With the release of the government’s 2015 draft national budget Thursday, the opposition CNRP, whose 55 lawmakers joined the National Assembly in August, called Cambodia’s budget-drafting process “disgusting and unbelievable” on Friday.

The finest ping-pong players in the region will come together in Olympic Stadium’s taekwondo center in Phnom Penh for the next five days as the 9th SEA Table Tennis Championships starts on Saturday.

Students crowd around a board to check the results of the second-chance national grade 12 exam, held last month, at Bak Touk High School in Phnom Penh on Friday. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
Students crowd around a board to check the results of the second-chance national grade 12 exam, held last month, at Bak Touk High School in Phnom Penh on Friday. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

After releasing the results Friday of a national re-sit of the grade 12 exam, which brought the total pass rate above 40 percent—half the number that succeeded last year—Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron said he is ready to move forward with reforming a system long beset by cheating and fraud.

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Security guards hired by the Chinese-owned Union Development Group thwarted an attempt Friday by 10 villagers to bring a halt to the company’s clearing of land in Koh Kong province, locals said.

Representatives from an ethnic Bunong community in Mondolkiri province filed a complaint with a district governor against a commune police chief on Thursday after he allegedly cleared trees belonging to villagers in Pech Chreada district’s Krang Tes commune, officials said Friday.

National Assembly First Vice President Kem Sokha sent a letter this week to Australia’s ambassador to Cambodia, Alison Burrows, requesting that she and the Australian government reconsider a controversial agreement signed last month to send refugees who intended to reach Australia’s shores to Cambodia instead.

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Dancers rehearse a scene from the dance 'Tension.' From left: Soy Chanborey, Nget Rady, Khon Chan Sithyka and Sam Sathya. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

The dance “Tension” that Nget Rady will stage Saturday night during Amrita Performing Arts’ third biannual Contemporary Dance Platform has been a year in the making.

Five of the six union leaders accused of alleged criminal activity during nationwide garment worker strikes and demonstrations in December and January are now under judicial supervision after two more of the group appeared before the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday.

'Khmer for Khmer' founder Kem Ley speaks to disgruntled CNRP supporters during a forum in Kompong Speu province on Thursday. (Alex Willemyns/The Cambodia Daily)

Kem Ley’s “Khmer for Khmer” network has all the trappings and rhetoric of a group building a base for an electoral run.

After setting up a working group specifically to include some of the country’s more militant unions in wage negotiations for the garment sector, the Labor Ministry said on Thursday that it has thrown out the unions’ demand for a $140 minimum wage in favor of lower recommendations coming from the government and factory owners.

Two Vietnamese women are escorted into a police van in Phnom Penh on Thursday after they were deemed to be living in the country illegally. (Sek Odom/The Cambodia Daily)

A convoy of police vehicles snaked through Phnom Penh’s Boeng Kak II commune on Thursday afternoon, stopping at three different locations to arrest a total of 12 Vietnamese nationals living illegally in the country, as part of an ongoing nationwide census of foreigners.

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When Huot Sarom was forced to watch last month as authorities seized rice paddies she has been farming since 1979, it would have been easy to assume her 15-year battle to retain the land was finally at an end.

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The University of Management and Economics in Battambang City is a long way from the spartan jungle camps of Anlong Veng where Tep Khunnal spent the 1990s as Pol Pot’s chief aide and confidant.

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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