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Labor Ministry, ILO Set Out Plan for Minimum Wage Reforms

Facing public pressure from major garment brands and labor unions, the Ministry of Labor and the International Labor Organization will cooperate in the coming months to reform the current system of setting the minimum wage in the garment sector.

Python Smuggler Arrested in Kandal

A man was arrested on Friday in Kandal province after attempting to smuggle four rice bags filled with black pythons into Vietnam, according to local police.

Man Injured by Landmine While Illegally Logging

A man was seriously injured on Saturday by an anti-personnel landmine that exploded under him as he tried to sneak across the Thai-Cambodian border to illegally log rosewood, local officials said.

Thugs Attack Home of Families in Land Dispute

About 20 assailants armed with wooden sticks and samuraistyle swords on Sunday attacked a property in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kok district inhabited by three families at the center of a land dispute with a development company, according to residents.

At Summit, Cambodia Urges Laos to Delay Dam Construction

At a regional summit in Vietnam on Saturday, Cambodia once again urged Laos to delay construction on a controversial hydropower dam being planned just north of their shared border.

Linking the Worst Factories With the Labels

The building that housed USA Fully Field Garment factory in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district stands empty now. The grounds are littered with garbage and boxes full of dusty brand labels that were stitched onto clothes by almost 400 workers before the factory owner fled in December and work ceased.

Australian PM Confirms Asylum Seeker Request

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Friday confirmed that Cambodia was in talks with his government to take in some of the refugees trying to reach his country’s shores, according to Australian media.

North Koreans Jailed Over Gambling Ring

Fifteen North Korean nationals arrested Thursday for allegedly running an illegal online gambling ring in Phnom Penh were sent to Prey Sar prison on Saturday after appearing at the municipal court a day earlier, officials said Sunday.

Storms Kill Four People, Destroy Dozens of Homes

Heavy storms over the past week slammed eight provinces, leaving four people dead and hundreds of houses damaged or destroyed, according to Keo Vy, cabinet chief for the National Committee for Disaster Management.

World Bank Sees Slight Economic Slowdown in 2014

The World Bank expects Cambodia’s economy to grow 7.2 percent this year, driven primarily by expansion of the country’s garment and tourism sectors, a slight slowdown from 2013, when growth reached a six-year high of 7.4 percent.

Rain Mires Massive Khmer New Year Party at Site of Strikes

Torrential rain on Saturday night ruined a large Khmer New Year staff party and concert at the Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone, one of the main sites of the nationwide garment sector strikes in late December and early January.

Bringing America’s Missing Soldiers Home from Cambodia

U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War stirs great passions on both ends of the political spectrum, but one critical lesson of that era is that we must not let the politics of war detract from our support for those who wage it. As President Barack Obama has said, “Patriots can support a war. Patriots can oppose a war. And whatever our view, let us always stand united in support of our troops, who we placed in harm’s way. That is our solemn obligation.”

A Map Made for Adventure

When Alain Gascuel produced his first atlas in 2003, it was a matter of necessity. Cambodia’s roads had been mapped in the 1980s. Then, with the country engulfed in conflicts through the 1990s, no update had been done for years.

Acid Attack Survivor Once Again Seeking Fresh Start

Som Bunnarith is looking for a job. He has two university degrees, one in marketing, another in English. He speaks Thai. He is eloquent and hard working. He is also blind and disfigured, the result of an acid attack nine years ago.

Vorn Pao Denied Bail for the Fourth Time

Labor leader Vorn Pao was denied bail for the fourth time on Friday, meaning that he and 20 other protesters will remain in a remote Kompong Cham province prison until trial on April 18 for participating in January’s garment factory strikes.

Officials Tight-Lipped After Immigration Visit

Government and refugee officials were tight-lipped Friday after closed-door talks in Phnom Penh between Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison and Cambodian Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Thursday.

Compensation Demanded For 5 Killed in Blast

Cambodia asked Thailand Friday to compensate the families of five Cambodians killed when a World War II bomb exploded in a scrap metal shop in Bangkok.

Capturing Corruption in Modern Cambodia

Towering temples and graceful apsaras are missing from a new Cambodia-themed photo show. Instead, camera lenses focused on corruption.

Families Locked In Seven-Year Land Dispute Accept Cash

After a seven-year land battle with a company owned by the wife of a senior government official, 38 families accepted money Friday in Kompong Chhnang province, effectively ending a dispute over 145 hectares.

CNRP Lawmaker-Elect Removed From Freedom Park Again

Capping off a week of unsuccessful challenges to arbitrary laws that prevent people from attempting to protest in Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park, opposition CNRP lawmaker-elect Mu Sochua was on Friday forcibly removed from the area for the fourth time.


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Global watchdog to put Cambodia on its money-laundering watchlist

A global money-laundering watchdog, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), will place Cambodia on its watchlist on Friday (Feb 22) because of concern it is highly vulnerable to money laundering, a high-level official with knowledge of the issue said.

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