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Government Passes Legislation Against Money Laundering

With growing concern from the international community that Cambodia is vulnerable to money launderers and financers of terrorism, the Council of Ministers on Friday approved a sub-decree on freezing the assets of terrorist organizations and the institutions that support them.

Officials Beaten in Fracas Over Disputed Land

A group of 50 villagers involved in a land dispute in Banteay Meanchey province’s Thma Puok district attacked three officials with sticks and ripped their shirts off on Thursday, as the officials made preparations to build an office on the disputed land.

Bophana Showcases Young Filmmakers’ Works

The Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center is featuring the work of young Cambodian filmmakers who, last year, took up the challenge of producing short film segments in one weekend at a remote location.

Court Delays Verdict For Protesters

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday said it would delay issuing a scheduled verdict against six people tried for intentional violence against police and property damage during an opposition protest on Phnom Penh’s Kbal Thnal overpass in September, saying that the case was very complicated.

Groups Call for Probe of Racist Mob Killing

The Minority Rights Organization and the Cambodian Center for Human Rights on Friday condemned the racist mob killing of a 28-year-old ethnic Vietnamese man in Phnom Penh this week, which came after the destruction of Vietnamese shops last month and months of anti-Vietnamese rhetoric from CNRP leader Sam Rainsy.

Court Overrules Decision to Compensate Dey Krahorm Families

The Court of Appeal on Friday overruled a decision by the Municipal Court ordering the company 7NG Group to provide $195,000 in compensation to a total of 13 families whose houses were destroyed during the violent eviction of the Dey Krahorm community in 2009.

Students May Monitor Textbook Delivery

Transparency International Cambodia and education NGOs on Friday held a conference titled “Promoting Integrity to Strengthen the Quality of Education in Cambodia,” where ideas were put forward on stamping out corruption in schools.

Students Compete in Counseling Competition

About 30 law students on Friday participated in the seventh Client Counseling Competition to put their newly acquired professional skills into practice and compete for a trip to the international competition in Puerto Rico in April.

Gov’t Criticizes Media Coverage of Strike Violence

The high-ranking government officials and global clothing brand representatives who took part in a meeting in Phnom Penh on Wednesday both raised concern​s​ about the media coverage of last month’s lethal repression of a nationwide strike by garment workers and its aftermath.

Rainsy Talks Election Fallout With Visiting US Delegates

Representatives from the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations on Friday met with senior leaders from the opposition CNRP to discuss the political situation in Cambodia since last year’s disputed national election.

More Families Seek Help in Repatriating Trafficked Daughters

The relatives of three young Cambodian women trafficked as brides to China contacted rights group Adhoc on Friday seeking help in repatriating their abused daughters, Adhoc and the families said.

Judge Orders Health Check for KRT Defendants

Khmer Rouge tribunal defendants Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan must undergo health checks by a team of experts before the second phase of the trial against them proceeds, Trial Chamber President Nil Nonn has ruled.

Borei Keila Villagers Cast Curse on Adversaries

Borei Keila residents on Thursday cast a symbolic curse on the people they say are responsible for making their lives a misery since violently evicting them from their homes two years ago.

Rice Sector Helps Lift Cambodians Out of Poverty

The rice sector has been key in lifting Cambodians out of poverty, though they are still vulnerable to slipping back into poverty should even the slightest economic shocks occur, according to The World Bank’s latest assessment report.

Gov’t Seeks To Increase Exports Outside Garments

Commerce Minister Sun Chanthol on Thursday presided over the launch of the country’s second Export Diversification and Expansion Program, which provides financial support to the government to help increase exports in goods other than garments.

Police Search for Missing Canadian Journalist

The Siem Reap immigration police are looking for a Canadian journalist who disappeared from his guesthouse a week ago without a trace, police said Thursday.

Bodies Found After Mekong Riverbank Collapse

The bodies of a 39-year-old woman and her 18-month-old nephew were recovered Thursday two days after a riverbank collapse caused their home in Kandal Province’s Khsach Kandal district to plunge into the Mekong River while they slept, but the woman’s 3-year-old son has not yet been found, police said.

Smuggled iPhones Found in Passenger’s Luggage

About 250 new Apple iPhones smuggled from Singapore were seized by customs officials at Siem Reap International Airport on Wednesday night, officials said.

Teddy Bear Drug Smuggler Caught at It Again

Anti-drug police in Phnom Penh on Thursday revealed another scheme by the drug smuggler caught only last month trying to mail teddy bears stuffed with a methamphetamine precursor chemical to Australia. This time it was giant white bath towels soaked in the tranquilizer Ketamine, which is recoverable from the dry towels as white powder.

Court Charges 911 Paratrooper Who Took Crystal Meth on Duty

A member of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces’ elite Brigade 911 paratrooper unit Thursday confessed to using methamphetamine while on duty as he stood trial on drug charges at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

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