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British Businessman Maintains Innocence in Forgery Case

The British businessman at the center of a fraud case involving plans to grow a jatropha plantation in Banteay Meanchey province once again took the stand on Monday in a convoluted trial that has recently centered on the legitimacy of documents used to secure land.

Cambodian-American Navy Officer Sentenced

A Cambodian-American naval commander was sentenced to 6-1/2 years in prison and fined $100,000 by a San Diego federal court for his involvement in a wide-reaching scandal in which he exchanged confidential secrets for cash, gifts and prostitutes.

Hun Sen Warns Against Politicizing Drought

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday warned opposition parties not to politicize the severe drought crippling the country while also accusing them of not doing enough to help those affected by it.

After Trial Run, Weekend Train Service to Begin

Following the success of a Khmer New Year trial run earlier this month, Royal Railway will begin offering regular weekend service between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville on Saturday, with stops in the provinces of Takeo and Kampot.

S-21 Interrogator Tells of Torture of Prisoners

There were clear rules governing the behavior of guards at Phnom Penh’s S-21 prison, as well as how and when prisoners could be tortured, former interrogator Lach Mean told the Khmer Rouge tribunal on Tuesday.

Former Interrogator Tells Tribunal of Conditions at S-21 Prison

A former S-21 interrogator told the Khmer Rouge tribunal on Monday that three teams used to be on hand at the notorious Phnom Penh detention center to interrogate prisoners until they extracted a “confession,” by torture if necessary.

Prime Minister Warns of Water Shortage Amid Drought

Prime Minister Hun Sen took to Facebook on Friday to call on citizens to use water sparingly amid the worst drought in decades, also explaining that the government was trucking water to those most in need.

Former Choeung Ek Guard Describes Executions at Pits

Freshly dug pits awaited prisoners arriving at the Choeung Ek killing fields on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, where they were executed via a blow to the head and a slit throat, a former guard at the site told the Khmer Rouge tribunal on Thursday.

Montagnard Asylum Seeker Kills Himself

A Montagnard asylum seeker was found dead on Wednesday morning in a Phnom Penh residence provided by the U.N.’s refugee agency, having committed suicide in his room, according to police.

Ministry’s Online Business Registry Unpopular

The Ministry of Commerce’s new online business registry launched in December with high expectations, pitched as a way to reduce the graft and red tape often faced by investors and improve Cambodia’s consistently low international ranking in the ease of starting a business.

Phnom Penh to Get New $23 Million Domestic Airport Terminal

A Malaysian company will begin construction on a new domestic terminal at Phnom Penh International Airport soon, at a cost of about $23 million, the firm announced in a filing to the Malaysian stock exchange on Wednesday.

US Report Critical of Government’s Treatment of Opposition

The U.S. State Department’s annual Human Rights Report, released on Wednesday, highlights poor treatment of Cambodia’s political opposition in 2015, and raises concerns about the judiciary’s “broad interpretation” of the crime of incitement.

Authorities Clear Furniture From Sihanoukville Beach—Again

Outdoor tables and chairs belonging to bars and restaurants on Sihanoukville’s Serendipity Beach were removed by local authorities on Tuesday as part of a campaign to beautify the city’s beaches by ridding them of illegal commercial activity, an official said on Wednesday.

Beachfront Evictions Begin in Sihanoukville

Authorities in Sihanoukville followed through with their long-threatened eviction of vendors from the end of the popular O’Chheuteal Beach on Saturday afternoon, demolishing nearly 100 structures along the 2 km strip known locally as Ariston.

After 14 Years, Passenger Train Service to the Coast Restarts

Royal Railway restarted its Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville passenger train on Saturday morning to test the train's capacity and popularity during the Khmer New Year period—the maiden ride since the service was suspended more than a decade ago.

Kantha Bopha Nets $6.5M in Royal Villa Sale

The Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospitals have sold a royal residence in Koh Kong province to the government for about $6.5 million after it was donated to them in October by the king and queen mother.

Son of Khmer Rouge Sector Secretary Returns to Testify at Tribunal

A former messenger and driver for senior Khmer Rouge officials made a virtual return to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia on Thursday to testify about the regime’s operations in Mondolkiri province, four years after he appeared as a witness in the first phase of Case 002.

Tigers to Be Reintroduced to Cambodia in 2019

Eight tigers will be released into the Cambodian wild in an unprecedented plan projected to cost between $20 and $50 million, the Ministry of Agriculture and WWF-Cambodia announced at an event in Phnom Penh on Wednesday.

Author Defends Omitting the Identities of Current Officials

Author Ysa Osman told the Khmer Rouge tribunal on Wednesday that while the names of current government officials had come up in interviews for his two books about Cham Muslims, he did not include them in the text.

Witness Remains Silent Over Jarai Death Order

The Khmer Rouge official tasked with recording interrogations at the Au Kanseng Security Center in Ratanakkiri province refused on Tuesday to say whether he had ordered the execution of over 100 Jarai prisoners who were briefly detained there.