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British Minister Meets Officials, Discusses Demonstrations

Prime Minister Hun Sen and Foreign Minister Hor Namhong on Friday met with British Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire, who used a two-day visit to Cambodia to pledge more funds to the Khmer Rouge tribunal and enquire about the government’s violent and lethal response to garment and opposition party demonstrations in the capital.

Rights Groups Want Access to 23 Detained Prisoners

Two human rights groups on Friday appealed to Interior Minister Sar Kheng to intervene after the General Department of Prisons, which is part of the Interior Ministry, refused to allow representatives from their organizations to meet with some of the 23 union activists and protesters arrested in early January.

Media-Savvy Monks to Launch Weekly Radio Show

As Buddhist monks across the country don saffron robes and leave pagodas in search of donations to fill alms bowls each morning, seven monks based in Dangkao district on the dusty outskirts of Phnom Penh are thinking only of feeding the country’s growing appetite for independent news.

Sar Kheng Accuses CNRP of Launching ‘Constitutional Coup’

Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng became the latest senior member of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s CPP government to accuse the opposition CNRP of attempting to “topple” the government though what he claimed is a “constitutional coup.”

Aviation Growth Bolstered by Chinese Visitors

Cambodia’s aviation market grew briskly for the second consecutive year as national and foreign airlines added routes to China amid a surge in Chinese nationals visiting the country, according to a report released Tuesday by Sydney-based Center for Asia Pacific Aviation.

Leprosy Dark Spot Healed by Early Detection

It started with a small, dark spot on Oeur Pisey’s left arm: A spot that he simply ignored. Slowly, other spots appeared. They soon covered Mr. Pisey’s thighs, upper body, and eventually, his face.

Three Injured After Hit, Run, Shoot Traffic Incident in Phnom Penh

Three men were injured on Wednesday night when a Highlander SUV smashed into a motorbike in Phnom Penh’s Chamkar Mon district and was then chased by an apparent vigilante in a Lexus, who opened fire on the Highlander and wounded the driver before fleeing, police said Thursday.

Cambodia’s Biggest ‘Unofficial’ Holiday Begins

The streets of Phnom Penh were quieter than usual Thursday as shops shuttered their doors, children skipped school and adults took a break from work to kick off celebrations for the country’s biggest unofficial holiday—Chinese New Year.

Suspect Charged After Kompong Thom Wedding Grenade Attack

Kompong Thom Provincial Court on Thursday charged a 22-year-old man with premeditated murder after he allegedly lobbed a grenade into the middle of a wedding dance party on Saturday killing 10 people and injuring 37 others, a court official said.

EU Parliamentarian Probes Sugar Plantations in Cambodia

A member of the European Parliament is in Cambodia investigating agri-business firms accused of evicting hundreds of families while benefiting from a free-trade scheme with Europe worth millions of dollars, according to the NGO Equitable Cambodia.

CNRP Youth Activist to Protest Over Leaked Passport Details

An outspoken CNRP youth activist who claims that her passport application was leaked by immigration police said Thursday that she will lead protests in front of the Ministry of Interior and Prime Minister Hun Sen’s residence in Phnom Penh if authorities do not attempt to right the situation.

Teachers Told to Expel Corruption From Classrooms

Just weeks after the country’s only independent teachers’ association staged a strike for higher wages, Phnom Penh’s education chief told teachers this week that they must stop taking bribes to comply with the government’s promised reform agenda.

Life as Living Nightmare Along National Route 6a

Two years after Prime Minister Hun Sen broke ground on a Chinese-funded project to widen National Road 6a in order to expand its capacity as a major trade and tourism thoroughfare, life for the tens of thousands of families living along the 50-km stretch of road has become a living nightmare.

CNRP Spokesman Says He Advocated for Higher Troop Wages

CNRP spokesman Yim Sovann on Thursday moved to clarify his position on the armed forces after the Defense Ministry accused him of “looking down” on the government and the work of the army.

UK’s Southeast Asia Foreign Minister to Talk Trade, Politics

The U.K.’s visiting Foreign Office minister for Southeast Asia, Hugo Swire, will meet Prime Minister Hun Sen and opposition leaders Friday to discuss both trade and the current political climate, which has been marked by stalemate and protests since July’s national election.

After 15 years, Cambodian Living Arts Plans for the Future

Arn Chorn-Pond made his call for help in 1999. He had trained as a child soldier during the Pol Pot regime and then fled to...

Veal Mean Being Tidied, but Future of Royal Site Unclear

A cleanup operation has began at Veal Mean, the now-dilapidated cremation site of the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk, with a government official saying Wednesday that the funereal pavilions at the site could soon be dismantled.

Drunk Military Police Chief Flees Successive Hit-and-Runs

A district military police chief in Kratie province left three people seriously injured on Monday afternoon after he drunkenly crashed into a female motorcyclist, and then crashed into a father and his son as he fled the scene of his first collision, police said.

Bunong Villagers Barred From Attending Illegal Logging Protest

Authorities in Mondolkiri province’s Pech Creada district on Wednesday set up roadblocks to prevent indigenous minority villagers from traveling to Sen Monorom City to attend a demonstration calling for an end to illegal logging, villagers and authorities said.

Petition Rally for Prisoners’ Release Ends Peacefully

A week after they began their campaign, activists and rights groups handed out the last of their petitions to embassies across Phnom Penh on Wednesday, hoping to solicit the help of foreign governments in securing the release of 23 men arrested earlier this month at protests.

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