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CNRP Offers Mixed Signals On Election Registration

($) With just four days remaining for political parties to register for the national elections, officials from the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on Thursday offered differing opinions on whether or not the party would register before the May 13 cut-off date.

CPP Releases a Second Recording of Opposition Sparring

($) In a further attempt to discredit the opposition, the government on Wednesday released a second audio clip of the leaders of the recently formed Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) insulting one another back when they headed rival opposition parties.

Phnom Penh Governor Leaves Behind Mixed Legacy

($) While critics of Kep Chuktema note his failure to settle high-profile land disputes in the capital, it is impossible not to notice some of his accomplishments during his ten years in charge.

Workers Take to the Streets to Mark Labor Day

Several thousand workers marched down Phnom Penh’s Sisowath Quay on Wednesday, demanding higher wages, stronger protection of their rights and reform of the country’s judiciary in what was the largest gathering of Cambodia’s labor unions in almost three years.

National Election Body Says It Refuses to Revise Voter List

($) The government’s election body has said it has no intention of revising the country’s voter list, a request that was delivered in a petition to government representatives at an opposition rally held last week by the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).

Government Admits Prisons Still Too Bloated

($) Cambodia’s prison system remains massively overcrowded with the inmate population exceeding capacity by 70 percent, according to the Ministry of In­terior, a situation that rights monitors say is forcing prisoners to live in dire conditions and participate in rampant corruption.

Opposition Demands Delay to National Elections

($) The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) told thousands of supporters at a rally in Phnom Penh on Wednesday that it will hold an even bigger demonstration next week if the National Election Committee (NEC) does not reform ahead of July’s elections.

Cambodia’s Long Battle Against Terrorist Groups

From the Free Vietnam movement in 1994 to the recent arrest of six activists with the Khmer National Liberation Front, alleged insurgencies and planned terrorist uprisings have been a common occurrence in Cambodia. But analysts say the groups have largely posed no threat to the government and often give the CPP an excuse to quash voices of dissent.

Survey Finds HIV/AIDS Patients Received Expired Medication

($) One out of every 8 people living with HIV or AIDS in Battambang, Banteay Meanchey and Siem Reap provinces received expired antiretroviral drugs from government-run clinics during the first three months of this year, according to a new survey.

Hun Sen Meets Xi Jinping, Promises to Support Chinese Interests

In a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday, Prime Minister Hun Sen said that Cambodia was committed to enhancing its cooperation with the Asian superpower and would continue to support China’s core interests and concerns in the region.

Opposition Outlines Vision At Congress

Thousands of opposition politicians and supporters gathered yesterday for the inaugural congress of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), laying out the party’s platform for the upcoming national elections and confirming a roster that included a number of high-profile political personalities.

Doctor for French ‘Survivor’ Show Found Dead on Koh Rong

The doctor for a French “Survivor”-style reality TV show that began shooting in Cambodia last month was found dead Monday morning in an apparent suicide on Koh Rong, off the coast of Sihanoukville, according to police.

No Power Leads to No Water in Sihanoukville

The water shortage that has left tens of thousands of households in Sihanoukville without running water for the past week occurred after provincial officials decided to limit power to a water pumping facility operated by the tourist town’s privately-owned distributor, a manager at the water company said Monday.

Sihanoukville Runs Dry During Water Crisis

A water shortage in the tourist town of Sihanoukville has led authorities to advise scores of businesses to dig their own wells as only 50 percent of local demand is currently being met after high temperatures dried up the water supplier’s only reservoir.

Cambodia Hosts Global Clean Cooking Forum

The global Clean Cooking Forum began Monday in Phnom Penh, with more than 500 experts, activists and entrepreneurs from around the world gathering to share ideas about how to expand and improve the production and distribution of clean cookstoves.

Police Accuse Four More Khmer Krom of Acts of ‘Terrorism’

Four Khmer Krom men were arrested by Thai authorities in Thailand’s Pathum Thani province outside Bangkok and are being charged with what Cambodian police claim are acts of terrorism and plans to attack Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government.

Monitors Say Lack of Reform Bodes Ill for Vote

The National Election Commit­tee’s (NEC) failure to implement a number of recent recommendations to improve the country’s electoral process means it is un­likely the national elections in July will be entirely free and fair, independent election monitoring groups said on Sunday.

Hun Sen Says Wage Changes Are Not Up to Government

Prime Minister Hun Sen said Monday that the government has no role in setting the minimum wage, as Cambodia is a market-driven economy, and shot down unnamed people who have been calling for the government to significantly raise the country’s floor wage of $61.

Sam Rainsy Meets With Suu Kyi in Burma

Cambodia’s opposition leader Sam Rainsy met with his Burmese counterpart Aung San Suu Kyi on Sunday to discuss Cambodia’s upcoming national elections and Burma’s transition toward democracy.

Creature of Habitat

There are some striking similarities between Anida Yoeu Ali and the subject of her latest exhibition, “The Buddhist Bug Project.” The bug’s face, for example, which is framed by an orange hijab, is Ms. Yoeu Ali’s. And like Ms. Yoeu Ali, the bug stands out in its surroundings. Or, rather, it doesn’t quite fit in.

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