2022 under review

Cambodia bid farewell to 2022 with fireworks and parties, bringing an end to a year of several tragedies that have killed dozens of people. ...

Prak Chan Thul

Royal Palace to temporarily hold off visitors

The Royal Palace Ministry yesterday announced the temporary closure of one of the Kingdom’s most iconic buildings amid fears of new Coronavirus infections. ...

Som Kanika

Cambodian opposition's 55 lawmakers to swear into parliament on Tuesday

The Cambodian opposition’s 55 lawmakers-elect will be sworn in at the parliament on Tuesday afternoon, ending a 10-month long boycott of the parliament over disputed election results in July last year. “All the opposition lawmakers-elect, led by Sam Rainsy, president of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue ...

Xinhuanet News Staff

As oknha ranks grow, honorific loses meaning

Initially a status reserved for a privileged few, the number of businesspeople bearing the honorific “oknha” has ballooned from an estimated 20 individuals in 2004 to some 200 in 2008 and more than 700 today. Traditionally a title of nobility bestowed by the king to honor ...

Sek Odom and Simon Henderson

Peace marchers dispersed by city security personnel

About 50 Cambodian youths were prevented by city security personnel from performing a peace march in the capital on Tuesday. The youth, from the Working Group for Peace, had hoped to hold a non-violent march near Wat Phnom, a city landmark, to the Royal Palace, ...

Suy Heimkhemra

Sihanouk statue waves down on Royal Palace

A familiar figure has popped up atop a building that authorities in Phnom Penh ordered demolished in October for violating height restrictions around the Royal Palace: a statue of late King Father Norodom Sihanouk. “I have built a King statue on the top of my building ...

Aun Pheap

Palace says King’s name still intact

The Royal Palace yesterday said the letter sent by opposition leader Sam Rainsy to King Norodom Sihamoni last week that elicited a furious response from the government for “insulting” the King, did not, in fact, disrespect the monarch’s “honour and name”. A statement signed by the ...

Kevin Ponniah and Meas Sokchea

Union leader released

Phnom Penh Municipal Police this morning released a union leader they scooped off the street yesterday evening for allegedly leading a protest despite a ban on public demonstrations. Sok Chhun Oeung, acting president of the Independent Democracy of Informal Economy Association (IDEA), left the police station ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya and Sean Teehan

Sacred artefacts go missing

Kandal provincial authorities and officials from multiple ministries are investigating the apparent theft of historical artefacts from a stupa at Oudong Mountain said to contain some remains of Buddha himself. Relevant authorities were tight-lipped yesterday about which objects were missing, but a local news outlet reported ...

Chhay Channyda

Buildings Near Palace to Be Partially Demolished

Phnom Penh municipal governor Pa Socheatvong maintained Wednesday that the city would partially demolish two buildings near the Royal Palace because they exceed the height limit stated in their contracts, though he did not specify when the demolition would occur. One building, owned by Vattanac ...

Aun Pheap

Flood forces Cambodia to cancel Water Festival

Cambodia announced Sunday to cancel the annual Water Festival next month since the country has been hit hard by Mekong flash floods, the government said in a statement on Sunday. “This year, Mekong floods have been severely hitting Cambodia, claiming human lives and inundating houses, schools, ...

Xinhuanet News Staff

Boeng Kak Women March for Activist’s Release

More than 50 supporters of jailed anti-eviction activist Yorm Bopha marched through central Phnom Penh on Tuesday to demand her speedy retrial, acquittal and release, visiting the Supreme Court, the Royal Palace and the European Union and World Bank offices. Ms. Bopha has consistently professed ...

Khy Sovuthy

Sokimex Group Plans 15-Story Hotel Near Royal Palace

Local conglomerate Sokimex Group plans to construct a 15-story hotel as well as a supermarket and high-end shops on a more than 15,000-square-meter plot of land behind Phnom Penh’s Wat Ounalom, the firm’s founder, Sok Kong, said Thursday. Mr. Kong said his company had applied for ...

Aun Pheap and Joshua Wilwohl

Sokimex Orders Businesses Off Prime Real Estate

Dozens of business owners occupying more than 8,000 square meters of prime real estate behind Phnom Penh’s Wat Ounalom have been ordered to vacate their premises by the local conglomerate Sokimex Group, an official from the firm said Wednesday. Though the firm declined to say what ...

Aun Pheap and Joshua Wilwohl

Police Detain Protesting NagaWorld Staff

Nineteen NagaWorld casino employees were detained Tuesday afternoon as police attempted to break up a protest of more than 500 workers who had picketed in front of the casino for the past six days, demanding the company increase their salaries.  The workers had been striking non-violently ...

King Father Mementos a Big Business for City's Vendors

Portraits of the late King Father Norodm Sihanouk covered the floor and dozens of coin-sized badges emblazoned with his image were scattered on the sidewalk in front of the Singha Mean printing house yesterday. Kuo Ransiky, the 41-year-old owner of the printshop on Phnom Penh’s street ...

Union Delivers Leaflets Urging Garment Worker Strike

The Cambodian Confederation of Unions (CCU) is distributing 10,000 leaflets to garment workers across Phnom Penh, urging them to join a strike on Sunday, CCU officials said yesterday. “We would like to invite them to join us to demand for an increase if the base ...

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