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Construction workers lay concrete on the eighth floor of the Bassac Lane site in Phnom Penh. (Andy Ball)

Brief: Garment Exports Surge, Cement Imports Plunge

The Cambodian economy is expected to expand 4.5% this year as exports to the U.S. surged but construction approvals and cement imports plunged, the World Bank said in its latest economic update.

A propaganda video produced by a government agency in 2017 alleged Kem Sokha, pictured here with former U.S. ambassador William Todd, was colluding with the U.S. to overthrow the Hun Sen administration. (PQRU)

No Clarification on Whom Kem Sokha Allegedly Conspired With

Prosecutors and government plaintiff lawyers declined to specify a country, organization or individual behind opposition leader Kem Sokha’s alleged “conspiracy with a foreign power” during his trial hearing on Wednesday.