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Workers Injured After Factory Floor Collapses

At least eight workers sustained minor injuries Tuesday morning after the floor of a clothing factory in Takeo province collapsed, once again raising concerns about a lack of oversight of building standards in the crucial garment sector.

Police Say Accused US Army Child Abuser Is in Phnom Penh

A 34-year-old staff sergeant on the U.S. Army’s 20 most wanted list, who fled the U.S. in January to avoid more than 40 counts of possessing child pornography and allegations of child rape, is now in Phnom Penh after fleeing Sihanoukville, according to General Sok Phal, director of the Interior Ministry’s immigration department.

Measures in Place for Ebola Outbreak

The Ministry of Health’s Department of Communicable Disease Control (CDC) has selected five hospitals across the country to quarantine anyone suffering from the Ebola virus should there be an outbreak in Cambodia, its deputy director said Friday.

Golden Girl: Sorn Seavmey Finds Fame After Asian Games Win

Sorn Seavmey, the 19-year-old high school student who captured the country’s imagination after winning Cambodia’s first-ever gold medal at the Asian Games this month, grew up in a cramped house in Phnom Penh’s Russei Keo district.

UK Envoy Says Cambodia Needs Stability Above All

David Puttnam, the U.K.’s trade envoy to Cambodia and the producer of the 1984 film “The Killing Fields,” on Tuesday warned that Cambodia could go the way of war-torn Middle Eastern countries if it fails to make stability a priority.

CNRP Lawmakers Draw Parallels With KPNLF

Former members of the Khmer People’s National Liberation Front and CNRP officials gathered in Kandal province on Thursday for a ceremony to mark the 35th anniversary of the front’s inception, praising the ideals of the armed political movement that opposed the Hanoi-backed communist regime after the overthrow of the Khmer Rouge.

Finding Camp 32

Over the course of two decades, Hom Chhorn made numerous trips to Cambodia to locate the prison he had been incarcerated in during the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror. He knew it existed, somewhere. He remembered it vividly.

Nuon Chea’s Defense Requests Judge Removals

The defense team for Nuon Chea has filed an application calling for four judges at the Khmer Rouge tribunal to be disqualified from sitting on the trial bench in the next phase of the court’s case against senior regime leaders.

KR Victims Want Mass Grave for Regime Leaders

Victims of the Khmer Rouge regime participating in the Khmer Rouge tribunal’s Case 002 voiced their opinions on reparations during a meeting in Phnom Penh on Monday, suggesting that remains of deceased former leaders should be buried together as a potential tourist attraction.

Hundreds March for World Teachers’ Day

Representatives of the country’s largest teachers’ association submitted a petition to the Ministry of Education on Sunday, demanding that educators receive a minimum monthly salary of 1 million riel, or about $250, after more than 300 protesters attempting to march through Phnom Penh to mark World Teachers’ Day were stopped by a phalanx of police.

FIFA to Give Olympic Stadium Artificial Pitch

FIFA, football’s international governing body, will fund a project that will see the playing surface of Phnom Penh’s Olympic Stadium torn up and replaced with artificial grass, officials confirmed Wednesday.

Disqualified Athlete Blames Energy Drink

A Cambodian soft tennis player who was disqualified from the Asian Games last week after testing positive for a banned substance blamed a popular energy drink and a lack of education on nutrition prior to the competition for her dismissal Tuesday.

Nuon Chea, Khieu Samphan Teams File Appeals

The defense teams for former Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan filed appeals Monday against the life sentences handed down to them in August by judges at the Khmer Rouge tribunal, who found the pair guilty of crimes against humanity.

In Kampot, a Celebration of Urban Culture

The stuffy second floor of a non-descript concrete building on a side street in sleepy Kampot City is not where you would expect to find an assemblage of the country’s finest urban artists.

Cambodian Athlete Disqualified in S Korea for Doping

A Cambodian soft tennis player has been disqualified from the Asian Games for testing positive for a banned substance, according to a statement released by the Olympic Council of Asia on Thursday.

Sports in Limbo

As the 17th Asian Games get underway in Incheon, South Korea, Cambodian athletes past and present look to history to shape the future of sports in their country.

New Community-Based Drug Program to Launch

Municipal officials on Tuesday announced a new initiative to help rehabilitate Phnom Penh’s drug addicts by offering discreet treatment services at local health centers.

Seventeen Families Denied Plots in Kratie Land Reallotment

Authorities in Kratie province’s Snuol district on Wednesday furnished more than 300 families with long-awaited titles for land confiscated from a South Korean agribusiness firm on Saturday, but cut 17 families out of the deal because they lacked a legitimate claim to the plots they sought.

Plans for National Fire Department Announced

A new department will be created within the Interior Ministry this year to bolster the government’s currently anemic capacity to fight blazes, Interior Minister Sar Kheng announced Wednesday.

Hun Sen Gives Hope to Villagers in Land Fight

Last month, Prime Minister Hun Sen was mocked for claiming in a speech on August 18 that he was unaware of a land dispute in Kratie province’s Snuol district over which villagers had repeatedly petitioned his cabinet.