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Sonando Fans to Stage Protest for TV License

Mam Sonando, owner of the popular Beehive Radio station, and his supporters will defy a government ban on public gatherings and start daily protests against the Ministry of Information’s rejection of Mr. Sonando’s request for a relay station and a TV station, Mr. Sonando’s assistant said Wednesday.

SBC to Rebrand Following Taiwan Acquisition

Locally owned Singapore Banking Corp. (SBC) will rebrand itself Thursday as Cathay United Bank (Cambodia) Corp. Ltd., or CUBC, as part of a deal that finalizes the acquisition of SBC by Taiwanese financial corporation Cathay United Bank, according to a copy of a speech that will be delivered Thursday at a ceremony marking the deal.

Court Says Polonsky Still Faces Charges for Role in Assault

Wanted Russian ex-billionaire Sergei Polonsky still faces charges for his role in allegedly assaulting six Cambodian boatmen off the coast of Sihanoukville in December 2012, provincial court officials said Wednesday.

Subedi Calls for Accountability in Meeting With Hun Sen

In a meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen and 10 of the government’s highest-ranking officials in Phnom Penh on Wednesday, U.N. human rights envoy Surya Subedi called for the perpetrators of recent state-sanctioned killings to be held accountable for their actions.

US Support to Cambodian Military Under Scrutiny

As military police began a 10-day training program with the U.S. military in Phnom Penh on Tuesday, questions are being raised again over Washington's ongoing support to Cambodian security forces involved in serious human rights abuses.

Unions Warn of More Strikes Unless Wage Talks Resume

The trade unions behind recently suspended nationwide strikes defended their ongoing demand for a $160 monthly minimum wage for the country’s 600,000 garment workers on Wednesday, and vowed to resume the strikes if the government and factories did not agree to negotiations soon.

Garment Workers Continue Striking Over Unpaid Wages

Workers at two factories continued striking Wednesday to demand that their employers pay them half their wages for the days they spent on strike during mass garment sector demonstrations earlier this month.

Villagers in Land Dispute Detain Workers, Confiscate Equipment

Villagers involved in a land dispute in Battambang province on Monday temporarily detained six men working for an agribusiness firm who were preparing the disputed land to be cleared, residents and police said.

Road Safety Hit by Suspension of Law Enforcement

The continuing suspension of traffic-law enforcement by traffic police since the run-up to July’s national election has had a detrimental effect on road safety practices, a senior Ministry of Interior official admitted Tuesday.

China’s Ambassador Criticizes Abe’s Shrine Visit

China’s ambassador to Cambodia, Bu Jianguo, lashed out against Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit last month to a controversial shrine honoring Japan’s war dead in a letter published Tuesday in a Khmer-language newspaper.

UN Envoy Continues Meetings With CNRP, NGOs

U.N. human rights envoy Surya Subedi, who is on his 10th fact-finding mission to Cambodia, met with opposition CNRP leader Sam Rainsy on Tuesday ahead of a planned meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen and other senior government officials Wednesday.

Construction on $35 Million Hospital Set to Begin in April

Construction on Phnom Penh’s first international-standard critical-care center is expected to begin in April, and when completed it will offer state-of-the-art medical technology and highly trained staff, according to an official with the Japanese firm in charge of the project.

Husband Locks Anti-Eviction Activist Yorm Bopha in House

Recently freed anti-eviction activist Yorm Bopha has become embroiled in a very public domestic dispute with her husband, with reporters Tuesday being called to their Boeng Kak area home by an NGO representative claiming that Ms. Bopha’s husband was trying to kill her.

Hun Sen Says He’s Here to Stay; Higher Wages Must Wait

Prime Minister Hun Sen used a groundbreaking ceremony for a new bridge linking Cambodia to Vietnam on Tuesday to reiterate that he has no plans to step down from his position, and told opposition supporters who have called for his ouster to settle in for a long wait.

Supporters Rally as Court Questions CNRP Leaders

An estimated 2,000 CNRP supporters gathered outside the Phnom Penh courthouse Tuesday, blocking traffic along Monireth Boulevard and defying a government ban on public gatherings, as opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha were questioned over their alleged involvement in labor protests that turned violent earlier this month.

Garment Workers Go Back on Strike Over Unpaid Wages

Thousands of garment workers from four factories have gone back on strike this week to protest a decision by their employers to withhold pay for the days they did not work during recent nationwide strikes.

Sonando Plans Protest After Relay Station, TV Channel Rejected

The Information Ministry has rejected a request by Mam Sonando, the owner of popular Beehive Radio, for a relay station to broadcast deeper into provincial areas and permission to open a TV station.

Ministry of Defense Backs Accused RCAF Officials

The Ministry of Defense on Monday said that a complaint filed against a Royal Cambodian Armed Forces commander in Banteay Meanchey province for alleged corruption and other crimes had already been resolved in 2011.

Jailed UK Businessman Faces Fresh Charges

The Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court laid fresh charges of money laundering on the detained chairman of an embattled British investment firm on Friday, the same day that a provincial official was arrested in relation to fraud charges the businessman was already facing, a court official said Monday.

UN Envoy Urged to Probe Arrest of Monks

The U.N.’s human rights envoy to Cambodia, Surya Subedi, who began his 10th fact-finding mission to Cambodia on Sunday, has been asked to investigate issues faced by ethnic Khmer Krom people after five monks were arrested for participating in garment worker protests earlier this month.

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China Mulls Purge of Foreign Content From Media, School Textbooks

The ruling Chinese Communist Party's media regulator is considering banning the broadcast of overseas-produced news during prime time on domestic channels, while the country's ministry of education has ordered a purge of foreign content from textbooks in primary and secondary education.

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