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As Elections Loom, a Lack of Female Candidates

Cambodia looks set to fail its Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of increasing representation of women in the National Assembly after the political parties contesting the July 28 national elections registered fewer-than-hoped female candidates.

As Phnom Penh Grows, So Does Its Sewage Problem

With Phnom Penh’s population having doubled to more than 2 million since 1998, the city’s antiquated, decades-old drainage system has undergone little improvement and experts say the rapid urban growth currently under way could outpace the drainage system’s ability to channel rain and the increasing amount of wastewater out of the city.

Eviction Victims Meet Phnom Penh Governor

Only days into his new post, Phnom Penh’s newly appointed governor did something his predecessor, Kep Chuktema, never did: He met with the victims of two of the city’s most bitter land disputes.

Buddhist Monk in US Sex Scandal Breaks Silence

($) His whereabouts remain a mystery, but the Cambodian Buddhist monk at the center of a sex-tape scandal currently playing out in a Lowell, Massachusetts, courtroom has broken his silence over a number of allegations that have enraged and divided the U.S.’ second-largest Cambodian-American population.

Ban on Generous Mobile Top-Up Offers Lifted

($) The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications on Sunday reversed an order by its regulator that forced the country’s nine mobile phone companies to abide by a law that sets minimum prices for calls, ultimately allowing mobile operators to continue offering lucrative top-up deals, officials said Monday.

Statue of Slain Union Leader Unveiled Near Murder Site

About 100 relatives, friends and garment factory workers along with 50 monks gathered near Wat Lanka on Friday morning to officially unveil a statue erected in memory of slain Free Trade Union (FTU) leader Chea Vichea.

Five Parties Registered for Election; Opposition Holding Out

($) Five political parties have now registered to vote in the July 28 national elections, the National Election Committee (NEC) said on Friday, but the country’s main opposition group, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), has yet to submit candidates for the vote.

Mobile Firms, Regulator Will Meet to Discuss Call Prices

($) The country’s nine mobile operators will meet Monday with the Telecommunication Regulator of Cambodia (TRC) to re-examine a 2009 law that sets minimum prices for calls, an official confirmed Thursday.

Mobile Bonuses Axed After Firm Complaint

($) Minister of Posts and Telecommunications So Khun said Wednesday that the government’s decision last week to order all mobile phone firms to stop offering generous top-up bonuses came after one of the market’s competitors complained to the ministry.

MobiTel, Smart Fight It Out Over Prices

($) With competition rife in Cambodia’s telecommunications market, two of the country’s largest mobile phone operators have engaged in a battle over prices and are at odds over the tactics being used to gain market share.

Belgian Accused of Murder Still Detained

($) The 40-year-old Belgian national who was charged Friday with the murder of a Frenchwoman in Kam­pot province has been detained for almost a week without police having provided any evidence to his legal counsel, his lawyer said Monday.

Chinese, Taiwanese Nationals Nabbed in Phone Extortion Rings

National Military Police on Friday arrested 34 Chinese nationals and three Cambodians following a raid on two locations in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kok district that officials said was being used as base for an international extortion ring targeting victims in China.

Belgian Charged With Murder of Frenchwoman

($) Belgian national Olivier Van den Bogaert, 40, was charged on Friday, based on a witness statement, with the murder of French­woman Ophelie Begnis, 25, in Kampot province earlier this year.

Disabled People Ask Government to Make Voting Easier

($) With July’s national elections fast approaching, the government should make the voting process more accessible for people living with disabilities, attendants said Thursday at a public forum on the rights of disabled people.

Businessman Says Hun Sen Advised Him to Hand Son to Court

A prominent businessman, who on Thursday handed his son in to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court after a warrant for his arrest was issued for violently assaulting a man with a gun, said Friday that he had been personally advised by Prime Minister Hun Sen to turn his son over to the authorities.

Monk Sex Scandal Angers US Cambodian Town

A prominent Cambodian Bud­dhist monk living in Lowell, Massachusetts, has caused a scandal after a video was posted on YouTube earlier this month that allegedly showed him having sex with a female layperson inside a Buddhist temple in the second-largest Cambodian-American community.

Hunt On for Military Police Captain Who Killed NGO Worker

Military police say they have launched an investigation into the murder of a staffer from legal aid NGO International Bridges to Justice (IBJ), who was shot in the neck and killed by one of their own military police officers in Kandal province’s Takhmao City on Friday night.

Legal Aid NGO Staffer Killed by Military Police Officer

Geneva-based legal aid NGO International Bridges to Justice (IBJ) has called for a full investigation after one of its Cambodian in­vestigators was shot and killed by a military police officer during a drinking session in Kandal province on Friday night, the victim’s father-in-law and police said Monday.

Police Seeking New Year Gift Leave Hun Sen’s Home Empty-Handed

About 100 police and military police officers gathered outside Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Phnom Penh house by Independence Monument on Sunday morning hoping for...

Khmer New Year Devada Set to Welcome Age of Consumerism

She will arrive on earth astride a garuda with pomegranate flowers adorning her hair. In her left hand she will carry a snail and in her right she will be clutching a chakram, a ring-shaped weapon with sharpened outer edges.