The Cambodia Daily

RCAF Top Brass Unaware of M’kiri Standoff

Two days after a platoon leader in Mondolkiri accused soldiers from Kratie of pointing their weapons at his men in order to free a group of suspected illegal loggers from Vietnam, two of the military’s most senior officials on Thursday said they were unaware of the incident.

Var Kimhong, right, the chairman of the joint border committee with Vietnam, presents French-drawn maps of the Cambodia-Vietnam border to reporters and opposition lawmakers at the Council of Ministers in Phnom Penh on Thursday. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
Var Kimhong, right, the chairman of the joint border committee with Vietnam, presents French-drawn maps of the Cambodia-Vietnam border to reporters and opposition lawmakers at the Council of Ministers in Phnom Penh on Thursday. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

Government Denies Using Wrong Border Map

Var Kimhong, chairman of Cambodia’s Joint Border Committee, called a press conference Thursday to counter claims from the opposition that he will not release the government’s maps of the country’s border with Vietnam because they were drawn by the Vietnamese in the 1980s.

Almost 100 More Factory Workers Faint

Almost 350 workers have now fainted in garment factories across the country this week, with 95 workers collapsing in three different factories in Phnom Penh, Kandal and Takeo provinces Thursday, according to the Labor Ministry.

Council of Ministers Official Slaps Schoolgirl

A Council of Ministers official was arrested in Phnom Penh on Wednesday after he showed up at his daughter’s high school and slapped her classmate following a fight between the two teenagers, police and witnesses said Thursday.

A traditional ethnic Kreung groom hut is seen in the Tong Kropu community in Ratanakkiri’s Ochum district last weekend. (Hannah Reyes/Ruom)
A traditional ethnic Kreung groom hut is seen in the Tong Kropu community in Ratanakkiri’s Ochum district last weekend. (Hannah Reyes/Ruom)

Shacking Up

Perched on stilts 2 meters off the ground, a bamboo hut stands out amid homes of unpainted wood. A sarong, a belt and a pair of boxer shorts hang out to dry over the porch railings. This isn’t your average bachelor pad. In these hills of Ratanakkiri, indigenous Kreung tribes traditionally build a girl or boy their own hut when they come of age.

Dr. Ngor’s Killing Fields

Haing Ngor on the set of ‘The Killing Fields’ (Haing S. Ngor Foundation)

On February 28, 1996, Haing Ngor, a Khmer Rouge survivor who found fame in his Oscar-winning role in “The Killing Fields,” was gunned down behind his house in Los Angeles. Two years later, three members of the “Oriental Lazy Boyz” gang were found guilty of killing the doctor-turned-actor during a botched robbery.

Land and Sea

Chef Sebastien Rubis’ signature dish, ‘Meat of the Sea’ (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

Chef Sebastien Rubis of The Plantation hotel in Phnom Penh holds the philosophy that no matter how many elements there are on a plate, there should be a common thread running through them.

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Protesters scuffle with government security guards during their attempt to march to the National Assembly in Phnom Penh on Tuesday to demonstrate against a proposed law that would regulate NGOs and associations. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

Police, Guards Block Marches Against NGO Law

Phnom Penh City Hall made good on its promise to stop a set of planned protest marches Tuesday against a draft law aiming to regulate the country’s NGOs, deploying hundreds of security guards and police around the capital to stop the demonstrators in their tracks.

A Vietnamese soldier stands alongside Vietnamese civilians who brawled with Cambodian activists in Svay Rieng province on Sunday. (Ma Chettra)

CNRP, Svay Rieng Officials Spar Over Border Trip

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy on Monday defended a CNRP lawmaker who was reportedly attacked by Vietnamese civilians during a trip to a disputed patch of the border in Svay Rieng province, while provincial authorities said that the trip was provocative and violated the “culture of dialogue.”

Women dressed as doves dance during a celebration to mark the CPP's 64th anniversary at the ruling party's headquarters in Phnom Penh on Sunday. (Pring Samrang/Reuters)

CPP Celebrates 64 Years Since Communist Birth

With the release of dozens of white doves, the CPP on Sunday closed its annual celebration of the 1951 founding of the Khmer People’s Revolutionary Party, which it considers its own birth, with leaders telling of their roles in Cambodia’s independence and the downfall of Pol Pot.

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