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CNRP Asks To Hold Ceremony at Tuol Sleng

The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party wants to change the venue of its annual commemoration of the approximately 1.7 million Cambodians who died under the Khmer Rouge to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in central Phnom Penh.

King’s Cabinet Chief Says Rainsy Letter Not Insulting

Oum Daravuth, the chief of King Norodom Sihamoni’s Cabinet, released a statement Monday saying that opposition leader Sam Rainsy’s letter to the King last week was incorrect, but did not insult the King’s dignity.

Gov’t Threatens Rainsy With Lawsuit Over Letter to King

The CPP government over the weekend released a slew of statements threatening court action against opposition leader Sam Rainsy for a letter he wrote last week, in which he appeared to rebuke King Norodom Sihamoni for convening and congratulating the single-party National Assembly.

Google Offers Virtual Tour of Angkor Temples

Internet giant Google on Thursday launched an online interactive map of Cambodia’s Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap, allowing users to explore the park’s more than 100 temples, including Angkor Wat, through 360-degree digital imagery.

Cambodia Joins MH370 Search Party; Citizens Pray for Victims

The Ministry of Defense has sent four of its recently acquired, Chinese-built Z-9 utility helicopters and two Royal Cambodian Navy vessels to the Cambodia-Vietnam maritime border to assist in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, according to a press release issued Tuesday.

Government Defended Protest Ban in Talks With European Union

Cambodia blamed its suspension of the constitutional right to freedom of assembly on an unruly political opposition during bilateral talks with the European Union in Brussels last week, and claimed that the restrictions are temporary, Foreign Affairs Secretary of State Ouch Borith said on his return to Phnom Penh on Saturday.

Fisherman Files Anti-Corruption Unit Complaint

A fisherman who survived a deadly collision after his boat smashed into a towboat off the south coast earlier this year filed a complaint Tuesday with the Anti-Corruption Unit, accusing a Koh Kong Prov­incial Court judge and his clerk of corruption after the judge allowed the owner of the towboat to leave prison after paying $10,000.

Cambodia Not Equipped to Help Malaysian Flight Search Efforts

With the hunt for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 comprising 10 nations, including China and the U.S., and employing an array of military and civilian officials, Cambodia’s absence from the list of countries helping in the search is not a surprise, a regional defense expert said Tuesday.

Phnom Penh Phone Snatchers Get More Than They Bargained For

Two men on a motorbike who attempted to steal a Canadian tourist’s smartphone got more than they bargained for Monday in Phnom Penh after they were chased down by people near the scene of the crime, beaten and arrested by police.

EU, Government Still at Odds Over Sugar Farm Compensation

The government and the European Union remained at odds last week over how to compensate families that have lost land to the country’s controversial sugar plantations, even over how many families should be compensated, and seemed to move closer to agreement on the need for an outside party to mediate.

No Role for Cambodia in Effort to Find Downed Malaysian Plane

As regional governments rallied to assist in the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared Saturday over the South China Sea between Malaysia and Vietnam, officials said it was unlikely Cambodia could contribute to the effort.

Remove License Plates, Cheam Yeap Warns CNRP

Cheam Yeap, a senior lawmaker from the ruling CPP, said Sunday that he has formally requested the Ministry of Interior to take action against opposition lawmakers-elect who continue to use what he described as “invalid” National Assembly license plates, which were issued during the last electoral term 2008 to 2013.

Dutch Man Charged With Child Sex Abuse Released

The Siem Reap Provincial Court last week acquitted Dutch national Sebastien Reuyl, who was arrested in December and charged with committing indecent acts against two young boys aged 6 and 9.

CNRP Looks for Quieter Plan of Action as Labor Strike Looms

When a group of six unions organized nationwide strikes in December demanding a $160 minimum wage, the opposition CNRP aggressively took up the cause.

Government Responds to Rainsy’s Cambodia, Ukraine Comparison

The Council of Ministers’ Press and Quick Reaction Unit on Friday published an extended criticism of a speech made by opposition leader Sam Rainsy last week in which he promised his supporters that the political change that swept Ukraine’s president from power​​ would soon be witnessed in Cambodia.

Rainsy Tells Supporters to Heed Fall of Yanukovich

A little over a month after supporters of Prime Minister Hun Sen forced the cancellation of an opposition party rally here, CNRP leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha returned to address followers and promise that the change that swept away Ukraine’s president would soon sweep over Cambodia.

Sihanoukville Port Sees Cargo Increase Month-on-Month

The total weight of goods transported through the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port in January increased 26 percent compared with the same period in 2013, a port official said Tuesday.

Cambodia Asked to Take in Australian Asylum Seekers

Prime Minister Hun Sen said Saturday that he would consider a request that Cambodia, one of the poorest countries in the region and one with a spotty record in handling refugees, take in some of the refugees seeking asylum in Australia.

Government Passes Legislation Against Money Laundering

With growing concern from the international community that Cambodia is vulnerable to money launderers and financers of terrorism, the Council of Ministers on Friday approved a sub-decree on freezing the assets of terrorist organizations and the institutions that support them.

Juvenile Justice Law Step Closer to Being Reality

Officials from the ministries of interior, social affairs, and justice met with NGOs on Friday to discuss the latest draft of a juvenile justice law that has been in the works for more than a decade and which would mean young offenders’ rights would be better protected, a Social Affairs Ministry official said Wednesday.