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Sixth Cambodian Film Festival Draws International Attention

The 6th annual Cambodia International Film Festival, which begins Saturday, continues to assert itself as a significant event for film lovers in Cambodia and lovers of Cambodian films alike.

Firm Vows to Finish Building Gold Tower 42

The South Korean company behind the long-stalled Gold Tower 42 has again promised to resume construction on the $240-million skyscraper in Phnom Penh, telling officials from the Ministry of Land Management that work would proceed this month and wrap up in 2018.

Amid CNRP Boycott, CPP Passes Budget, Two Laws

With the opposition CNRP boycotting Monday’s sitting of the National Assembly, the ruling CPP took advantage of their exclusive presence in the chamber to unanimously push through three separate bills with minimal discussion or debate.

Water Festival’s Political Spectacle on the Wane

When Prime Minister Hun Sen abruptly canceled this year’s Water Festival for the fourth time in five years, many criticized the move as a cynical political ploy designed to keep crowds out of Phnom Penh.

Aid Threatened as EU Calls for Rainsy’s Return

The European Parliament on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling on the Cambodian government to revoke the arrest warrant for opposition leader Sam Rainsy, with its parliamentarians suggesting some $435 million in aid be canceled if it is ignored.

Hun Many Hailed on Return With Peace Prize

A day after being awarded the fledgling Gusi Peace Prize in Manila, Prime Minister Hun Sen’s youngest son, Hun Many, returned home to a hero’s welcome on Thursday.

Judge’s Military Bodyguard Given Light Sentence

A military general was on Fri­day found guilty of interfering in investigations into the roadside as­sassination of businessman Ung Meng Chue in November last year, but saw his sentence slashed significantly and will walk free in less than a month.

Latest Moves Not Political, Minister Tells Diplomats

Foreign Minister Hor Namhong on Wednesday summoned the country’s diplomatic corps to deny that he had played any role in the issuance of an arrest warrant for opposition leader Sam Rainsy last week.

Cambodians Like Their News From Facebook

Increasing numbers of Cambodians are turning to the Internet and Facebook for their news, according to a report set to be released on Thursday by the Open Institute, a local technology NGO.

Hun Sen’s Fixer Steps In To Mediate Rainsy’s Return

Soy Sopheap, a prominent media personality and longtime fixer for Prime Minister Hun Sen, is mediating a resolution that could allow opposition leader Sam Rainsy to return to the country without facing arrest, according to those involved in the discussions.

Court Seeks Activist Monk’s Arrest Over New Conviction

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has issued an arrest warrant for activist monk Soeung Hai following his conviction last month for using faked monk credentials and wearing monks’ robes without permission.

Cambodia Tests Japanese in Qualifying Match

Cambodia’s national team walked off the turf at Phnom Penh’s Olympic Stadium on Tuesday night with their heads held high following a well-fought battle against continental heavyweights Japan, losing by two second-half goals.

Last Borei Keila Residents Mull City’s Final Offer

Thirteen long years after the Phanimex Development company signed a deal to develop a heavily populated slice of land in central Phnom Penh, the remaining members of a community displaced by the project were offered compensation on Friday, but appear set to re­ject the offers and stand their ground.

Cambodia Faces Turning Point on Foreign Aid

Despite failing to meet many of the expectations of its foreign donors over the past two decades, Cambodia’s government has never struggled to secure aid from abroad.

Ministry Denies Responsibility for Collapsed Dirt Quarry

After a wall of land separating a lake and a dirt quarry in Phnom Penh collapsed on Tuesday night, creating a fierce current that destroyed a fishing boat and left one of its crewmen missing, authorities Thursday refused to say who was overseeing the quarry where the incident occurred.

For Cambodian Writers, New Festival Offers Rare Audience

Visitors and locals unaware that the inaugural Kampot Writers and Readers Festival, which wrapped up Sunday, was happening may not have noticed anything different about the relaxed riparian town at first.

As Ruling CPP Drives Wedge, CNRP Has Few Options

Prime Minister Hun Sen has never had to rely on overwhelming popular support to maintain his grip on power, counting instead on his ruling party’s watertight unity at elections as his political opponents divided into a squabbling and defeated mass.

Hun Sen Says Lawmakers Hurled Insults Before Beatings

Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Thursday that the soldiers who violently attacked two CNRP lawmak ers last week were only reacting to racial insults, while Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak said he would have “used a gun” against the lawmakers.

Tribunal Judgment Slammed in Damning Report

The judgment in the first phase of Case 002 at the Khmer Rouge tribunal, in which two senior regime leaders were found guilty of crimes against humanity, was “grossly inadequate” and fell below international standards of justice, court monitors said in a report released on Wednesday.

Soldiers Brought to Court for Beating Opposition Lawmakers

Three men who brutally beat two opposition lawmakers at last week’s pro-government protest outside the National Assembly were charged with intentional violence Wednesday, with an investigative official identifying them all as soldiers but not revealing their units.

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