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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.

Thailand and Cambodia clash for second day

Thai and Cambodian troops fired shells and small arms across the countries' border today, killing at least 10 soldiers in a two-day clash.

River cruises: Gently down the stream

Forget ocean voyages where all you see is the sea. River cruises offer an up-close view of the world's most impressive sights

Stiffer penalty sought for Khmer Rouge torturer

Prosecutors in Cambodia urged a UN-backed tribunal today to stiffen the sentence against the Khmer Rouge's chief jailer to life in prison and to convict him of new, separate crimes against humanity.

Khmer Rouge torturer appeals

The man who admitted overseeing the torture and killing of 16,000 people as the Khmer Rouge's chief prison warden returned to the courtroom yesterday in Cambodia to appeal against his 19-year prison sentence for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Cambodia's orphanages target the wallets of well-meaning tourists

The Cambodian government has started inspecting more than 250 orphanages after it was revealed that most of the country's 12,000 orphans have at least one living parent. The government said that until the assessment is completed, it had no idea whether the children were being cared for properly.

Cambodia: Compromise offer on US 'dirty debt'

Cambodia has offered to repay 30 per cent of the debt owed to the US, as a "compromise" over money which it says was used by a pro-American government in the 1970s to repress its own people.

Britons jailed in Cambodia on child sex charges

Two British men have been jailed in Cambodia for child sex offences.

Cambodian troops in Thai border skirmish

Hundreds of Cambodian soldiers camped yesterday at a cliff-top Khmer temple in the line of fire from deadly border skirmishes with Thai troops. The conflict heated up with the Cambodian leader declaring it a "real war". But a fragile truce has lasted for two days.

Plea to UN over border clashes

Thai and Cambodian troops clashed for a fourth day yesterday over a disputed border area around a 900-year-old mountaintop temple, deepening political uncertainty in Bangkok and prompting Cambodia to call for the United Nations to intervene.

Video: Cambodia and Thailand clash

Thailand has been accused of damaging an 11th century Khmer temple as skirmishes with Cambodia continue for a fourth day.

Cambodian temple is damaged by Thai army

Part of an 11th-century temple was damaged by the Thai army yesterday as it exchanged artillery and mortar fire with Cambodian troops across the disputed border between the two countries, shattering a shaky ceasefire.

Thai and Cambodia troops clash again near temple

Thai and Cambodian soldiers exchanged on their border fire for a second day today in a brief clash that killed a Thai soldier, the latest flare-up in a long-running feud over land around an 11th-century temple.

Picture of the Day: The bride wore snakeskin

Hundreds of villagers flocked to a wedding ceremony yesterday between a 16-foot female python and her slightly smaller mate – both believed to be magic snakes that bring prosperity and peace.

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