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History on the Rocks

A remote cave’s cherished ancient paintings withstand the elements, but face an uncertain future.

Fire Destroys 33 Recycling Collectors’ Houses

The cause of a fire that destroyed more than 30 houses on Tuesday in a small slum inhabited by recycling collectors, in an area surrounded by new housing developments in southern Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district, will likely be determined today, according to officials.

Bodybuilder Wins First in Regional Championships

Four Cambodian bodybuilders won medals at the 13th Southeast Asian Bodybuilding and Physique Sports championship in Thailand during the past week, with the reigning Mr. Angkor, Tek Bunvy, taking home a gold.

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.

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.

Motorists Beware: Train Service Picking Up

As Royal Railway increases its traffic—there are now up to 16 freight and passenger train journeys daily along the 266-km line between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville—big collisions and near-misses with crossing vehicles are occurring with alarming regularity.

Judge Halts Proceedings After Briton’s Outburst

Apparently tired of allowing British businessman Gregg Fryett to berate the prosecutors and other officials responsible for his imprisonment, the presiding judge in the long-running trial of the accused fraudster and four associates halted proceedings mid-hearing on Wednesday after chastising the defendant.

Cambodia’s Leopards Facing Extinction by 2018: Expert

Cambodia’s population of spotted Indochinese leopards will be extinct by 2018 unless action is taken to deal with the “snaring crisis” in Mondolkiri province, where the few remaining leopards live, according to the author of a forthcoming paper on the issue.

Memo From Judge Revises S-21 Prisoner Total to Over 15,000

Almost 3,000 more people were imprisoned at the notorious S-21 interrogation center than previously thought, the Khmer Rouge tribunal’s co-investigating judges have asserted in a recently declassified memo.

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Store Opens First Branch in Cambodia

Phnom Penh’s first location of the U.S. donut giant Krispy Kreme marked its grand opening on Sunday with boxes of free donuts to eager fans.

Russian Fugitive to Be Deported Pending Appeal

Russian fugitive Vladimir Batalin will be deported to his home country to face charges of defrauding a Russian provincial government out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, the Court of Appeal ruled on Wednesday.

Athletes With ‘Khmer Blood’ Sought for SEA Games

The National Olympic Committee of Cambodia has sought the help of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to find ethnically Cambodian athletes worldwide to bolster the rosters of the nation’s sporting teams, president Thong Khon said on Monday.

Lawyer for Russian Fugitive Claims Fraud Charges ‘Political’

Some eight years after he fled fraud charges in his home country, Russian fugitive Vladimir Batalin faced a deportation hearing at the Court of Appeal in Phnom Penh on Thursday.

Disgraced Judge’s Evidence Upheld Again

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday struck down another request from embattled British businessman Gregg Fryett to reinvestigate all evidence collected by disgraced former court director Ang Mealaktei in a fraud case that has seen Mr. Fryett jailed for more than three years.

Pursat Demining Death Caused By Use of Incorrect Equipment

A deminer killed in Pursat province late last month was using the “wrong tool” while clearing an area of land in the infamous K-5 minefield when he detonated an anti-personnel landmine, according to a preliminary investigation by HALO Trust, the NGO for which he worked.

Civil Parties Criticize Delayed Appeals Verdict

The Khmer Rouge tribunal has delayed the long-awaited appeal judgment in the first case against senior Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan for a second time, drawing criticism from civil party lawyers worried about the advanced age of their clients and the appellants.

Prime Minister’s Personal Website Hacked

Prime Minister Hun Sen’s personal website was hacked by members of the group Anonymous on Saturday, its homepage replaced with a video showing graphic images of dead bodies and acts of state-sponsored violence in Cambodia over the past 30 years.

Girl Found in Ditch Likely Raped, Murdered

Police are analyzing DNA samples to try and determine if a 9-year-old girl found dead in a ditch in Kandal province on Wednesday was raped before being murdered.

Court Upholds Fraud Evidence Collected by Disgraced Judge

British businessman Gregg Fryett called for a reinvestigation of the fraud charges against him at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday, arguing that the evidence underpinning the case should be tossed out as it was collected by disgraced former court director Ang Mealaktei.

Former Guard Describes S-21 Execution Sites

As many as 100 prisoners were executed outside Phnom Penh’s S-21 security center every week before the murderous operation was transferred to the Choeung Ek killing fields, a former guard told the Khmer Rouge tribunal yesterday.