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ADB Says Hydropower Growth Won’t Match Need for Oil, Coal

Cambodia’s reliance on imported fossil fuels to meet its energy needs is set to increase in the coming years, despite the raft of hydropower projects planned by the government, according to new data from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Polonsky Reportedly Escaped Cambodia With Diplomatic Assistance

Russian former billionaire Sergei Polonsky, who is on bail on assault charges from the Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court, may have been spirited out of Cambodia with the assistance of the Russian government and may now be in Israel, according to a news report.

Eight Arrested as Garment Workers, Police Clash

Eight people were arrested as garment workers from rival unions in Kompong Speu province clashed with each other, and with riot police, on Monday at a Taiwanese-owned garment factory making clothing for U.S. sports brand Nike, police and union officials said.

Double Murder May Be Linked to Extortion Ring

Police said Tuesday they are investigating whether two bodies dumped on the banks of the Mekong River in Phnom Penh, which are so far unidentified and unclaimed, are connected to an extortion ring uncovered in a nearby villa on Monday.

Sugar, Energy Project Launched in Kratie

A Vietnamese- and Indian-backed project to produce sugar, ethanol and electricity, valued at more than $90 million, has begun operating in Kratie province, according to an official and a news report.

Australian Police Detain Woman With Narcotics From Cambodia

Australian authorities on Monday said they intercepted an estimated 8.5-kg haul of methamphetamine carried on a flight that originated in Cambodia last week.

On Social Media, Youth Debate Merits of Anti-Subedi Protest

A protest against U.N. human rights envoy Surya Subedi last week has sparked fierce debate on social media in Cambodia, with ma­ny young people going online to distance themselves from ruling-party linked demonstrators.

NEC Says Statement on Bloggers Not Attack on Free Speech

Despite fears that a warning to users of social media and Internet blogs will dampen free speech, the head of National Election Committee (NEC) has insisted the intention was not to limit expression ahead of July’s national election.

Call for Arsenal FC to Drop Links With Rubber Firm

An online petition has been launched calling on English Premier League football club Arsenal to break its ties with a Vietnamese rubber company accused of land grabbing and deforestation in Cambodia.

Cambodia Far From Intellectual Property Targets

Cambodia is still a way off implementing World Trade Organization (WTO) rules on intellectual property rights, despite a deadline to do so in just over a month.

Student Says Anti-Subedi Demonstration Was Unplanned

A student who appeared to lead a protest this week against U.N. human rights envoy Surya Subedi claimed Thursday the university lecture hall confrontation was completely unplanned, and had nothing to do with his close connections to a CPP-aligned youth movement.

Subedi Protest Linked to CPP-Aligned Youth Group

Despite the apparent spontaneity of a protest against U.N. human rights envoy Surya Subedi at a university in Phnom Penh on Tuesday night, it emerged Wednesday that one of the apparent leaders of the demonstration is associated with a youth organization aligned with the ruling CPP.

Bail-Skipping Russian Called To Appear at Moscow Court

Russian businessman Sergei Polonsky, who is on bail on assault charges in Cambodia, will be called to appear at the Moscow court hearing of a high-profile case in which he is also involved, according to a media report.

Students Protest At UN Envoy’s University Lecture

U.N. human rights envoy Surya Subedi on Tuesday received a thorny reception from hundreds of students at a Phnom Penh university, who angrily questioned his impartiality and unfurled banners calling for him to end his work in Cambodia.

Cambodians Abroad Sent Home $256M Last Year

Cambodian migrant workers sent home $256 million last year, according to a report from a U.N. agency and the World Bank, which was released in Bangkok on Monday.

Think Tank Says Cambodia Isn’t Managing Its Resources

With the potential for vast state revenues from oil extraction and mining in coming years, Cambodia is currently failing to manage its nascent extractive industries, according to a think tank.

‘Rubber Baron’ Rejects Global Witness Report

After a steep fall in its share price, Vietnam’s Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) rubber company has denied allegations made by environmental watchdog Global Witness that it was engaged in deforestation and land grabbing in Cambodia.

US Buries Marines Killed During KR Regime

Almost 38 years to the day since they were shot down during fighting that followed the Khmer Rouge’s seizure of a U.S. merchant vessel, the remains of 13 U.S. Marines are to be buried together in Virginia today.

Cambodia Signs Mekong-Wide Drug Accord

Cambodia has signed up to an initiative to tackle apparently soaring drug production and trafficking in the six Greater Mekong countries.

Investor Decries Export Tax on Cambodian Seafood

($) A major Hong Kong investor in Cambodia has claimed that a government duty on seafood exports is stunting the country’s fish proc­essing industry.