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After Prolonged Protest, Villagers Win Back Land

Land Management Minister Im Chhun Lim intervened in a high-profile land dispute between villagers from Kratie province’s Snuol district and a South Korean agribusiness firm over the weekend, announcing Saturday that the contested 1,562-hectare tract would be taken back from the company and awarded to local residents.

Prisoner Recounts Horrors of Kraing Ta Chan Prison

In the early 1970s, Soy Sen, the illegitimate son of a local official, lived with his grandmother in a tiny house here. Too poor to attend school past the second grade, he spent his days running free through his family’s small rice field as he tended cattle.

Work Permits Now Required for Foreigners

The Labor Ministry has begun to enforce a long-neglected law that requires foreigners employed in Cambodia to have work permits, according to ministry officials.

Wealthy Family Denies Torturing Their Workers

Members of a wealthy family accused of torturing and holding captive a girl, now 18, for eight years and her brother, 12, for two years vehemently denied the charges to reporters at their Tuol Kok villa Wednesday as the boy appeared for questioning at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

UN Representative Hears Minorities’ Complaints

The U.N.’s human rights representative in Cambodia visited ethnic Bunong villagers in Mondolkiri province this week, days after local authorities prevented hundreds of them from marching to mark International Day of the World’s Indigenous People.

Kratie Case Exposes Flaws in Land-Titling Scheme

The latest case of scores of villagers from Kratie province tied up in a land dispute with an ag­ribusiness firm has once again highlighted failures in the 2012 land-titling scheme launched by Prime Minister Hun Sen to settle unresolved land disputes and distribute hundreds of thousands of land titles.

Man Killed, 12 Injured in Latest Garment Worker Truck Crash

A garment worker was killed and a dozen more were injured when the truck they were traveling in overturned in Phnom Penh’s Pur Senchey district on Saturday afternoon in the latest case of a serious traffic accident involving factory workers, who are crammed into truck beds by the dozens and transported to and from factories around the country.

Ex-Cadre, Victims Hail ‘a Good Day for the People’

On Thursday, Khmer Rouge chief ideologue Nuon Chea and former head-of-state Khieu Samphan were found guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life in prison, the first time Khmer Rouge leaders have been held criminally responsible for the atrocities committed under the regime.

Police Block Villagers’ March to Hun Sen’s House

About 100 villagers locked in a land dispute with an agribusiness firm from Kratie province were blocked from marching to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s house Tuesday by hundreds of military police and municipal security guards after walking from Phnom Penh’s Samakki Raingsey pagoda.

Wealthy Family Accused of Holding Children Captive

The patriarch of a wealthy family and two of his employees were arrested on Tuesday for allegedly holding captive an 18-year-old girl for eight years and and beating her 12-year-old brother, who was also held captive, according to police. Three other members of the family were called in for questioning over the allegations.

South Korean Embassy Defends Rubber Firm, But Villagers Want Its Help

Villagers representing families in Kratie province petitioned the South Korean Embassy for help Tuesday in their dispute with a South Korean agribusiness firm, after hearing that the embassy had lodged a complaint against them.

Kratie Villagers Plan March on Hun Sen’s House

More villagers involved in a land dispute with an agribusiness company in Kratie province arrived at Phnom Penh’s Samakki Raingsey pagoda Monday as they announced plans to march on Prime Minister Hun Sen’s house if their land dispute is not settled by Friday.

Villagers Seek Refuge in Phnom Penh Pagoda Again

About 160 villagers from Kratie province’s Snuol district embroiled in a land dispute with a plantation owner are the latest evictees to take residence in Phnom Penh’s Samakki Raingsey pagoda.

World Cup Fever Reaches Climax at Riverside

The eyes of more than 3,000 football fans were transfixed on the big screen on Phnom Penh’s riverside early Monday morning as Germany beat Argentina 1-0 in the World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro.

Crown are Kings of C-League Again

Phnom Penh Crown regained the title of champions of Cambodia for the first time in three years after a tense 1-0 victory over Nagacorp at Olympic Stadium on Saturday.

Police Bust World Cup Betting Ring in Phnom Penh

The crackdown on illegal gambling during the World Cup continued Sunday with a raid of a Phnom Penh Internet cafe during which more than 10 people were arrested, officials said Monday.

Illegal World Cup Betting Booms Despite Police Raids

Business has been in full swing for bookmakers cashing in on the FIFA World Cup around Phnom Penh this week despite police officials claiming they were planning to put a stop to any illegal gambling prior to the competition.

Raid on Cafe as Police Crack Down on Gambling

More than 10 people were arrested during a crackdown on an Internet cafe in Phnom Penh’s Pur Senchey district Monday on suspicion of gambling, a police official said.

Cambodia’s Davis Cup Squad See Mixed Results in Tehran

Cambodia’s Davis Cup team ended its 2014 campaign with mixed feelings after missing out on the opportunity for promotion to the Oceana Asia Group II while avoiding relegation in a close-run affair in Tehran.

As World Cup Kicks Off, Punters Bet Over Coffee

Police officers crowded around a table at Damnak Cafe on Street 208 Thursday, tossing down 1,000 riel notes on a game of cards and sipping coffee as a waitress circled around filling glasses.

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