The opposition CNRP has agreed to take its 55 seats in the National Assembly in exchange for an overhaul of the electoral commission that it accuses of rigging last year’s national election in favor of the ruling CPP, according a joint statement issued by the parties after talks on Tuesday.

July 22, 2014
IN BRIEF

A jeweler was shot and injured on Sunday evening by two men during a robbery in front of his house in Takeo province’s Donkeo city, Roka Krao commune, police chief Ouch Thol said Monday.

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday sentenced a massage parlor owner to two-and-a-half years in prison for procuring prostitution, but reduced the sentence to 14 months.

Those living along the Mekong, Tonle Sap and Tonle Bassac rivers were warned Sunday by the Ministry of Water Resources to exercise caution in the coming days as a tropical depression is expected to lead to flooding.

Behind the walls of the nondescript Hung Tak garment factory on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, more than 400 workers have been toiling in substandard conditions to cut and stitch clothing for some of the world’s biggest brands.

July 22, 2014

Thousands of ethnic Khmer Krom monks and supporters marched through Phnom Penh on Monday, delivering petitions to six embassies with little interference before being met by barricades and riot police at their final destination —the Vietnamese Embassy.

July 22, 2014

A 36-year-old villager was arrested at his home in Kompong Chhnang province Monday on allegations of destroying public property and causing injuries during one of several recent clashes in a long-running land dispute between farmers and the powerfully connected KDC International.

July 22, 2014

Nine environmental activists on trial for the destruction of private property in Kompong Thom province denied allegations in court Monday that they ravaged a local farmer’s cassava field in 2011.

July 22, 2014

Cambodia’s vital garment and footwear exports have continued to show strong growth despite ongoing labor unrest, according to the government’s latest mid-year figures. But while overall exports are up, those to the massive U.S.’s market have dipped slightly.

July 22, 2014

Workers from the beleaguered Ocean Garment Factory on Monday came to an agreement with management over furlough pay, following more than a month of protests.

July 22, 2014
Rat hunter Lak Han prepares several kilograms of rats outside his home at the Stung Meanchey dumpsite. (Holly Robertson/The Cambodia Daily)

Just after sunrise in the slums surrounding the Stung Meanchey dump, Lak Han, 45, sits in the dirt outside his home methodically chopping up a large pile of rodents.

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Before the Thai junta seized power in late May, Pich, a 45-year-old teacher from Banteay Meanchey, used to join a queue of about 400 cars every morning lined up at the Poipet International Checkpoint to enter Thailand.

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At a press event on Friday aimed at “enhancing social understanding,” officials from Thailand’s military government met with nearly 100 Cambodian journalists to defend the junta’s handling of a crackdown on illegal labor that began earlier this month.

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