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Political Pundit Kim Sok Defiant Through Trial

Political commentator Kim Sok sat through his trial on defamation and incitement charges at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday with paper stuck in his ears, in protest over a case he dismissed as a political farce from the start.

Kem Ley’s Widow: I Would Have Rejected PM’s Donations

The widow of slain political analyst Kem Ley said in a radio interview that she would not have taken the $60,000 her husband’s family accepted from Prime Minister Hun Sen to help pay for a memorial stupa and costs of a one-year anniversary ceremony.

City Hall to Measure Land of Lake Families Fearing Eviction

Phnom Penh will begin measuring the homes of hundreds of families seeking land titles to stave off potential eviction by a massive real-estate project filling in a pair of lakes, a municipal government spokesman said on Tuesday.

Phnom Penh Set to Open First Airport Railway Link by April

A railway line that will transport passengers from the center of Phnom Penh to its airport is set to open in April, Transport Minister Sun Chanthol announced on Friday, adding that no evictions would be necessary to make way for the development.

China Funded 70 Percent of Cambodian Roads, Bridges: Minister

About 70 percent of roads and bridges in Cambodia have been funded by China, with loans for their financing adding up to about $2 billion, government-affiliated Fresh News reported the transport minister as saying on Friday.

Phnom Penh Set to Open Airport Rail Link by April

A railway system that would transport passengers from the center of Phnom Penh to its airport will open to the public in April, Transport Minister Sun Chanthol announced on Friday, adding that no evictions would be necessary to make way for the development.

Vietnam Pledges $25M to Cambodia for National Assembly Building

Vietnam has pledged $25 million to Cambodia to build a new National Assembly secretariat building in Phnom Penh, while also promising greater cooperation on a range of issues between the two nations, officials said on Thursday.

EU, World Bank Handed Petitions to Help Free Tep Vanny

More than 30 Boeng Kak activists delivered petitions to the E.U. and World Bank’s Phnom Penh headquarters on Wednesday morning asking the two bodies to lobby government officials for the release of prominent activist Tep Vanny ahead of a court appeal against her prison sentence next week, the activists said.

Sextortionist Inmate Transferred to Prey Sar

A convicted thief who allegedly extorted a woman for hundreds of dollars via Facebook from behind bars has been transferred from the Prey Veng provincial prison to Phnom Penh while an investigation to find involved prison officials continues, a government official said.

Inmate Extorted Woman Online From Prison

A man currently serving a 10-year prison sentence for theft allegedly extorted a woman for hundreds of dollars—and later demanded thousands more—over explicit videos she streamed to him over Facebook to his cell in Prey Veng provincial prison, a police official said on Tuesday.

Police Burn 60,000 Marijuana Plants at Takeo Village Hotspot

Police destroyed more than 60,000 marijuana plants spread across 3 hectares of land in a well-known Takeo province hotspot for growing the illegal crop, officials said on Tuesday.

White Building Demolition Begins as Holdouts Move Out

Two excavators turned bricks to rubble with ease on Monday as walls jutting out from the ground floor of Phnom Penh’s dilapidated White Building slowly tumbled to the ground.

Tycoon Agrees to Buy Protesting Farmers’ Crops

After blocking a national road for eight hours on Thursday in protest over falling corn prices, farmers in Battambang province were promised on Friday that a tycoon will buy their crops, but at a price some found too low.

Malaysia Deports Five Migrants Over Forest, Wildlife Crimes

Five Cambodian migrants who served prison time in Malaysia over forest and wildlife crimes were returned to Cambodia this week, the Foreign Affair Ministry statement said on Friday in a statement.

Lao Meth Dealer Sentenced to Life in Prison

A Laotian man accused last year in Phnom Penh of possessing more than 3 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and tablets of meth mixed with caffeine known locally as yama was sentenced on Friday to life in prison.

Dirty Business

As lakes are filled around Phnom Penh, sewage and flooding problems worsen. It’s a familiar story and Boeng Tompun presents the next chapter.

Woman Charged, Man Arrested Over Facebook Posts About PM

A man was arrested on Thursday for allegedly threatening the life of Prime Minister Hun Sen in a Facebook post, while a woman was charged with incitement for linking the premier to political analyst Kem Ley’s murder on the social media platform.

White Building Demolition to Start on July 17

The demolition of Phnom Penh’s condemned White Building will start on Monday, the Land Management Ministry announced on Tuesday, though the fate of more than 20 families still living in the complex remained uncertain.

Trafficked Fishermen Return Home

Fourteen Cambodian fishermen arrived in Phnom Penh on Sunday, six months after their escape from a Thai fishing boat that Malaysian authorities said was staffed by trafficked laborers, according to the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Isolated and Estranged, Kem Ley’s Family Struggles After Murder

The year since the assassination of political analyst Kem Ley has been a difficult one for his family. His widow is struggling to make ends meet, his children are not attending school and his extended family is fractured. His siblings have never met the son who was born in the wake of his death last July.

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Cambodia strongman delights as orangutans dance and kickbox

Cambodia's strongman leader Hun Sen took a brief break from electioneering on Saturday to watch orangutans roller skate, kickbox and dance provocatively as he opened the first major zoo in the capital.

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