Under the cover of darkness in a clearing deep inside the forests of this northeastern province, Rash Len Van spoke of the repression that led him and seven fellow Montagnards to flee Vietnam for Cambodia on October 30.

Rin Phirun, 32, was one of 55 graduate students at the Royal Academy for Judicial Professions to take part in the life-changing lottery, where he plucked out a paper emblazoned with the word “Judge.”

Phnom Penh governor Pa Socheatvong leads a delegation of municipal officials into a meeting with members of the National Assembly's human rights commission at the Assembly building Thursday. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
Phnom Penh governor Pa Socheatvong leads a delegation of municipal officials into a meeting with members of the National Assembly's human rights commission at the Assembly building Thursday. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

Phnom Penh governor Pa Socheatvong, who has overseen the violent suppression of protests in the city over the past year and whose security forces have arrested more than a dozen activists and monks this month, presented a much friendlier stance Thursday at the National Assembly.

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A Cambodian woman who was allegedly murdered in South Korea by her Korean husband in an attempt to cash in on 26 life-insurance policies he took out on her was Thursday identified by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, which said the government was taking steps to secure compensation for the woman’s family.

A government plan to introduce long-awaited legislation that will protect whistle-blowers in corruption cases was on Thursday lauded by members of the opposition CNRP and civil society, who expressed hope that the law would come into force swiftly.

The opposition CNRP will only receive a license for a digital television station under the July 22 political deal with the CPP, as there are no unused analog television channels available, Information Minister Khieu Kanharith said Thursday.

One of CNRP Vice President Kem Sokha’s personal assistants on Thursday said the deputy opposition leader “cannot lead anyone” after Mr. Sokha ridiculed a phone call that she claims to have made warning him about a threat from the fledgling “Khmer for Khmer” reform group.

More than 100 military police officers carried out coordinated raids on two crystal methamphetamine dens in Phnom Penh shortly after midnight Thursday, arresting 17 people including known armed robbers, according to officials.

The second floor of the 'Chinese Cultural Mansion,' located above the Xinzhi Bookstore in Phnom Penh's Tuol Kok district, stands empty of visitors last week. (Neou Vannarin/The Cambodia Daily)

When China’s first “Cultural Mansion” on foreign soil opened last week in Phnom Penh, Chinese state media heralded it as a vital tool to help bring Cambodian and Chinese citizens together. But sitting just off a dusty thoroughfare in Tuol Kok district, the “mansion” is housed in a nondescript eight-story building that looks more like a run-down hotel than a shining symbol of Chinese culture.

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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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Massachusetts state representative-elect Rady Mom speaks to reporters at a school inside Phnom Penh's Svay Pope pagoda Sunday. (Neou Vannarin/The Cambodia Daily)

Three weeks after becoming the first Cambodian-American legislator in the U.S., Rady Mom joined hundreds of protesters in Phnom Penh on Sunday to demand the release of 17 imprisoned activists, opposition figures and monks from Prey Sar prison.

Vendors help a firefighter battle a blaze at Phnom Penh's Phsar Chas on Monday morning. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

A fire tore through Phnom Penh’s Phsar Chas early Monday morning, incinerating hundreds of stalls in the historic market and damaging hundreds more before a fleet of fire trucks brought the blaze under control more than two hours later.

Former Khmer Rouge leader Khieu Samphan confers with a member of his defense team at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal during the opening of Case 002/02 last month. (Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia)

The Khmer Rouge tribunal has capitulated to a sustained boycott of Khieu Samphan’s genocide trial by his defense team, adjourning proceedings until next year so the lawyers can prepare an appeal against his recent conviction for crimes against humanity.

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