Khoung Sreng (centre) speaks to the press for the first time after taking over as the capital's governor at a ceremony held yesterday in Phnom Penh.

Capital’s new governor arrives swinging

Khoung Sreng was sworn in as the new governor of Phnom Penh yesterday, wasting little time before sending a warning that he will act against “ill-intentioned” people in the city, with Interior Minister Sar Kheng pledging at the even

Thu, 29 June 2017 Mech Dara, Ananth Baliga
Deputy Prime Minister Bin Chhin, seen here speaking at an event last year, recently accused the opposition party of stealing the name ‘Cambodia National Rescue Party’.

Opposition name smeared by ruling party

The ruling party seems to have a new target in its campaign to criticise the opposition party, taking aim at the very name of the Cambodia National Rescue Party. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the Legal Documentation Centre on Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister Bin Chhin reportedly accused the CNRP of lifting its name from his now-defunct Khmer Rescue newspaper. “The opposition party stole the name to [make their own], but it was my group’s newspaper,” Chhin was quoted as saying by pro-government media source Fresh News. Prime Minister Hun Sen himself first brought up the issue last week.

Thu, 29 June 2017 Meas Sokchea, Andrew Nachemson
Australian James Ricketson (centre) steps out of a police vehicle yesterday to be questioned at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on accusations of spying after he flew a drone over an opposition rally.

Australian filmmaker questioned

An Australian filmmaker jailed for alleged espionage in Cambodia claimed he was arrested without a warrant yesterday, as he was hauled to court for questioning. James Ricketson, 68, was arrested on June 3, a day after he was spotted flying a drone over an opposition election rally. He was held for almost a week before being charged with gathering information that could jeopardise Cambodia’s national security – a crime that carries a 10-year prison term. “They arrested me without a warrant, and they do not allow me to meet my lawyer,” Ricketson told reporters at Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

Thu, 29 June 2017 Niem Chheng, Erin Handley
A man wears a mask as smoke is released from a factory chimney behind him in Phnom Penh. The capital’s air quality is now being measured by a new PM2.5 monitor.

Phnom Penh air quality levels disputed

The first readings of the capital’s PM2.5 concentration, a major indicator of air quality, show that levels of the harmful particulates are “still low”, said Thiv Sophearith, chief of the Ministry of Environment’s Air Quality, Noise and Vibration Office, though an environmental specialist yesterday challenged how representative the readings were. In April Cambodia received its first air quality monitor, which detects ultra-fine airborne particles that contribute to dangerous forms of air pollution. The ministry’s readings showed particulate levels exceeded that benchmark on just one day in April, when the mean was 25.8 micrograms per cubic metre.

Thu, 29 June 2017 Jovina Chua
Prime Minister Hun Sen speaks at a ceremony marking the 66th anniversary of the ruling party yesterday in Phnom Penh.

As CPP marks 66th anniversary, Hun Sen takes opportunity to accuse CNRP

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday used the 66th anniversary of his ruling party’s creation to order an investigation into a group of election monitors and call for more changes to the

Thu, 29 June 2017 Alex Willemyns, Mech Dara
Monk But Buntenh (centre) displays a toy gun during a protest for the release of fellow monk Horn Sophanny, who was arrested on weapons charges after allegedly posing for a photo with the fake rifle. Facebook

Monks who protested arrest of fellow monk ‘under watch’

Activist monks in Battambang who protested the arrest last week of fellow monk Horn Sophanny are claiming they are under surveillance by pla

Thu, 29 June 2017 Soth Koemsoeun, Andrew Nachemson
Farmers dig ditches to divert floodwaters from their paddy fields in Prey Veng province. Photo supplied

Rice farmers dig canals to fight floods

Farmer in Prey Veng’s Svay Antor and Pea Reang and Kanh Chriech districts began digging canals this week to save their rice fields from heavy rains.

Thu, 29 June 2017 Khouth Sophak Chakrya
Conservationists inspect a nest with the eggs of the critically endangered Siamese crocodile near Koh Kong's Preah Angkeo village. Wildlife Conservation Society

It’s been a while, crocodile: Eggs discovered in Koh Kong

The Wildlife Conservation Society has made its first discovery of Siamese crocodile eggs on the Sre Ambel River in Koh Kong province in six years, it announced yesterday in a statement.

Thu, 29 June 2017 Touch Sokha, Jovina Chua
Lightning appears over the National Assembly in May this year in Phnom Penh.

Battambang teenager is year’s 48th victim of lightning

A 14-year-old boy from Battambang was struck and killed by lightning in Sangke district on Tuesday afternoon as he was walking to tend to his parents’ rice field with his three siblings, local authorities said yesterday.

Thu, 29 June 2017 Khouth Sophak Chakrya
Conservationists inspect a nest with the eggs of the critically endangered Siamese crocodile near Koh Kong's Preah Angkeo village. Wildlife Conservation Society

Three of the ‘Adhoc 5’ denied medical care

Thirty-three civil society groups yesterday issued a joint statement criticising restrictions placed on medical care available to three of the jailed “Adhoc

Thu, 29 June 2017 Ananth Baliga, Yon Sineat