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Rainsy Cancels Return to Phnom Penh

Turning his back on a public promise, opposition leader Sam Rainsy canceled his scheduled return to Cambodia on Monday night and said he would instead return “in the next few days,” refusing to guarantee that his time abroad would not stretch into weeks or months.

Unions Petition Against Draft Union Law, Warn of Protests

Several trade unions representing some of the garment sector’s 700,000 workers petitioned lawmakers on Monday to make important changes to a controversial draft union law before passing it and warned of mass protests if they were ignored.

Facing Arrest, Sam Rainsy Promises to Return Today

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy is set to be arrested upon arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport late Monday night after saying he will return from abroad as scheduled despite orders last week that he be arrested for defaming Foreign Minister Hor Namhong.

Two More Die From Construction Truck Crash

Two men who were aboard a truck that crashed Monday in Koh Kong province while carrying 17 laborers to a construction site died in Phnom Penh hospitals Wednesday, police said, taking the death toll to four.

Looking to Burma, CNRP Pines for Similar Fate

As U.N. peacekeepers oversaw elections in Cambodia at a cost of some $1.6 billion two decades ago, Burma’s army junta was settling into a new era of autocracy. Yet the apparent blooming of democracy in Burma over the weekend has left many Cambodians jealously glancing west.

CNRP Lawyer Files Complaint For Attempted Murder, Damage

CNRP lawmakers Nhay Cham­roeun and Kong Saphea, who were beaten bloody by pro-CPP protesters outside the National Assembly on October 26, filed court complaints Tuesday accusing the protesters of attempted murder, their lawyer said.

At Least 2 Construction Workers Dead, 7 Injured in Truck Crash

At least two construction workers died and seven were seriously injured in Koh Kong province on Monday after a truck that was transporting them to a job site ran off a windy road and rolled down an embankment, police and a hospital official said.

Hun Sen Says Lawmakers Hurled Insults Before Beatings

Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Thursday that the soldiers who violently attacked two CNRP lawmak ers last week were only reacting to racial insults, while Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak said he would have “used a gun” against the lawmakers.

Interior Ministry Calls for More Protection for ‘Elites’

The Interior Ministry released a statement Thursday calling for increased protection from violence and criminal activity for “elite figures.”

Soldiers Brought to Court for Beating Opposition Lawmakers

Three men who brutally beat two opposition lawmakers at last week’s pro-government protest outside the National Assembly were charged with intentional violence Wednesday, with an investigative official identifying them all as soldiers but not revealing their units.

Three Men Arrested for Lawmaker Assaults

Three of the men at a pro-CPP protest who beat CNRP lawmakers Nhay Chamroeun and Kong Saphea last week as they tried to leave the National Assembly turned themselves in Tuesday, Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak said.

CNRP Leaders Return to Capital After Turbulent Week

A few hundred CNRP supporters welcomed opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha back to Cambodia last night after a week of political turmoil in which two lawmakers were beaten by pro-government thugs and Mr. Sokha was ousted from his parliamentary leadership position.

Gov’t Says Only One Refugee From Nauru Coming

Immigration department director Sok Phal said Tuesday that Cambodia will be taking in only one of the two refugees who volunteered to resettle here during a delegation’s visit to Australia’s refugee center on the South Pacific island of Nauru in late September, but did not explain why.

China Rewards Immigration Police With Computers

Three days after 168 Chinese nationals were arrested by immigration police for running an Internet scam from Sihanoukville extorting money from people in their home country, the Chinese Embassy on Tuesday donated 100 computers to the Interior Ministry’s immigration department.

CPP Loyalists Leading Lawmaker Assault Probe

Choosing Interior Ministry Secretary of State Em Sam An as inquiry chairman and National Police Deputy Commissioner Chhay Sinarith as his deputy, the Interior Ministry put two prominent members of the CPP’s central committee at the helm of the investigation into assault on opposition lawmakers.

More Signs of Gov’t Role in Lawmaker Attacks

The U.N. has called for the government to respect its promise for an independent investigation into last week’s assault of two opposition lawmakers, as Human Rights Watch issued a report casting further suspicions on the government’s role in the attack.

Hun Sen Pledges $250 Civil Servant Salary by 2018

Prime Minister Hun Sen announced Sunday that civil servants and members of the armed forces will receive a minimum monthly salary of about $250 by 2018, the next year a national election is scheduled to be held.

After Attack on Lawmakers, Assembly to Reconvene

Four days after two opposition lawmakers were beaten while leaving the National Assembly, parliament is set to convene again this morning to pass changes to its internal rules and potentially decide on the future of deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha.

Sam Rainsy Must Apologize to Hun Sen, CPP Says

The “culture of dialogue” between Prime Minister Hun Sen and opposition leader Sam Rainsy will be over unless Mr. Rainsy issues a public apology for describing the premier as a fascist, CPP spokesman Sok Eysan said Thursday.

Vietnam Agrees to Hasten Border Demarcation

Cambodia and Vietnam agreed to hasten the demarcation of their shared border and not allow “hostile forces” and “extremists” to threaten security during a two-day meeting in Ho Chi Minh City that wrapped up Wednesday, according to Vietnamese and Cambodian newspapers.