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Chinese Covid-19 Quarantine Fugitives Still at Large After 2 Weeks

Phnom Penh’s police chief said on Wednesday that authorities have yet to track down two Chinese men who escaped from Covid-19 quarantine on September 9 despite authorities searching for two weeks.

Anti-Terror Officer Sued for Wielding Gun at Pchum Ben Duck Soup Party

An anti-terrorism officer arrived uninvited to a noodle restaurant’s Pchum Ben duck soup party, got drunk, pulled out his gun, and threatened to kill the restaurateur and his wife, alleges a complaint lodged against him at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

Police Interrogate Facebook Users After Xenophobic Live Broadcast

A group of Facebook users were questioned by police on Wednesday after streaming live from a pagoda in Takeo province, and preparing to distribute copies of the Paris Peace Agreements while urging viewers to think about which foreigners stood behind various officials.

Left Alone in Courtroom, Wife, Daughters Rattled by CNRP Sentencing

Kong Sam An’s wife and two daughters were already on the verge of tears as they watched a judge sentence him to seven years in prison on Tuesday. Or was it two years? Or maybe five? Were any years suspended? Without a lawyer there, the family said they weren’t sure.

Ahead of 2023 SEA Games, Football Federation Launches New Women’s League

A new women’s football league kicks off this weekend with 10 teams set to face off, an effort by the national football federation to recruit top female players to compete at the 2023 Southeast Asian Games to be hosted by Cambodia.

As Hun Sen Toasts World Peace Day, Police Block Hundreds of Protesters

Prime Minister Hun Sen urged the country to commit to protecting peace as hundreds of land disputants protested in Phnom Penh on Monday, saying that while they remain marginalized, threatened and “in tears,” the people don’t have peace.

Court Bails Ex-CNRP Officer Accused of ‘Plotting’

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has released on bail a former CNRP public affairs officer accused of “plotting” after an investigating judge placed him under court supervision, a court spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Tbong Khmum Opposition Supporters Turn Up for CNRP Sentencing

Four defendants were in hiding while dozens of local CNRP supporters gathered for what they said was the first time since the party’s dissolution as the Tbong Khmum Provincial Court on Tuesday sentenced five ex-opposition officials to jail for plotting.

Sochua’s Ex-Assistant Arrested for Allegedly Funding Local Opposition

Police arrested another ex-CNRP activist on Sunday, accusing party vice president Mu Sochua’s former assistant of collecting money from abroad to fund a local movement to overthrow the government.

Eyewear Firm Hit With $3.5M Fine for Bogus Cambodia Charity Claims

An eyewear company has been fined $3.5 million by an Australian court after falsely suggesting it was donating glasses to Cambodians “in need” for every pair it sold, according to Australia’s competition and consumer commission.

Singer Defends Nationalist Music as Second Rapper, 17, Arrested

A prominent singer is speaking out to defend young musicians as a second rapper was arrested this month for incitement after posting songs about the problems he sees plaguing Cambodia.

Facing Hunger, Battambang Villagers Use Gov’t Handouts to Repay Loans

Prey Phnheas village is a 60-minute drive south of Battambang’s provincial capital. Road 151, which leads to the village, is lined with rice fields getting their first taste of the monsoons in mid-August. But the closer you get to Prey Phnheas, the rice shoots are not as green.

In the Shadow of Riches, Fishers Face Eviction, Desperately Low Waters

Yan Khouvry was out fishing till 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning. He had set out late morning on Monday and plied the waters near Koh Dach all day and night.

First Batch of Cambodian Workers Set to Return to Thailand Soon

Thailand plans to allow a group of 500 Cambodian workers to return to work legally in Thailand for the first time since borders were closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, officials said on Tuesday.

ADB Forecasts 4 Percent Contraction Despite Rise in Electronics Exports

The Asian Development Bank on Tuesday revised Cambodia’s expected economic contraction this year from 5.5 percent to 4 percent, noting growth in non-garment exports thanks in part to demand for work-from-home electronics.

Australian Ambassador Deletes Tweet of ‘Farmed’ Soft-Shell Turtle Dish

After deleting a tweet showing a dish containing soft-shell turtle, some species of which are endangered, the Australian Embassy said Tuesday that Ambassador Pablo Kang had tasted the food during a provincial trip last week and “was assured it was farmed.”

For Sellers of Pchum Ben Offerings, Business Is a Mixed Bag

At Phnom Penh’s O’Russei Market on Tuesday, Chhim Savoeurn and her tuk-tuk driver used clear packing tape to affix a meter-high package stacked with household items to the roof of the three-wheeled vehicle.

Unions to Boycott Labor Law Meeting Over Night-Shift Pay

Six unions announced they would boycott Tuesday’s meeting with the Labor Ministry where they were to discuss amendments to the Labor Law, a move that a ministry spokesperson said misunderstood economics and would have no impact.

According to 3 Witnesses, ‘No Reports of Abduction,’ Gov’t Tells UN

U.N. officials raised concerns that Cambodian authorities did not fully investigate evidence into the disappearance of Thai pro-democracy activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit, in spite of the government’s insistence that it had pursued all available leads.

Page Was Hijacked After Police Arrested Activists, Mother Nature Claims

Environmental group Mother Nature’s founder alleges that the advocacy group’s Facebook page was hijacked after authorities arrested three activists earlier this month, one of whom was a page administrator.