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.
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Monday 27 June 2011
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.
Sunday 26 June 2011
Upmarket holiday resort company Club Med is looking at expanding into Cambodia and Vietnam, after its success in China.
Monday 13 June 2011
Wednesday 08 June 2011
Reach Sambath, who died on 3 May from a stroke aged 47, was a Khmer Rouge genocide survivor who went from street vendor to AFP correspondent and spokesman of Cambodia's war crimes court. He covered pivotal moments in Cambodia's recent history, including Pol Pot's death, the first post-regime election and the Khmer Rouge's final days.
Sunday 05 June 2011
News has come of two royals rather more exotic than our own. One is perhaps the world's most unlikely reigning monarch, a man trapped by genetic accident in a palace that has become, if not exactly a prison, then a sumptuous reminder of a burden. The other is a woman abducted, thrown over a saddle, and carried off to be a royal wife who grew to revel in intrigue and the manipulation of her menfolk.
Friday 27 May 2011
Thursday 19 May 2011
The international genocide tribunal in Cambodia, established to try former Khmer Rouge leaders allegedly involved in crimes against humanity, is facing a severe crisis amid accusations the Cambodian authorities are blocking the prosecution of several ageing suspects.
Thursday 12 May 2011
Friday 29 April 2011
Thailand and Cambodia agreed a ceasefire yesterday after a week of clashes that killed at least 15 people and sent more than 60,000 into shelters in South-east Asia's deadliest border dispute in years.
Thursday 28 April 2011
Thailand and Cambodia agreed on a cease-fire today that many hope will hold after a week of fierce artillery duels across their contested border that was some of the worst fighting in years between the Southeast Asian neighbors.
Wednesday 27 April 2011
Thai and Cambodian troops fought with short-range rockets and guns near the 900-year-old Preah Vihear temple yesterday, opening a second front in a five-day confrontation that has killed 13 people.
Tuesday 26 April 2011
Boonhome Surasuk has slept in a bomb shelter in his mostly abandoned village since late last week when the deadliest fighting in years erupted between Thailand and Cambodia.
Tuesday 26 April 2011
Monday 25 April 2011
Thai and Cambodian troops clashed for a third successive day yesterday over their disputed border, with gunfire and explosions echoing through mountainous jungle for several hours despite a call for a ceasefire by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Sunday 24 April 2011
Thai and Cambodian troops exchanged artillery fire on Sunday in a third day of fighting that has killed 10 soldiers and uprooted thousands of villagers from their homes.
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