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Interior Minister Sar Kheng arrives for a meeting in Battambang on March 10, 2022. (Sar Kheng's Facebook page)

No Trees Left to Give Shade in Battambang: Sar Kheng

Battambang residents will be miserable if they don’t protect the remaining forests in the province, Interior Minister Sar Kheng said at an annual provincial meeting, imploring officials to think long-term.

A satellite map of Sihanoukville's four communes. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Crimes in Shadows: Sihanoukville’s Grisly Reports, Pressure on Journalists

Murders, kidnappings, corpses on the beach — news reports out of Sihanoukville paint a picture of violent and serious crime in the coastal city. But authorities are increasingly shutting down information about police work and pressuring journalists over negative stories, crime reporters say.

Interior Minister Sar Kheng attends a ministry meeting on February 2, 2022. (Sar Kheng's Facebook page)

Interior Minister Urges Crackdown on Sihanoukville Crime

Interior Minister Sar Kheng said he wasn’t supposed to be presiding over Preah Sihanouk province’s annual meeting this week. But issues of order and security — which “continue to happen endlessly” — compelled him to attend.

Thai nationals who were trafficked to a Pursat province special economic zone are inspected by Thai and Cambodian authorities at the Poipet border on November 24, 2021. (Royal Thai Police)

Thai Police Tell of Another ‘Blood Slave’ Case in Cambodia

Royal Thai Police deputy commissioner Surachate Hakparn said a Thai woman who was rescued from a slave compound in Cambodia had three to four bags of blood harvested from her and was in danger of organ trafficking, according to Thai media.

Security and health officials on Tuesday again detained NagaWorld strikers as they attempted to return to their protest. (Kuoy Langy/VOD)

Officials Mum After Sar Kheng Meeting on NagaWorld

A meeting of several governmental departments led by Interior Minister Sar Kheng to defuse the NagaWorld labor conflict was “preliminary,” City Hall said, as officials stayed tight-lipped on Thursday about the talks.

Officials arrive to check on vegetable sellers on Mao Tse Toung Blvd early morning March 9, 2022. (Michael Dickison/VOD)

Midnight Vegetable Sellers Resist Street-Cleanup Closures

Vegetable sellers on Mao Tse Toung Blvd. are pushing back against authorities clearing them from a stretch of a major Phnom Penh road while citing the need to beautify the city for Asean conferences and other international events.

A Phnom Penh parking lot, on March 9, 2022. (Michael Dickison/VOD)

Opinion: Less Parking Space Is Actually Good for a City

Total parking area roughly the size of Russey Keo district is needed to cater for Phnom Penh’s increasing number of cars, writes Future Forum researcher Ses Aronsakda. But even putting aside this impracticality, adding more parking to a city creates its own problems.

Environment Ministry Neth Pheaktra looks at confiscated traps on March 2, 2022. (Chorn Chanren/VOD)

More Than 60,000 Traps Removed From Protected Areas

Nearly 62,000 traps were removed from protected areas last year, up more than 18,000 from the year prior, the Environment Ministry said, as a conservationist estimated the total number of traps being set in the forests could be five times as high.

Screenshots from security footage posted by Duong Chhay’s ex-wife Deth Malina on her Facebook page.

Opinion: Harnessing Popular Pressure in the Name of Gender Equity

Public and official attention on gender issues in Cambodia has followed a boom and bust cycle: Viral cases of abuse lead to temporary political goodwill, with little sustained progress. But citizens’ voices can move powerful people, writes researcher Theang Soriya.

The Don Sahong dam, with the Sadam channel visible behind it, on August 14, 2020. (Enric Català/VOD)

Opinion: New Mekong Power Options Could Change the Tide

Developing nations in the Mekong have long had to choose between cheap, accessible power and sustainable river management. That may no longer be necessary, writes Singapore University of Technology and Design’s Stefano Galelli.

Thai nationals who were trafficked to a Pursat province special economic zone are inspected by Thai and Cambodian authorities at the Poipet border on November 24, 2021. (Royal Thai Police)

Thai National Found Dead at Poipet Casino

A 19-year-old man was found dead Thursday at tycoon Kok An’s Poipet casino that has been the subject of warnings on Thai social media as allegedly housing scam operations.

The park in front of Phnom Penh's NagaWorld hotel and casino complex, decorated for Chinese New Year, on March 1, 2021. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

NagaCorp Sets Deadline for Striking Workers

Striking NagaWorld casino workers are “welcome” to return to their jobs without repercussions until Wednesday — after which they will be terminated for serious misconduct, NagaCorp said in a letter to protesters.

Lobster farmer San Savorng's father throws a fishing net to catch lobsters at their family farm in Takeo.

‘Delicious’ Takeo Lobsters Struggle Against Cheaper Competition

Takeo lobsters, noted for their taste, are being considered for official recognition as a regional specialty by the Commerce Ministry, leading to a program to support new lobster farmers with larvae, feed and technical assistance, but prices and demand remains an issue for producers.