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Baby Formula Promotions Continue Despite Ban

Baby formula companies are pushing their products in clinics and on health care professionals—some with great effect—despite a government ban on such acts and extensive research showing that formula is an inferior alternative to mother’s milk.

Briton’s Trial Raised in EU Parliament, Delayed

The high-profile trial of a British entrepreneur charged with fraud was postponed Wednesday after his lawyer cited a conflict of interest and withdrew from the long-running case, two days after a member of the European Parliament used the case to highlight “systematic problems” in Cambodia’s judicial system.

Illegal Fishing Destroying Kep’s Ocean Ecosystem

A dozen diesel-powered boats crawl across Kep Bay, creating a rumble so low that it shakes the pier. They drag weighted, electrified nets across the inshore shallows, scooping up sea life indiscriminately and destroying vital breeding grounds in the process. And they trawl so close to shore that you can hear their radio exchanges.

Convicted Rapist Fletcher Accuses NGO Head of Framing Him

A British man convicted of raping a teenager in Phnom Penh in 2009 had his case thrown out of the Court of Appeal on Friday, then accused a prominent NGO head of conspiring to frame him.

Accused UK Fraudster Thrown Out of Court

A British businessman jailed for more than 2 1/2 years without conviction was removed from the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on the first day of his trial Wednesday after accusing the court of gross malpractice and threatening to walk out himself.

Kampot, B’bang Still Flooded as Rains Continue

Parts of Kampot City and nearby tourist areas remained underwater Thursday, while flash flooding also hit Battambang province in the northwest as heavy rains continued to lash parts of the country, locals and officials said.

From Coffee Shop, Reporters Rile Officials

As loggers tear down Ratanakkiri province’s lush forests with speed and impunity, reporters gather on a quiet road—linking the abundant north with the O’Yadaw border checkpoint, where much of the prized wood disappears into Vietnam—and wait for timber smugglers to drive by.

Convicted Rapist Insists Retrial Will Prove His Innocence

A British man who has spent five years in prison for raping a 16-year-old girl requested Monday that the Appeal Court grant him a retrial and the chance to present evidence that has not come before the court, which he says will prove his innocence.

Bride Traffickers Take New Route to Reach China

The practice of Cambodian women being tricked into forced marriages in China—where tens of millions of men are unable to start families and are willing to pay upward of $10,000 for a foreign bride—is not new. But the route they are now taking is.

Bangkok Bombing Suspect Arrested Near Poipet

The chief suspect in the deadly August 17 bombing of Bangkok’s Erawan Shrine was arrested about 500 meters from the Poipet International Checkpoint Tuesday afternoon, according to officials, just hours after Thai media reported that he and another suspect had fled to Cambodia.

Ten Koreans Jailed for Hacking Ministry of Posts

Ten South Korean nationals—five men and five women—were sentenced to one year in prison Wednesday for hacking into the digital infrastructure of the Posts and Telecommunications Ministry and attempting to set up a racket in Phnom Penh to extort money from people in their home country.

State of the Art High School to Serve Former Scavengers

The Education Ministry on Tuesday oversaw the groundbreaking of a $4 million high school that will be built on land that was once the municipal dump in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district.

Drug Slum Back in Business; Police Pledge Weekly Raids

As police prepared to send more than 100 suspected drug dealers and users to court Monday, the notorious Phnom Penh slum where they were arrested in two separate raids last week remained a hive of illicit activity.

Unrest Over Fishing Clash Continues in Kampot

Police say they have asked Vietnam to identify the Vietnamese trawler involved in a fatal clash last week with Cambodian fishermen, reversing their position that the death of a local man was an accident.

Adhoc Tells Bar Request for Case Files Ordinary

Rights group Adhoc has hit back at accusations from the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia that it interferes in judicial proceedings involving its lawyers, saying that the group had merely requested that a backlog of case files be moved from the home of one lawyer to its offices.

Man’s Death Marks Latest Round in Battle at Sea

Police in Kampot province say they have opened an investigation into the death of a man at sea on Sunday that was initially written off as an accident but that locals are convinced was a murder.

CNRP Says Convictions Violate Political Deal

The conviction on Tuesday of 11 opposition activists on charges of insurrection—labeled “absurd” and a “travesty” by rights groups—contradicts the political agreement that ended a yearlong political deadlock last July, the CNRP said in a statement Wednesday.

Opposition Activists Convicted of Insurrection

Three opposition activists were sentenced to 20 years in prison and eight others received seven-year terms Tuesday over a 2014 clash between protesters and security guards at Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park that was deemed an insurrection.

Union President Chea Mony to Be Welcomed Into CNRP

Chea Mony said Monday that he would fulfill a longtime ambition and join the CNRP when he relinquishes his position as head of the Free Trade Union (FTU), which was formed in 1996 by his slain brother Chea Vichea and opposition leader Sam Rainsy.

Horses and Kings

They call horse racing the sport of kings. Every Saturday—in Melbourne and Macau, in Dublin and Dubai—the rich and famous head to manicured tracks, drink champagne and pose for the social pages, while supreme athletes and horses with Porsche price tags chase million-dollar purses.