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Reporters Send Complaint Over Warning Letter

More than 30 journalists in Ratanakkiri province have written to the Club of Cambodian Journalists about what they described as a threatening letter sent by the provincial governor last week in which he said journalists should stop extorting money from illegal loggers.

The Phnom Penh villa serving as the temporary housing for the first four refugees from Nauru, who agreed to move to Cambodia as part of a resettlement deal with Australia (Pring Samrang/Reuters)
The Phnom Penh villa serving as the temporary housing for the first four refugees from Nauru, who agreed to move to Cambodia as part of a resettlement deal with Australia (Pring Samrang/Reuters)

Australian Ministers Deny Collapse of Refugee Deal

Australia’s foreign minister on Monday insisted that a controversial refugee deal with Cambodia was alive and well, dismissing Australian news reports that efforts to resettle more refugees here from Nauru had collapsed.

Ministry Defends Pro-CPP Speech at University

The Education Ministry on Monday defended a pro-CPP speech delivered to some 1,500 students at a university in Phnom Penh on Sunday, reasoning that the school did not breach the ministry’s new directive against political activity at academic institutions because classes had finished for the semester.

Civil Society Groups Turning to Crowdfunding

In a bid to raise more money from within the country, civil society organizations are planning to launch a platform in November that will use crowdfunding via mobile phone credit to fund projects ranging from IT development to the arts.


Nita: A Short Story

It was just before planting season when father decided I should drop out of school. We’d finished dinner, and mother was putting away the uneaten rice for breakfast. I was looking out the window; somebody’s cow had gotten loose and was wandering between the houses, and the fields beyond the village were turning purple in the dusk. Suddenly, father stood up from where he’d been sitting on the floor, with no shirt on, and said, “Daughter, I want you in the fields with me tomorrow.”

Bittersweet Scars

A painting by Chath Piersath (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

The trees bursting with red flowers lining Phnom Penh’s Sihanouk Boulevard—giving a vibrant hue to the view from Java Cafe’s balcony—are reflected in “The Flame Tree of Knowledge,” Chath Piersath’s favorite painting in his current exhibit, “Scar,” showing at Java.

A Rohingya man covers his face as he leaves Phnom Penh International Airport on Thursday after arriving with three fellow refugees who agreed to settle in Cambodia as part of a controversial deal the government struck with Australia in September. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

No Plans for More Refugees From Nauru

Almost three months after four refugees arrived in Cambodia from Nauru as part of a controversial resettlement deal with Australia, the Interior Ministry said on Friday that it had no plans to receive more refugees being held in the South Pacific island nation.

Prime Minister Hun Sen speaks at his 'Peace Palace' on Wednesday during the launch of the Cambodia Industrial Development Policy 2015-2025. (Khem Sovannara)

PM Launches Grand Plans to Transform Industry

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday launched an ambitious 10-year development plan that the government hopes will transform Cambodia’s “weak” and labor-intensive industrial sector into one comprised of diversified businesses with a highly skilled workforce.

Prison guards escort Sieng Sarin, left, and Ka Sak from the Kandal Provincial Court on Thursday after they were handed seven-year sentences for their role in stealing relics of the Buddha from a pagoda in 2013. (Jens Welding Ollgaard/The Cambodia Daily)

Five Men Get 7 Years for Theft of Buddha Relics

The Kandal Provincial Court on Thursday sentenced four security guards and a farmer to seven years in prison each for stealing relics of the Buddha from a stupa atop Oudong Mountain in 2013—despite the farmer’s insistence that he carried out the robbery alone.

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