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As Drug Crackdown Continues, Anti-Drug Funds Allocated by Results

Three law enforcement agencies—one each in Phnom Penh and the provinces of Svay Rieng and Stung Treng—are set to receive the highest rewards for their drug-busting efforts over the past six months, according to a government report released on Thursday.

Deputy Principal Provisionally Charged With Sexual Abuse

The deputy principal of a Phnom Penh international school was provisionally charged on Thursday with sexual abuse after he was arrested last week for allegedly abusing a 5-year-old student, a court spokesman said.

Chinese Nationals, Seven From Taiwan, to Be Deported Over Scam

After their arrests for allegedly operating an internet voice call scam in Cambodia, 31 Chinese nationals, including seven from Taiwan, were set to be deported to mainland China this week against the wishes of Taiwan, officials said on Wednesday.

Two Freight Trains Collide in Sihanoukville, Results in Minor Injuries

Two Royal Railways freight trains collided early on Tuesday morning in Preah Sihanouk province, but the conductors of each train escaped with only minor injuries, according to police and the CEO of Royal Railways.

Ministry, Embassies Talk Surrogacy Exit Plans

Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Tuesday met with representatives from 19 embassies—including those of Australia, the U.S., U.K. and E.U.—and relevant government officials to discuss regulations of commercial surrogacy, according to Chou Bun Eng, Interior Ministry secretary of state and vice chair of the national committee to combat human trafficking.

School Official in Court Over Child Sex Abuse

The deputy principal of a Phnom Penh international school was due in court for questioning today after he was arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing a 5-year-old student, according to a ministry official on Tuesday.

Low Police Rape Stats Likely Point to Fear of Coming Forward

National Police on Monday released crime figures for the first half of the year, finding only 126 reported rapes and 36 sexual assault cases across the country—statistics a women’s rights leader said likely amounted to only a fraction of the abuse taking place.

Doubts Raised in Sex Abuse Case Involving Deputy Principal

The deputy principal of an international school in Phnom Penh was still being questioned by police on Monday on suspicion of sexually abusing a 5-year-old pupil, but an official raised doubts over the allegations as the investigation progressed.

Laotian Man Arrested for Trafficking Nearly 5 kg of Crystal Meth

A three-month investigation by anti-drug officers led to the arrest of a Laotian man in Stung Treng province on Saturday for trafficking nearly 5 kg of crystal methamphetamine into Cambodia, an Interior Ministry official said.

Separate School Officials Arrested for Allegedly Abusing Pupils

The deputy principal of an international school in Phnom Penh has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old student at the school, according to police and the man’s girlfriend.

NGOs Criticize Rule ‘Limiting’ Mobile Election Observer Numbers

Election-monitoring NGOs have raised concerns over changes to election rules that they fear could limit the number of mobile election observers that they will be allowed to field.

NEC Urged to Let Cambodians Vote Abroad

NGOs on Wednesday renewed a push for the National Election Committee to let Cambodians working abroad register to vote, as an opposition lawmaker also challenged the committee to back up its claim that current laws would need to be amended to make it happen.

Vowed Pay, Workers Return to South Korean Factory

Five Cambodian migrant workers who claimed their employer in South Korea set fire to their belongings because they refused to work overtime have gone back to their jobs after being promised $5,000 total compensation, one of the workers said on Wednesday.

One Arrested, Two Charged for Drug Trafficking

A 50-year-old Laotian man accused of trafficking more than 1 kg of crystal methamphetamine was being held on Tuesday at the Stung Treng provincial military police station, according to an official and a statement on the National Military Police’s website.

Migrants Film Alleged Abuse in South Korea

A Cambodian migrant worker in South Korea on Monday claimed that possessions belonging to him and his friends were burned in an arson attack by their factory boss after they refused to work overtime.

Nigerian Pair Caught, Provisionally Charged for Trafficking Cocaine

Two Nigerian men were provisionally charged on Monday for allegedly trafficking about 1 kg of cocaine concealed among jewelry to one of their homes in Phnom Penh, an anti-drug official said.

Final White Building Holdouts Sell Their Apartment Units

The demolition of Phnom Penh’s dilapidated White Building is on track to begin today after the final seven holdouts agreed to sell their share of the housing block to its new developer over the weekend, according to a Land Management Ministry official.

Prison Official Charged for Helping Ratanakkiri Inmates Escape

A Ratanakkiri provincial prison official has been detained and charged for allegedly helping five prisoners escape in May, three of whom remain at large, according to officials.

Toddler Torturer, Boyfriend Sentenced

In an abuse case that raised the ire of people across Cambodia, a Dutch national was sentenced to two years in prison on Thursday for helping his Vietnamese boyfriend flee the country after videos apparently showing him torturing a toddler with an electric rod surfaced on Facebook in December.

Government to Continue Drug Crackdown With Nearly $1M Budget

Prime Minister Hun Sen has authorized a six-month extension of the government’s anti-drug campaign, an anti-drug authority official said on Thursday.

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Scholars, Experts on Cambodia to Attend Asian Studies Conference in Washington

David Chandler, a renowned scholar of Cambodia’s modern history and emeritus professor at Monash University in Australia; Sareth Svay, a Cambodian sculptor and performing artist who lives and works Siem Reap; and Krisna Uk, executive director of the Center for Khmer Studies, based in Siem Reap; are among some 3,000 attendees expected at the Association of Asian Studies annual conference, according to organizers.

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