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Kem Sokha Questioned Over Work At CCHR; Court Rules On Naming Countries During Hearing

The opposition leader attended both sessions of the hearing and will return to court on Thursday, rounding up this week’s hearings.

U.S. Military Attaché Visits Controversial Ream Naval Base

The U.S. has consistently raised concerns over the possible stationing of Chinese military and naval assets at Ream, following a news report from the Wall Street Journal that the Chinese and Cambodian governments had reached a “secret deal” to give the former access to the base.

Gov’t Bans On-Site Living For Workers, Construction Without Permits

The government issued the directive on January 10, a week after the Kep building collapse that killed 36 people, including six children.

Hun Sen: My Son Will Have To Wait Ten Years To Take Over

The Prime Minister on Tuesday marked 35 years as the head of the government, extending his lead as one of the longest-serving prime ministers in the world.

Cambodia Prepares For Pivotal Kem Sokha Trial, Media Attendance Under Question

Last week, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court said the courtroom for Kem Sokha’s trial can hold only 30 people.

Pneumonia in China Sparks Preventative Action in Cambodia, Health Ministry Says

The ministry in the Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei province said that as of January 5, Wuhan city had reported 59 people infected – including seven with serious conditions.

Owners of Collapsed Building in Kep Released On Bail; Others Call for Accountability

The brother of a woman who died in the collapse, along with her husband and two sons, told VOA Khmer that he hopes the court will provide justice to his family.

Hun Sen Denies Cambodia’s Democracy Needs Restoring, As EBA Decision Looms

Hun Sen disputed “western” justifications to restore what he claimed to be a functioning democracy.

Civil Society Urges Improved Regulation as Second Construction Collapse Kills at least 36

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen at a press conference on Sunday said that the construction contractor in Kep should be accountable for poor construction.

Kep Building Collapse Death Toll Rises to 36, Rescuers Pull Out 23 Survivors

Authorities believe that some people may still be trapped under the debris and said they are hoping to finish the operation by late Sunday.

Death Toll Reaches 7 In Kep Building Collapse, Rescue Operations Ongoing

The incident comes months after a similar building collapse in Preah Sihanouk province’s Sihanoukville town, killing 28 people. At the time, the building was said to have not met the requisite construction quality requirements.

Worker Confederation: Gov’t Responsible If EBA Suspended

The Cambodian Confederation of Unions collected 1,300 thumbprints from workers on a petition asking Prime Minister Hun Sen to work with the European Union to prevent a suspension of the critical “Everything But Arms” trade privileges.

RSF Calls Pornography Charges Against Ex-RFA Reporters ‘Grotesque’

The Appeal Court on Monday agreed with the Phnom Penh Municipal Court’s decision to send their pornography case for further investigation, despite completing the entire trial in August.

As Rice Exports To EU Drop, Dealers Are Reducing Prices Due To Tariffs

As exports to the EU have fallen, farmers said that rice dealers were using the tariffs as an excuse to lower rice prices in the market, leading to losses for farmers.

Unions to Mark 6th Anniversary Of Veng Sreng Crackdown

The garment worker protests, demanding $160 per month minimum wage, had amalgamated with the opposition boycott of the National Assembly, leading to a severe crackdown in early January 2014, across the city on all the protestors.

Traffic Deaths See 12 Percent Increase, Police Point to Increased Cars

Last month, Interior Minister Sar Kheng seemed almost hopeless at the ministry’s efforts to curb road accidents and deaths, making a call for any stakeholders to provide new solutions for the issue.

Former CNRP Members Form New Party, Third Since Its Dissolution

Since the CNRP was dissolved, three new parties have been formed by its former members or their family members. They are the Khmer Will Party, Khmer Conservatism Party and now the Cambodian Nation Love Party.

Land Dispute Representatives From Six Provinces Petition Gov’t

Representatives from Kampong Speu, additionally, petitioned the European Union Delegation in Phnom Penh in relation to their dispute with sugar tycoon Ly Yong Phat.

Former Intercontinental Hotel Shuts Down for ‘Financial Problems’

Reports suggest that as many as 100 employees of the hotel are demanding outstanding salaries, creating discontent over payroll issues.

Finance Ministry Forecasts Growth Slowdown In 2020, Points to EBA

A recent Ministry of Economy and Finance report on the 2020 budget pointed to a potential slowdown in the Cambodian economy next year, dropping from an estimated 7 percent in 2019 to 6.5 percent in 2020.