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Armed Villagers Take Back Wood from Police

Border police in Ratanakkiri province on Thursday handed back the luxury wood and motorbikes they seized from ethnic minority Jarai villagers after their office was besieged by the villagers, who came with axes and machetes to take the items back.

Nine Inmates Die in 1st Quarter; Drop From Same Period in 2013

The number of inmates who died in the country’s prisons in the first quarter of the year dipped to nine from 15 during the same period last year, a rights group and the prison department said.

Provinces Told to Speed Up Pension Applications

In a government directive signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday, provincial staff were ordered to submit their lists of military and civil service pensioners to the ministries of Finance and Social Affairs by the second week of each month to ensure timely delivery of funds.

Rolls-Royce Set to Enter Cambodia; ANZ to Partner With MFI

Luxury car dealer Rolls-Royce is entering Cambodia and will announce its first official dealership at a ceremony in Phnom Penh on Monday, according to a company spokesman.

After Budget Cuts, Institut Francais Looks to Rebuild

The Institut Francais opened its doors in the early 1990s and has since initiated Cambodians to the best of French culture while supporting Cambodian artists as they forge ahead in defining this country’s cultural identity. But its plans were abruptly disrupted in the late 2000s when the French government’s first budget cuts were applied to staggering effect over the next few years.

For Indigenous Minorities, a Newfound Fear in the Forests

Not long ago, the forest was a sanctuary for Tum Leung, a 48-year-old ethnic Banong villager from Mondulkiri Province’s Keo Seima district. But with economic land concessions now overlapping with her community’s ancestral woodlands, and workers being brought in to clear the forests that her family has long depended on, she won’t let her 18-year-old daughter enter the woods alone anymore.

Ocean Staff Double-Down on Wage Demands

More than 200 workers from the Ocean Garment Factory on Friday filled 18 trucks and drove to the Ministry of Labor, where they spent two hours in a notably sedate protest calling for their wages in full, despite the factory having suspended business for a month.

Vietnam’s Fish Industry Dominates in Cambodia

At Chraing Chamreh wholesale fish market in Phnom Penh’s Russei Keo district, Phy Veasna has a business importing fish from Vietnam. “In Cambodia we don’t have fish,” he says. “If Cambodian fish were available I wouldn’t need to buy and sell Vietnamese fish.” But Cambodia does have fish, lots of them.

Hospital Urges Women to Check for Breast Cancer

Doctors and hospital officials highlighted the need for women to check their breasts for cancer at a seminar Friday and encouraged them to come to Phnom Penh for free screening if they have any concerns about abnormalities or are at higher risk due to their age.

Value of Imported Goods From Thailand Jumps 14 Percent

The total value of goods imported from Thailand increased more than 14 percent in the first four months of this year compared to the same period last year, according to data released Friday by the Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh.

Council of Ministers Calls Press Conference to Slam Rainsy

The Council of Ministers on Friday held a press conference to rebuke scathing accusations made by opposition leaders during an event on Wednesday to mark the 65th anniversary of Kampuchea Krom being officially ceded to Vietnam.

For Visiting Indonesian Pianist, a Focus on the Language of Music

When Indonesian pianist Cicilia Yudha held master classes for Cambodian musicians a few days ago, she did not teach them about the technical aspects of playing piano, violin or clarinet.

Government Officials Meet Railway Evictees

Government officials met with about 200 families who stand to be affected by a railway rehabilitation project funded by the Asian Development Bank in Phnom Penh’s Toul Kok district on Friday to present their plans for the rest of the project and discuss the possibility of additional compensation.

Cambodia Called Out For Extrajudicial Killings

Cambodia has been cited as one of 10 countries in which torture and extrajudicial killings are common, in a submission made this week by the Hong Kong-based Asia Legal Resource Center to the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

CNRP Leaders to Tour Former KR Strongholds

Opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha will begin a tour of former Khmer Rouge strongholds in the northwest on Sunday.

Cambodian Government Must Reform Land Rights Laws

Following a pre-election lull, land disputes are once again on the rise in Cambodia according to NGOs Adhoc and Licadho. This has led to an increase in legal action against villagers and even death threats being leveled at a prominent activist last month. The Cambodian government must reform the nation’s property rights laws as a matter of moral and economic urgency.

Villagers Ask for Road Works Before Rainy Season

More than 30 villagers from Phnom Penh’s Boeng Tompun commune gathered at City Hall on Thursday morning to request the extension and elevation of a 500-meter road that extends into the village wetlands.

Gov’t Seizes 4 Boats for Breaking Dredging Ban

The Ministry of Water Resources seized four boats on Wednesday for allegedly breaking a government ban on river sand dredging in Phnom Penh and is searching for the owners.

Illegal Checkpoint Crew Freed, Vow to End Scam

Kompong Thom prosecutors yesterday released seven men who were running an illegal checkpoint racket after they signed a contract agreeing to cease operations.

Gov’t, Activists Have Different Take on World Environment Day

As government officials fretted about a future of rising sea levels while marking World Environment Day in Kep province, some 300 activists from across the country Thursday used the occasion to protest in Phnom Penh against the rampant logging quickly leveling Cambodia’s forests.

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