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Cambodia Could Shelter Stranded Migrants: PM

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday said Cambodia would be prepared to offer temporary shelter to the thousands of Rohingya asylum seekers stranded in the Andaman Sea if the U.N. agrees to resettle them in another country, according to Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan.

Silvio Gonzato, director of democracy and human rights for the European Union’s external action service, speaks at a press conference on Friday wrapping up his four-day visit focusing on election reforms. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
Silvio Gonzato, director of democracy and human rights for the European Union’s external action service, speaks at a press conference on Friday wrapping up his four-day visit focusing on election reforms. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

EU Calls for Transparent Electoral Reforms

Silvio Gonzato, the director of democracy and human rights for the European Union, on Friday ended a four-day trip to Cambodia to assess the support that could be provided to electoral reform here by saying that many challenges lie ahead to ensure credible elections in 2017 and 2018.

Child-Welfare NGO Boss Guilty of Abusing Boys

The Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court on Thursday sentenced former French judge and child-protection NGO director Philippe Broaly to 14 months in prison for sexually abusing five boys in his care, but will allow him to walk free within weeks after suspending five months of the sentence, officials said Friday.

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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