Ten members of the Khmer National Liberation Front, a group of dissidents highly critical of Prime Minister Hun Sen and his ties to Vietnam, were arrested over the last two days in Phnom Penh for allegedly plotting to incite violence, according to police.

Six inmates escaped from Ratanakkiri Provincial Prison in a daring predawn breakout on Thursday, while a seventh was stopped by a prison official at the last minute, officials said.

Monks and other activists march down Sisowath Quay in Phnom Penh on Thursday on their way to the National Assembly during a rally to mark the 23rd anniversary of the Paris Peace Agreements. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
Monks and other activists march down Sisowath Quay in Phnom Penh on Thursday on their way to the National Assembly during a rally to mark the 23rd anniversary of the Paris Peace Agreements. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

On the 23rd anniversary of the day Prince Norodom Sihanouk and Prime Minister Hun Sen resolved to come together to end Cambodia’s civil war, celebrations on Thursday turned into an exhibition of the endurance of the political divisions forged during the two decades of conflict.

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The Apsara Authority on Thursday returned a statue of the Buddha to its place in Bayon temple at the Angkor Archaeological Park after a tourist smashed it earlier this month.

Twenty Cambodian fishermen forced to work on a trawler in Indonesia have been rescued, while a pair of Cambodian brides extricated from abusive relationships in China have been repatriated, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday.

Officials delayed the bidding process for three projects funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Wednesday after heated arguments between bidders broke out in Kompong Cham province’s Choeung Prey district, local officials said on Thursday.

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Te Bunthoeun, a sergeant major in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces’ Brigade 51, allegedly killed Nget Kong Rith, the 28-year-old commander of the brigade’s Company 51, after the victim intervened in a dispute between the drunken suspect and his wife, said Seng Phearin, deputy chief of the brigade’s secretariat.

Military officials in Preah Vihear province are holding a pair of Thai soldiers who were arrested well inside Cambodia on Monday while trapping wild animals, according to officials in the area.

Cambodia and Vietnam have launched a joint investigation over a temporary border marker found to have gone missing during a routine patrol of the area on Tuesday in Tbong Khmum province, according to a local official.

A Vietnamese construction crew last month halted the extension of one of the country’s roads into a remote part of Mondolkiri province after complaints were lodged by Cambodian authorities, officials said on Thursday.

A mother and two of her sons were killed as a fire ripped through their home in Kompong Speu province on Wednesday evening, according to local officials, who said the cause of the blaze remained unclear.

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Displaced villagers from Preah Vihear province protest near Wat Botum park in Phnom Penh on Monday before attempting to deliver a petition to Prime Minister Hun Sen's house. (John Vink)

Eighteen land rights protesters from Preah Vihear province were injured during a clash with district security guards in Phnom Penh on Monday after they attempted to deliver a petition at Prime Minister Hun Sen’s house, a rights group said.

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A feud between the eldest daughter of CNRP Vice President Kem Sokha and a teenage opposition activist who shot to fame during last year’s election has once again come to a head with claims the student activist is being used in a new effort to split the opposition.

Two garment workers who were injured Tuesday when a floor collapsed at the Nishiku Enterprise factory in Takeo province lie outside Bati District Referral Hospital. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

At least eight workers sustained minor injuries Tuesday morning after the floor of a clothing factory in Takeo province collapsed, once again raising concerns about a lack of oversight of building standards in the crucial garment sector.

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