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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 'jungle temple' of Ta Prohm

You have to get up early to do the Cambodia temple run

Visitor numbers to the ancient Khmer ruins of Angkor are rocketing, so a successful visit is all about timing. Sarah Barrell sets her alarm clock

Khmer Rouge jail chief gets life for his 'factory of death'

Comrade Duch, the head of a notorious Khmer Rouge prison, was ordered to spend the rest of his life in jail after a tribunal ruled yesterday that he had overseen a "factory of death".

Sixty heritage workers are resurrecting the temple of Banteay Chhmar

Cambodia's lost temple, reclaimed from the jungle after 800 years

Experts use 3D imaging to undo ravages of time and thieves at the haunting Banteay Chhmar site

Lendwithcare.org helps people in developing countries set up small businesses, such as small farms, to trade their way out of poverty

The £15 gift voucher that can lend a hand

Simon Read looks at an alternative Christmas gift that could help a small business abroad

Nuon Chea gives evidence to the tribunal in Phnom Penh yesterday

We weren't all bad in the Khmer Rouge: Pol Pot's deputy makes his case

'Brother No 2' takes the stand at UN tribunal – and blames Vietnam for massacre of millions

Genocide was for Cambodia's good, trial told

Pol Pot's deputy, accused of orchestrating the Khmer Rouge's "killing fields" of the 1970s, said yesterday that he acted for the sake of Cambodia and to protect the country from invaders.

Judge quits Cambodia genocide tribunal

The Khmer Rouge genocide tribunal was plunged into turmoil yesterday after one of its investigating judges resigned, claiming the government of Cambodia was trying to interfere with the proceedings of the court.

Hundreds of workers collapse at Cambodian H&M clothing factory

Nearly 300 Cambodian workers passed out in clothing factories last week in the latest of a spate of mass fainting attributed to poor working conditions, prompting an investigation by the clothing chain H&M.

Rights group warns Cambodia to stop supplying domestic maids

A Malaysian workers' rights group has urged Cambodia to stop supplying housemaids to Malaysia, claiming many are abused and made to work like slaves because of inadequate protection.

World Bank stops loans over Cambodian evictions

The World Bank has suspended loans to Cambodia until its government resolves a dispute over the evictions of thousands of poor landowners in the capital, Phnom Penh.

Empty nest syndrome: The long goodbye

As a working mother, Celia Dodd found that the wrench of 'empty nest syndrome' took her by surprise. But she soon discovered she was not alone – and that this new phase of life has a definite plus side

UN moves to resolve temple border dispute

The UN's highest court yesterday ordered Thailand and Cambodia to pull their soldiers out of a newly defined demilitarised border zone around an ancient temple and to revive talks to resolve the decades-old conflict.

UN orders troops away from temple

The UN's highest court has ordered troops from Thailand and Cambodia to immediately withdraw military forces from disputed areas around a World Heritage temple straddling their border.

A search for justice by the women forced to marry strangers

Pen Sokchan was just 16 when in late 1978 she was ordered to marry a Khmer Rouge soldier, a man who was a stranger to her. More than 30 years on, she remembers how she tried to prevent him consummating the marriage by wearing two pairs of trousers to bed.

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