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The broken Buddha statue in the Metta forest, in a supplied photo taken on September 23, 2022.

Metta Forest’s Buddhist Statues Destroyed in Wind

The Metta forest community in Kampong Speu says three Buddha statues around the forest’s pagoda have been destroyed after wind blew down nearby trees, and residents are blaming loggers who they say are continuing to cut down the surrounding forest.

Mexico’s Scam Loan Apps Ensnare Young Workers as Enforcers

Police in Mexico City raided seven call centers, seizing hundreds of phones, computers and SIM cards used for customer extortion. After the raids, the capital’s mayor Claudia Sheinbaum urged job seekers to shun the scam call centers, saying “it’s a crime to participate in any sort of extortion”.

Kem Sokha waves outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on September 14, 2022. (Hean Rangsey/VOD)

Kem Sokha Treason Trial Moves Onto ‘Lotus Revolution,’ Taiwan

The trial against opposition leader Kem Sokha tried to link him to an alleged color revolution attempt in 2013 when party colleagues and supporters held lotuses at public demonstrations, and questioned him over the Taiwanese ruling party’s visit to his CNRP that year.

The "Welcome to Batam" sign on a hillside in Batam city, Indonesia on July 16, 2022. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Learning to Scam Under the Threat of Tasers

Indonesian nationals rescued from a Phnom Penh scam compound say they were targeting Facebook users every day to cheat them out of thousands of dollars. Most are relieved to have gotten away from the criminal work and threat of violence that hovered over them.

Traffic at the intersections of boulevards 271, Monivong and Hun Sen, on September 19, 2022. (Hean Rangsey/VOD)

Opinion: Prioritizing Cars Sabotages Phnom Penh’s Transportation Policy

Phnom Penh is planning a colossal flyover on St. 271 that would cost $36.8 million and take three years to build. For half the cost, the whole 13 km of the ring road can be transformed with bus lanes, cycleways and pleasant sidewalks — and actually reduce congestion, writes Future Forum’s Sek Aronsakda.

Police in Sihanoukville in September 2022. (Mech Dara/VOD)

Eerie Silence Descends on Notorious Sihanoukville Scam Compounds

Nearly 9,000 phones were seized from a Sihanoukville compound and barbed wire cut from the notorious “Chinatown” area. As human trafficking raids target compounds across the city, residents say other buildings appear to be quietly emptying of foreign workers.

Run Ta Ek residents. (Supplied)

Residents Say They Have Lost 80 Hectares to Angkor Relocation Site

Around two dozen families in Siem Reap’s Run Ta Ek commune — soon to be the new home for evicted residents from the Angkor park — say the Apsara Authority took their farmland within the resettlement site and offered much smaller plots in return.

A metal gate blocks an entrance to Bavet-Moc Bai casino in Svay Rieng's Bavet city on September 15, 2022. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

60 Vietnamese Escape Bavet-Moc Bai Casino

More than 60 Vietnamese nationals attempted to flee a Bavet city casino on Saturday, as regional media report more arrests and raids tied to forced labor and fraud operations in Cambodia.

An immigration detention center in Sihanoukville on July 5, 2022.

Woman Pleads in Khmer for Scam Rescue

Thousands of viewers have circulated a video online of a woman pleading in Khmer for rescue from forced labor at a Sihanoukville scam center.

Screenshots of a video posted by residents of a clash in Oddar Meanchey’s Trapaing Prasat commune.

Seven Arrested After Violent Clash in Oddar Meanchey

Oddar Meanchey police have arrested at least seven residents after a violent brawl that involved the brandishing of sticks and knives between villagers and authorities over disputed land on Tuesday.