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Rice Exports Drop Amid Calls for Intervention

Rice exports fell almost 6 percent during the first half of the year, to 268,190 tons, according to government figures—despite the industry’s repeated calls for help to prevent such a decline.

Fading Confidence Repelling Condo Buyers

Waning confidence in Cambodia’s political stability is discouraging overseas buyers from investing in the thousands of condominium units shooting up in the country, a leading realtor said on Wednesday.

US Removes Tariffs for Cambodian Travel Goods

Manufacturers in Cambodia can now export luggage, backpacks, wallets and other travel items to the U.S. without paying duties, U.S. Ambassador William Heidt announced at an event on Wednesday in Phnom Penh.

Rice Federation Re-elects Prime Minister’s Son-in-Law

Despite thinning support and a rough year for the rice industry, Prime Minister Hun Sen’s son-in-law has been re-elected to lead the Cambodia Rice Federation (CRF), an official said on Sunday.

Government Passes Law to Regulate Organ Donation

Ruling party lawmakers unanimously passed a law regulating how human cells, tissue and or­gans can be donated or used in the country during a session on Thursday at the National Assembly, with the CNRP continuing its boycott of parliament in protest of a legal assault against the opposition.

Meth-Dealing Suspects Nabbed in Police Sting

A Cambodian man and his Lao­tian accomplice were caught with 2 kg of crystal methamphetamine in Phnom Penh on Wednesday after un­dercover police lured them to the capital from Stung Treng province, an official said.

Another Armyworm Outbreak Hits Koh Kong

As farmers across the country continue to recover from crop devastation wrought by a plague of armyworm caterpillars, those in Koh Kong province are facing a new outbreak that is decimating young rice plants, officials said ­on Monday.

Billboard Falls Down Amid Strong Wind; 2 Injured

Strong winds felled a billboard in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district on Monday afternoon, injuring two men riding by on a motorbike as it crashed to the ground, officials said.

College Student Charged With Murder of Government Official

A 21-year-old university student was charged on Saturday with the murder of a Defense Ministry official stabbed to death in broad daylight in front of several witnesses last week.

Brand Trousers Seized After Container Heist

A band of thieves hijacked a container truck filled with 10,000 Puma-brand pants on Thursday in Kompong Speu province, but were forced to abandon the loot in a forest after police caught up to them, military police said on Sunday.

Student Admits to Military Official’s Murder

A 21-year-old university student has been arrested for the brazen murder of Defense Ministry Major Ly Davy in Phnom Penh on Tues­day, and on Thursday told investigators that he killed the official because she often spat at him, according to police.

Police Rule Out Robbery in Official’s Murder

Police in Phnom Penh say they have ruled out robbery as a motive in the fatal, streetside stabbing of a Defense Ministry official in broad daylight on Tuesday, but have yet to identify the murderer, who fled the scene on a motorbike.

Defense Official Murdered in Broad Daylight

A Defense Ministry official was stabbed to death outside a busy market in Phnom Penh on Tuesday morning by a helmeted assailant who fled on a motorbike and remains at large, according to witnesses and police.

Cambodia Spoiled Asean Statement on Sea: Reports

Cambodia helped to scupper an Asean joint statement on the South China Sea last week, according to news reports, an echo of the success it had killing a similar statement when it was chair of the regional bloc four years ago.

Armyworms Devastate Crops

A plague of armyworm caterpillars has expanded in recent days and is now decimating crops in 10 provinces, eating young plants just emerging after one of the most severe droughts in recent history, officials said on Sunday.

First Shipment Of Australian Cattle Arrives in Sihanoukville

A ship carrying 2,766 head of Australian cattle will this morning offload the first delivery of beef cows from the Pacific nation since Phnom Penh and Canberra finalized health protocols two years ago, the importer said on Thursday.

Dedicated Center for Driver’s Licenses Opens at Aeon Mall

The country’s first dedicated driver’s license renewal center opened at Phnom Penh’s Aeon Mall on Wednesday in a ceremony presided over by new Transport Minister Sun Chanthol.

Government Wage Hikes Depend on Cost Cutting

Slashing unnecessary spending by ministries will allow the government to guarantee a monthly minimum wage of $250 for civil servants in time for the 2018 national election, a secretary of state at the Finance Ministry said on Tuesday.

Foreign Minister Responds to Ban Ki-moon

After initially refusing to comment on U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s surprise telephone call to Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn last week, the ministry has released Mr. Sokhonn’s purported replies, all defending the government’s latest crackdown on the opposition.

Workers Return Home After Ordeal in Japan

Two Cambodians have been flown home from Japan after being cheated by labor brokers who promised them high-paying jobs but exploited them instead, the Cambodian Embassy in Tokyo said in a statement.