As the international community on Wednesday lauded the opposition CNRP’s agreement with the ruling CPP to take its seats in the National Assembly, some of the opposition’s most outspoken allies talked of treachery from a party that months ago was demanding a re-election or the resignation of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

July 24, 2014

In the aftermath of the covenant struck between Prime Minister Hun Sen and CNRP President Sam Rainsy on Tuesday, the opposition was fast to frame the deal as a grudging and rare concession from an authoritarian party deeply protective of its power.

July 24, 2014

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who was banned from running in last year’s national election, will now be sworn in as one of the CNRP’s 55 lawmakers, with Kompong Cham province lawmaker-elect Kuoy Bunroeun standing down to become an opposition member on the new bipartisan electoral commission.

July 24, 2014

CNRP leader Sam Rainsy said Wednesday that a higher minimum wage for garment workers and civil servants would be the opposition’s top legislative priority—after reconstituting the National Election Committee—when it takes the 55 National Assembly seats it has been boycotting for the past year.

July 24, 2014

A British journalist has been convicted of defaming a French property developer in a blog post in an unprecedented ruling that has been described as a blow to freedom of expression in Cambodia.

July 24, 2014

Police and court officials on Wednesday searched the home of villager Oum Sophy, who has been outspoken opponent of the well-connected KDC company as it has tried to push her and dozens of her neighbors off their land in Kompong Chhnang province.

July 24, 2014

A major general with the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces bodyguard unit who operates his own private transport company allegedly pulled a gun on one of his employees on Monday and shot him in the leg for requesting a pay raise, military police officials said.

July 24, 2014

Passport offices will be set up in six more provinces in an effort to ease the remigration process for Cambodian workers heading back to Thailand, according to a Ministry of Interior official.

July 24, 2014

Economic crimes police on Wednesday arrested a woman and seized 3 tons of low-quality fishballs, claiming she had illegally imported the potentially dangerous meat.

July 24, 2014
IN BRIEF

A Cambodian-Australian man incarcerated on bribery charges was on Wednesday sentenced by Phnom Penh Municipal Court to a further five years in prison for defrauding his business partner of $500,000 in an unrelated case.

Seng Sakada, director-general of the Labor Ministry’s labor department, will lead a delegation to Singapore on Saturday to study the ministry’s pilot program to send domestic workers to the city-state, a recruitment agency director confirmed Wednesday.

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.

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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