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Lawyers Tell KR Tribunal Judges to Acquit Nuon Chea

Lawyers for Nuon Chea on Thursday told judges at the Khmer Rouge war crimes tribunal that “the only avenue forward” for the regime’s former deputy secretary is an acquittal, due to weak evidence that fails to implicate him and a trial that the defense deems to have been inherently unfair.

Protesters Stop Try Pheap Tractor From Clearing Land in Preah Vihear

More than 100 people on Thursday protested and stopped a bulldozer belonging to businessman Try Pheap from clearing their land next to a rubber plantation he owns in Preah Vihear’s Rovieng district, villagers and local officials said.

CNRP Delivers Petitions to Three Embassies

Opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha on Thursday led more than 1,000 supporters to deliver petitions to the French, British and U.S. embassies before settling in for a second day of demonstrations at Freedom Park, where crowds were significantly smaller than on Wednesday, peaking at about 7,000 in the early evening.

CPP Shifts Strategy Toward Opposition Protests

Bellicose warnings of suppression by riot and military police in the lead-up to the opposition CNRP’s three days of marching through the streets of Phnom Penh left many predicting clashes that would lay bare the CPP government’s authoritarian tendencies.

Government Suspends Logging in Stung Treng Dam Concession

The government has ordered Ang & Associates Lawyer Co. Ltd., a company headed by well-known businessman Kith Meng, to cease logging in an area of Stung Treng province where a hydropower dam will be built.

Media Says Thai Military Put Loudspeakers Along Disputed Border

The Thai military has set up loudspeakers near Preah Vihear temple to communicate with Cambodian soldiers on the opposite side of a disputed piece of borderland, the fate of which the International Court of Justice is scheduled to decide on November 11, according to Thai media.

Northbridge Students Introduced to Work of NGOs

Northbridge International School Cambodia (NISC) on Wednesday hosted its second annual NGO fair to raise pupils’ awareness of the social and environmental is­sues affecting Cambodia.

Japan Pledges $9M to Demining in Battambang

The government of Japan will donate about $9.13 million to the Cambodian Mine Action Center to further their efforts in clearing Battambang province’s Bavel and Ratanak Mondol districts, two of the most heavily mined areas nationwide, officials said Wednesday.

Carlsberg Unworried by Call for Beer Boycott

Danish beer giant Carlsberg, a partner in Cambodia’s largest brewery, Cambrew, said it is not concerned by a call to boycott its popular Angkor Beer brand over a partner company’s investment in a Laos dam.

Baby Abducted From Hospital Reunited With Mom

A newborn baby who was allegedly abducted on Monday just six hours after being born at Meanchey district referral hospital in Phnom Penh was reunited with his 18-year-old mother last night after his kidnapper was allegedly identified by neighbors who had heard a radio report describing the suspect’s clothes.

Construction Set to Resume at CamKo City

Construction on Phnom Penh’s CamKo City project will resume after a year’s suspension following a fraud scandal that left its original financial backer bankrupt, an official at the Ministry of Land Management said Wednesday.

Journalist, Red Cross Worker Dead Following Collision With Bus

A van carrying journalists and Red Cross staff from Phnom Penh to a flooded area in Battambang province crashed into a bus Wednesday afternoon, killing two people and leaving at least two more in a critical condition, police said.

Historic Peace Agreement No Cure for Cambodia’s Current Woes

Since July’s disputed national election, the opposition CNRP has turned outward for support and called for intervention from the U.N. and signatory countries on the grounds that their work is not yet done, and Cam­bodia is far from being the democracy that was once hoped for.

CNRP Marches Through Phnom Penh, Delivers Petition to UN

More than 10,000 opposition CNRP supporters marched from Freedom Park to the U.N.’s human rights office in Phnom Penh on Wednesday to deliver a petition urging signatories of the 1991 Paris Peace Agreement to intervene in the country’s current political deadlock.

Protesters Move Largely Unhindered by Police Checkpoints

Despite the return of police checkpoints around Phnom Penh on Wednesday morning ahead of the opposition CNRP’s latest protest against July’s still-disputed national election, most demonstrators coming in from the provinces were let through.

NEC Falls Short of Removing All ‘Ghost Names’ From Voter List

The National Election Committee on Wednesday closed the official voter registration period, which lasted for 20 days and saw more than 170,000 people added and nearly 100,000 names struck from the voter list.

Thailand, Japan Donate to Flood Relief Efforts

The governments of Japan and Thailand as well as the Thai community in Cambodia have decided to donate goods and cash totaling about $520,000 to flood relief in Cambodia, officials said Tuesday.

Man Arrested Over Murder of Rubber Farmer

A man has been arrested for his alleged role in the killing of a landowner following a dispute over a boundary at a rubber plantation in Ratanakkiri province, dep­uty provincial police chief Phen Dina said Tuesday.

City Says It Will Provide Land Titles to 33 Boeng Kak Families

Phnom Penh Municipality will provide land titles to 33 more families living in the city’s Boeng Kak neighborhood, a municipal official said Tuesday, roughly a third of those still seeking property rights in the area that has seen some 3,000 forced evictions.

Kompong Thom Girl Is Year’s 21st Bird Flu Case

An 8-year-old girl from Kom­pong Thom province’s Baray district has become the 21st person this year to contract the H5N1 virus, also known as bird flu, officials said Tuesday.

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Preserving The Victims’ Clothes At Tuol Sleng

The memory of the Khmer Rouge's many torture victims is being kept alive through a special conservation project. Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum holds the clothes of thousands who were killed in the Cambodian genocide in the late 1970's.

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