Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday told those who have claimed that a spate of recent arrests were politically motivated to “be careful” with their words, and raised the prospect that the seven CNRP lawmakers released from jail on July 22 could still be prosecuted.

Eight men who allegedly took turns raping a 20-year-old woman in a forest in Kompong Chhnang province were arrested Wednesday, while a ninth man was arrested Thursday for attempted rape, police said.

British national David Fletcher, 70, arrives at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday morning. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
British national David Fletcher, 70, arrives at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday morning. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

More than a year after he was extradited from Thailand to Cambodia to serve a 10-year sentence for raping a 16-year-old girl in 2009, 70-year-old British national David Fletcher, who was convicted in absentia, on Thursday had his request for a retrial rejected by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court because he failed to submit the necessary documents in time.

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Two people suspected of dousing a woman with acid as she fed her toddler daughter at Tonlab market in Takeo province’s Kiri Vong district on Wednesday are on the run, according to police.

Kompong Chhnang provincial police cooperated with the Interior Ministry on Wednesday to arrest three people accused of kidnapping a Vietnamese man.

Cambodia’s national electricity provider issued a statement Thursday disputing claims that the electricity being generated by the 246-megawatt Stung Tatai Dam in Koh Kong province is going unused, and saying the dam is only in a “testing phase.”

The mother of a young ex-monk who was arrested and defrocked last week for bringing a bag of flags to protesters at a Phnom Penh pagoda claims she was prevented from visiting her son at Prey Sar prison Tuesday after traveling there from Vietnam.

Two of the major donors who have supported Cambodia’s highly successful fight against HIV/AIDS are set to make significant cuts to their funding, putting pressure on the government to increase its own spending, officials and experts said.

An official from Cambodia’s Interpol bureau confirmed Thursday that Thai authorities have contacted his office for assistance in locating two U.S. nationals who are accused of attempting to ship stolen human body parts to their home country from Bangkok.

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An audience watches a show by performers from the Reasmey Angkor Bassac Opera Company in Siem Reap province last year (Charles King)
An audience watches a show by performers from the Reasmey Angkor Bassac Opera Company in Siem Reap province last year (Charles King)

The idea of conducting a survey of performing artists’ salaries and working conditions in Cambodia was born of necessity, said Phloeun Prim, director of Cambodian Living Arts.

A Ferris wheel operator watches on as customers take a ride. (Ben Woods/The Cambodia Daily)

As normalcy resumes after the three days of festivities, carnival workers from across the country who made homes in and around their rides and attractions on Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changva peninsula this past week are preparing to do it all over again.

The Water Festival in 1968 (Darryl Collins archives)

“Today happens to be the third day of the traditional ‘Water Festival,” and at night, when the sun turns copper red, the banks of the great river suddenly come to life…the long racing boats flying by in the frothy swirl of the waves.”

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In the face of growing criticism over the arrests of 15 activists and opposition figures last week, the government has released a statement defending their detention and emphasizing its commitment to “fighting impunity.”

CNRP lawmaker Pol Ham flies over the Areng Valley in Koh Kong province on Monday, in a photo posted to his Facebook page.

Pol Ham, the chairman of the National Assembly’s agriculture commission, flew by helicopter from rural Koh Kong province deep into the Areng Valley on Monday to inspect the site of a controversial proposed dam.

A group of students and nationalist activists trek through a rice field in Svay Rieng province Sunday on their way to inspect demarcation posts on the Cambodian-Vietnamese border. (Alex Willemyns/The Cambodia Daily)

Fanning old embers of animosity over land lost to Vietnam, prominent union leader Rong Chhun on Sunday led two busloads of young students and nationalists from Phnom Penh to this rural frontier district to inspect a series of disputed border posts.

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