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Vocational School May Be Swapped to Phanimex

The government is negotiating with the Phanimex company to ex­change the state-owned Preah Kossomak Vocational Training School on Russian Boulevard for new buildings elsewhere...

Protesters Seek EU, World Bank Presence at Yorm Bopha Hearing

Some 50 representatives of Phnom Penh’s embattled Boeng Kak community on Monday marched to the offices of the European Union and World Bank to request that the international bodies send observers to the upcoming Supreme Court hearing of anti-eviction activist Yorm Bopha on November 22.

Land Dispute Families Submit Complaint Over Snake Attack

Three families involved in a land dispute with a private company filed a complaint Monday at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court accusing the company’s owner, businessman Khun Sear, of waging an ongoing campaign of intimidation as he tries to force the families from their homes in Tuol Kok district.

KR Tribunal Must Explore Options for Future

Officials at the Khmer Rouge tribunal must act quickly regarding the future of the court by either committing to a second “mini-trial” or risking “an ignominious end” that would undermine its efforts to date, the George Soros-funded Open Society Justice Initiative has said in a new report.

Japanese Government Awards Chea Sim Order of the Rising Sun

CPP and Senate President Chea Sim was awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun by the Japanese government on Sunday in recognition of his contributions to the strengthening of relations between the two countries.

Bill Clinton, Not Hun Sen, Booked to Speak at Tokyo Summit

A government official on Monday moved to clarify a report by state news agency Agence Kampuchea Presse that Prime Minister Hun Sen had been invited to give the keynote speech at a prestigious summit in Tokyo later this month, saying that in fact former U.S. President Bill Clinton was already booked as the speaker.

H&M Calls for Yearly Minimum Wage Review

The call for a higher minimum wage in Cambodia’s garment industry by Swedish clothing giant H&M, which posted a 2012 profit margin of more than $3.4 billion, should begin with the brand itself as it has the power and means to raise workers’ wages, industry members said Monday.

Senior Diplomat Says US Still Backs Election Investigation

After meeting with government officials and opposition leaders, a senior U.S. diplomat said at a press conference Monday afternoon that Washington would continue to back a credible investigation into irregularities reported during July’s national election.

Two-Year-Old Pursat Girl Is 12th Victim of Avian Influenza

A 2-year-old girl from Pursat province’s Bakan district who died just hours after being admitted to the hospital on October 26 succumbed to bird flu, the Ministry of Health and World Health Organization said Monday.

Children, 2 And 8 Years Old, Latest Rape Victims

A 2-year-old girl in Kratie province and an 8-year-old girl in Phnom Penh became the latest victims of child rape late last week in a year that has already seen more than 100 such attacks on children, prompting calls for a countrywide campaign to highlight the prevalence of the brutal crime.

Chhouk Bundith’s Triple Shooting Case Called a ‘Mockery’

The Court of Appeal on Monday upheld the Svay Rieng Provincial Court’s verdict in the case of former Bavet City governor Chhouk Bundith, who was sentenced to 18 months in prison for shooting three factory workers but has not spent a day in prison and remains at large.

Bophana Marks Anniversary of Independence

The Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center in Phnom Penh is marking Cambodia’s 60th anniversary of independence from France this week with a series of talks on the 1960s.

Miss Universe Entrant Embodies Vietnam, Cambodia

She may be Vietnam’s entrant in this year’s Miss Universe pageant, but 25-year-old Truong Thi May says her ancestry is as Khmer as any Cambodian west of the border.

2014 Draft Budget Passes First Round in One-Party Parliament

Still absent any input from the opposition CNRP, the country’s $3.54 billion draft budget for 2014 took another step toward becoming law Monday when CPP lawmakers passed the spending bill on to the National Assembly’s finance committee for approval.

Pro-Opposition Singer Set to Record First Protest Album

Chan Kosal has come a long way since his childhood days spent sifting through trash and busking to a few passersby on the streets of Kompong Chhnang town to earn enough to go to school.

Villagers Threaten to Forcibly Resist Eviction

More than 300 people on Sunday pledged to further resist moves by district authorities to evict them from the land they have lived on for more than three years alongside an large rubber plantation owned by the Try Pheap Com­pany in Preah Vihear province.

Zaha Hadid to Design Cambodia’s Genocide Museum

The fluidity of the structures designed by renowned Iraqi-born architect Zaha Hadid bring to mind the gentle waves of a river —her skyscrapers are...

Flesh-Eating Mob Tears Into Cambodian Cinema

Opening last Monday, ultra-low budget Cambodian-made horror movie “Run” by Khmer director Touch Oudom, sells itself as the country’s first homemade zombie movie. It is a curious selling point perhaps for a film that borrows so heavily from a couple of recent Western movies, but if any filmgoers are forgiving of derivatives it is fans of the horror genre.

Thai, Cambodian Armies Pledge to Keep Peace

Thai and Cambodian military officials met at the base of Preah Vihear temple on Sunday to reaffirm their commitment to keeping the peace both before and after a pending U.N. court verdict that could decide the fate of a nearby stretch of disputed borderland.

Marie-Laurence Comberti, Humanitarian, Dies Aged 65

Marie-Laurence Comberti, who passed away following a heart attack on October 25, aged 65, was a well-known figure in Phnom Penh, renowned for her compassion and charity work.

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