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Government Confirms Trip to Nauru

The Interior Ministry on Thursday confirmed for the first time that Cambodian officials are paying a second visit to the South Pacific island nation of Nauru this week to look for refugees interested in resettling in Cambodia, but said the delegation has yet to find any takers.

CNRP Vice President Kem Sokha waves to supporters outside Phnom Penh International Airport upon returning to Cambodia Wednesday night, in a photograph posted to his Facebook page.
CNRP Vice President Kem Sokha waves to supporters outside Phnom Penh International Airport upon returning to Cambodia Wednesday night, in a photograph posted to his Facebook page.

CNRP Will Not Protest at Meach Sovannara Trial

The opposition CNRP will neither protest at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday nor send any senior officials there to oppose the scheduled hearing of 11 of its members who stand charged with “insurrection,” opposition spokesman Yem Ponhearith said Thursday.

Prime Minister Hun Sen congratulates Neang Phalla on her top 10 finish in the Global Teacher Prize at the Ministry of Education's annual meeting Thursday. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
PM Questions Awarding of Global Teacher Prize

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday took aim at the Global Teacher Prize, a major new award that a Cambodian teacher was recently shortlisted for, saying that the competition might have been rigged in favor of the U.S. winner.

A stupa inscribed with the words 'Never will we forget the crimes committed during the Democratic Kampuchea regime' is unveiled Thursday at Phnom Penh's Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
At Unveiling of S-21 Stupa, Ambassador Calls on Youth

At a ceremony to inaugurate a new stupa at Phnom Penh’s Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum on Thursday, German Ambassador Joachim Baron von Marschall urged young Cambodians to be less reluctant to speak openly about the Khmer Rouge era, noting that it was Germany’s youth in the 1970s who “asked uncomfortable questions” about the Holocaust.

Gov’t to Enforce Fire Safety After Club Blaze

In the wake of a nightclub fire in Bavet City that killed five people on Monday, the Tourism Ministry has decided to begin more aggressively enforcing a 2014 sub-decree that requires all bars, nightclubs and karaoke parlors to have multiple exits, fire extinguishers and soundproofing, the minister said Thursday.

Zalman Butman rides in a tuk tuk in Phnom Penh. (Anna Spelman)
Zalman Butman rides in a tuk tuk in Phnom Penh. (Anna Spelman)

Far From Zion

“I felt like nobody knew there were Jews here in Cambodia. And people might be curious to see pictures of how they were living,” photographer Anna Spelman said of her exhibit, “Our Diaspora: Jewish Migration to Asia.” Showing at Phnom Penh’s Meta House until April 19, the images explore Jewish identity and community in Cambodia, India and Singapore.

A New Hero

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In a politically daring new comic book, “Captain Cambodia,” a cartoonist uses a classic comic-book clash of good versus evil to comment on the country’s politics.

Urban Visions

An architectural model by Pum Davit in front of a mural by Voung Chansi (Aria Danaparamita/The Cambodia Daily)

“Open City, Open Mind”—The Asia Foundation Community Art Gallery’s second exhibition—seeks to spark discussion about development in Phnom Penh by showcasing imaginative explorations of what the capital could, one day, look like.

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US First Lady Says Education Gives Girls a Voice

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama left Cambodia on Sunday following the first-ever visit to the country by the wife of a sitting U.S. president, during which she called for greater freedom and equality in education and for the empowerment of young women.

Laborers work at a construction site in Phnom Penh on Tuesday. (Pring Samrang/Reuters)

ADB Expects Cambodian Economy to Pick Up

The Asian Development Bank is predicting a steady uptick in Cambodia’s economic growth to 7.3 percent and 7.5 percent in 2015 and 2016, respectively, on the strength of improved performance in the country’s trade partners and a tempered political environment at home.

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