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Ministry Presses Ahead With Draft Union Law

Labor Minister Ith Sam Heng said Tuesday that he hoped to have a draft of a controversial union law before the Council of Ministers next month and put to a vote at the National Assembly in short order. Despite a few major concessions to its critics though, some unions remain concerned about the legislation.

American actress Angelina Jolie Pitt joins Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh at the Bophana Center in Phnom Penh yesterday to begin work on a film adaptation of best-selling Khmer Rouge survival memoir 'First They Killed My Father.' (Bophana Center)
American actress Angelina Jolie Pitt joins Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh at the Bophana Center in Phnom Penh yesterday to begin work on a film adaptation of best-selling Khmer Rouge survival memoir 'First They Killed My Father.' (Bophana Center)

Angelina Jolie Begins Work on New KR Film

Angelina Jolie Pitt was in Phnom Penh on Tuesday to begin work on a Khmer-language film based on bestselling Khmer Rouge survival memoir “First They Killed My Father,” which will be co-produced by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Rithy Panh.

Environment Ministry to Reduce ELC Terms to 50 Years

The Environment Ministry announced Tuesday that it has slashed the contract periods of 16 companies granted economic land concessions (ELCs) and said that all concession-holders in the country would soon see their lease terms reduced by decades.

A Cambodian soldier looks out from a cliff in the Dangrek mountains at the Preah Vihear temple compound in 2009. (Reuters)
A Cambodian soldier looks out from a cliff in the Dangrek mountains at the Preah Vihear temple compound in 2009. (Reuters)

Temple on High

From the very start, this temple was meant to be special. Why else would people build it on top of a mountain that, more than a thousand years after the first structure was erected, is still a long and arduous climb to reach?

Spreading Sounds

Cambodian Music Festival founder Seak Smith, center left, waves to the crowd during the finale of last year’s show at the Ford Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Cambodian Music Festival)

After growing up in South Central Los Angeles, graduating from college and starting a family, Seak Smith began seeking a better understanding of her heritage, one that extended beyond the horrors of the Pol Pot regime.

End of the Road

Road 140 in Kompong Speu province’s Samraong Tong district (Chris Mueller/The Cambodia Daily)

The note was concise, just five lines of Khmer script scrawled in gold ink on a leaf of notepad paper. “Final word,” it read. “1: Sell my truck to pay for concrete. 2: Get $1,000 back from Ly Oun at Prey Phdao [market] and pay teacher Chamroeun for the gravel.” The message ended with the word “goodbye.”

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Lawmaker Asks PM for Probe of Try Pheap’s SEZ

CNRP lawmaker Un Sam An sent a letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday asking for an investigation of Try Pheap’s Special Economic Zone in Ratanakkiri province, saying that the timber magnate is misusing the site to export illegally logged trees to Vietnam.

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