South Korean police on Tuesday arrested a man suspected of murdering his pregnant Cambodian wife in order to collect about $8.5 million from 26 life-insurance policies he had taken out on her, according to a report in the Korea JoongAng Daily.

National Election Committee Secretary-General Tep Nytha said Wednesday that imprisoned CNRP official Meach Sovannara could be named as one of the opposition’s 55 lawmakers even though he stands charged with insurrection.

The second floor of the 'Chinese Cultural Mansion,' located above the Xinzhi Bookstore in Phnom Penh's Tuol Kok district, stands empty of visitors last week. (Neou Vannarin/The Cambodia Daily)
The second floor of the 'Chinese Cultural Mansion,' located above the Xinzhi Bookstore in Phnom Penh's Tuol Kok district, stands empty of visitors last week. (Neou Vannarin/The Cambodia Daily)

When China’s first “Cultural Mansion” on foreign soil opened last week in Phnom Penh, Chinese state media heralded it as a vital tool to help bring Cambodian and Chinese citizens together. But sitting just off a dusty thoroughfare in Tuol Kok district, the “mansion” is housed in a nondescript eight-story building that looks more like a run-down hotel than a shining symbol of Chinese culture.

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In a late-afternoon raid on an apartment in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kok district Wednesday, anti-drug police arrested a man and a woman with more than a kilogram of crystal methamphetamine in their possession, a police official said.

The 20-year-old daughter of a Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RFAC) major, who police identified as the driver of an SUV that hit and killed an Irish national in September, has again failed to heed a summons to appear before the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, the investigating judge said Wednesday.

Anti-Corruption Unit chief Om Yentieng speaks to members of the National Assembly's Anti-Corruption Commission during a meeting at the parliament building on Thursday. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

The head of the Anti-Corruption Unit said Wednesday that he would send officials to Singapore today for the “final stage” of an investigation into corruption within the Health Ministry, first revealed in a probe made public in November last year by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The Apsara Authority, which manages the Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap City, on Wednesday rejected claims made by popular opposition radio host Mam Sonando last week that the temple complex has been “rented out” to a Vietnamese company.

Seng Sna, 50, sits with other residents of the eviction-threatened Boeng Chhuk village in Phnom Penh's Russei Keo district Wednesday afternoon. (Chris Mueller/The Cambodia Daily)

As the deadline set by City Hall for residents of a village in Phnom Penh’s Russei Keo district to vacate the area draws near, about 100 of them delivered a petition to the National Assembly on Wednesday in a last ditch effort to convince lawmakers to intervene on their behalf.

A market fire in Prey Veng province’s Kompong Trabek district destroyed more than 200 stalls early Wednesday morning, spreading to more than 20 adjacent houses and causing almost $3 million in damage, officials said.

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A man holds a taco next to Anabella's Tacos truck. (Aria Danaparamita/The Cambodia Daily)
A man holds a taco next to Anabella's Tacos truck. (Aria Danaparamita/The Cambodia Daily)

Though the capital is no stranger to vendors peddling noodles, soups or snails from carts, a fleet of food trucks offering international fare have rolled into the city.

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.

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Construction worker Phal Roeun, 32, makes his way along a wooden frame atop a condominium construction site on Street 352 in Phnom Penh's Chamkar Mon district. (Alex Consiglio/The Cambodia Daily)

The government has not been able to keep pace with Cambodia’s construction boom to ensure the safety of the sector’s workforce, which labor experts estimate at 175,000 to 200,000, many of whom are unskilled and paid by the day.

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Abuse, discrimination and extortion await refugees who are sent to Cambodia from Nauru under a $35 million deal signed by Interior Minister Sar Kheng in September to take Australia’s asylum seekers, according to an investigation by Human Rights Watch.

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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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