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Sonando Receives Approval to File Political Party Application

Popular radio personality and government critic Mam Sonando’s plans to form a political party moved a step closer to fruition this week when the Interior Ministry gave him the green light to file his application, according to one of his associates.

July 2, 2015

City Hall Considering 111-Story Skyscraper

In a meeting with City Hall on Tuesday, representatives of three foreign firms and the local Thai Boon Roong Group laid out their $3-billion plan to build an 111-story skyscraper in Phnom Penh that would be one of the ten tallest structures in the world, officials said.

July 2, 2015

Two Convicted, Advocate Summoned in Dispute

Two farmers at the center of a land dispute that has seen a leading rights campaigner and a pair of judicial officials file lawsuits against each other were on Friday found guilty of illegally clearing land by the Siem Reap Provincial Court and sentenced to two years in prison.

June 27, 2015

Gov’t to Reinvestigate Union Leaders’ Slayings

An interministerial committee has been established to once again investigate the assassinations of Free Trade Union leaders Chea Vichea, Hy Vuthy and Ros Sovannareth between 2004 and 2007, according to a government decree obtained Thursday.

June 26, 2015

Ex-Top Cop Says He Was Forced to Flee Prison

Hang Vuthy, the one-time right-hand man of jailed former Phnom Penh police chief Heng Pov, told the municipal court Wednesday that he was forced to escape from Prey Sar prison in 2007, as his retrial over the jailbreak got underway.

June 25, 2015

City Hall Follows Through on Drone Ban, Arrests Two Foreigners

Two foreign filmmakers were arrested Tuesday morning after their drone was seen filming in the skies near Prime Minister Hun Sen’s house in Phnom Penh—a flight that provided a litmus test for February’s ban on unauthorized drone operation in the city.

June 24, 2015

Thousands Bid Farewell to Chea Sim

Chea Sim was released into the afterlife Friday in a half-day Buddhist ceremony climaxing with a single firework shot into his coffin to ignite the intricate stupa built in Phnom Penh’s Wat Botum park to honor the longtime CPP president.

June 20, 2015

Over 3,000 Illegal Doctors in Country: Ministry

A Health Ministry official said Thursday that an investigation in the wake of a devastating HIV outbreak in Battambang province’s Roka commune late last year had revealed more than 3,000 unlicensed doctors operating across the country.

June 19, 2015

Draft Law Sets Legal Drinking Age at 21, Highest in Region

The Health Ministry has drafted Cambodia’s first-ever law to control the sale and consumption of alcohol, which imposes a minimum legal drinking age of 21 and would fine retailers who sell liquor to anyone underage.

June 18, 2015
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