roils Phnom Penh, 21 Provinces

A fault in electrical transmissions knocked out power to Phnom Penh and 21 of Cambodia’s 24 provinces on Tuesday, disrupting municipal water supplies, interrupting trading in the capital’s markets and leading to renewed calls for the country to further develop its own power generation.