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.

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)
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.

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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.

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.

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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Massachusetts state representative-elect Rady Mom speaks to reporters at a school inside Phnom Penh's Svay Pope pagoda Sunday. (Neou Vannarin/The Cambodia Daily)

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.

Vendors help a firefighter battle a blaze at Phnom Penh's Phsar Chas on Monday morning. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

A fire tore through Phnom Penh’s Phsar Chas early Monday morning, incinerating hundreds of stalls in the historic market and damaging hundreds more before a fleet of fire trucks brought the blaze under control more than two hours later.

Former Khmer Rouge leader Khieu Samphan confers with a member of his defense team at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal during the opening of Case 002/02 last month. (Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia)

The Khmer Rouge tribunal has capitulated to a sustained boycott of Khieu Samphan’s genocide trial by his defense team, adjourning proceedings until next year so the lawyers can prepare an appeal against his recent conviction for crimes against humanity.

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