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Human Rights Deteroriating in Cambodia, Says Activisti
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19 September 2014
Human rights in Cambodia is deteriorating and activist has urged the two main political parties to work together to reverse the trend and end culture of impunity. VOA Khmer Men Kimseng interviews Chak Sopheap, executive director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, when she was in Washington, D.C early this week.

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Make It Two (Movie: A Walk to Remember)i
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12 September 2014
You can say, "Make it two, please!" What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to www.khmer.voanews.com/maniandmori or www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
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Video Make It Two (Movie: A Walk to Remember)

You can say, "Make it two, please!" What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to www.khmer.voanews.com/maniandmori or www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
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Video Ballpark Figure (Movie: Music and Lyrics)

You can say, "I'm going to throw a pool party this weekend, so can you give me a 'ballpark figure' of how many people are going to come?" What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
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Video Twist Someone's Arm (Movie: Cinderella Man)

You can say, "Every time I want my sister to clean her room, I always have to 'twist her arm' to get her to do it." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
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Video Doze Off (Movie: Hairspray)

You can say, "I don't know why, but every time I eat 'prahok' (Cambodian anchovy) I find myself 'dozing off' all the time." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to facebook.com/voakhmer or youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.
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Cambodia Video News (in Khmer)

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Human Rights Deteroriating in Cambodia, Says Activisti
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19 September 2014
Human rights in Cambodia is deteriorating and activist has urged the two main political parties to work together to reverse the trend and end culture of impunity. VOA Khmer Men Kimseng interviews Chak Sopheap, executive director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, when she was in Washington, D.C early this week.
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Video Human Rights Deteroriating in Cambodia, Says Activist

Human rights in Cambodia is deteriorating and activist has urged the two main political parties to work together to reverse the trend and end culture of impunity.
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Video US Activists Express Disappointment With Opposition in Cambodia

Cambodian human rights and democracy activists in the US have split opinions on the deal cut between the ruling party and the opposition in July, ending a political deadlock that had lasted since the July 2013 elections.
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Video Cambodian American Hip Hop Artist Raps About Personal Struggles

A growing underground movement of Cambodian American hip hop artists is rapping about the struggles of living in urban America. Elizabeth Lee reports from Long Beach, California, home to the largest Cambodian community outside that country.
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Video US To Continue Regular Talks on South China Sea, Diplomat Says

A senior US diplomat says the US will continue to have discussions with claimants in the South China Sea dispute.
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Video US Will Continue Supporting Khmer Rouge Tribunal, Diplomat Says

ស.រ.អា.បាន​បញ្ជាក់​ជំហរ​របស់​ខ្លួន​ជាថ្មី​ទៀតថា​ នឹងគាំទ្រ​ដំណើរការ​នាំ​ខ្លួន​មក​កាត់​ទោស​ចំពោះ​អំពើ​ឧក្រិដ្ឋកម្ម​សម័យ​ខ្មែរក្រហម។
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Video US Seeking Stronger Ties as Cambodia’s Political Reforms Move Forward​

A senior US diplomat says the country is looking to strengthen ties with Cambodia, now that the opposition has ended a boycott of the National Assembly.
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Video Protesters Clash With Police Outside Premier’s Home

Hundreds of housing rights protesters and evictees clashed with security forces outside Phnom Penh on Monday, leaving at least nine people with minor injuries.
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Video Emotional Scene Follows Khmer Rouge Guilty Verdicts

A United Nations-backed war crimes tribunal in Cambodia has handed down long awaited guilty verdicts against two aging leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime.
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Video Two Khmer Rouge Leaders Convicted and Sentenced to Life in Prison

Two Khmer Rouge Leaders Convicted and Sentenced to Life in Prison
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Video Banteay Chhmar Restoration Project Underway

Cambodia's «Second Angkor Wat» at Banteay Chhmar is slowing returning to life after eight centuries of isolated slumber. A British archaeologist has put together a team if workers and experts who are rebuilding the ancient temples stone by stone. (AP, Phnom Penh)
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Video Former Khmer Rouge Head of State in Court for Genocide Hearing

Cambodia's former Khmer Rouge president, Khieu Samphan, arrived in court on Wednesday (July 30) for an initial hearing on charges for genocide, crimes against humanity, and grave breaches of the 1949 Geneva Conventions.
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Video In Cambodia, 'hairy-nosed otter' Worth Conserving

Conservation International works in more than 30 countries around the world to help protect and preserve our planet. In Cambodia, the group is working with local communities to protect several endangered species, including something called a "hairy-nosed otter." The otter was once thought to be exti
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Video Yearlong Political Deadlock Ends

Following nearly five hours of meetings between top opposition officials and Prime Minister Hun Sen, that deadlock has ended.
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Video Protesters Again Demand Vietnamese Apology Over Kampuchea Krom

Thousands of demonstrators, including students and monks, gathered in front of the Vietnamese Embassy on Monday, calling again for an apology for alleged remarks made about Vietnam’s ownership of the Mekong Delta.
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Video Opposition Members Charged, Remanded

Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday ordered two opposition members remanded, formally charging them with insurrection and incitement alongside six others arrested earlier this week.
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Video Opposition Officials Charged After Tuesday's Violence

Six representatives from the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party have been charged over Tuesday's violence between protesters and city security guards.
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Video Many Injured in Clashes at Freedom Park

បាតុករ​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះជាតិ​ ដែល​ទាមទារ​ឲ្យ​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​បើក​ទីលាន​ប្រជា​ធិបតេយ្យ​ឡើង​វិញ​បាន​ប៉ះទង្គិច​ជាមួយ​កម្លាំង​សន្តិសុខ​រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ ​ដែល​នាំឲ្យ​ភាគី​ទាំង​សងខាង​រងរបួស។
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Video Four Officers Killed in Helicopter Crash

A military helicopter crashed outside Phnom Penh Monday morning, killing four officers and seriously injuring a fifth.
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Video Cambodian Metalwork in Good Business for Tourists' Souvenirs

សិប្បកម្ម​ជាងទង​ប្រពៃណី​ខ្មែរ​ស្ទើរតែ​សាបសូន្យ​ក្នុង​របប​ខ្មែរក្រហម​នៅចុង​ទស​វត្សរ៍​១៩៧០​ តែ​សព្វថ្ងៃ​នេះ​ សិប្បកម្មនេះ​មាន​ជីវិត​រស់រវើក​ឡើង​វិញ។
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Video Cambodian Minister Vows 'Meaningful' Reforms to US Investors

Cambodian Commerce Minister Sun Chanthol has concluded a trade mission to the United States during which he emphasized his government's willingness to make "deep" reforms to improve its investment climate. VOA's Sophat Soeung spoke with the minister and has this report.
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Video Commerce Minister Discusses ‘Meaningful’ Reforms

Cambodian Commerce Minister Sun Chanthol last week concluded a trade mission in the United States, by emphasizing his government’s willingness to make “deep” reforms, including serious anti-corruption efforts, to improve its investment climate.
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Video Commerce Minister Vows ‘Meaningful’ Reforms to US Investors

Cambodian Commerce Minister Sun Chanthol concluded a trade mission in the United States this week, emphasizing his government’s willingness to make “deep” reforms to improve its investment climate.
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Video Short Film Depicts Difficulties for Fishing Families

Conservation International has given people new methods for fishing—and saving money.
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Video Indigenous Communities Say Authorities Collude With Loggers

ប្រជា​ពលរដ្ឋ​កម្ពុជា​នៅ​តំបន់​ជនបទ​បាន​បញ្ចេញ​កំហឹង​ទៅលើ​ក្រុមហ៊ុន​ឯកជន​និង​មន្ត្រី​មាន​សមត្ថ​កិច្ច​ចំពោះ​ការកាប់​ព្រៃឈើ​ទ្រង់ទ្រាយ​ធំ។
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Video In Cambodia, Many Species Worth Conserving

Conservation International works in more than 30 countries around the world to help protect and preserve our planet.
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Communities Band Together to Oppose Mekong Dams

Networks of fishing communities from Cambodia and Thailand call for Laos to halt construction of Xayaburi Dam in northern Laos and stop the planned Don Sahong dam near the borders.
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Election Reform Must Continue, Democracy Groups Warn

Election reform must remain a top priority for ruling party and opposition lawmakers, who continue to vie for selection of a key election institution, observers say.
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Lawmakers Hold Rare Hearing To Discuss Corruption

Transparency International Cambodia has reported on widespread corruption in both the public and private sectors, including the judiciary, journalism, NGOs and other sectors.
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Cambodia Supports US Efforts Against ISIS ‘in Political Spirit’

Cambodian security officials say there is no immediate threat from the group to the immediate region, but they are watching closely for a resurgence of Islamic extremism.
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Unions Want Foreign Buyers To Support Calls for Higher Wages

The unions want a raise for workers to $177 per month, to keep up with the higher costs of living in Cambodia.
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Photogallery 2,500 Apartment Residents Fear Imminent Eviction

It is considered one specimen of the New Khmer architecture movement, developed by architect Vann Molyvann.
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Despite Threats, Spanish Forest Activist Says He’ll Continue His Work

Local activists and Gonzalez were asked to sign a pledge not to take more action to block the area in exchange for their release.
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Photogallery Cambodia Watching Islamic Extremists for Regional Threats

Defense Minister Tea Banh told VOA Khmer that so far the threat of the extremist group has not spread to Asean—where pro-al-Qaida movements have grown in the past.
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Cambodia Arrests 11 in China Dam Protest

Authorities in Cambodia have detained 11 activists after they tried to stop further studies for a planned Chinese built dam.
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Unions Prepare Workers To Protest Over Minimum Wage

Protesting workers say they need around $177 a month as a minimum wage to keep up with the increased cost of living in Cambodia.
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Takeo ‘Cooperative’ Will Be Starting Point for Impending Khmer Rouge Trial

The announcement from the court moves it a step closer to the second phase of the trial against the two men, in the court’s most prominent trial to date.
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Experts See Cause for Concern in Cambodia-China Relationship

China is a major donor and investor in Cambodia, as it is for many poor countries in the region, expanding its influence in recent years.
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Watchdog Objects To Certification of Rubber Company

Global Witness says the Vietnam Rubber Group does not meet criteria for certification.
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Koh Kong Teachers Trained in Khmer Rouge Curriculum

Many younger Cambodians do not know what happened during the Khmer Rouge.
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Researcher Describes Khmer Rouge Atrocities Against Cham Muslims

Both leaders on trial will face charges related to the treatment of the Chams, as well as Vietnamese, when their trial begins in full later this year.
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Hun Sen Warns Opposition Lawmaker To Curb Government Criticism

Kem Sokha told VOA Khmer such threats will not stop the opposition from criticizing corrupt government officials.
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Cambodia Takes Measures To Detect Ebola Virus in Travelers

The measures are meant to screen for Ebola, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and avian influenza, all of which can be deadly for humans.
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Fired After a Demand for Higher Wages, a Bus Driver Protests

The 29-year-old is the first bus driver in Cambodia to ever lead such a demonstration.
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Factory at Center of January Strikes Under Review

GMAC Secretary-General Ken Loo said the review is under way, but its results will not be made public.
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Century 21 Opens With Aims of Improving Real Estate Sector

With more than 7,000 affiliated offices in 75 countries, Century 21 offers training on real estate to more than 38,000 real estate agents worldwide, according to the company.
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Nuon Chea’s Defense Finds Grounds To Appeal at Least One Crime Accusation

Nuon Chea is on trial alongside Khieu Samphan, another regime leader, for atrocity crimes.
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Groups Continue Push for Term Limits on Prime Minister

Prime Minister Hun Sen has served in a number of leadership roles in the country, broken only occasionally, for nearly 30 years.
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Cambodia Moves Toward More Computer Education in Provinces

Computer skills remain quite low for most Cambodians, and IT classes are mainly taught at universities, rather than in lower grades.
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US To Continue Regular Talks on South China Sea, Diplomat Says

In an interview with VOA Khmer, Scot Marciel said “regular conversations” will help reduce regional tensions over the sea.
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Hydropower Not Worth the Trade-offs, Experts Warn

A total nine hydropower dams are slated for completion by 2019, able to produce enough energy to power the country.
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US Hopes Continue Supporting Khmer Rouge Tribunal, Diplomat Says

Scot Marciel, the top diplomat for Asia and Pacific at the US State Department, said the tribunal can serve as an example to Cambodians and the world.
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Video US Seeking Stronger Ties as Cambodia’s Political Reforms Move Forward

The US has made a recent diplomatic push in Asia, where China’s influence continues to grow.
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Experts See Expanded Scope in Impending Khmer Rouge Trial

Observers say they are hopeful the case will reveal more truths about the movement and provide some sense of justice for victims.
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Two Key Opposition Figures Fail To Win Committee Seats in Assembly Vote

Neither Mu Sochua nor Yim Sovann won enough votes to be on the eighth or tenth committees, following a secret ballot measure.
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Phnom Penh Street Food: Delicious—and Dangerous

Street food is very popular in Phnom Penh, particularly among the city’s youth.
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Opposition VP Takes Over as First Vice President of Assembly

In all, 122 Assembly members voted in the session, the first vote for the new legislature, which has been without the opposition since July 2013 elections.
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Cambodian Opposition Gets Parliamentary Commission Roles

Cambodia National Rescue Party boycotted parliament for months following the July 2013 general election.
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Economic Growth Has Come at High Cost, Experts Warn

Representatives from the government, civil society, private sector and other stakeholders gathered in the forum to discuss issues facing Cambodian development.
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Global Witness Praises Rubber Company’s Reforms

The expansion of rubber plantations in the Cambodian countryside is a major source of contention with villagers who are ousted from their land by companies.
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Police Reopen Case in Death of Frenchman and Family

The bodies of Laurent Vallier, 42, and his four children were found entombed in a vehicle submerged in a pond behind his home in Kampong Speu province.
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Hun Sen Calls Rights Worker ‘an Idiot’

Hun Sen appeared to be referring to remarks made Wednesday on VOA Khmer by Adhoc activist Ny Chakrya, following clashes between evictee protesters and security forces.
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Citizen Journalists Move To Establish Wider Network

Around 80 citizen journalists from around Cambodia held a meeting in Phnom Penh Wednesday, in a first-ever networking event for a new kind of reporter in the country.
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Three Opposition Activists Remain in Detention After July Violence

Rights groups are calling for the release of three opposition activists who have been held in detention since violent clashes with security forces in July.
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Groups Call for Term Limits for Prime Minister

Prime Minister Hun Sen has ruled Cambodia in some capacity for 30 years.
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Critics Say Cambodia Can’t Take an Influx of Refugees

The two countries are reportedly in talks on the issue, though no deal has yet been signed.
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Protesters Clash With Police Outside Premier’s Home

The clash was one of the first since major violence over Freedom Park in the capital in July.
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Sam Rainsy Assures Supporters of Opposition’s Dedication

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy told supporters Friday that the goal of his party remains the same: to change the current regime.
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Concerns Over New Formula for Election Committee Selection

Election watchdogs and small parties without seats in government are worried about a new formula for choosing the National Election Committee.
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Opposition Upset as Prosecution Over July Violence Continues

The opposition wants to see an end of the prosecution of seven lawmakers for insurrection and incitement by a court widely viewed as biased.
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Thai Sugar Company Accused of Rights Abuse in Cambodia

The National Human Rights Commission of Thailand recently investigated allegations that villagers were forced from their homes to make way for three plantations companies.
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Guilty Verdict ‘Small Victory’ for Tribunal

The fact that only three leaders have faced trial since 2006 means the court is failing to bring justice to the victims of the brutal regime.
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City Hall Meets Evictees To Discuss Compensation

Some 200 former residents of the Borei Keila development attended Tuesday’s meeting.
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Questions Over Release of Kidney Trafficking Suspects

All nine were arrested Saturday and accused of trafficking organs from the Preah Ket Mealea Military Hospital.
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Court Continues To Pursue Opposition Over July Clashes

The courts have continued to question opposition leaders over violent clashes between Rescue Party supporters and Phnom Penh security forces July 15.
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Additional Khmer Rouge Suspect To Appear at Tribunal Monday

Im Chaem, 68, is among a small group of suspects that could be indicted in two more cases at the tribunal.
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