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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.

Hilary Clinton is looking forward to taking a break from politics

Jet-set diplomacy: globe-trotting Hillary Clinton breaks travel record

102 nations visited, 843, 839 miles flown. No wonder the tireless Secretary of State wants a break

Ethical loan deal helps 26,000 new businesses

An ethical, micro-loan scheme which allows people to lend directly to potential entrepreneurs in developing countries has broken through the £1m barrier.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton makes historic visit to Laos

Hillary Clinton returned to the scene of the one of the darkest episodes of US foreign policy when she visited Laos and saw first-hand the aftermath of America’s “secret war” in which around two million tonnes of bombs were dropped on the country.

Mystery disease kills 61 children in Cambodia

Health chiefs in Cambodia are searching for the cause of a mystery disease that has killed more than 60 children over the past three months.

Neil Heywood suspect may be extradited to China

Cambodian authorities confirmed yesterday that they are considering extraditing a French architect to China, after he was arrested on suspicion of involvement in the murder of the British businessman Neil Heywood last year – an event that sparked one of the biggest political scandals to hit China in years.

Teenage girl in Cambodia killed during violent eviction

Security forces fatally shot a teenage girl today during a clash with villagers armed with axes and crossbows in eastern Cambodia, in the latest of several violent evictions aimed at clearing land for development.

Wutty in February this year

Chut Wutty: Anti-logging campaigner

Chut Wutty, who was shot dead on 25 April, was a prominent Cambodian anti-logging activist who helped expose a secretive state sell-off of national parks. Wutty, director of the Phnom Penh-based environmental watchdogNatural Resource Protection Group, died after a military policeman opened fire near a hydroelectric dam being built by the Chinese in Koh Kong.

Cambodia's stock market begins trading for first time

Trading on Cambodia's stock exchange started today after a state-run company completed its initial public offering.

After five years in exile, Thaksin plots return to Thailand

Ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has told thousands of his supporters that he believes reconciliation is taking place in Thailand and that he could even return to the country in a matter of months.

Tep Rithivit, centre, Leander Paes and Yi Sarun, on right, one of only three Cambodian tennis players to survive the killing fields

Sport that survived the Khmer Rouge

Cambodia's contestants in the Davis Cup are inspired by a player who lived through the Killing Fields

Cambodia: Police seek father who chained up son

A teenager who skipped school to play online games was chained by the neck to a power pole by his irate father.

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Simon Calder: Dogged pursuit of a bargain bed in Barking

The man who pays his way

Cambodia anger atplan to copy Angkor Wat

It is often said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Not so, perhaps, when it comes to ancient Hindu temples.

The original Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia was completed in the 12th century

Angkor's away! India plans larger than life copy of Cambodia's iconic temple

Cambodians protest as construction begins on copy that will be world's tallest Hindu temple

Dogs at the Perimeter, By Madeleine Thien

Can anyone ever fully recover from the trauma of war, especially if it rips apart your childhood? Although Canadian novelist Madeleine Thien is far too subtle a writer use this obvious framework, Dogs at the Perimeter explores the aftermath of war with a quiet power.

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