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Commune Chief Gets Life for Fatal Grenade Attack

A former commune chief in Phnom Penh’s Prek Pnov district, who confessed to ordering the assassination of a political rival, leading to a grenade attack that killed his target’s 11-year-old son, was on Thursday sentenced to life in prison.

Opposition lawmaker Son Chhay speaks to reporters outside the Senate in Phnom Penh on Thursday after delivering a petition to the Constitutional Council calling for it to reject a draft law that would regulate the country's NGOs. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
Opposition lawmaker Son Chhay speaks to reporters outside the Senate in Phnom Penh on Thursday after delivering a petition to the Constitutional Council calling for it to reject a draft law that would regulate the country's NGOs. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

Gov’t Defiant as NGO Law Moves to Council

The government has remained steadfast in the face of domestic and international criticism as the controversial draft NGO law, already passed by the National Assembly and Senate, moved this week to the Constitutional Council, the final step before it is signed into law by King Norodom Sihamoni.

A Cambodian soldier looks out from a cliff in the Dangrek mountains at the Preah Vihear temple compound in 2009. (Reuters)
A Cambodian soldier looks out from a cliff in the Dangrek mountains at the Preah Vihear temple compound in 2009. (Reuters)

Temple on High

From the very start, this temple was meant to be special. Why else would people build it on top of a mountain that, more than a thousand years after the first structure was erected, is still a long and arduous climb to reach?

Spreading Sounds

Cambodian Music Festival founder Seak Smith, center left, waves to the crowd during the finale of last year’s show at the Ford Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Cambodian Music Festival)

After growing up in South Central Los Angeles, graduating from college and starting a family, Seak Smith began seeking a better understanding of her heritage, one that extended beyond the horrors of the Pol Pot regime.

End of the Road

Road 140 in Kompong Speu province’s Samraong Tong district (Chris Mueller/The Cambodia Daily)

The note was concise, just five lines of Khmer script scrawled in gold ink on a leaf of notepad paper. “Final word,” it read. “1: Sell my truck to pay for concrete. 2: Get $1,000 back from Ly Oun at Prey Phdao [market] and pay teacher Chamroeun for the gravel.” The message ended with the word “goodbye.”

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American actress Angelina Jolie Pitt joins Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh at the Bophana Center in Phnom Penh yesterday to begin work on a film adaptation of best-selling Khmer Rouge survival memoir 'First They Killed My Father.' (Bophana Center)

Angelina Jolie Begins Work on New KR Film

Angelina Jolie Pitt was in Phnom Penh on Tuesday to begin work on a Khmer-language film based on bestselling Khmer Rouge survival memoir “First They Killed My Father,” which will be co-produced by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Rithy Panh.

Activists gesture in defiance after being arrested Sunday morning outside the National Assembly in Phnom Penh, where they had been protesting against the recent approval of a law that will regulate the country's NGOs. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

Six Arrested, Released Over NGO Law Protest

Authorities in Phnom Penh on Sunday arrested and released six people dressed in prison uniforms and chained together by their legs for protesting outside the National Assembly against a recently approved law that threatens to muzzle NGOs critical of the government.

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