A prominent Phnom Penh businessman died after being shot six times by an unidentified gunman outside a fruit shop in Chamkar Mon district on Saturday, according to military police, who believe the murder was an assassination.

A yearlong investigation by immigration police culminated in the arrest on Saturday of 17 Bangladeshi men hiding in Phnom Penh and Poipet City to avoid charges of human trafficking in their home country, police said Sunday.

Dar Rachana, 12, protests outside Phnom Penh's Prey Sar prison on Sunday while holding a poster of her grandmother, Nget Khun, who, along with six fellow activists from the Boeng Kak community, was sentenced to a year in prison on November 11. (Satoshi Takahashi)
Dar Rachana, 12, protests outside Phnom Penh's Prey Sar prison on Sunday while holding a poster of her grandmother, Nget Khun, who, along with six fellow activists from the Boeng Kak community, was sentenced to a year in prison on November 11. (Satoshi Takahashi)

Three weeks after becoming the first Cambodian-American legislator in the U.S., Rady Mom joined hundreds of protesters in Phnom Penh on Sunday to demand the release of 17 imprisoned activists, opposition figures and monks from Prey Sar prison.

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CNRP Vice President Kem Sokha on Sunday warned that the opposition party’s 55 lawmakers could relaunch their boycott of the National Assembly if the CPP continues to balk in electoral reform negotiations.

An opposition lawmaker has called for National Assembly Secretary-General Leng Penglong to be suspended after he allegedly refused to forward an official parliamentary letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen inquiring into the widespread use of military license plates.

Noranarith Anandayath, who resigned as the personal secretary to Prince Norodom Ranariddh in September, has been appointed as a government adviser less than two months after his public split with the former first prime minister, according to a royal decree.

A monk was handed a three-month suspended jail sentence and fined $100 for using drugs after he and five other monks from the Stung Meanchey pagoda were brought in for questioning at the Meanchey district police office on Friday, according to police.

Prime Minister Hun Sen has once again defended his government’s decision to resettle asylum seekers intercepted by Australian authorities and detained on the tiny island nation of Nauru, this time in a letter to National Assembly President Heng Samrin.

Sam Monika, a secretary of state at the Ministry of Tourism who was criticized on social media in recent weeks for demanding hefty compensation for seemingly minor injuries she sustained during a traffic accident, resigned from her position last week, according to a royal decree.

Authorities in Pursat province on Saturday arrested a woman attempting to stop them from bulldozing her home, then proceeded to demolish her residence and those of 11 other families locked in a land dispute with a company owned by timber and casino magnate Try Pheap, officials and residents said Sunday.

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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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