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Astra Says Gold Exploration Project Still On

An Australia-based firm that announced a plan to explore for gold in Ratanakkiri province insisted Monday that its Cambodian venture is still on track, despite allegations made in an Australian newspaper that it has garnered investment based on false information.

Wanted US Sex Offender Faces Deportation Following Arrest

A 66-year-old U.S. citizen was arrested in Preah Sihanouk province on Saturday and faces deportation to the U.S. over warrants relating to child-sex offenses committed in California, police and a local NGO said.

Chinese-Cambodians Weigh Allegiances Before Election

While a handful of wealthy Cambodians with Chinese ancestors are closely tied to the CPP elite, the opposition is hoping policies promoting small businesses could capture the votes of some of this large group ahead of the July 28 national election.

Migration Another Hurdle to Participating in Election

The growing migration of people to urban areas who have not registered to vote in their new constituencies is raising concerns among election monitors that many voters will not return home to cast their ballot on July 28.

Trade Visit Shows Other Side of US-Cambodia Ties

As lawmakers on Capitol Hill last week heard testimony depicting Cambodia’s government as dictatorial and lacking regard for human rights, a trade mission led by the U.S. ambassador to Cambodia was pushing a very different agenda.

Government’s Limits on Information Leaving Voters in the Dark

Reporters in Cambodia seeking statistics from government ministries and departments are used to being given the brush-off from time to time, but in the run-up to the July 28 national election, things appear to have worsened.

Managers Taught How to Spot Underage Labor

Staff at eight factories producing footwear for Japanese sportswear brand ASICS were trained Tuesday in how to make sure they are not employing child laborers, a company representative said.

Garment Exports Booming Despite Concerns

Despite criticisms over safety, outbreaks of sometimes violent industrial action and a raise in the minimum wage that it was warned would scare off manufacturers, Cambodia’s garment sector is booming, according to government figures.

State Websites Deflect Criticisms Made Against Ruling Party

Content deflecting pre-election criticism of the ruling CPP appeared on two government-run websites Saturday, in what one critic said was an inappropriate use of state resources in the weeks before a national election.

Call for More Investment in Infrastructure

As much as $16 billion of investment is needed in Cambodia over the next decade if the country’s infrastructure is to keep up with the pace of economic growth, ac­cording to a regional think tank.

Toyota to Open Second Phnom Penh Outlet

Japanese automobile giant Toyota is set to increase its presence in Cambodia with a second sales showroom, according to a company manager.

Cambodian Commentators Used to Back Up Chinese Crackdown

Chinese state media has quoted a Cambodian government official and a local analyst in a story defending China’s actions in a northwestern region inhabited by the Uighur ethnic group.

Rainsy Uses Employee at Lobbying Firm to Help With Campaign

Unable to participate in election campaigning on the ground, self-exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy has had to turn elsewhere to make his voice heard.

Report to US Congress Notes Concerns Over Cambodia-China Ties

The ability of donors to pressure Cambodia into reform in areas such as human rights and democracy is decreasing due to China’s far greater influence in the country, according to a wide-ranging report prepared for the U.S. Congress on U.S.-Cambodia relations.

Government Accuses EU of Interference Over Election Remark

The government reacted angrily yesterday to a statement from the European Union (E.U.) recommending that the National Election Committee (NEC) take steps to ensure next month’s national election is free and fair.

Cham Prasidh Reassures Investors Before Election

With the national election looming, the minister of commerce on Tuesday assured international investors that they should put their faith in the country’s economy regardless of the vote, which he said was a foregone conclusion.

Bets Keep Flowing as NagaWorld Employee Protest Continues

Gambling went on as usual at NagaWorld, Phnom Penh’s only licensed hotel-casino, Monday, despite an ongoing strike by employees who claim that more than 400 of them have been fired following weeks of protest.

Unions Trade Barbs Over Violent Factory Strike

Two rival workers unions continued to trade barbs Thursday, each blaming the other for a violent clash between striking garment workers and police at a factory in Kompong Speu province on Monday that saw eight people arrested.

Factory Workers Demand Release of Eight Held After Protest

About 1,000 garment workers on Wednesday demonstrated outside Kompong Speu Provincial Court calling for the release of eight people arrested during a protest this week over wages at a factory supplying U.S. brand Nike, a union official said.

Positive Results Seen From Onshore Oil Survey

A state-owned Japanese company has told the government a survey conducted last year to search for oil and gas onshore in Cambodia has yielded positive results, but that at least six more years of exploration are required, according to a spokesman.