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Lawmaker Opens Door to Talks on NGO Law

A spokesman for the National Assembly on Monday said civil society groups may still have a chance to meet with lawmakers over a controversial draft law that aims to regulate the country’s multimillion dollar NGO sector before it goes to a vote.

Xie Tao Sheng leaves the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday after he and two other Chinese nationals were tried for attempting to traffic four Cambodian teenagers to China. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
Xie Tao Sheng leaves the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday after he and two other Chinese nationals were tried for attempting to traffic four Cambodian teenagers to China. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

Court Hears 3 Chinese Charged With Trafficking

Three Chinese nationals charged with attempting to traffic four Cambodian teenagers to China told the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday that the they were trying to help their friends find wives and that the teenagers had willingly agreed to travel to China.

Men Gun Down Woman, 32, on Motorbike

No suspects have been found in the murder of a woman who was shot dead Sunday night while riding pillion on a motorbike in Kandal province’s Takhmao City, but police believe it was a revenge killing, officials said Monday.

Two Men Arrested Over Separate Sex Crimes

A 32-year-old fisherman who allegedly left a woman badly injured after she fought off his rape attempt early Monday morning in Preah Sihanouk province was arrested Monday, while a construction worker in Banteay Meanchey province has been charged over the indecent assault of a 3-year-old girl, police said.

Dancers prepare for a dress rehearsal of Sophiline Cheam Shapiro's Khmer classical ballet ‘Pamina Devi’ on Wednesday. Premiered in Vienna in 2006, the ballet is being staged for the public for the first time in Phnom Penh on Saturday and Sunday. (John Vink)

Staging Grace

The magic starts from the very first note of traditional music and, during the next 80 minutes, the Khmer classical dancers in the ballet “Pamina Devi” transport the audience into a saga punctuated by conflicts, fierce battles and, also, love.

Kingdom of Queens

Gaga Rainbow shoots sparklers from her dress during a performance at Rainbow Bar in Phnom Penh on Wednesday night. (Aria Danaparamita/The Cambodia Daily)

Krin Sopheap says the most difficult part of his transformation into Gaga Rainbow is applying his makeup. “I’m not yet an expert at putting on makeup,” the 22-year-old native of Pursat province admitted. “I only know [how] to do about 50 percent of it.”

Kep Cook-Off

Cooks prepare a dish for the ‘Kep Chef’ competition in Kep City last Sunday. (Taisa Sganzerla/The Cambodia Daily)

In the heat of the late morning, a young man moved frantically around a long table where five chefs rushed to finish preparing a dish of squid with Kampot pepper. “Only two minutes left,” he shouted to the competitors, first in French then in Khmer.

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Kim Marintha leaves the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday after his trial for the murder of his wife and daughter last year. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

General Tells Court He Murdered Wife, Daughter

A two-star military general described killing his wife and their 6-year-old daughter before packing their bodies into a cooler, but argued he should not be charged with premeditated murder because he had killed them “accidentally.”

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