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Wave of Sihanoukville visitors grows

A Chinese tourist gets a massage at a beach in Sihanoukville earlier this year.

Tourist arrivals to the premiere beach destination in Preah Sihanouk province have increased by nearly 15 percent during the first half of this year reaching 1.2 million visitors, showing that government efforts to make it the next big destination are starting to pay dividends, according to the latest figures from the Tourism Department. Taing Socheat Kroesna, director of the Preah Sihanouk Provincial Tourism Department, said that the rise in tourists is due to better infrastructure that allows for easier access to Sihanoukville’s beaches. “Tourists are flocking to our province because we have improved our facilities,” he said.

More suspects in Thailand arms smuggling case sought

Thai authorities inspect seized mortar tubes and ammunition smuggled from Cambodia last week. Photo supplied

Banteay Meanchey Provincial Police are hunting four more suspects believed to be connected to a recent case of smuggling weapons to Thailand, with an official saying the group is accused of transporting the ordnance across the border. The case emerged last Tuesday, when five Thai nationals were caught in Thailand’s Sa Kaeo province allegedly transporting three mortar tubes and three mortar rounds. “They all escaped from Sampov Loun district; they all live there. Altogether, it’s four people,” Banteay Meanchey Deputy Provincial Police Chief Sith Los said.

Migrant worker protections ‘lacking’, reports find

Cambodian migrant workers who were deported by Thai authorities are processed at the Poipet Transit Centre earlier this month in Banteay Meanchey province.

Cambodia lacks effective mechanisms to protect its citizens working both as legal and undocumented migrants abroad, where such workers also face insufficient protection from the countries that receive them, according to two new reports published last week. The reports come at a time of major crackdowns on undocumented migrants in the region. Thousands of Cambodians have returned home after Thailand passed new laws imposing strict punishments on undocumented workers and their employers, while Malaysia has arrested thousands of workers since July 1.

Official in land dispute with PM’s sister arrested

Santuk District Deputy Governor Im Chhorn (right) is escorted into Prey Sar prison last week in Phnom Penh. Photo supplied

A deputy district governor in Kampong Thom has been charged with fraud over a $2 million land deal with Prime Minister Hun Sen’s sister, Hun Seng Ny, a court official said yesterday. Im Chhorn, the deputy governor of Santuk district, was arrested last week following a complaint lodged by the prominent businesswoman and has been detained in Prey Sar prison to await trial, according to Phnom Penh Municipal Court spokesman Y Rin. Chhorn was charged with fraud on Thursday and now faces up to three years in jail for allegedly failing to deliver a land title to Seng Ny.

People search for their names on the voter lists at a polling station in Kampong Cham’s Veal Vong commune earlier this month.

Four years ago, when the opposition snatched Kampong Cham away from the ruling party in 2013 national elections, it hinted at a deeper shift taking

Comfrel Executive Director Koul Panha speaks to the press at a meeting yesterday in Phnom Penh.

As the National Election Committee launched into the recount proc

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