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Battambang Children to Be Flown to Brazil for World Cup

Six youngsters from Battambang province will travel to Brazil next month to experience the 2014 FIFA World Cup, as part of a team formed by an NGO that aims to use football to improve the lives of impoverished children.

Film Festival Returns to Celebrate Classics

More than 50 films celebrating laughter from around the world will be shown across Phnom Penh next week as the Memory! Film Festival returns to the city for its second year.

Boy Caught Up in Protests Faces 11 Years in Jail

As several hundred garment workers from the SL Garment factory pelted police with rocks during a protest near the Stung Meanchey pagoda in November, Men Sok Sambath, a 14-year-old scrap collector, decided to join the crowd.

City Hall Offers Final Warning to Displaced Farmers

A group of about 200 farmers from Kratie province refused on Thursday to leave a pagoda in Phnom Penh—their home base for protests against their eviction at the hands of a Vietnamese rubber company—as the city’s deputy governor warned them that the municipal government would “implement the law” if they did not head back to their homes by this morning.

Farmers Blocked From Petitioning Red Cross

Municipal and military police on Wednesday blocked a group of about 100 displaced farmers from Kratie province who were attempting to deliver a petition to the Cambodian Red Cross’ Phnom Penh headquarters calling on the group to help them in their land dispute with a Vietnamese rubber firm.

BBU Keep Faint Title Dream Alive After TriAsia Victory

A second minute strike from Build Bright United’s Pich Sina was enough to see off TriAsia 1-0, despite a second half deluge of chances from the Japanese-backed club at Olympic Stadium on Saturday.

Royal Oxen Predict Moderate Harvest in 2014

After circling the field inside the sports stadium here three times, a pair of oxen, being watched by King Norodom Sihamoni and about 500 others on Saturday, were led to seven bowls containing rice, corn, sesame seeds, beans, freshly cut grass, water and rice wine.

Crown Academy Embark Upon Asia Champions Journey

Phnom Penh Crown’s under-16 team will travel to China to represent Cambodia as the Asia Champions Trophy gets underway on Saturday.

Baby Formula Brands Place Profit Above Health

Baby formula brands—including Physiolac, France Bebe and Dumex, whose parent companies are all based in France—continue to illegally promote their brands despite a law, passed in 2005, meant to reduce child malnutrition and mortality by encouraging breast feeding.

HRW Says Trial of Stung Meanchey Pair ‘Flawed’

Human Rights Watch has labeled the trial of two teenagers arrested during the lethal suppression of a garment sector strike in November 12 as “deeply flawed” and said that the pair should be spared prison sentences.

Gov’t Failing to Implement Fake Milk Law

Baby formula manufacturers are flouting a sub-decree that bans promotions of formula in stores and health-care facilities, the World Health Organization, Unicef and three NGOs said in a statement Wednesday.

Journalists Garner Support, Monks Silent in Wake of Attacks

Condemnation has grown following Friday’s attack on a journalist near Freedom Park as the Ministry of Information joined the U.N. Human Rights Office in denouncing the attacks.

Injured to File Complaints Over Crackdown

A monk, an opposition lawmaker-elect and a journalist, all assaulted by Daun Penh district security guards near Freedom Park on Friday, said they are in the process of filing legal complaints against the district forces as they recover from their injuries.

European Diversity to Be Celebrated at EU Festival

Films illustrating the diversity and richness of Europe will be on show throughout May as the 12th European Union Film Festival begins today in Phnom Penh.

Late Penalty Kick Miss Prevents Naga Victory Over Crown

The top-of-the-table showdown between NagaCorp and Phnom Penh Crown ended even on Sat­urday as Crown came back to draw 1-1.

Crown Coach Is Confident Ahead of NagaCorp Match

Most of the football world’s eyes will be on Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge this weekend to see whether Liverpool can tighten its grip on what would be its first Premier League title in 24 years.

Crown Prevail Over National Police Despite Late Onslaught

Phnom Penh Crown came out on top in a close encounter against recent Hun Sen Cup champions National Police at Olympic Stadium on Saturday to stay top of the C-league.

Phnom Penh Crown Victory Keeps Them in Pole Position

Phnom Penh Crown continued their quest for the C-League title on Saturday with a gritty 1-0 victory over fellow challengers TriAsia at the Olympic Stadium.