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More villagers from a Banthey Mean Chey town have fallen ill after drinking toxic water from a local pond.

Provincial Clinic Director Dr. Chhum Vannarith says about 50 more people have exhibited symptoms from dizziness to vomiting to lethargy and have sought treatment.

No deaths have been reported from the mass poisoning, which affected more than 400 people in Malay town last week. The source of the supposed toxin has not yet been found, but health officials say tests have been sent to Japan and results are expected next week.***

Prince Norodom Ranariddh’s new party has formed a committee to help control a massive protest expected in the near future.

Norodom Ranariddh Party officials say 10,000 protestors, many of them party members, will stage a protest against the Phnom Penh Municipal Court before the April commune elections.

Prince Norodom Chakrapon will head the eight-member committee. The protest stems from allegations that Prince Norodom Ranariddh sold the headquarters of his old party, Funcinpec.***