A man was killed and seven others were injured Wednesday night when fireworks marking the 10-year anniversary of King Norodom Sihamoni’s coronation misfired and flew at the revelers in Phnom Penh.

Seven years since its inception, CamKo City consists of a few finished apartment buildings on one side of a plot of land and a wasteland on the other—a development project crippled by the collapse of a corruption-riddled South Korean bank.

King Norodom Sihamoni waves from a platform in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh on Wednesday during a ceremony to mark 10 years since his coronation. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
King Norodom Sihamoni waves from a platform in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh on Wednesday during a ceremony to mark 10 years since his coronation. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

About 10,000 people turned out in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh on Wednesday morning for a ceremony to mark 10 years since King Norodom Sihamoni ascended to the throne in place of his father.

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A fire swept through Rong Kluea market in Thailand’s Sa Kaeo province near the Cambodian border on Tuesday night, causing more than $300,000 in damage to 20 stalls mostly owned by Cambodian vendors, a local official said.

An Italian man was among five people arrested in Sihanoukville on Tuesday afternoon for running an illegal gambling website, officials said Wednesday.

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Asian Games taekwondo gold medalist Sorn Seavmey speaks to reporters at the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia’s Phnom Penh headquarters earlier this month. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

Taekwondo star Sorn Seavmey, who won Cambodia’s first-ever Asian Games gold medal earlier this month, became one of 100 new recruits into the Ministry of Interior’s Special Bodyguard Unit, an official said.

The fugitive U.S. Army sergeant arrested Tuesday by police in Kratie province following a two-week manhunt will be deported to the U.S. on Friday to face allegations of child rape and 44 counts of possession of child pornography, police said Wednesday.

Police official Pheak Phearum, left, stands next to Lisa-Marie Nass-Starr, her boyfriend, Nhoeng Buntheuy, and their son after their altercation in Sihanoukville on Tuesday. (Chum Phearum)

A 24-year-old Australian woman who lives in Sihanoukville claims she was attacked by a local police official at a parking lot near Sokha Beach on Tuesday morning when he became enraged over the location of her motorbike.

A group of minivan drivers blocked a highway in Mondolkiri province Tuesday in protest of what they claim is ongoing extortion by government officials of vehicles transporting ready-made furniture.

A 44-year-old soldier who allegedly killed his commander in Banteay Menachey province last week was arrested on Tuesday evening in Preah Vihear province after a week on the run, military police said Wednesday.

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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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