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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.

Cambodian opposition leader threatens protests over poll irregularities

The Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy has told thousands of supporters that his party will stage massive protests around the country unless an independent committee begins investigating alleged irregularities in last month’s election.

A giant ibis searches for food in a pond in Mondulkiri province

Hope for giant ibis as new nest is found in Cambodia

There are believed to be only 345 giant ibis remaining in the wild, but there is hope for conservationists after a nest of the endangered species was discovered in a hitherto unknown habitat in north-eastern Cambodia.

'Terror's advocate' Jacques Vergès dies at aged 88

Jacques Vergès, the flamboyant lawyer who earned the nickname the “Terror's advocate” for his defence of former Nazis, terrorist bombers and notorious dictators and their aides, has died of a heart attack aged 88.

Cambodia: Turmoil as opposition rejects election results

A fresh political crisis is looming after the main opposition party said it would not accept the results of last month’s election until there was an independent investigation into alleged irregularities.

Cambodian government ready to discuss power-sharing with opposition after contentious election

Both sides appear poles apart on how to resolve political stalemate following accusations of widespread fraud against ruling party

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy is claiming victory

Both sides claim victory in Cambodia’s murky elections

Opposition candidate Sam Rainsy declares win at polls but Hun Sen government contests it

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy, centre, in Phnom Penh

Thousands cheer return of exiled opposition leader

Cambodian ex-finance minister expected to spearhead election fight against prime minister

Screaming Zebra - Decomissioned AK47, removed from DR Congo, Russian origin

Shot through the art: Artist Carl McCrow on the conflict of exhibiting guns

Artists do not normally associate themselves with guns, but Carl McCrow has a more personal reason for enshrining the AK47 as artwork.

Alexander Lebedev avoids jail and is sentenced to 150 hours of community service for punching fellow tycoon on Russian TV

Alexander Lebedev was found guilty of battery and sentenced to 150 hours of community service by a Moscow court this afternoon, but avoided a potential jail sentence of up to five years.

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Changing trains

Interesting to read your piece on crossing Paris in a hurry. Oddly enough, I did this on Friday, having forgotten that the Basel trains now leave from Paris Gare de Lyon instead of Gare de l'Est. Arriving at Gare du Nord two minutes late, the RER suburban train ran bang on time and took exactly the promised seven minutes. I still had to get my tickets from the machine and catch the train to Basel with five minutes to spare.

Tim Burford

Alexander Lebedev trial: A fittingly bizarre end to court case that felt like a farce

The final day of hearings in the trial of Alexander Lebedev was a fittingly bizarre end to a case that has rarely seemed to conform to normal ideas of justice.

Alexander Lebedev

Martial arts experts give evidence in Lebedev trial

The court trying Alexander Lebedev on charges of “hooliganism motivated by political hatred” heard testimony from martial arts experts today, in another surreal twist in a case that has often bordered on farce. Mr Lebedev, Russian businessman and financial backer of The Independent, is on trial for punching fellow tycoon Sergei Polonsky on a 2011 television programme and could be jailed for up to five years in jail if convicted.

Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, the co-founder of Pirate bay, is pictured in Stockholm, February 16, 2009. Warg, a 27-year-old Swede and co-owner of the world's biggest free file-sharing websites, arrived in Sweden under escort on September 11, 2012 to begin a one-year jail sentence for breaching copyright laws. Picture taken February 16, 2009. REUTERS/Bertil Ericson/Scanpix

Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg sentenced to two years in jail

Warg was not charged for matters related to The Pirate Bay but for fraud and illegal bank transfers

Sergei Polonsky (centre) is led away by Cambodian officials earlier this year

Sergei Polonsky 'wanted by Moscow in connection with £120m fraud case'

The controversial property tycoon Sergei Polonsky, key witness in an ongoing trial against fellow Russian businessman Alexander Lebedev, is now wanted by Russian authorities over a massive alleged fraud. Mr Polonsky, who earlier this year skipped bail in Cambodia, where he was awaiting trial for assaulting local sailors, is now also on Russia’s wanted list.

Cambodia passes law making denial of Khmer Rouge genocide illegal

New law threatens to reopen old wounds in the country, where 1.7m died at the hands of the rebel group

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee