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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.

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.

Club Med mulls expansion into Cambodia and Vietnam

Upmarket holiday resort company Club Med is looking at expanding into Cambodia and Vietnam, after its success in China.

A "toxic mistrust" at Cambodia’s dysfunctional genocide trial

It’s increasingly clear that the genocide tribunal in Cambodia – a court set up to investigate and prosecute senior members of the Khmer Rouge regime who were responsible for the deaths of unknown numbers of people – is in nothing less than a state of utter crisis.

Reach Sambath

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.

David Randall: The reluctant king and the bathhouse queen

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.

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Tensions rise at Khmer Rouge genocide tribunal

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.

Designs that make a difference

Stalls with ethics shine at this week’s Spirit of Summer Fair, says Annie Deakin

Ceasefire agreed in Cambodian border clashes

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.

Thailand and Cambodia agree cease-fire

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.

More border clashes threaten temples in Cambodia

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.

Clashes along Thai-Cambodia border spread east

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.

The ancient temples under fire in an age-old conflict

Clashes on Cambodia-Thailand border are threat to sites. Andrew Buncombe reports

Thai and Cambodian troops clash over border

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.

Thai-Cambodian border fighting enters third day

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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