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Gov’t: N Korea’s Latest Missile ‘Clear Violation’

The Foreign Affairs Ministry on Monday said North Korea’s July 4 test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, which garnered international condemnation, was “a clear violation” of U.N. Security Council resolutions and called on the country to comply with U.N. resolutions and international obligations.

Bar Owner Denies ‘No Khmer’ Policy Claims

The owner of a Sihanoukville oceanside bar and dance venue said on Sunday that online accusations of a racist policy banning Cambodians were unfounded, rebutting claims last week that a would-be patron was denied entry because of his nationality.

Ministry Appeals for Migrant Support in Border Provinces

As hundreds of Cambodians continue to return from Thailand daily despite calls for calm and assurances they will not face arrest or deportation, the Interior Ministry has ordered authorities in border provinces to help migrant workers get home safely.

Police Request Over $500K to Reward Drug-Busting Officers

The National Police has requested more than $500,000 from the Interior Ministry to fund bonuses for police officers involved in confiscating illegal drugs, officials said on Tuesday.

Endangered Duck Eggs Found in Preah Vihear Sanctuary

About 12 meters above the ground, inside the hollow of a Koki tree in Preah Vihear province, local villagers discovered the first nest of the globally endangered white-winged duck recorded in Cambodia’s northern plains in five years, a statement from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Cambodia said on Tuesday.

As Drug Arrests Rise, Government Weighs Treatment Shift

Sothear has been using crystal methamphetamine and heroin for about 15 years but he was never arrested until recently, when he was sent to the Prey Speu detention center in Phnom Penh three times in the past month.

Officials, Advocates Debate Approaches to Drug Fight

At the end of Cambodia’s six-month anti-drug campaign, tension between the government and organizations that advocate on behalf of drug users was on full display this week. While an NGO researcher yesterday said there was a wide gap between the nation’s drug control law, which guarantees an addict’s right to rehabilitation, and official enforcement of its provisions, anti-drug authorities said they were not to blame for arrests or the limited access to treatment services.

White House Protesters Decry Deportations to Cambodia

More than 50 activists protesting the detention of two Cambodian men and the targeting of thousands of other Southeast Asians for deportation from the U.S. rallied outside the White House in Washington on Wednesday, a statement from the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (Searac) said.

Three Women Provisionally Charged for Forcing Minors to Beg

Three women arrested for forcing eight children to beg along Phnom Penh’s streets were provisionally charged on Thursday, while the youngsters involved have been sent to the care of an NGO.

Endangered Siamese Crocodile Eggs Found in Koh Kong Province

A nest of 19 critically endangered Siamese crocodile eggs were discovered by a conservation team in Koh Kong province, the first such find in six years in the Sre Ambel river system, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Cambodia said in a statement on Wednesday.

Six Months On, Government Bills Anti-Drug Campaign a Success

The leaders of the country’s anti-drug authority on Monday declared the government’s nearly six-month campaign to combat illegal drugs a success, although an NGO said the government’s efforts—which have included ramped-up arrests for alleged drug crimes—had made users more fearful of seeking treatment.

Plaintiff Against LDP President Submits Video Clips to Court

A Phnom Penh businessman who has sued League for Democracy Party (LDP) President Khem Veasna for public insult told a prosecutor that the politician’s statements about the Khmer race had “affected our honor,” he said on Sunday.

No Search Request for Thai Red-Shirt Leader

National police have not been asked to investigate the whereabouts of fugitive Thai red-shirt leader Wuttipong “Ko Tee” Kottham-makhun, a police spokesman said on Thursday, after Thai media reported that Thai authorities were investigating whether he had fled from Laos to Cambodia.

150 Endangered Turtle Hatchlings Released From Protection

More than 100 endangered turtle hatchlings were released from protected nests into the Mekong River in Kratie province on Wednesday in an effort by conservation organizations and the Fisheries Administration to grow the species’ numbers, an NGO said in a statement.

Parties to Focus on Commune Constituents in First 100 Days

Newly elected commune officials are expected to take office next month and will hit the ground running, main party leaders said, with both the ruling CPP and opposition CNRP vowing to prioritize serving local constituents.

Immigration Official Charged for Weapons Possession in Thailand

A Cambodian immigration officer and two Thai nationals have been charged for illegal weapons possession in Thailand and are being held in Trat Provincial Prison while they await trial on suspicion of weapons smuggling, The Bangkok Post reported on Sunday.

Methadone Users Arrested Near Clinic, NGO Says

Outside the gates of Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital, where the nation’s only licensed methadone provider is located, authorities rounded up drug users into a caged truck, a video from the scene on Monday shows.

Wild Elephants Kill Villager in Mondolkiri Protected Area

A farmer foraging for mushrooms was killed by wild elephants in a protected area of Mondolkiri province, officials said yesterday, an act conservationists said was rare but could become more frequent as people and the animals share an increasing amount of space.

Sihanoukville Port Becomes the Fifth Company Listed on Exchange

The Sihanoukville Autonomous Port, the only deep-sea port in the country, on Thursday became the fifth company and third state-owned enterprise listed on the Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX), with an initial public offering of 5,040 riel, or about $1.26, per share.

Nearly 20 RCAF Officers Rise Up the Ranks

Nearly 20 Royal Cambodian Armed Forces officers have been promoted to brigadier general, a move a military expert said would help ensure the army’s loyalty to the government.