The Ministry of Defense blamed faulty fireworks for the death of one man and injuries sustained by seven others during a fireworks show Wednesday night to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of King Norodom Sihamoni’s coronation.

A court on Thursday sentenced a disabled former senior Royal Cambodian Armed Forces officer to five years in prison for the rape and attempted rape of two girls, an official and lawyers for the victims said.

Prime Minister Hun Sen, left, and his Thai counterpart, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, walk past an honor guard prior to bilateral talks at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh on Thursday. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
Prime Minister Hun Sen, left, and his Thai counterpart, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, walk past an honor guard prior to bilateral talks at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh on Thursday. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday laid out the red carpet for Thai Prime Minister general Prayuth Chan-ocha as Thailand’s leader paid his first visit to Cambodia after seizing power in a military coup in May.

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National Assembly First Vice President Kem Sokha sent a letter this week to Australia’s ambassador to Cambodia, Alison Burrows, requesting that she and the Australian government reconsider a controversial agreement signed last month to send refugees who intended to reach Australia’s shores to Cambodia instead.

A member of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces’ elite Brigade 911 paratrooper unit was arrested Wednesday evening for allegedly stealing a motorbike in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district earlier this week, police said on Thursday.

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'Khmer for Khmer' founder Kem Ley speaks to disgruntled CNRP supporters during a forum in Kompong Speu province on Thursday. (Alex Willemyns/The Cambodia Daily)

Kem Ley’s “Khmer for Khmer” network has all the trappings and rhetoric of a group building a base for an electoral run.

After setting up a working group specifically to include some of the country’s more militant unions in wage negotiations for the garment sector, the Labor Ministry said on Thursday that it has thrown out the unions’ demand for a $140 minimum wage in favor of lower recommendations coming from the government and factory owners.

Two Vietnamese women are escorted into a police van in Phnom Penh on Thursday after they were deemed to be living in the country illegally. (Sek Odom/The Cambodia Daily)

A convoy of police vehicles snaked through Phnom Penh’s Boeng Kak II commune on Thursday afternoon, stopping at three different locations to arrest a total of 12 Vietnamese nationals living illegally in the country, as part of an ongoing nationwide census of foreigners.

Following a two-hour low-speed boat chase down the Mekong River in Kandal province early Thursday morning, some 100 angry villagers led by a local opposition official detained five Vietnamese nationals they say have been using illegal fishing techniques for the past three months.

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday charged eight Nigerian nationals with drug traf- ficking following their arrest in Phnom Penh on Sunday night for possession and distribution of crystal methamphetamine, but their interrogation will continue as police try to identify other members of their distribution ring, officials said.

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When Huot Sarom was forced to watch last month as authorities seized rice paddies she has been farming since 1979, it would have been easy to assume her 15-year battle to retain the land was finally at an end.

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The University of Management and Economics in Battambang City is a long way from the spartan jungle camps of Anlong Veng where Tep Khunnal spent the 1990s as Pol Pot’s chief aide and confidant.

King Norodom Sihamoni makes his way to the Throne Hall at the Royal Palace to take his oath during his coronation in October 2004. (John Vink)

With a sprig of leaves behind his ear in place of a crown, King Norodom Sihamoni ascended Cambodia’s throne 10 years ago today in a ceremony at the Royal Palace dominated by the competing sounds of xylophones and military drums.

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