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Cambodian police thwart opposition rally over TV license

By Prak Chan Thul PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodian police used batons to break up a protest on Monday by opposition party supporters demanding a license be granted for a new television channel, clashes that rights groups said left two people wounded.

Former US Marine jailed for Cambodia sex abuse

A former US Marine captain will spend the rest of his life in prison for the violent sexual abuse of young girls in Cambodia, officials said. Michael Pepe was convicted in 2008 but was only sentenced by a federal court in Los Angeles on Friday after a delay following allegations of an affair between a US investigator and a local interpreter. US Federal Judge Dale Fischer handed Pepe a 210-year sentence after stating the former soldier had shown "absolutely no remorse." "He went to Cambodia because it was easy to molest little girls there," Fischer said.

Japanese artists hold "bonding" concert in Cambodia

Japanese artists from Okinawa and the Amami islands performed traditional music in a concert in Phnom Penh on Saturday to promote friendship at the grass-roots level between the two countries. Four artists from the southern Japanese region, and four Cambodian musicians together performed 20 songs for some 400 Cambodian spectators in the third Japan-Cambodia Kizuna Festival. Kizuna is the Japanese word for bonding.

Japanese companies diversify investments in Cambodia

While more Japanese companies are flocking to Cambodia for investments in recent years, they are more diversified, ranging from restaurants to manufacturing industries and electronics. Yoshihito Katsuo, first secretary in charge of trade at the Japanese Embassy in Phnom Penh, told Kyodo News on Friday that Japanese companies investing in Cambodia are overwhelmingly engaged in labor-intensive manufacturing, mostly in the garment and shoe-making sectors.

Canadian filmmaker missing in Cambodia, friends find disappearance unusual

The disappearance of a Canadian filmmaker in the Cambodian city of Siem Reap appeared all the more mysterious Wednesday as friends and family said the 58-year-old man was no stranger to his surroundings. Dave Walker spoke the language, knew the streets and was familiar with the local culture. Walker, who had been living in Cambodia for the past year and a half, was staying at a guest house last week when he decided to step out while a housekeeper tended to his room. He apparently left his room Friday afternoon with only a bottle of water and never returned.

3 Japanese MSDF ships on training cruise arrive in Cambodia

Three Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force vessels on a training cruise docked in Cambodia on Monday. The three ships -- the Shimakaze, Shimayuki and Yamayuki -- with 106 cadet officers aboard will stay until Thursday. The vessels are led by Capt. Koji Yagi, commander of Escort Division 15 of the MSDF. Naoki Koga, operation officer of the Shimakaze, told Kyodo News that it is the first time for him as well as the cadets to visit Cambodia.

Cambodian police recover stolen Buddha relics

Cambodian police on Friday said they had recovered a golden urn said to contain relics of Buddha after it was snatched from a mountain shrine, sparking a nationwide manhunt. The disappearance of the urn -- believed to contain hair, teeth and bones of Buddha -- and several small statues came to light in December and prompted an outcry in the Buddhist-majority country. Authorities said they found the relics during a raid on Thursday at a house in the southern province of Takeo, about 130 kilometres (80 miles) away from the shrine in the former royal city of Udong.

Cambodia introduces public bus service in capital with Japan's help

Cambodia on Wednesday introduced a public bus service in Phnom Penh with Japanese assistance in a bid to reduce traffic congestion in the capital. Pa Socheatvong, governor of Phnom Penh, said the operation of the bus service will help reduce traffic congestion and improve public order. "This bus service will help reduce the increasing traffic congestion in the capital and contribute to the better public service and public order," he said at the launching ceremony.

86 Cambodian factory workers hurt when truck taking them to work overturns

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - At least 86 workers have been injured in a truck crash on their way to work at factories making garments and sports shoes for famous Western brands. The truck carrying 93 workers rolled over after a front tire burst Tuesday morning. Transporting workers in open trucks is common in Southeast Asia. Svay Rieng provincial governor Chieng Am said 11 workers were in critical condition.

U.N. wants inquiry into strikers' deaths in Cambodia

By Prak Chan Thul PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - The U.N. human rights agency urged Cambodia to launch an investigation into the "disproportionate" use of force by security forces last week against garment factory workers striking over pay. Military police opened fire on workers protesting outside a factory in Phnom Penh on January 3 and a spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said five people were killed, with 20 wounded by gunfire and beatings.
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