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Man Accused of Raping Kompong Chhnang Girl, 12

A 27-year-old man was arrested Friday for raping a 12-year-old girl twice earlier this month in Kompong Chhnang province, just north of Phnom Penh. The victim’s mother told police she wanted compensation for the act—2.5 million riel, or $625—officials said.

Education Official Says Don’t Jail Exam Cheats

A senior Education Ministry official on Thursday said that jailing students caught cheating, as threatened by the Anti-Corruption Unit on Tuesday, was the wrong approach to cleaning up the national high school exam.

Cambodia’s Search for MH370 Flight Goes On

Cambodian officials said Wednesday that their search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 is still ongoing, although Malaysian authorities announced on Sunday that the plane had almost certainly crashed in the southern Indian Ocean with no survivors.

Land Dispute Families Turn Down Offer of New Apartments

Three families involved in a bitter land dispute with a powerful land developer in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kok district on Monday rejected City Hall’s offer of new housing, saying the apartments being offered were far too small.

Wing Star Workers Strike Despite Closure Threat

One day after the Wing Star garment factory threatened to shut down, thousands of workers responded by protesting Friday, demanding hikes in lunch and transportation bonuses.

New Loans Bring Risks, Rewards for Aspiring Students

Today, Puth Chakrya works in a factory. Tomorrow, she’d like to manage one. To get there, the 20-year-old has taken out one of the first student loans offered by Acleda Bank. She is now studying management at Svay Rieng University.

ACU Arrest Police for Taking Officers’ Salaries

The Anti-Corruption Unit arrested two district police officials in Kampot province on Thursday for allegedly embezzling money that should have gone toward the salaries of fellow district and commune police officers for the past several years, according to local police.

Gold Statues, Tusks, Urn Stolen From Pagoda

Thieves allegedly broke into Wat Ounalom in Phnom Penh early Tuesday morning and stole five gold statues valued at more than $20,000, as well as a pair of elephant tusks and an urn, estimated to be more than 100 years old, pagoda secretary Sie Pheara said Wednesday.

Man Fires Rifle in Rage After Music Turned Off

An argument over loud music broke out at a wedding in Kampot province on Monday, resulting in shots being fired but not casualties, police said Tuesday.

Boy, 3, Dies From Bird Flu in Phnom Penh

A three-year-old boy from Phnom Penh’s Pur Senchey district passed away from bird flu this week after almost all poultry in his Choam Chao commune village died from the H5N1 virus, the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization said Friday.

Chinese Firm Takes Over Bus Service, No Bid Needed

The Chinese-owned Global (Cambodia) Trade Development company takes over today as Phnom Penh’s new municipal bus operator, although City Hall said Tuesday that the company did not have to go through a bidding process to get the contract.

Shisha Bar Owners Close Temporarily After Government Warning

The owners of at least 15 shisha bars temporarily closed their establishments Wednesday, a day after Phnom Penh Municipal Governor Pa Socheatvong announced plans to have such places shuttered because he believes the smoking of flavored tobacco through a water pipe has a harmful effect on young people and keeps them from their books.

More Pre-Angkorian Temples Found Within Land Concessions

Seven pre-Angkorian temples have been discovered on two land concessions in Preah Vihear province, but while an Environment Ministry official said Tuesday that the ministry had no knowledge of the temples when they granted the concessions, the Culture Ministry said their existence had long been known.

Students May Monitor Textbook Delivery

Transparency International Cambodia and education NGOs on Friday held a conference titled “Promoting Integrity to Strengthen the Quality of Education in Cambodia,” where ideas were put forward on stamping out corruption in schools.

New Bird Flu Case Confirmed in Village Where Two Recently Died

The year’s third case of human avian influenza has been confirmed in a 4-year-old boy in the same village in Kratie province where two siblings died of the virus earlier this month, the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

New Futuristic Tuk-Tuks Arrive on the Streets of Phnom Penh

Most tuk-tuk drivers have to continuously vie with each other to attract tourists’ attention, but Oung Hour gets it without even trying. As he stands on the sidewalk near the riverside, groups of tourists point at his bright mustard-yellow tuk-tuk, its smooth fiberglass body shaped like a jellybean—a slick, sci-fi-like model that’s a far cry from the traditional wooden kind.

Villagers Protesting Eviction Forcibly Removed

Forty villagers on Tuesday were forcibly removed from outside the Pursat provincial office, where they have been camping for the past five days to protest what they say was the burning down of their homes by district officials, villagers and a rights group said.

Compensation for Culled Poultry Is a Catch-22

Since its emergence in the region more than a decade ago, the governments of Southeast Asia have been fighting to contain the human avian influenza virus through surveillance programs, rigorous inspections and widespread culling of infected birds.

Buses Attract 20,000 Passengers in Two Weeks

About 20,000 passengers have traveled on Phnom Penh’s limited city bus service since a month-long public transport experiment began two weeks ago, which bodes well for a citywide expansion of the service once the trial ends on March 4, City Hall spokesman Long Dimanche said Monday.

Body Found in Sack in Kandal Province Pond

Police said Monday they were investigating the murder of a woman whose body was discovered in a rice sack floating in a Kandal province pond Monday morning.