Information Minister Khieu Kanharith, a former CPP spokesman, said Tuesday that the ruling party has been actively searching for a new spokesman without luck.

The U.N.’s refugee agency on Tuesday confirmed that 13 Montagnards have crossed into the country from Vietnam and urged the Cambodian government to refrain from deporting members of the group at the risk of endangering their lives.

Activist monk Luon Sovath gestures to supporters as he enters the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday morning. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
Activist monk Luon Sovath gestures to supporters as he enters the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday morning. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

As a beaming Luon Sovath walked into the Phnom Penh Municipal Court for his sedition trial Tuesday, dozens of flag-waving supporters lining the sidewalk called for the charges against the activist monk to be dropped, while a throng of reporters pressed in on him.

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About 150 employees at Siem Reap International Airport have vowed to continue striking Wednesday after rejecting a deal struck by management and union representatives that would have seen them return to work.

About 300 villagers protested in front of the Siem Reap provincial hall on Tuesday to demand the government provide them with a social land concession as it did last month for a group of 85 families that moved into their district in 2006.

An excavator clears rubble from Phnom Penh's Phsar Chas on Tuesday. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

With most of the rubble cleared from Phnom Penh’s Phsar Chas, a local official on Tuesday told the vendors whose shops and merchandise were destroyed by a fire that raged for more than two hours at the historic market Monday morning to begin the process of rebuilding themselves.

Three parliamentarians from the National Assembly’s human rights commission, led by CNRP lawmaker Eng Chhay Eang, returned Tuesday from a two-day visit to four communities in Koh Kong province locked in land disputes with companies holding private land concessions.

Agriculture and commodities tycoon Mong Reththy speaks during a conference about land reform in Phnom Penh on Tuesday. (Yu Phourn/NGO Forum)

Mong Reththy, one of Cambodia’s most prominent tycoons, complained Tuesday that recent recipients of expansive land concessions from the government have less of a social conscience than entrepreneurs granted land in the 1990s.

Police shot dead a 25-year-old man at a cockfighting match in Tbong Khmum province Tuesday, in what they claimed was an accident during a raid on the illegal event.

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A man holds a taco next to Anabella's Tacos truck. (Aria Danaparamita/The Cambodia Daily)
A man holds a taco next to Anabella's Tacos truck. (Aria Danaparamita/The Cambodia Daily)

Though the capital is no stranger to vendors peddling noodles, soups or snails from carts, a fleet of food trucks offering international fare have rolled into the city.

An audience watches a show by performers from the Reasmey Angkor Bassac Opera Company in Siem Reap province last year (Charles King)

The idea of conducting a survey of performing artists’ salaries and working conditions in Cambodia was born of necessity, said Phloeun Prim, director of Cambodian Living Arts.

A Ferris wheel operator watches on as customers take a ride. (Ben Woods/The Cambodia Daily)

As normalcy resumes after the three days of festivities, carnival workers from across the country who made homes in and around their rides and attractions on Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changva peninsula this past week are preparing to do it all over again.

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Construction worker Phal Roeun, 32, makes his way along a wooden frame atop a condominium construction site on Street 352 in Phnom Penh's Chamkar Mon district. (Alex Consiglio/The Cambodia Daily)

The government has not been able to keep pace with Cambodia’s construction boom to ensure the safety of the sector’s workforce, which labor experts estimate at 175,000 to 200,000, many of whom are unskilled and paid by the day.

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Abuse, discrimination and extortion await refugees who are sent to Cambodia from Nauru under a $35 million deal signed by Interior Minister Sar Kheng in September to take Australia’s asylum seekers, according to an investigation by Human Rights Watch.

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More than a year after he was extradited from Thailand to Cambodia to serve a 10-year sentence for raping a 16-year-old girl in 2009, 70-year-old British national David Fletcher, who was convicted in absentia, on Thursday had his request for a retrial rejected by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court because he failed to submit the necessary documents in time.

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