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More Than 200 Cambodian Athletes to Compete in SEA Games

Cambodia will send more than 200 athletes representing 22 different sports to compete in the 27th Southeast Asia Games to be held in Naypyidaw, Burma, next month, an official from National Olympic Committee said Sunday.

Families Protest Eviction by Chinese Company

Forty-two families from Preah Vihear province’s Chheb district on Sunday held a demonstration to protest their pending eviction in favor of a Chinese company that plans to establish a sugarcane plantation on the land the families have occupied for almost three years.

Diabetes on Rise Due to Unhealthy Lifestyles

More than 1,000 people marched to the Kompong Thom provincial referral hospital on Saturday to mark World Diabetes Day and raise awareness of the chronic disease, which affects 3 percent of Cambodians and is increasing due to changing diets.

Senior Lawmaker Left Scene of Crash That Killed Woman

Senior CPP lawmaker Cheam Yeap left the scene of a fatal traffic accident in Kandal province’s Kien Svay district on Friday morning that occurred when the SUV he was traveling in collided head-on with a young couple on a motorbike, leaving the woman dead and her husband critically injured, police and witnesses said Sunday.

Villagers Get Land Title After Torching Excavator

A land dispute between a development company and residents in Phnom Penh’s Russei Keo district boiled over late Friday night, with villagers setting fire to an excavator that they say company staff were using to raze a crematorium on the disputed plot of land.

Sar Kheng Invites CNRP to Talk, Says Preconditions Won’t Be Met

In his closing address at a two-day National Election Committee (NEC) conference in Preah Sihanouk province on Sunday, Interior Minister Sar Kheng told the opposition CNRP to end its boycott of the National Assembly, but emphasized that neither an independent investigation into July’s disputed election nor a reshuffling of the NEC would be forthcoming.

CNRP to Hold Demonstration in Siem Reap

The opposition CNRP has decided to move a mass demonstration to mark International Human Rights Day on December 10 from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap City, the party’s deputy president Kem Sokha said on Saturday.

Still in Prison, Sergei Polonsky Set to Marry Common-Law Wife

While his lawyers seek deals to secure his safe passage to Moscow and protect his dwindling fortune, jailed Russian oligarch Sergei Polonsky is set to enter into a different kind of pact: marriage.

Impunity Reigns as Fatal Shootings Continue to Go Unpunished

Impunity reigns in Cambodia on the back of two consecutive years of fatal shootings by state forces for which perpetrators have evaded justice, local rights group Licadho said Friday in a statement to mark International Day to End Impunity on Saturday.

Alleged Sorcerer Decapitated, Fingers Severed in Kampot

A 50-year-old man accused of practicing black magic was decapitated Thursday night in Kampot province, and police are still searching for the head, officials said Friday.

VN Rubber Company Says It Improves Forest

The Vietnamese Hoang Anh Gia Lai company, the majority shareholder of several economic land concessions in Ratanakkiri province, on Friday rebuffed accusations that it had logged forests and forced evictions, claiming that its activities improved the environment and the livelihoods of locals.

Ratanakkiri Temple Now in Land Concession

As far as government officials are concerned, a temple named Prasat Ta Nang, in Ratanakkiri province’s O’Yadaw district, is a rather new discovery in a part of the country where there are very few monuments.

Anti-Eviction Activist Yorm Bopha Freed On Bail

The Supreme Court on Friday temporarily freed jailed Boeng Kak anti-eviction activist Yorm Bopha on bail, but sent her case back to the Court of Appeal to be reinvestigated.

Man Pistol-Whipped by Military Police Officer

A military police officer was charged Thursday for violently pistol-whipping a 59-year-old man in a road-rage incident on National Road 4 in Kandal province’s Ang Snuol district, police and court officials said Thursday.

Senate Passes Budget Amid Opposition Boycott

The CPP-dominated Senate on Thursday unanimously approved the government’s $3.4-billion draft budget for 2014 despite a boycott by the opposition SRP senators and a $1.53-billion portion of the budget left for Prime Minister Hun Sen to spend as he sees fit.

Prosecutors, Police Discuss Closer Cooperation

Court prosecutors and judicial police held an open meeting at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday to discuss the need for closer cooperation between the two groups in arresting and prosecuting criminals.

Anti-Eviction Activist Yorm Bopha Freed on Bail

The Supreme Court on Friday temporarily freed jailed Boeng Kak anti-eviction activist Yorm Bopha on bail, but sent her case back to the Court of Appeal to be reinvestigated.

Meas Sotha—The Man at the Center of the SL Factory Strike

Meas Sotha is not leaving the SL Garment Factory. As tensions between management and workers have intensified over the past five months, Mr. Sotha and his role at the strike-plagued factory have moved center stage. Workers claim that since Mr. Sotha took over from a previous SL factory administrator in June, he has taken an increasingly active role in managing staff and, they claim, stifling union activities. They accuse him of having a hand in the removal of 19 of their union leaders.

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.

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