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MobiTel Named in Leaked Australian Phone Tap Document

When one of Australia’s top intelligence agencies in 2009 presented staff with a slideshow detailing their attempts to intercept mobile telephone calls by Indonesia’s president, it also revealed other possible spying targets—including Cambodian mobile operator MobiTel, according to a document leaked by U.S. National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

Information Minister Orders TVK to Scrap Tedious Coverage

If Information Minister Khieu Kanharith is any indication, even the government is tiring of state television. Mr. Kanharith announced on Facebook on Wednesday that he had personally ordered the state-run TVK channel to stop broadcasting the comings and goings of state officials on foreign excursions.

Global Fund Says World Mosquito Net Supplies Not Jeopardized

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on Thursday denied reports that its suspension of all contracts with two major mosquito net suppliers found to have bribed Cambodian officials would cause a shortage in the worldwide supply of the critical malaria deterrent, but said it could lead to logistical challenges in net delivery.

Journalists Slain Since 1994 Remembered in Candlelight Ceremony

About 100 people gathered at the entrance of Phnom Penh’s Olympic Stadium at sunset Thursday to hold a candlelight vigil in memory of journalists slain in Cambodia and to highlight what rights workers said is a culture of impunity that has protected their killers from justice.

Environment Ministry Denies Issuing New ELC to Logging Firm

The Ministry of Environment on Thursday denied that a private agro-industry firm had been issued an “unofficial” land concession inside Ratanakkiri province’s Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary, as stated on Monday by the provincial governor.

Seven Dead, 17 Injured in Kratie Truck Crash

Seven people were killed and 17 others seriously injured Wednesday morning when a truck filled with a cargo of cassava, and on which 27 workers were sitting, veered out of control and overturned in Kratie province, police said.

SL Workers Demand Representatives Reinstated

About 200 workers protested outside SL Garment Factory in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district Wednesday demanding that managers reinstate 19 union representatives before a 15-day deadline set by the government elapses.

New Picture Book for Kids Published in Khmer

Cambodia Airports and the NGO Sipar, an organization that supports literacy and the publishing sector in Cambodia, jointly released a Khmer- and English-language book for toddlers about transportation Wednesday morning.

Man Detained for Criticizing Police Commander on Facebook

A 23-year-old marketing manager for mobile operator Cellcard was briefly detained Wednesday in Stung Treng province after he posted a photograph of the provincial military police commander to his Facebook page along with comments claiming that the officer was a foul-mouthed extortionist.

Three Cambodians Killed Illegally Logging Across Thai Border

Thai forestry officials killed three Cambodians who were illegally logging on Tuesday, in what they said was a shootout in Thailand’s Sisaket province, a border official said Wednesday.

Finance Ministry Defends Ambiguity in 2014 Budget Bill

The Finance Ministry on Wednesday defended itself against recent reports that some 45 percent of the government’s $3.4 billion draft budget for 2014 remains unallocated, issuing a statement explaining that the money will pay for loans, subsidies and other vital expenses.

Future Bleak For Bystander Paralyzed By Police Bullet

Hoeurn Chann clearly remembers the moment a police officer shot him in his side at close range on November 12, irrevocably changing the course of his life. The bullet paralyzed him from the waist down and he has been told he will never walk again.

Hun Sen’s Student Volunteers to Resume Land-Titling Program

The government is set to start re-deploying student volunteers to measure and demarcate plots of land across the country as part of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s land-titling scheme, which was briefly suspended ahead of July’s national election.

Shooting in Service of the State—Order vs Law

The casualties caused by police bullets during last week's violent protest at SL garment factory in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district have raised questions about state-sanctioned killing, and who bears responsibility for the slaying of innocent civilians.

Official Says Legality of Sanctuary Logging Unknown

A district-level Environment Ministry official in Ratanakkiri province on Wednesday claimed that he had no way to determine the legality of logging operations by firms with private land concessions inside the province’s Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary.

Police Have Not Enforced Traffic Laws for Four Months

Traffic police across the country have still not resumed enforcing traffic laws after a pre-election enforcement moratorium that was meant to last just a few weeks ahead of the July 28 national election, according to government and U.N. officials.

Foreign Minister’s Son to Step Down as UK Envoy

Hor Nambora, the son of Foreign Minister Hor Namhong, will step down as Cambodia’s ambassador to Britain, according to an official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Taxi Driver Stabbed By Suspected Car Thief

A 40-year-old taxi driver was seriously injured early Tuesday morning in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district when a male passenger stabbed him twice in the neck before driving off in his taxicab, police said.

Boeng Kak Activists Call for Supreme Court to Free Yorm Bopha

About 100 Boeng Kak activists marched around Phnom Penh’s Supreme Court Tuesday afternoon calling for the release from prison of fellow activist Yorm Bopha ahead of her final appeal hearing on Friday.

World Toilet Day Highlights Sanitation Solutions

Tuesday marked World Toilet Day, the annual attempt to push the issue of open defecation back into the spotlight and highlight the preventable illnesses that are caused by what is still a very common practice in Cambodia, which has the lowest toilet coverage in Southeast Asia.

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Minor Opposition Parties Speak Out Against Calls for Election Boycott

Several minor opposition parties who have registered to stand in the upcoming national election have expressed concern over calls from the country’s former main opposition party for a boycott of the vote.

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