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Twenty Buddha Statues Stolen From Pagoda

Twenty statues of the Buddha were stolen Tuesday night from Odomraram pagoda in Ratanakkiri province’s Veun Sai district, according to monks and local police.

Rights Worker Claims Five Dead in Clashes

At least five people are dead after police opened fire on hundreds of protesters blocking a street at Canadia Industrial Park in Phnom Penh's Pur Senchey district, a human rights worker said Friday afternoon.

Paratroopers Deployed at Protest: 15 Detained, Injured

More than a dozen monks, striking garment workers and journalists were beaten Thursday by members of the elite 911 paratrooper unit armed with batons, steel pipes and even slingshots during a bloody clash outside a Phnom Penh factory where a few hundred protesters gathered to demand a hike in their monthly pay.

Rice Exports Rise by More Than 170,000 Tons

Rice exports increased from 205,717 tons in 2012 to 378,856 tons in 2013 as a result of high demand from the European Union as well as countries in Asia, according to figures released Thursday by the Ministry of Agriculture.

Wat Lanka Monks in Dispute With State Electricity Provider

About 200 monks from Phnom Penh’s Wat Lanka on Thursday called off a protest against the planned construction of an electricity distribution substation on the pagoda’s land by state electricity provider Electricite du Cambodge, pending negotiations with the company.

Activist Monks, NGO Workers Held After Preah Vihear Protest

Prominent activist monk But Buntenh, head of the Independent Monk Network for Social Justice, was arrested in Preah Vihear province on Thursday, along with another monk and three NGO staffers who had traveled to the province to support a group of ethnic Kuoy villagers protesting the loss of their farmland.

CNRP Calls Off Talks After Paratroopers Break Up Protest

The opposition CNRP on Thursday called off a meeting with the ruling CPP scheduled for today after members of an elite paratrooper unit violently broke up a protest by striking garment factory workers.

Village Chief Starts Petition to Remove Opposition Monk

A village chief in Kompong Thom province has begun collecting signatures on a petition to remove the opposition-aligned head monk of his local pagoda, whom he has accused of embezzling the pagoda’s money.

At Least 15 Injured as Soldiers Clash With Strikers, Monks

Protesting unionists, garment workers and monks clashed early Thursday afternoon with soldiers from the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces' elite 911 brigade outside Yakjin garment factory in Phnom Penh's Pur Senchey district.

Teachers Group Threatened Over Planned Pay Protest

The Interior Ministry on Wednesday threatened to revoke the license of the Cambodian Independent Teachers Association if it goes ahead with a planned demonstration next week seeking higher wages for the country’s educators.

EU Commission’s Trade Policy to Cambodia Is Hypocritical

In the past month, the European Commission has instituted a blanket ban on Cambodian seafood imports, citing concerns that it isn’t doing enough to combat illegal fishing. It has also threatened to remove Cambodia’s preferential trade status over allegations that its rice exports are mixed with the same product from Vietnam.

Three Men Charged With Illegal Logging in Pursat Sanctuary

The Pursat Provincial Court on Tuesday charged three men with illegally clearing forest inside a protected wildlife sanctuary, and authorities are still searching for the man they were allegedly working for, officials said Wednesday.

Unions to Bring Demonstrations to Factory Gates

Despite a warning from the government to end demonstrations over the garment sector minimum wage by today, union leaders said Wednesday that workers would continue nationwide demonstrations after taking a one-day break to mark the new year.

CPP, CNRP to Meet Friday to Discuss Negotiations

A working group composed of three senior members of the CPP and CNRP will meet on Friday to discuss an agenda for a renewed round of negotiations, senior officials from both parties confirmed Wednesday.

Taxi Drivers Hold Rally Against Electric Cars

Motorcycle-taxi and tuk-tuk drivers led a motorized rally of about a thousand people through Siem Reap City on Wednesday to call for lower petrol prices and a ban on the use of electric cars in the Angkor Archaeological Park.

Anti-Corruption Unit Reports on Health Sector Bribe Case

The government's Anti-Corruption Unit on Tuesday delivered its latest report on its review of allegations of massive bribe taking inside the Health Ministry leveled by the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria in November.

Two Girls Raped by Stepfathers in Separate Cases

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday charged a 34-year-old man for raping his 13-year-old stepdaughter in Sen Sok district, while another man was charged for raping his 15-year-old stepdaughter in Kratie province, police said.

Dengue, Malaria Cases Take Big Dip in 2013

Both dengue fever and malaria deaths have plummeted this year compared to the same period in 2012, which was a peak year for the cyclical dengue, according to the latest figures from the Ministry of Health.

Rainsy Says Talks to Begin Over Negotiations

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy said Tuesday that planning is underway for a meeting between representatives of his CNRP and the ruling CPP to discuss the possibility of a new round of negotiations between the parties.

Hearing Held for Teenagers Over Stung Meanchey Violence

The Appeal Court on Monday held a bail hearing for two teenagers charged with intentional violence, damaging public property and insulting public officials during clashes with police at a garment factory protest last month.

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Election Body Issues Text Messages Warning of Election Law Prosecutions

The national election body has warned Cambodians in a series of text messages that they could face prosecution if they are found to have violated the election law, which extends to calls to boycott the vote.

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