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Ukrainian Politician Off Wanted List

A Ukrainian member of parliament sought by Cambodian authorities over allegations of child-rape was removed from Interpol’s most-wanted list on Tuesday night because, according to Cambodia’s Interpol office, “the case involves politics in Ukraine and Russia.”

Disgraced former Meanchey district police chief Hy Narin is escorted up the stairs at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
Disgraced former Meanchey district police chief Hy Narin is escorted up the stairs at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

District Police Chief Stands Trial on Graft Charges

The trial of disgraced former Meanchey district police chief Hy Narin, who was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Unit in September and charged with embezzlement, extortion and unlawful exploitation, began at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday.

UN Envoy, Gov’t Discuss Divisive KRT Cases

Amid criticism over the Khmer Rouge tribunal’s failure to secure the arrest of former navy chief Meas Muth and district commander Im Chaem, who were charged in absentia earlier this month, the U.N.’s special expert on the court Wednesday met with Deputy Prime Minister Sok An to discuss the cases, among other court matters.

Zalman Butman rides in a tuk tuk in Phnom Penh. (Anna Spelman)
Zalman Butman rides in a tuk tuk in Phnom Penh. (Anna Spelman)

Far From Zion

“I felt like nobody knew there were Jews here in Cambodia. And people might be curious to see pictures of how they were living,” photographer Anna Spelman said of her exhibit, “Our Diaspora: Jewish Migration to Asia.” Showing at Phnom Penh’s Meta House until April 19, the images explore Jewish identity and community in Cambodia, India and Singapore.

A New Hero

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In a politically daring new comic book, “Captain Cambodia,” a cartoonist uses a classic comic-book clash of good versus evil to comment on the country’s politics.

Urban Visions

An architectural model by Pum Davit in front of a mural by Voung Chansi (Aria Danaparamita/The Cambodia Daily)

“Open City, Open Mind”—The Asia Foundation Community Art Gallery’s second exhibition—seeks to spark discussion about development in Phnom Penh by showcasing imaginative explorations of what the capital could, one day, look like.

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US First Lady Says Education Gives Girls a Voice

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama left Cambodia on Sunday following the first-ever visit to the country by the wife of a sitting U.S. president, during which she called for greater freedom and equality in education and for the empowerment of young women.

Laborers work at a construction site in Phnom Penh on Tuesday. (Pring Samrang/Reuters)

ADB Expects Cambodian Economy to Pick Up

The Asian Development Bank is predicting a steady uptick in Cambodia’s economic growth to 7.3 percent and 7.5 percent in 2015 and 2016, respectively, on the strength of improved performance in the country’s trade partners and a tempered political environment at home.

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