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Uber begins trial version of ride-hailing app in Kingdom

A screenshot of Uber’s app showing rides for hire in Phnom Penh.

Uber, the world’s biggest ride-hailing service, has launched a “test-mode” version of its smartphone application in Phnom Penh, bringing it a step closer to becoming the first international heavyweight to officially operate a ride-hailing service in the Kingdom. A Post reporter booked and completed a ride in the capital using the Uber app yesterday, though the service appears currently only to be accessible to riders through a promotional code provided by the company. According to the receipt from the trip, Uber charges a base fare of $1, with further charges levied according to the distance and duration of the trip.

‘Adhoc 5’ investigations close with warning over impartiality

Adhoc officials Ny Sokha (right) and Yi Soksan (left ) are escorted out of the Supreme Court after their bail hearing in March.

Court investigations into the “Adhoc 5” who were jailed more than a year ago over opposition leader Kem Sokha’s alleged extramarital affair finally closed this week, with a jurist saying their continued detention without trial would only “erode the little faith the public has” has in the judiciary’s neutrality. Adhoc staffers Lim Mony, Ny Sokha, Yi Soksan and Nay Vanda, and elections official Ny Chakya have been in prison since April 2016 over CNRP President Kem Sokha’s alleged affair. Four were charged with “bribing” his alleged mistress to deny the affair, while Chakrya charged as an accomplice.

Protesters demand the release of fellow monk

Horn Sophanny, escorted by police officials to Battambang provincial court, where he was charged for illegal possesion of a gun.

About 50 monks gathered in front of the Battambang Provincial Court yesterday to demand the release of fellow monk Horn Sophanny, claiming the monk was falsely accused of illegal possession of a weapon and arrested on Wednesday due to his political activism. Sophanny, 24, was arrested after an image of him posing with a gun in his robes was posted to Facebook, though But Buntenh, a dissident monk who heads the Independent Monk Network for Social Justice, said the gun was a fake and Sophanny committed no crime.

Kandal families allege official intimidation

Villagers protest over an ongoing land dispute on Wednesday in Kandal province.

Sixteen families in Kandal have accused a purported Interior Ministry official of sending soldiers to intimidate them to take their land, though the official denied the claims and said no such dispute existed at all. Soy Chamroeun said soldiers on Wednesday descended on land belonging to her and others in Lvea Em district’s Prek Takov commune while they were protesting a land dispute with Bun Ravuth, who she de-scribed as a “senior” official at the Interior Ministry. “Bun Ravuth often deploys armed forces to intimidate, destroy farmland, [and] pull out the crops and fences repeatedly," Chamroeun said.

NEC officials tally votes during a recount last week in Phnom Penh.

Cambodia’s National Election Committee last week rejected 33 of 61 complaints filed over the conduct of June 4’s commune election, according to a s

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

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