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Former soldier Oeut Ang was this morning convicted of murdering

Thu, 23 March 2017

PM doles out Sok An’s roles

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday distributed a suite of roles held by his late deputy Sok An among other ministers, reversing an earlier announcement by his spokesman that all the responsibilities would go to Deputy Prime Minister Bin Chhin. Hun Sen chided his spokesman Phay Siphan, and journalists, for making assumptions that the diverse portfolio held by his late right-hand man would go to Chhin. “You should not want to be famous and do not act like you know everything,” Hun Sen said, referring to both spokespeople and journalists.

Officials discuss a proposed universal minimum wage at a meeting last year in Phnom Penh. Photo supplied
Thu, 23 March 2017

New wage law flawed: study

Observers and advocates yesterday flagged several violations of international human and workers’ rights in the Kingdom’s draft minimum wage law, calling for the removal of clauses that would impinge on workers’ right to assembly and freedom of expression. The draft law looks to widen the scope of the country’s minimum wage mechanism, which currently covers only garment workers, by creating a National Minimum Wage Council for other sectors. The draft has already been denounced by unions and labour rights groups alike.

A wild elephant lies dead after being electrocuted after running into a utility pole yesterday in Preah Sihanouk province, triggering a blackout in the area. Photo supplied
Thu, 23 March 2017

Elephant electrocuted, causing 12am blackout

A wild elephant was electrocuted when it leaned against a power pole yesterday in Preah Sihanouk, triggering a black out in the area. The male pachyderm, one of only five believed left in an area taken over by farming, died with burns to its feet, thigh and head in the village of Stung Chral in Kampong Seila’s O’Bakrotes commune. “It leaned its body against the electricity pole . . . causing the pole to fall,” said Kong Kimsreng, director of Natural Protected Area in the southern part of the Tonle Sap lake.

Thu, 23 March 2017

The not so happy Kingdom?

Cambodia ranked toward the bottom of the list in the annual World Happiness Report released this week, though it improved on its scores from earlier years.

Thu, 23 March 2017

CPP keeps up slogan controversy

The ruling party outcry over the CNRP’s so-called “slogan” continued on Tuesday, with Interior Minister Sar Kheng reportedly suggestin

US Democratic Representative from California Alan Lowenthal speaks at a press conference last year in Washington DC. Nicholas Kamm/AFP
Thu, 23 March 2017

With Trump, Congress takes lead on Kingdom

US President Donald Trump’s evident lack of interest in promoting human rights abroad will put Congress’s own Southeast Asia policies to the test as Prime Minister Hun Sen continues his pre-election crackdown, according to a new art

Former Phnom Penh municipal police chief Heng Pov, is escorted by authorities to the Supreme Court for a hearing last week in Phnom Penh.
Thu, 23 March 2017

Ex-chief’s case postponed amid heightened security

Wielding AK-47s, a beefed-up security contingent yesterday kept disgraced former Phnom Penh police chief Heng Pov away from reporters, following his threat last week to reveal who was behind the 2004 killing of prominent unionist Ch

A group of workers from Bodykids Fashion Wear Co Ltd protest for back pay in front of their factory in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district last week. Photo supplied
Thu, 23 March 2017

Workers still seeking severance from firm

More than 600 workers at the capital’s Bodykids Fashion Wear factory will receive the wages owed them from last month after the previous owner left without paying employees, though they are still demanding severance pay.

Thu, 23 March 2017

Foreign Ministry hits back at critical report

The Foreign Affairs Ministry yesterday released a strongly worded, albeit vague, rebuttal to a harsh report released by ASEAN parliamentarians on Monday, which chided the government for its legal onslaught against the opposition and