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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.

Mr Lebedev is charged with hooliganism motivated by political hatred

Key witness against Lebedev 'can't testify'

Lawyers for the key witness in the case against Alexander Lebedev, the Russian businessman and financial backer of The Independent, have said he is unable to return to Russia to testify.

Cambodian officers search the wreckage after the factory collapse

New fears over safety standards as two workers die in Cambodian factory collapse

Taiwanese-owned factory was making sports shoes Asics

Miracle crop, “jatropha”.

How an eco-pioneer from Torquay launched a miracle crop, risked a fortune, and ended up in a Cambodian prison

Gregg Fryett sold a green miracle to his investors – and now they could lose up to £32m

A still image from the popular French reality show Koh-Lanta, the 16th series of which has been abandoned after a contestant died

Second death at French reality TV show as doctor kills himself

Medic leaves note saying he can't look people in face after contestant's death

The current season of Koh Lanta has been cancelled following the death of Gérald Babin

Second tragedy for French version of Survivor reality show as staff doctor kills himself following death of contestant

A doctor working for France's version of the television reality show Survivor committed suicide yesterday, leaving a note saying he had been unfairly criticised over the death of a contestant, the programme's broadcaster said.

Don't claim Irish ancestry because it's St Patrick's Day, just enjoy it!

No one cares how Irish or how un-Irish you are; we can all still celebrate

Khmer Rouge genocide tribunal thrown into chaos as Ieng Sary, one of the three men standing trial, dies

The Khmer Rouge genocide tribunal was today facing fresh turmoil after it was announced that one of the three men standing trial for war crimes had died in hospital.

Police supply crystal meth to bank robbers

At first, police thought the men holed up in a provincial Cambodian bank were holding hostages. Then it became apparent they were drug addicts. Finally, they concluded that it was all an amateurish inside job to rip off the tills.

Sergei Polonsky was arrested on the island of Koh Dek Kuol

Cambodian sailors 'forced to jump into sea' settle case with Russian tycoon Sergei Polonsky

Crew withdraw their accusations after agreeing £12,500 compensation deal

Russian tycoon could be freed after payment deal

A Russian man detained in Cambodia for allegedly threatening and assaulting local sailors could be released after his lawyers agreed to pay compensation to the victims of the attack.

Sergei Polonsky's construction businesses collapsed in 2008

Russian tycoon faces jail after arrest for threatening Cambodian sailors

A Russian tycoon arrested in Cambodia for threatening local sailors is likely to stay in custody until the end of the month at least, and could face up to three years in jail.

Sergei Polonsky (centre) is led away by Cambodian officials

Russian tycoon ‘forced sailors into sea’ in Cambodia

A controversial Russian property tycoon has been arrested in Cambodia after an incident in which he and friends apparently imprisoned several local sailors and then forced them to jump into the sea at knifepoint.

Supporting small businesses in the developing world

The gift that helps poor businesses overseas

An investment in an entrepreneur living in poverty in the developing world could prove to be the most inspiring gift you give this Christmas.

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