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Pailin Governor Orders 19 Families to Move Off His Land

More than 60 police and military police informed 19 families farming on a plot of land in Pailin province’s Sala Krao district on Saturday that they would have to move as they were growing crops on state land.

Australian Foreign Minister Hits Back at Criticism From Evans

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has hit back at criticism of her diplomatic efforts in Cambodia by Australia’s former foreign minister, Gareth Evans, who played a central role in ending Cambodia’s civil war.

RCAF in Africa; Fears of Drug Resistant Malaria

The 74 Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) soldiers who departed for a U.N. peacekeeping mission to Mali this week were only the latest batch of troops to bring their engineering and demining expertise to Africa.

US Reports Long List of Human Rights Concerns in Cambodia

The U.S. State Department on Friday released a damning assessment of the conduct of Cambodia’s elections and also took note of the “arbitrary and possibly unlawful” killing of a bystander by government forces and other human rights concerns in a report on human rights around the globe.

Three Convicted Over Clash With Police on Monivong Bridge

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday sentenced three men of six suspects to prison terms for their role in the September 15 clashes on Monivong Bridge between police and stone throwing youths, during which a man was killed and several were wounded by police gunfire.

Hun Sen Orders Shisha Cafes to Cease Operations Immediately

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday warned all shisha cafe owners, who offer flavored tobaccos smoked through Middle-Eastern style water pipes, to stop operations immediately, claiming the substances smoked in Phnom Penh include drugs.

Two New Cases of Bird Flu Confirmed in Kompong Cham

Two children from Kompong Cham province, a 10-year-old and an 11-year-old girl, have recovered after contracting the avian influenza virus, the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health said on Friday.

Japanese Pianist Returns to Phnom Penh for Weekend Concerts

If anyone needed convincing that Western classical music is very much of our time in Asia, meeting Japanese pianist Miki Aoki would do it.

Monks, CNRP Officials Deliver Rice, Money to Activists, Families

High profile activist monk Loun Sovath and a CNRP lawmakers-elect delivered rice and money donated from Khmer people living in France and Canada to families embroiled in long-running land disputes and protests in Phnom Penh on Friday.

Villagers in Land Dispute Are Summoned, But Not Questioned

Five Kompong Chhnang villagers locked in a land dispute with a company owned by the wife of Mines and Energy Minister Suy Sem, who had repeatedly tried—and failed—to file a complaint with their provincial court, were summoned for questioning at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday.

More than 100 Garment Workers in Two Factories Faint En Masse

More than 100 garment and shoe factory workers fainted in two separate incidents Thursday, the first reported factory faintings of the year, according to local officials.

Court Charges Moto-Taxi Driver With Rape of Stepdaughter

The Kandal Provincial Court on Thursday charged a motorcycle taxi driver, 27, with raping his 12-year-old stepdaughter, police said.

Couple Murder Nephew in Kratie Over $12.50 Debt

A married couple were arrested on Tuesday in Kratie province on suspicion of murdering their nephew so that they would not have to repay a loan of around $12.50, police said Thursday.

Union Representatives Detained for Distributing Strike Leaflets

Two union representatives said that they were detained and “educated” Thursday for distributing leaflets calling on workers to participate in a nationwide strike next month.

Details Murky in Environment Ministry Phnom Penh Land Swap

In 2011, the Environment Ministry entered into a deal with the Ratana Cooperation and Construction company to swap its valuable 2,400-square-meter location on Sihanouk Boulevard in Phnom Penh’s Tonle Bassac commune for a 9,000-square-meter plot of land and a new headquarters 20 km away in the city’s Meanchey district.

Stability, Growth Require Job Creation

Cambodia is entering a new phase of economic growth in which the development of a skilled workforce will be critical to social stability and regional competitiveness, government officials and economists said Thursday at the 2014 Cambodia Outlook Conference.

Gareth Evans Calls for Sanctions on Government

Gareth Evans, the former Australian foreign minister who played a key role in the political settlement that ended Cambodia’s civil war, has called for sanctions against the CPP government of Prime Minister Hun Sen, which he says has been “getting away with murder.”

Royalists Question Wisdom of Ranariddh’s Planned Return

Senior leaders of Funcinpec, the party that Prince Norodom Ranariddh led to victory in the U.N.-sponsored election of 1993, have questioned the wisdom of the prince’s decision to return to the political realm by creating a new political party.

Labor Ministry Denies It Has Stopped Recognizing Unions

The Labor Ministry in a statement Thursday insisted that unions were still free to register as entities recognized by the government, a day after a ministry spokesman said that union registration had been effectively suspended for the foreseeable future.

Coca-Cola Company Confirms Audit of Cambodian Suppliers

The Coca-Cola Company on Thursday confirmed that it has sent a team to Cambodia to assess long-running allegations of land grabbing and forced evictions at the sugar cane plantations that help sweeten the global drinks giant’s sodas.

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Big Drop Reported in Child Labor in Cambodia Fashion Factories

While the United Nations says child labor has fallen sharply in Cambodia's garment factories, many informal subcontractors using children are escaping scrutiny, activists said Tuesday. 

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