A week in a life as a monk

Prince Norodom Ranariddh, the co-Premier of Cambodia, had his head and eyebrows shaved in a ceremony at the royal palace yesterday, marking his formal entry into the monkhood for one week.

Ranariddh, who is following a long royal family tradition by briefly serving as a monk, said he hoped that entering the monkhood would also "calm his politics", an apparent reference to recent tensions with his coalition partner, co-Premier Hun Sen. Reuter - Phnom Penh