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Springtime, just before the new century began. As Laos is now the new Cambodia, Vietnam was then the new Thailand, and my girlfriend and I had arrived – with our backpacks – to see what all the fuss was about. The capital Hanoi had dazzled, and we were due to take the train 420 miles down the coast to Hué. We were late, though. We were always late.

The Girl with the Magic Tattoo

Even with Angelina Jolie's approval, Cambodia's mystical body artists are struggling to survive. Andrew Buncombe reports

Khmer Rouge leaders charged with genocide

Cambodia's united Nations-backed genocide tribunal yesterday formally charged the four top surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime blamed for 1.7 million deaths in the 1970s, paving the way for the panel's long-awaited second trial next year.

Traveller's Guide: Cambodia

You can still feel like an explorer in a country where the wonders of Angkor Wat stand in contrast to the horrors of the Killing Fields, says Richard Waters

The 12th-century facebook of Angkor Wat

Identities of the mysterious women carved into the Cambodian temple could finally be revealed. Andrew Buncombe reports

Khmer Rouge torturer to appeal

The former chief jailer of the Khmer Rouge is appealing against his conviction and prison sentence. Kaing Guek Eav, known as Duch, was convicted in July of war crimes and crimes against humanity and sentenced to 35 years, reduced to 19 years because of time served.

British man wanted over landlord's murder arrested in Thailand

A British man wanted in the UK over the 2008 murder of his landlord has been arrested in Thailand, police said today.

Paul Vallely: There are two sides to every history

David Cameron's 'spirit of humility' and Comrade Duch's 'excruciating remorse' are not what they seem

Nic Dunlop: When I found Duch living in the jungle I never believed he would answer for his crimes

When I look back to 1999, when I found Duch living in the jungle, I remember thinking how utterly bizarre that he should, in the end, walk up to me. And yet I remember thinking "why shouldn't he?" It wasn't so strange given that very few senior Khmer Rouge members were on any sort of wanted list. The entire issue of justice was a new concept among governments as justice had been sidelined during the Cold War. It was only in the late 90s that putting the Khmer Rouge on trial became a serious consideration.

16,000 deaths, 19 years in jail – fury greets sentence for Pol Pot's executioner

Andrew Buncombe sees survivors of Cambodian Killing Fields react with disbelief at court's lenient treatment of 'Comrade Duch'

Khmer Rouge chief jailer sentenced to 19 years

A former Khmer Rouge chief jailer was sentenced to 19 years behind bars today after a United Nations-backed tribunal found him guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Cambodia confronts its past as Khmer Rouge killer awaits court's verdict

More than 30 years after Pol Pot's brutal regime fell, the first of its senior figures will learn his fate tomorrow. Andrew Buncombe reports from Phnom Penh

Treasures return to Cambodia

Cambodian dancers are seen here performing a ceremonial dance in Phnom Penh yesterday to celebrate the repatriation of seven precious Khmer artefacts. The pieces, which were recovered by officials in the US, are made of sandstone and bronze and are thought to date back to the 10th and 12th century of the Angkor period. Included are a decorative temple element, the head of a male divinity and a horse.

Man, 90, charged with child rape

A 90-year-old Australian man has been arrested in Thailand and charged with raping and sexually abusing four young sisters, one of them as young as five, police said today.

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Coral reefs support a quarter of the world's marine life, but rising ocean temperatures are killing them. The impact of their decline could be huge, says marine biologist Olivia Durkin
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