A group of opposition lawmakers were kicked out of a hearing at Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday. The case involved several opposition activists, who are being tried for their involvement in violent demonstrations in July. But the judge asked several lawmakers to leave the courtroom, claiming they were not involved in the case and could therefore not be present. Critics say the move was a violation of their rights to be present at a public hearing.
The 5th annual Earth and Sky Photo Contest is a collaborative effort by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory and Global Astronomy Month, a program of Astronomers Without Borders. This year’s winners – representing 800 submissions – follow the theme Dark Skies Importance in preserving the night sky as part of our natural heritage. Other entries can be seen at www.twanight.org/contest
Families forced to leave the Phnom Penh neighborhood of Borei Keila say they are now facing a second threat as more and more people move into their Kandal province relocation site. The site, at Phnom Bath mountain, is 50 kilometers outside the capital and lacks clean water, electricity, health care facilities and school. Residents at the site now say it is becoming overcrowded. (Photos by Heng Reaksmey)
Some 300 families are set to lose their homes in the development deal, on land in the Borei Keila commune of Prampi Makara district, which was supposed to be set aside for some of the city’s poorest residents. Around 200 police and military police were dispatched to the area. (Photos by Heng Reaksmey)
Several dozen Cambodians displaced by border violence fell ill late Wednesday in the district of Chongkol in Oddar Meanchey province. Medical officials in the district's Pongro commune on Thursday night could not confirm the cause, though dirty drinking water was one possibility, they said. (Photos by Heng Reaksmey)
Cambodian and Thai troops were engaged in intense, sporadic fighting near Preah Vihear temple for nearly three hours on Friday February 4th, 2011. Fighting included the firing of multiple rockets from vehicle platforms and from tanks, Cambodian military officials said. The temple, which straddles the Thai-Cambodian border, belongs to Cambodia under a 1962 World Court ruling disputed by many Thais. (Courtesy of AP & Reuters)
One day after the tragic stampede at the Water Festival in Cambodia that killed at least 351 people, a number of major newspapers across the United States and Canada featured the Cambodian story on their front pages. The collection of front pages at Washington's Newseum, an interactive museum of news and journalism just a few blocks from the US Capitol, shows the prominence of the stampede news in nation-wide and state-wide newspapers in the United States and Canada. The news attracted passers-by well into the late evening. (By Soeung Sophat, VOA Khmer)
The Cambodian government declared Thursday, 25 November 2010, a day of national mourning. Flags across the country were ordered to fly half-mast and an official ceremony was held near the Diamond Bridge, the site of the deadly Monday stampede. Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife, Bun Rany, at the mourning ceremony appeared sobbing and wiping their eyes with a tissue. So too were the many families and friends of the victims, who brought flowers, bananas and fruits to the river. They prayed for the souls of the dead to find peace and that they not haunt the bridge. (Photos by Heng Reaksmey, VOA Khmer and AP)