The National Assembly on Friday approved the $3.8 billion budget for 2015, despite opposition lawmakers, who have slammed the draft budget for its lack of details, abstaining from the vote.

Nine Cambodian women who were lured to China and forced into unwanted marriages have fled their abusive husbands and are taking refuge in the Cambodian consulate in Guangzhou as they try to arrange their passage back home, rights groups and two of the women said Friday.

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy speaks with Prime Minister Hun Sen in the chamber of the National Assembly prior to adjourning for a private meeting, in an image captured from a television screen in the Assembly's pressroom. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia )
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy speaks with Prime Minister Hun Sen in the chamber of the National Assembly prior to adjourning for a private meeting, in an image captured from a television screen in the Assembly's pressroom. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia )

Prime Minister Hun Sen and opposition leader Sam Rainsy, in a meeting on Friday at the National Assembly, settled the remaining disputes between the CPP and CNRP over the details of the sweeping electoral reform package promised in their July 22 political deal.

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The families of five men jailed almost a year ago for alleged involvement in stealing relics of the Buddha from a stupa on Odong Mountain expressed their dismay Friday after the deputy provincial prosecutor appealed the investigating judge’s decision on the case, which they said was to drop all charges against the men.

A threat by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s sister to quit her senior government post over a land dispute in Kompong Speu province involving agriculture tycoon Ly Yong Phat, a CPP Senator, has yet to materialize in a formal resignation, according to the minister she works for.

Traditional musician Yun Theara plays during a recording session with Norwegian composer Ingolv Haaland. (Jonas Bostrom)

The music in the album “Asian Flow,” which was released Thursday in Cambodia, can only be described as mesmerizing. From the very first notes, the beautiful voice of Ouch Savy singing to Ingolv Haaland’s music transports you into a world of fluid melodies.

The opposition CNRP will only receive a license for a digital television station under the July 22 political deal with the CPP, as there are no unused analog television channels available, Information Minister Khieu Kanharith said Thursday.

One of CNRP Vice President Kem Sokha’s personal assistants on Thursday said the deputy opposition leader “cannot lead anyone” after Mr. Sokha ridiculed a phone call that she claims to have made warning him about a threat from the fledgling “Khmer for Khmer” reform group.

More than 100 military police officers carried out coordinated raids on two crystal methamphetamine dens in Phnom Penh shortly after midnight Thursday, arresting 17 people including known armed robbers, according to officials.

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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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