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Soldiers Face Down Soldiers Over Capture of Loggers

Royal Cambodian Armed Forces soldiers from Kratie province surrounded a platoon from Mondolkiri on Tuesday night in order to free a group of Vietnamese men who had been detained on suspicion of illegal logging, a military official said Wednesday.

National Police Commissioner Neth Savoeun, left, speaks to Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Wednesday during a meeting about illegal immigration at the ministry in Phnom Penh. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
National Police Commissioner Neth Savoeun, left, speaks to Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Wednesday during a meeting about illegal immigration at the ministry in Phnom Penh. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

Interior Ministry Seeks Help on Illegal Migrants

The head of the Interior Ministry’s immigration department called on provincial governors and police chiefs on Wednesday to help rein in illegal immigration as the number of Vietnamese migrants doubled over a five-year period.

Lawmakers Spar Over Right to Speak

CPP lawmaker Chheang Vun and CNRP lawmaker Un Sam An got into a heated back-and-forth following a meeting at the National Assembly on Wednesday, with Mr. Vun refusing to allow Mr. Sam An to speak to a reporter while inside parliament.

Two Men Charged With Attempted Rape of Tourist

The Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court on Wednesday charged two Cambodian men with theft and attempted rape and placed them in provisional detention after they allegedly attacked a Japanese tourist on Koh Rong island as she sat alone on a beach in the early hours of Tuesday, police said.

City Hall Considering 111-Story Skyscraper

In a meeting with City Hall on Tuesday, representatives of three foreign firms and the local Thai Boon Roong Group laid out their $3-billion plan to build an 111-story skyscraper in Phnom Penh that would be one of the ten tallest structures in the world, officials said.

A traditional ethnic Kreung groom hut is seen in the Tong Kropu community in Ratanakkiri’s Ochum district last weekend. (Hannah Reyes/Ruom)
A traditional ethnic Kreung groom hut is seen in the Tong Kropu community in Ratanakkiri’s Ochum district last weekend. (Hannah Reyes/Ruom)

Shacking Up

Perched on stilts 2 meters off the ground, a bamboo hut stands out amid homes of unpainted wood. A sarong, a belt and a pair of boxer shorts hang out to dry over the porch railings. This isn’t your average bachelor pad. In these hills of Ratanakkiri, indigenous Kreung tribes traditionally build a girl or boy their own hut when they come of age.

Dr. Ngor’s Killing Fields

Haing Ngor on the set of ‘The Killing Fields’ (Haing S. Ngor Foundation)

On February 28, 1996, Haing Ngor, a Khmer Rouge survivor who found fame in his Oscar-winning role in “The Killing Fields,” was gunned down behind his house in Los Angeles. Two years later, three members of the “Oriental Lazy Boyz” gang were found guilty of killing the doctor-turned-actor during a botched robbery.

Land and Sea

Chef Sebastien Rubis’ signature dish, ‘Meat of the Sea’ (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

Chef Sebastien Rubis of The Plantation hotel in Phnom Penh holds the philosophy that no matter how many elements there are on a plate, there should be a common thread running through them.

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Protesters scuffle with government security guards during their attempt to march to the National Assembly in Phnom Penh on Tuesday to demonstrate against a proposed law that would regulate NGOs and associations. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

Police, Guards Block Marches Against NGO Law

Phnom Penh City Hall made good on its promise to stop a set of planned protest marches Tuesday against a draft law aiming to regulate the country’s NGOs, deploying hundreds of security guards and police around the capital to stop the demonstrators in their tracks.

A Vietnamese soldier stands alongside Vietnamese civilians who brawled with Cambodian activists in Svay Rieng province on Sunday. (Ma Chettra)

CNRP, Svay Rieng Officials Spar Over Border Trip

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy on Monday defended a CNRP lawmaker who was reportedly attacked by Vietnamese civilians during a trip to a disputed patch of the border in Svay Rieng province, while provincial authorities said that the trip was provocative and violated the “culture of dialogue.”

Women dressed as doves dance during a celebration to mark the CPP's 64th anniversary at the ruling party's headquarters in Phnom Penh on Sunday. (Pring Samrang/Reuters)

CPP Celebrates 64 Years Since Communist Birth

With the release of dozens of white doves, the CPP on Sunday closed its annual celebration of the 1951 founding of the Khmer People’s Revolutionary Party, which it considers its own birth, with leaders telling of their roles in Cambodia’s independence and the downfall of Pol Pot.

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