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In Rural Kandal Province, an Industrial Hub Rises

On a sparsely populated prairie in Kandal province about 40 km northeast of Phnom Penh, the transformation from farmland to industrial haven has begun.

Residents Say 7NG Is Buying Up White Building

After the development company 7NG completed the violent eviction of more than 1,400 families from Phnom Penh’s Dey Krahorm community in 2009, it set its sights on the adjacent White Building.

Fine Line Separates Activists, Citizen Journalists

In a media landscape long dominated by state-controlled or government-friendly broadcasters, a number of citizens with smartphones and the will to go against the grain have become Internet sensations.

Young Lawyers Face a Future in Corrupt Courts

Prosecutor Ros Sereysocheata drove home her point forcefully: The defendant, she said, was unquestionably guilty of human trafficking and having sex with a minor.

Authorities to Enforce Expat Work Permits

Authorities have begun enforcing a decade-old law that requires foreigners working in Cambodia to have a valid work permit in addition to a work visa, an immigration official confirmed Wednesday.

Chams Observe Ramadan in a Buddhist Society

Instead of wearing her hijab to high school in Phnom Penh, Sles Sadry would stuff the veil into her bag when she reached the school gates, only wrapping it back around her head and shoulders for the journey home.

Japanese Bookseller Places Angkor Wat in Vietnam

A Japanese publisher has withdrawn from circulation a Vietnamese language textbook that pictured Angkor Wat on the front cover following a protest from the Cambodian Embassy in Japan, according to an official.

Brands Dodge Blame Over Substandard Factory

Behind the walls of the nondescript Hung Tak garment factory on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, more than 400 workers have been toiling in substandard conditions to cut and stitch clothing for some of the world’s biggest brands.

Global Brands Linked to Latest Shamed Garment Factory

Italian sportswear brand Kappa and U.S.-based retail giant Walmart apparently source clothing from the latest addition to the International Labor Organization’s list of low-compliance factories, according to a union leader at the factory who provided the branded tags from the clothing her members cut and stitch.

Gender Course to Be Piloted at Royal University

Gender studies will be incorporated into the curriculum at Cambodia’s largest university in an effort to shape the country’s top students’ views on the role of women in society, educators and experts said on Wednesday at a workshop on the course.

83 Percent Drop in Dengue Fever Cases

The number of dengue fever cases documented in the first 25 weeks of this year is down 83 percent compared to the same period last year, according to a report from the National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control.

ILO Says Shaming Factories Leading to Improved Standards

Naming and shaming factories that fail to ensure a basic standard of conditions for their workers is starting to improve standards in the crucial garment sector, according to the International Labor Organization, but persistent offenders remain.

Hunting Hinders Scheme to Use Frogs as Pesticide

Nhem Sovannary, a farmer in Takeo province, says she knows the benefits of allowing frogs to live in her rice paddies—the amphibians act as a natural pesticide.