Along Phnom Penh’s industry-heavy Veng Sreng Street on Wednesday, garment factories lay idle in observance of Khmer New Year. The dorms around them were empty, save for the few workers who could not afford the bus ticket home for the holiday, which ended Wednesday.

April 17, 2014

Security guards at the center of a yearlong land dispute between families in Phnom Penh’s Boeng Kak community and the Khun Sear Import Export Company on Wednesday accused the families of attacking them during a late-night Khmer New Year drinking party.

April 17, 2014

Wednesday was the last official day of Khmer New Year, but the Year of the Horse has only just begun. For those disinclined to take each day as it comes, the New Year Almanac, published annually by the government, can act as a compass to navigate the months ahead.

April 17, 2014

It’s dinnertime at My Furry Place. Dogs of all shapes and sizes follow the whiff of brown rice and beef liver into the kitchen of Elma Placido, the owner of this pet sitting business in Phnom Penh. In an adjacent room, about eight cats are perched on any bit of furniture they can find.

April 17, 2014
A photograph depicting the four children who survived the horrors of the Khmer Rouge’s Tuol Sleng prison is on display as part of a new series of exhibitions at the museum. (Lauren Crothers/The Cambodia Daily)

Thirty-nine years after the Khmer Rouge took power on April 17, 1975, tribute is being paid afresh to survivors and victims of the regime with a new series of exhibitions planned at Phnom Penh’s Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former Khmer Rouge prison.

April 17, 2014

Cambodia urgently needs public finance reform to address its persistent budget deficit, which is caused by one of the lowest tax revenues in the developing world, according to a report from the Deloitte University Press.

April 16, 2014
IN BRIEF

One man was killed and two were seriously injured in Kandal province on Tuesday night after a fight broke out during a Khmer New Year party at a local pagoda, police and local officials said.

Police in the early hours of Tuesday morning detained a restaurant worker in Preah Sihanouk province for assaulting a U.S. Marine.

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy was scheduled to depart for the Netherlands last night to attend a Liberal International conference in Rotterdam with other leaders of liberal parties from around the world.

Two men were seriously injured on Friday when an anti-tank mine exploded beneath them as they plowed their farmland in Battam­bang province’s Sampov Loun district, local police said yesterday.

The Geneva-based Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders yesterday called for intervention in the Preah Vihear governor’s effort to shut down an NGO that supports ethnic Kuoy people who are fighting a land-battle with a Chinese sugar company in the province.

Som Bunnarith and his wife after the job interview with the National Center of Disabled Persons. (Thomas Cristofoletti/Ruom)

Som Bunnarith is looking for a job. He has two university degrees, one in marketing, another in English. He speaks Thai. He is eloquent and hard working. He is also blind and disfigured, the result of an acid attack nine years ago.

This photo taken in the early 2000s shows the heavy damage caused to National Road 11 in Prey Veng province during the 2000 floods that devastated the country. This 1970 jeep was Mr. Gascuel’s vehicle at the time. (Alain Gascuel)

When Alain Gascuel produced his first atlas in 2003, it was a matter of necessity. Cambodia’s roads had been mapped in the 1980s. Then, with the country engulfed in conflicts through the 1990s, no update had been done for years.

One of the exhibits at the Asian Traditional Textiles Museum. (T. D. Bhutia)

It was textiles that brought Indian traders to Southeast Asia over a millennium ago, and it was textiles that brought India and Cambodia together this week for the opening of the Asian Traditional Textiles Museum in Siem Reap City.

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