Prime Minister Hun Sen and opposition leader Sam Rainsy emerged from a five-hour meeting in Phnom Penh on Tuesday with a deal for the CNRP’s 55 lawmakers-elect to end their boycott of the National Assembly in exchange for an overhaul of the electoral commission, which they accuse of rigging last year’s election for the CPP.

July 23, 2014
IN BRIEF

A fire that ripped through a market in Battambang province’s Phnom Proek district late on Monday night caused somewhere between $1 million and $2 million in damages, according to local officials.

Four more villagers from Kandal province’s Ponhea Leu district embroiled in a land dispute with a powerful development company were questioned Tuesday as protests continued outside the provincial court.

A jeweler was shot and injured on Sunday evening by two men during a robbery in front of his house in Takeo province’s Donkeo city, Roka Krao commune, police chief Ouch Thol said Monday.

The Kandal Provincial Court on Tuesday tried two opposition CNRP officials and their lawyer—two of them in absentia—over a case dating back to 2011 that was abruptly scheduled a week ago.

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A woman was recovering in hospital Tuesday after being doused with acid in an attack in Banteay Meanchey province’s Poipet City on Monday as police said they are searching for the attacker and a motive for the year’s second acid attack case.

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Two villagers embroiled in a long-running land dispute with the well-connected KDC company were charged Tuesday with intentional destruction of property and causing injuries during clashes with workers at the disputed development site in Kompong Chhnang province last week.

July 23, 2014

After spending all day Monday protesting at the Vietnamese Embassy to demand their complaint regarding comments made by a Vietnamese diplomat be directly accepted by the embassy, Khmer Krom monks and supporters Tuesday settled for having a City Hall representative be the messenger.

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Former drivers for the Phnom Penh Sorya Transportation company who were fired after striking for higher wages agreed to delay further protests as negotiations over their sacking reopened Tuesday.

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A total of six soldiers, military police and police were arrested in Cambodia and Thailand on Monday for their alleged involvement in two separate drug trafficking cases, according to police.

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Prime Minister Hun Sen’s cabinet on Tuesday refused to accept a petition from some 200 farmers who traveled from Kratie province to Phnom Penh to ask for help in settling their land dispute with a plantation owner, urging them to try settling the case with their local authorities first.

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Phnom Penh residents should continue to brace for more flooding during this rainy season with no imminent fix in sight, officials said Tuesday.

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Rat hunter Lak Han prepares several kilograms of rats outside his home at the Stung Meanchey dumpsite. (Holly Robertson/The Cambodia Daily)

Just after sunrise in the slums surrounding the Stung Meanchey dump, Lak Han, 45, sits in the dirt outside his home methodically chopping up a large pile of rodents.

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Before the Thai junta seized power in late May, Pich, a 45-year-old teacher from Banteay Meanchey, used to join a queue of about 400 cars every morning lined up at the Poipet International Checkpoint to enter Thailand.

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At a press event on Friday aimed at “enhancing social understanding,” officials from Thailand’s military government met with nearly 100 Cambodian journalists to defend the junta’s handling of a crackdown on illegal labor that began earlier this month.

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