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After Shock of HIV Outbreak, Facing the Future

Som Saron has not worked since testing positive for HIV late last year. Taking care of her young niece at her parents’ home in Roka commune last week, the 37-year-old said that a fear of being stigmatized kept her from walking the community’s gravel roads selling fried bananas, as she had done for years before her diagnosis.

Water Festival Canceled; Doubts Over Motives

Phnom Penh’s annual Water Festival has been canceled for the fourth time in five years, with the government citing low water levels and drought as the reason for calling off the event, according to a statement released on Saturday.

Kem Sokha Ousted as National Assembly VP

Ruling party lawmakers re­moved deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha as first vice president of the National Assembly on Fri­day in a vote that was boycotted by the CNRP, which was joined by legal experts in calling the ouster unconstitutional.

Baby Formula Promotions Continue Despite Ban

Baby formula companies are pushing their products in clinics and on health care professionals—some with great effect—despite a government ban on such acts and extensive research showing that formula is an inferior alternative to mother’s milk.

Trial of Medic in HIV Outbreak Concludes

The trial of an unlicensed medic accused of infecting more than 270 villagers with HIV concluded Wednesday evening after five days of hearings at the Battambang Provincial Court, with a verdict in the case due in early December.

Army Joins Call for Kem Sokha to Step Down

As observers accused the CPP of orchestrating Monday’s savage beating of two opposition lawmakers, images emerged Tuesday of a senior military commander rallying troops to support calls to oust Kem Sokha as the National Assembly’s vice president.

Lasting Scars of Forced Marriage Under KR

In 1978, after three grueling years toiling in a village in Kompong Chhnang province under the control of the Khmer Rouge, Ung Phuon was returning from an assigned trip to catch fish when he was told by a local official that he was to be married.

Thugs Beat CNRP Lawmakers at CPP Protest

Opposition lawmakers Nhay Cham­roeun and Kong Saphea were left with serious injuries after thugs at a protest led by a CPP-aligned youth group dragged them from their cars and beat them in front of the National Assembly Monday.

Unlicensed Medic on Trial Over HIV Outbreak

The trial of an unlicensed medic charged with murder for allegedly infecting more than 270 villagers with HIV began Tuesday at the Battambang Provincial Court. In the courtroom, Yem Chrin denied responsibility for the mass outbreak that struck Sangke district’s Roka commune in December last year, saying that he had not reused syringes as accused by prosecutors.

Hun Sen Warns Opposition of Backlash by Armed Forces

A future CNRP government would face a powerful backlash if it attempted to replace CPP loyalists Pol Saroeun and Neth Savoeun as the commanders of the military and national police, Prime Minister Hun Sen warned Monday.

Missionaries Bring Wakeboarding to Cambodia

About 50 people turned out over the weekend for the country’s first wakeboarding competition, located at its only “wakepark,” which marked its official opening on Saturday, about two years after it was first conceived by Texas-born missionary Alf Evans.

Hunger Drops by Nearly 50 Percent Since 2000

Cambodia has experienced the largest decrease in hunger since 2000 among countries with severe levels of hunger, according to a new report released by three international NGOs, and is close to qualifying as a nation of “moderate” concern.

Exam Scores Final, Ministry Says After Complaints

The Ministry of Education announced Wednesday that none of the complaints it received from students unhappy with the grading of their high school exams warranted a score adjustment, and that the passing rate remained 56 percent.

Port Gets Green Light to List on Stock Exchange

The Securities and Exchange Commission of Cambodia has given the Phnom Penh Autonomous Port preliminary approval to make an initial public offering on the country’s fledgling bourse, which the state-run firm expects to join in early December.

Cambodia Scores First Goal in World Cup Qualifying Matches

While Cambodia’s qualifying run for the 2018 football World Cup in Russia remains winless, yesterday’s spirited 1-2 away match against Singapore produced Cambodia’s first goal of the campaign.

3 Dead After Tour Bus Hits Family’s SUV

Three people were killed and five were injured in Takeo province on Sunday when their SUV smashed head-on into a packed tour bus that may have been trying to overtake another vehicle, according to authorities.

In Vietnamese Floating Villages, a Precarious Life

They live in floating houses along the river in Kompong Chhnang City because they have no legal right to own land. Some say their immigrant families have been here for generations, but they are all treated like outsiders.

CPP, CNRP Agree on New Rules for Commune Elections

The ruling CPP and opposition CNRP on Friday finished negotiating a package of amendments to the commune election law and the internal rules of the National Assembly, agreeing that the campaign period for the 2017 commune elections would be extended from 10 days to two weeks.

Grand Plans to See Ship Transformed Into Floating Arts Center

Two mainstays of the Phnom Penh arts scene are working to transform a decrepit ship moored on the Tonle Sap river into a huge floating arts center that will attract locals and tourists alike.

Garment Sector Minimum Wage Raised to $140

The government set the new monthly minimum wage for the country’s multibillion-dollar garment industry at $140 Thursday—up from $128—after months of tough negotiations that failed to bring employers and unions even close to a consensus.

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Cambodian Political Commentator Hit With New Charges, Goes Into Hiding

A Cambodian political commentator and critic of Hun Sen has been hit with new criminal charges a month after completing a prison sentence for defamation, and has gone into hiding, fearing arrest, sources say.

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