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Cambodia Approves Resettlement of 4 Refugees

Eight months after a contentious deal was signed to move to Cambodia refugees that Australia had been holding on the island nation of Nauru, the resettlement applications of the first four refugees to volunteer for the scheme have been approved, Cambodia’s Interior Ministry said Thursday.

A diver from Cambodia's first-ever team of underwater deminers emerges Thursday from the Mekong River in Kandal province after rigging a balloon to an unexploded 500-pound bomb, dropped more than 40 years ago by the US. (Charles Fox)
A diver from Cambodia's first-ever team of underwater deminers emerges Thursday from the Mekong River in Kandal province after rigging a balloon to an unexploded 500-pound bomb, dropped more than 40 years ago by the US. (Charles Fox)

Underwater Deminers Pull First Bomb From Deep

Over 40 years after the U.S. Army withdrew from Southeast Asia, Cambodia’s first team of underwater deminers, some of whom were unable to swim two years ago, on Thursday pulled a live 500-pound bomb from the floor of the Mekong River, a deadly souvenir of the 2.7 million bombs U.S. warplanes dropped on the country.

Labor Ministry Denies Agreement to Send Workers to Qatar

A spokesman for the Labor Ministry said Thursday that Cambodia has still not finalized any agreement to send migrant workers to Qatar, but the head of a recruitment agency said the ministry had assured him he would be allowed to send about 80 workers there “as soon as possible.”

Foreign Minister Hor Namhong, far right, speaks Thursday with, right to left, Claire Van der Vaeren, the UN's resident coordinator in Cambodia, Rana Flowers, country representative for Unicef, Wan-Hea Lee, country representative for the UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights, Wenny Kusuma, country director of UN Women, and Marc Derveeuw, country representative for the UN Population Fund. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
UN Rebuked Over Letter on Draft NGO Law

Foreign Affairs Minister Hor Namhong on Thursday took the U.N. to task over a recent letter four of its senior country officials wrote criticizing the government’s secretive drafting of a controversial NGO law, a day after the ministry called the U.S. ambassador’s remarks on the same issue “insolent.”

‘Braised Beef and Bread,’ a painting by Prom Vichet
‘Braised Beef and Bread,’ a painting by Prom Vichet

Breaking Bread

Prom Vichet’s painting entitled “Braised Beef and Bread” depicts a table with barely touched bread, a nearly full bowl of beef stew, a plate of rice paddy herb called “ma’am” and a half-full glass of water: a typical Cambodian breakfast.

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.

Global Show

Artists from the French circus company O Ultimo Momento, which will take part in the Tini Tinou festival (Milan Szypura)

Circus companies from five countries performing in three Cambodian cities over 10 days. This is what the Tini Tinou International Circus Festival is offering this month starting Thursday in Phnom Penh and ending May 16 in Battambang City.

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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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