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Police Seeking Four More for Allegedly Smuggling Weapons

Police are searching for four suspects believed to have carried weapons illegally across the Thai border in a case in which three Cambodians and six Thais were arrested last month for alleged weapons trafficking, a Banteay Meanchey police official said on Monday.

Cabinet Schedules First Meeting in Seven Weeks

The Council of Ministers, with Prime Minister Hun Sen at the helm, will convene on Friday, according to a statement released on Monday, breaking a seven-week streak without meetings that fueled rumors about Mr. Hun Sen’s health.

Defense Minister Tea Banh Awarded ‘Samdech’ Honorific

Defense Minister Tea Banh has been bestowed with Cambodia’s highest honorific, according to a royal decree signed on Saturday, just months after he threatened to “smash the teeth” of anyone who dared to contest election results with protests.

Border Scholar to Lead Country’s Highest Academic Body

A prominent academic and head of the country’s Vietnamese border demarcation, Sok Touch, has been made the new head of the Royal Academy of Cambodia—the country’s highest academic institution, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Council of Ministers—according to a royal decree signed on Saturday.

Firm to Return ‘Spirit Mountains’ in Latest Land Concession

A Vietnamese rubber company locked in a protracted dispute with more than 1,000 families in Ratanakkiri province has offered to return 15 “spirit mountains” to ethnic minority villages in an effort to appease the communities affected by the firm’s plantations.

Three Men Provisionally Charged for Weapons Trafficking, Smuggling

Three men, including a Cambodian Mine Action Center employee, were provisionally charged on Tuesday with arms trafficking, days after they were arrested for alleged involvement in smuggling weapons to Thailand, a court official said.

Deminer Stockpiled Smuggled Arms: Police

A Cambodian Mine Action Centre employee arrested for alleged involvement in cross-border weapons smuggling told authorities he had stockpiled arms found in an underground cache in 2008, a police official said on Monday.

Police: Deminer Stockpiled Smuggled Arms

A Cambodian Mine Action Centre employee arrested for alleged involvement in cross-border weapons smuggling told authorities he had stockpiled arms found in an underground cache in 2008, a police official said yesterday. “Based on our information, he kept 20 AK-47 assault rifles and three 82 mm grenades at his home” in Battambang City, said Sith Los, deputy chief of the Banteay Meanchey provincial police.

Under Pressure, Senior KNUP Officials Jump Ship to Funcinpec

Several senior officials from the embattled KNUP have defected to rival party Funcinpec, a spokesman said on Sunday, following the sacking of 12 government advisers and a warning from the ruling party that all government workers linked to KNUP leader Nhek Bun Chhay will be targeted.

Cambodians Nabbed for Weapons Smuggling

Cambodian police on Saturday arrested three nationals in connection with an alleged weapons smuggling attempt that netted five Thai nationals across the border last week, officials said on Sunday.

Trafficked Weapons Not Cambodian, Ministry Says

Weapons reportedly transported from Cambodia across the border into Thailand this week were not from Cambodia’s military stock, a Defense Ministry official claimed on Wednesday, following reports that five Thai men were arrested while moving the arms and ammunition.

No Criminal Charges Filed in Six-Month Fishing Crackdown

A six-month crackdown on illegal fishing in the Tonle Sap lake region netted hundreds of thousands of meters of illegal gill nets and scores of batteries used in electrocution fishing, but not a single criminal charge in more than 1,500 cases, the government reported on Tuesday.

Thousands Gather to Celebrate UN Recognition of New Heritage Site

In a celebration that filled the capital’s sky with fireworks, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday lauded the recognition of Cambodia’s newly inaugurated World Heritage site, Sambor Prei Kuk, a collection of about 50 pre-Angkorian temples in Kompong Thom province.

Prime Minister Calls Immunity Request for Past Premiers an Insult

Prime Minister Hun Sen called a request by a retired official of the royalist Funcinpec party to give former premiers legal immunity a “serious insult” to the ruling CPP and the dream of a “deranged old man,” according to a local media report.

Dredging Permitted in Koh Kong Despite Sand Export Ban

The Mines and Energy Ministry has issued a directive banning sand exports from Koh Kong province, months after it suspended sand exports and new dredging licenses over export record discrepancies.

Former Commune Chief Holds On to Office

Another handover of a commune office from a ruling party official to his opposition counterpart is proving problematic, with a newly elected CNRP commune chief in Siem Reap City being forced to work outside his office because the former CPP chief refuses to budge.

King Asks the Public to Stop Illegal Logging, Plant Trees

King Norodom Sihamoni marked National Tree Planting Day on Sunday by urging Cambodians to fight illegal logging and poaching, some two months after a U.K. NGO disclosed illegal logging on an industrial scale in Ratanakkiri province being facilitated by corrupt local officials.

Cambodia Daily Reporters Summoned in Incitement Case

Two Cambodia Daily journalists accused of incitement and violating voters’ rights for asking questions in Ratanakkiri province’s Pate commune ahead of the June 4 commune elections have been summoned to court later this month.

CNRP Marks Anniversary of Factional Fighting

The opposition CNRP marked the 20th anniversary of the factional fighting that saw Prime Minister Hun Sen consolidate his power over the country with a modest ceremony at the party’s Phnom Penh headquarters on Thursday.

Ousted CPP Commune Chief Refuses to Hand Over Office

Chhit Souphat ruled Sihanoukville’s Muoy commune for 15 years before he was finally defeated at the June 4 elections. Now the ousted commune chief is refusing to leave his old office, saying that he paid for its furniture and air conditioner and that his personal documents could be lost in a move.

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