Wednesday News Roundup

From Reuters
EU MPs Threaten Cambodia Aid and Trade Over Crackdown
By Prak Chan Thul
A European Parliament delegation warned on Tuesday that Cambodia could face EU action over aid and vital trade preferences if the human rights situation worsened further.

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From RFA
Rights Group Blasts Facebook Over Testing of New Feature in Cambodia
By Roseanne Gerin
An international rights group has blasted American company Facebook for using Cambodia to test a new feature that moves news stories posted by publishers away from people’s existing news feeds and into a new, hard-to-find page.

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From RFA
Cambodian Opposition Chief Kem Sokha Loses Appeal For Release
By Nareth Muong
Cambodia’s Supreme Court on Tuesday turned down an appeal by opposition leader Kem Sokha to be freed from jail, upholding a Sept. 26 decision by an appeals court and leaving him to face trial on charges of conspiring with the U.S. to overthrow the ruling Cambodian People’s Party.

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From Al Jazeera
Appeal to free Kem Sokha denied by top court
By Omar Havana
Security forces in Phnom Penh were on high alert as the Supreme Court heard Kem Sokha’s appeal on treason charges.

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From AP
Cambodia court denies bail for jailed opposition leader
Cambodia’s Supreme Court on Tuesday authorized the continued detention of opposition leader Kem Sokha, who faces treason charges that critics have denounced as part of a ruling party campaign to crush political rivals before elections next year.

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From AccuWeather
Vietnam, Cambodia on alert for new tropical threat in the western Pacific
By Eric Leister
Tropical Depression 28W is currently bringing downpours to parts of the Philippines and is expected to strengthen and approach Vietnam later this week.

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From The Albuquerque Journal
Keller: Cambodia operation no sweatshop
By Martin Salazar / Journal Staff Writer
State Auditor Tim Keller calls the company he ran in Cambodia a social enterprise and describes his work there as “the most meaningful and impactful experience I’ve ever had.”

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From Xinhua
Cambodia targets 2 mln Chinese tourists by 2020: minister
Cambodia aims to double the number of Chinese tourists coming to the Southeast Asian country to 2 million by 2020, Tourism Minister Thong Khon said on Tuesday.
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From Discover Society
The Closure of The Cambodia Daily: End of an Era
By Ingo Gunther
When 5-year-old Bernie Krisher was taken by his parents on a ‘vacation’ to France in the wake of increasing violence in Germany, little did he know that authoritarianism would form the bookends of his life.

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