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Bunong Living on Land Concession Evicted

An indigenous Bunong minority community in Mondolkiri province’s Keo Seima district on Wednesday filed a complaint claiming that authorities had destroyed their homes, but authorities allege that the villagers are living on land owned by a private company.

‘Killer Karaoke’ to Be Made for Cambodian TV

Cambodian television audiences will soon be introduced to “Killer Karaoke,” an international reality TV show that requires contestants to sing along to popular tunes while overcoming a series of bizarre obstacles such as water-filled snake pits, after Hang Meas HDTV signed a deal with London-based production company Zodiak Rights to produce a local version of the show, representatives said.

Government Sees 17% Increase in Tax Revenue

The government collected $800 million in tax revenue during the first 11 months of the year, an increase of 17.3 percent compared to the same period last year, according to a statement issued Thursday by the General Department of Taxation.

CNRP Mulls Filing Complaint Over Death Threat

CNRP Vice President Kem Sokha is considering asking authorities to investigate the credibility of a death threat posted to Facebook, an opposition spokesman said Thursday.

Hor Namhong to Visit Troops in Preah Vihear to Explain UN Ruling

Minister of Foreign Affairs Hor Namhong will on Saturday visit Royal Cambodian Armed Forces troops stationed in the Preah Vihear temple territory to explain the interpretation of the recent U.N. court ruling on the area, a Foreign Ministry official said.

Aid Pledges Continue Despite CNRP Calls for Delay

Germany has pledged $64 million in aid donations to Cambodia for this year and next, amounting to a “substantial increase” over the past two years of official German assistance to the country, the German Embassy announced on Wednesday.

China’s Official State News Agency Slams Hun Sen, CPP

The official press agency of the Chinese Communist Party on Wednesday published an article that rebukes the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen for failing to deal with political unrest in Cambodia and calls for “serious and deep reforms” in the country over the next five years.

Monks on ‘Peace Walk’ Block National Road to Protest Ill-Treatment

Monks marching toward Phnom Penh to mark International Human Rights Day on Tuesday in front of the National Assembly have continued to receive a cold reception from some pagodas along their way and blocked a national road Thursday afternoon in protest.

Health Ministry to Shut Down Cancer Clinic

The Ministry of Health said Thursday it would shut down a Phnom Penh health center that claims to cure diseases such as cancer and diabetes with the help of detoxifying machines, according to officials.

Reports of Major Congestion at Poipet Checkpoint

Trucks and other vehicles have been backed up for up to a kilometer on either side of the Poipet border checkpoint for the past three days due to administrative changes on the Thai side, according to Cambodian officials.

Disability Services to Be Rolled Out in Provinces

Cambodia will on Tuesday introduce measures intended to better serve disabled people living in the provinces and will hold its first workshop on the draft of a new five-year plan to improve disability services, the government said at an annual meeting of members to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention in Geneva.

Freedom of Information Law Still Unrealized

Almost 10 years since the government first formally announced the need for a freedom of information law, CPP lawmaker Chheang Vun said at a conference in Phnom Penh on Wednesday that the ruling party would aim to pass a law next year.

Buildings Near Palace to Be Partially Demolished

Phnom Penh municipal governor Pa Socheatvong maintained Wednesday that the city would partially demolish two buildings near the Royal Palace because they exceed the height limit stated in their contracts, though he did not specify when the demolition would occur.

Ban on Child Adoptions to Be Lifted in 2014

A government official announced Wednesday that intercountry adoptions from Cambodia will resume in 2014, ending a five-year moratorium imposed amid widespread reports of child exploitation in the sector.

Coverage of Sexual Violence Needs Sensitivity

The way the media portrays violent crimes against women and girls is perpetuating negative attitudes toward them, and a focus needs to be placed on why such crimes are so common instead of focusing on the behavior of the women, NGOs said Wednesday.

CNRP Requests Migrant Worker Draft Agreement

The opposition CNRP has written to the embassies of Singapore and Malaysia requesting copies of draft agreements with the Cambodian government on sending migrant workers to the countries that they say they were not privy to.

A Hard Road To Phnom Penh For Marching Monks

Monks and their supporters marching to Phnom Penh on a 10-day “Peace Walk,” as part of International Human Rights Day, said Wednesday that pagodas along the way have repeatedly tried to shut them out, and they have scuffled with police on at least one occasion.

After Reform Promise, a Return to Statecraft as Usual

In the months that have followed since Prime Minister Hun Sen's dramatic self-criticism speech in September, there is little indication of a new reformist tendency emerging from his party in the aftermath of its worst election results in 20 years.

Regulator to Review Minimum Prices for Calls

An official at the Telecommunication Regulator of Cambodia said Wednesday that the body plans to review and possibly lower the current minimum price per call after it recently ordered the country’s seven mobile phone operators to abide by a law that sets minimum call prices.

CNRP Announces Dual Marches to Angkor Wat, Assembly

The opposition CNRP has informed authorities it will hold marches in both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap to mark International Human Rights Day on Tuesday, including a march to Angkor Wat.

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Election Body Issues Text Messages Warning of Election Law Prosecutions

The national election body has warned Cambodians in a series of text messages that they could face prosecution if they are found to have violated the election law, which extends to calls to boycott the vote.

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