Three Thai nationals, including a military commander, were arrested Friday by Battambang provincial police for being in possession of more than $7 million in counterfeit U.S. dollars, police said.

September 20, 2014

Global fashion brands have waded into the fray over setting a new minimum wage for Cambodia’s 600,000 garment workers, committing for the first time to pay higher prices for stock so workers can receive “a fair living wage.”

September 20, 2014

For Phout Chreach, a 66-year-old former rice farmer from Kompong Speu province, the 15-day Pchum Ben festival is a way to supplement her income after she had to give up her crop this year due to seasonal drought in her hometown.

September 20, 2014
A security guard allows Preap Kol, executive director of Transparency International Cambodia, onto the grounds of the National Assembly on Friday morning. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

In the first test of new, wide-reaching rules that give National Assembly President Heng Samrin the power to decide who is allowed to enter the assembly grounds, a prominent government critic was allowed to meet with the parliamentary Anti-Corruption Commission on Friday.

September 20, 2014

Construction workers and police in Kandal province’s Kien Svay district on Thursday discovered on a jobsite three boxes of ammunition believed to be left over from fighting in the 1970s, police and a company representative said.

September 20, 2014

A determined attempt by an elderly woman to hold onto a plot of land she says she has farmed since 1979 in Phnom Penh’s Pur Senchey district proved futile on Thursday morning, when police and security guards demarcated the property for development by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s cousin Dy Proem.

September 19, 2014

Vorn Pao was re-elected president on Thursday of the Independent Democracy of Informal Economy Association, a labor group comprised mostly of tuk-tuk drivers and moto-dops, in an uncontested ballot after his vice president withdrew from the race over allegations of irregularities.

September 19, 2014

Ath Thorn, the head of the country’s largest independent union, was placed yesterday under judicial supervision by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court a day after he joined demonstrations calling for a $177 monthly minimum wage for garment workers.

September 19, 2014

Pech Chreada District, Mondolkiri province – An ethnic Bunong community suspended its protests against the destruction of their ancestral land here on Thursday after receiving assurances from provincial authorities that the issue would be resolved following the Pchum Ben holiday.

September 19, 2014
IN BRIEF

Holiday travelers will get a preview of Phnom Penh’s new Cambodia-China Friendship bridge during the final days of the Pchum Ben festival, according to City Hall.

The Khmer Rouge tribunal is set to open evidentiary hearings in the second phase of Case 002 on October 17, a year and a day after closing statements began in the first portion of the trial.

Cambodian officials met Wednesday with Australian Ambassador Alison Burrows and visiting Assistant Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Trade Keith Scott to discuss Australia’s financial assistance plans for the country over the next few years, state news agency Agence Kampuchea Presse reported Thursday.

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday delayed its sedition trial of Cambodian-American dissident Sourn Serey Ratha in order to give co-defendant and activist monk Luon Sovath time to return from abroad and defend himself in person.

About 100 anti-eviction activists from the Boeng Kak, Borei Keila and Lor Peang communities held their latest joint protest outside the World Bank office on Thursday over a recent announcement that it is considering the resumption of loan to the government after a three-year freeze.

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FEATURED STORIES
From left, actors Ma Rynet, Chea Samnang and Duch Lida with cameraman Meoun Vanna on the set of the television series ‘Neary Chhlat,’ or ‘Smart Girls’ (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

The premise may sounds familiar: Three women private detectives shadow suspicious characters, use cutting-edge spy equipment to gather evidence, can unlock any door in seconds, and of course are attractive.

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Han Visot thought the overhead lights in his hospital room were X-ray machines. He was sure the FBI was monitoring his movements and had bugged the room, which he called “the container.” He used a chair to barricade the door.

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A 68-year-old woman faced down dozens of military and district police ordered to protect villagers attempting to demarcate her land on Wednesday in Phnom Penh’s Pur Senchey district after they sold it to a cousin of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

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