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Police Blame Family for Stalled Probe Into Lost Boy

Authorities have been unable to investigate the fate of a 16-year-old boy who disappeared after he was seen bleeding profusely during the January 2014 rampage by military police on Phnom Penh’s Veng Sreng Street because no complaint was filed, the National Police said this week.

Thai army officers walk with a suspect, believed to be involved in the August bombing that killed 20 people in Bangkok, after his arrest near the Thai-Cambodian border in this handout picture released Tuesday. (Reuters)
Thai army officers walk with a suspect, believed to be involved in the August bombing that killed 20 people in Bangkok, after his arrest near the Thai-Cambodian border in this handout picture released Tuesday. (Reuters)

Bangkok Bombing Suspect Arrested Near Poipet

The chief suspect in the deadly August 17 bombing of Bangkok’s Erawan Shrine was arrested about 500 meters from the Poipet International Checkpoint Tuesday afternoon, according to officials, just hours after Thai media reported that he and another suspect had fled to Cambodia.

CNRP Lawmaker Denies Border Incitement, Predicts Arrest

Opposition lawmaker Um Sam An on Tuesday denied claims by the government that he was inciting instability in a Facebook post last week in which he boasted about finding a copy of a map of Cambodia’s border with Vietnam at the U.S. Library of Congress.

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Nita: A Short Story

It was just before planting season when father decided I should drop out of school. We’d finished dinner, and mother was putting away the uneaten rice for breakfast. I was looking out the window; somebody’s cow had gotten loose and was wandering between the houses, and the fields beyond the village were turning purple in the dusk. Suddenly, father stood up from where he’d been sitting on the floor, with no shirt on, and said, “Daughter, I want you in the fields with me tomorrow.”

Bittersweet Scars

A painting by Chath Piersath (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

The trees bursting with red flowers lining Phnom Penh’s Sihanouk Boulevard—giving a vibrant hue to the view from Java Cafe’s balcony—are reflected in “The Flame Tree of Knowledge,” Chath Piersath’s favorite painting in his current exhibit, “Scar,” showing at Java.

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A Rohingya man covers his face as he leaves Phnom Penh International Airport on Thursday after arriving with three fellow refugees who agreed to settle in Cambodia as part of a controversial deal the government struck with Australia in September. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

No Plans for More Refugees From Nauru

Almost three months after four refugees arrived in Cambodia from Nauru as part of a controversial resettlement deal with Australia, the Interior Ministry said on Friday that it had no plans to receive more refugees being held in the South Pacific island nation.

Prime Minister Hun Sen speaks at his 'Peace Palace' on Wednesday during the launch of the Cambodia Industrial Development Policy 2015-2025. (Khem Sovannara)

PM Launches Grand Plans to Transform Industry

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday launched an ambitious 10-year development plan that the government hopes will transform Cambodia’s “weak” and labor-intensive industrial sector into one comprised of diversified businesses with a highly skilled workforce.

Prison guards escort Sieng Sarin, left, and Ka Sak from the Kandal Provincial Court on Thursday after they were handed seven-year sentences for their role in stealing relics of the Buddha from a pagoda in 2013. (Jens Welding Ollgaard/The Cambodia Daily)

Five Men Get 7 Years for Theft of Buddha Relics

The Kandal Provincial Court on Thursday sentenced four security guards and a farmer to seven years in prison each for stealing relics of the Buddha from a stupa atop Oudong Mountain in 2013—despite the farmer’s insistence that he carried out the robbery alone.

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