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Court Upholds Convictions Against ‘Terrorists’

The Appeal Court on Thursday upheld convictions of incitement, plotting an attack and obstructing elections against self-exiled dissident Sourn Serey Ratha, whose Khmer People Power Movement has been labeled a terrorist group by the government despite paltry evidence.

People walk around the grounds of the Royal University of Fine Arts on Thursday. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
People walk around the grounds of the Royal University of Fine Arts on Thursday. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

Fine Arts University Slated for Relocation

The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts has decided to relocate the Royal University of Fine Arts from its central Phnom Penh location to the outskirts of the city to allow for an expansion of the National Museum, officials said Thursday.

Gov’t ‘Fed Up’ With Montagnards: Spokesman

After the latest arrival of Montagnard asylum seekers to Phnom Penh brought the total to 74, the Interior Ministry’s spokesman said Thursday the government was “fed up” with Montagnards and there were no plans to allow them to apply for asylum.

Police Want Boss Sacked For Corruption

Six commune police officers from Ratanakkiri province’s Banlung City submitted a petition this week demanding the removal of their police chief for allegedly embezzling state funds and treating his subordinates “like rubbish,” officials said Thursday.

Cambodia Reduces Hunger, Meeting UN Goal

The portion of the Cambodian population that is undernourished has been reduced by half since 1990, meeting a U.N. Millennium Development Goal ahead of the deadline at the end of the year, according to a report released Thursday.

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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