Thursday, November 22, 2018

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Orphanage Director Goes On Trial for Abusing Boys

The closed-door trial of a former director of anti-pedophile NGO Action Pour Les Enfants, who stands accused of sexually abusing 11 boys under his care at an orphanage he headed, began Tuesday with the testimony of a 22-year-old alleged victim, according to the defendant’s lawyer.

Police Block Marchers on World Habitat Day

More than 1,000 demonstrators from about 50 communities across the country gathered Monday to mark U.N. World Habitat Day and protest against widespread land and housing evictions, but found their march blocked by municipal authorities, who claimed the protesters posed a risk to security.

Cables Detail China-VN Strains in ’75 Cambodia

The seeds of China and Vietnam’s bloody rivalry for influence in Cambodia were already apparent to foreign observers in the weeks and months after the April 1975 fall of Phnom Penh, Australian diplomatic cables given last month to the Documentation Center of Cambodia show.

Rainsy Says CNRP Is Not Out to Kill Tycoons

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy told more than a hundred CNRP officials on Friday that the party’s proposal to retake land that has been illegally seized by the country’s rich must not be seen as an attempt to strip wealth from those who have earned it legitimately.

‘Terrorist’-Turned-Politician Makes His Return

Pardoned terrorist and political hopeful Sourn Serey Ratha returned from years of self-imposed exile Thursday, touching down at Phnom Penh International Airport to a muted welcome from a couple of hundred supporters, some of whom knew little about why they were there and came because they had been given rice and cash.

Chinese Firm Begins Construction at Boeng Kak

Eight years after CPP Senator Lao Meng Khin signed off on a 99-year lease of Boeng Kak lake in one of the most controversial real estate deals in Phnom Penh’s recent history, a Chinese firm has begun construction on the first major development project on the filled-in lake.

Graft Czar Denies Interfering in Murder Probe

Anti-Corruption Unit chairman Om Yentieng on Monday denied a claim made in court last week that he had exceeded his authority by ordering the bodyguard of ousted Phnom Penh Municipal Court director Ang Mealaktei to search the home of a murder suspect’s parents.

On World Rabies Day, a Call for Cooperation

Government officials and public health workers met with about 100 students at the Ministry of Health’s school of nursing in Phnom Penh on Monday to mark World Rabies Day, calling for a united effort to eradicate a virus that kills hundreds of Cambodians each year.

At UN, Hun Sen Calls on Rich Nations to Fulfill Aid Pledges

Prime Minister Hun Sen used a speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Saturday to call on developed nations to fulfill their pledges to commit at least 0.7 percent of their annual income to foreign aid.

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