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Anti-aircraft guns are displayed during a ceremony marking China's donation of military equipment to Cambodia at the Army Institute in Kompong Speu province on Saturday. (Khem Sovannara)
Anti-aircraft guns are displayed during a ceremony marking China's donation of military equipment to Cambodia at the Army Institute in Kompong Speu province on Saturday. (Khem Sovannara)

China Donates Heavy Weaponry to Military

China handed over a batch of military equipment to the Ministry of Defense on Saturday that officials said they would use strictly for training, including spare parts and trucks mounted with rocket launchers.

Nearly 400 Families to Receive Land

Nearly 400 families who claim land within an area slated for a $3-billion development project on Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changva Peninsula will be granted a collective 28-hectare slice of the land, according to the district governor.

Student Mock Parliament Sends NGO Law Back

On Friday, Prime Minister Hun Sen’s cabinet could approve a controversial law that aims to regulate the country’s multimillion-dollar NGO sector and which has been years in the works, clearing its way for an imminent vote by the National Assembly’s lawmakers.

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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