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China Funded 70 Percent of Cambodian Roads, Bridges: Minister

About 70 percent of roads and bridges in Cambodia have been funded by China, with loans for their financing adding up to about $2 billion, government-affiliated Fresh News reported the transport minister as saying on Friday.

Cambodia Takes the Regional Lead in HIV Treatment Effort

Cambodia has made significant progress in HIV treatment, taking the lead regionally by reaching 80 percent of those living with the virus and becoming one of only seven countries globally to reach target treatment goals, according to a U.N. report released on Thursday.

Government Rolls Out Ambitious Plan to Put Women in Leadership

An ambitious initiative to increase the number of women in government positions by establishing quotas was announced on Thursday, including plans to replace retiring men with women, provide child care services and create mentorship programs for women.

EU, World Bank Handed Petitions to Help Free Tep Vanny

More than 30 Boeng Kak activists delivered petitions to the E.U. and World Bank’s Phnom Penh headquarters on Wednesday morning asking the two bodies to lobby government officials for the release of prominent activist Tep Vanny ahead of a court appeal against her prison sentence next week, the activists said.

White Building Demolition Begins as Holdouts Move Out

Two excavators turned bricks to rubble with ease on Monday as walls jutting out from the ground floor of Phnom Penh’s dilapidated White Building slowly tumbled to the ground.

Russian Oligarch Plans Return to Cambodia After Conviction

More than two years after being extradited to his home country to face fraud charges, Russian real-estate tycoon Sergei Polonsky plans to return to his island empire off the coast of Sihanoukville to resume his ecotourism development plans, according to an associate.

Two Years on, NGO Law Remains ‘Ambiguous’

Two years since CPP lawmakers unanimously approved a widely criticized law regulating the country’s NGOs, Cambodian organizations say they are still unclear on how to comply with some of its vaguely worded provisions, forcing them to operate under the fear of arbitrary shutdown.

Temples Recognized as Cambodia’s Third World Heritage Site

Sambor Prei Kuk—a collective of about 50 pre-Angkorian temples in Kompong Thom province—was approved on Saturday as Cambodia’s third World Heritage site, making way for increased conservation and its promotion as a remote tourist attraction.

After Adhoc 5, Campaigners Set Sights on Activist Tep Vanny

With the Adhoc 5 now out of prison on bail, some advocates are shifting their focus to jailed land activist Tep Vanny, one of 20 Cambodians that rights groups say are languishing behind bars as political prisoners.

Political Intimidation to Continue Ahead of National Election: NGO

Rights group Licadho said in a report on Monday that it had investigated more than 100 cases of obstructions to freedom of assembly and expression over the past two-and-a-half years, and warned that such repression was “all but certain” to continue ahead of next year’s national election.

FBI Provides Refreshers on Cybercrime Efforts

U.S. FBI officials and experts this week provided training on preventing and reacting to cybercrime and cross-border crimes to about 140 participants from 20 Asia-Pacific countries in Cambodia.

Provincial Governor Changes Draw Praise, Disappointment

Phnom Penh governor Pa Socheatvong and three provincial governors are set to be replaced and become advisers to the government, according to a royal decree signed over the weekend, making way for the country’s first female provincial governor to be appointed in Koh Kong province.

Suspect in Disappearance Case Linked to Bar Owner Dies

The death of a man accused by two of his children alongside a Siem Reap bar owner of being involved in the unsolved disappearance of three siblings in Australia could make way for witnesses he blackmailed into silence to come forward, his son said on Sunday.

Villagers Elevate Concerns Over Mekong Dam Construction

Ahead of what is expected to be the final public meeting for a massive dam project on the Mekong River on Monday, communities whose livelihoods could be devastated by the construction say they have been inadequately informed and are willing to escalate their opposition, representatives said on Wednesday.

Work Permitting Eases, But Glitches Remain

Companies operating in Cambodia have seen the process of obtaining work permits for foreign employees become easier and more transparent since the Labor Ministry started a website in September run by the private sector, industry experts said.

CNRP to Push $500K Per Commune Plan in National Assembly

In what one observer said was simply an act of politicking, the opposition CNRP on Thursday said it would push its campaign pledge of giving $500,000 to every commune in the National Assembly.

Siem Reap Bar Owner Accused of Sex Crimes Seeks Leniency

A Siem Reap City bar owner from Australia who was previously investigated over the decades-old disappearance of three siblings and currently faces multiple child sex abuse charges in Australia abused one of his victims “over 400 times” over the course of four years, according to a victim statement read aloud in court yesterday, Australian media reported.

CNRP to Begin Commune Chief Training Ahead of $500K Promise

The CNRP will begin training commune chiefs on financial management to prepare them to control $500,000 budgets, a redistribution of government funds the party promised should it win next year’s national election, CNRP Vice President Mu Sochua said on Wednesday.

Fresh News Results Create ‘Irregularity’ in NEC Process

A National Election Committee spokesman on Monday warned that the government-aligned website Fresh News had caused an “irregularity” by publishing unofficial election results ahead of the elections body.

After Limited Time, ‘Shadow’ Monitors Offer Broad Approval

Two groups of “shadow” election observers that rubber-stamped the 2013 general election amid widespread complaints of fraud lauded Sunday’s commune elections as “fair” and “safe” after visiting a handful of Phnom Penh polling stations each—and hours before unofficial vote counts began appearing online.