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Sleeping Giant

Surrounded by rice fields and palm trees, Kompong Chhnang Airport once boasted the longest runway in the country. Constructed by the Khmer Rouge with direct material and technical support from China, the airport was abandoned unfinished in January 1979. Pressed briefly into action during the Untac period of 1992 to 1993, the airport has since sat mostly unused.

Curtain Factory Workers Break Windows During Strike

More than 400 employees of a curtain factory in Svay Rieng province’s Bavet City were on strike for the eighth day Thursday over alleged labor abuses and unmet demands, a day after some of the workers lobbed rocks at the building, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage.

Bus Driver Faces Up to Five Years Over Fatal Crash

The driver of a bus that careened off a mountain road in Oddar Meanchey province last week, killing 17 passengers, has been placed in pretrial detention and faces up to five years in prison, according to court documents obtained Wednesday.

National Exam Monitors to Double This Year

More than 5,600 people have volunteered to monitor the national high school examination next week, an Anti-Corruption Unit official said Wednesday, more than double the number of observers who supervised the test last year.

As Exam Nears, Bribes Replaced With Tutoring Fees

Beginning with last year’s Grade 12 national exam, the Education Ministry put a stop to the time-honored tradition of teachers taking bribes to allow students to cheat on the test, drastically reducing the passing rate among students and the profit-making potential for proctors. With this year’s exam set to begin on Monday, teachers say they have capitalized on the reforms by offering test-preparation classes for students willing to put in the work to pass.

Angkor Temples Ranked Top of the World

The Angkor Wat temple complex in Siem Reap province is the world’s undisputed top tourist destination, according to Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist 2015, an exhaustive list ranking sights and travel hotspots that was released on Monday.

Dangrek Mountains Bus Crash Death Toll Rises to 17

The death toll from the bus that crashed in the Dangrek Mountains in Oddar Meanchey province last week rose to 17 on Friday, after one of the initial survivors died at the Siem Reap Provincial Referral Hospital, an official said Sunday.

General Arrested for Killing Woman With Car

A Defense Ministry official was arrested in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district on Saturday after he hit a motorbike with his car, killing its driver, a police official said Sunday.

Bus Crash Kills 16, Injures 23 on Mountain Road

Sixteen people died when a bus full of Cambodian tourists from Phnom Penh careened off a road and tumbled down a steep incline in the Dangrek Mountains in Oddar Meanchey province on Thursday morning after its brakes failed, according to police.

Health Official Freed on Bail After Hit-and-Run

A health official who injured four people when he rear-ended two motorbikes Saturday night in Kompong Cham province and then attempted to flee from police was released on bail Tuesday after he paid compensation to the victims, officials said Wednesday.

Court Questions District Police Chief, Student in Rape Case

The Kompong Chhnang Provincial Court on Tuesday questioned a district police chief over allegations that he raped a high school student in his office last month but did not charge the official, who has been suspended pending investigations by the court and National Police.

Minister Says National Exam Costs Are Fair

With the Grade 12 national high school exam about two weeks away, a group of five NGOs sent a letter to the Ministry of Education on Monday asking the government to prevent guesthouses from hiking their prices for students who have to stay overnight in provincial capitals to take the test.

Man Charged for Assaulting, Insulting Traffic Police Officer

The Siem Reap Provincial Court on Saturday charged the son-in-law of the provincial prison director with intentional violence and “public insult” for allegedly punching a traffic police officer last week and then threatening to run her over with his car, officials said Sunday.

Man Investigated for Assaulting Traffic Officer

Police in Siem Reap City on Thursday questioned a traffic police officer over an incident on Tuesday in which the son-in-law of the Siem Reap provincial prison director allegedly punched the woman in the arm and threatened to run her over after she pulled him over, officials said.

With Protest, Families Win Drainage Donation

A group of Phnom Penh families from a flood-prone community living along the city’s abandoned railroad tracks managed to secure the last $2,250 they need to build their own drainage system after protesting outside the Russei Keo district governor’s office Wednesday.

Airport Bribes Continue to Plague Visitors

International visitors to Cambodia are still being asked to hand over small bribes upon entering the country, despite promises over the past few years to stamp out the practice, the head of a tourism working group said he told the government during his last meeting in the position.

More Rain, Widespread Flooding Expected in a Week

A low-pressure system over Burma will bring heavy rain and widespread flooding to Cambodia in a week’s time, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology on Monday.

Capitol Bus Drivers Reject Employment Letters

More than 40 Capitol Tours bus drivers who were ordered by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday to end a nearly two-weeklong strike are refusing to sign a company letter agreeing to new employment conditions.

Kompong Chhnang Court Investigates Police Chief Over Rape Claims

The Kompong Chhnang Provincial Court has opened an investigation into the alleged rape of a high-school student by a district police chief and summoned the 19-year-old to appear for questioning over the case, officials said Sunday.

Four Killed in Battambang Hit and Run; Driver Still at Large

Four people, including two children, were killed on Wednesday when a truck smashed into the SUV transporting them through Battambang province’s Sampov Loun district, police said Thursday.

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