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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.

'Journalists must never betray a source, even a mass murderer'

Two filmmakers tell Andrew Johnson why they're standing by a promise to Pol Pot's chief killer

Cambodia mourns bridge tragedy

Cambodia's prime minister cried as he lit candles and incense to mourn the hundreds of perople trampled to death in a riverside stampede on Monday.

Swaying bridge 'set off Cambodian stampede'

A swaying bridge loaded with thousands of people sparked mass panic and set off a raging stampede that killed more than 350 people in Cambodia's capital, according to a government investigation. Crowds celebrating a water festival had flocked to an island for a free concert on Monday and spilled on to a bridge to the mainland before the panic took hold.

Panic on bridge set off Cambodian stampede

An investigation into a stampede that killed hundreds of revellers at a festival in the Cambodian capital has concluded it was set off when a crowded bridge started swaying, local media reported today.

Cambodia searches for cause of stampede that killed hundreds

The authorities in Cambodia have launched an investigation into the stampede that left at least 378 people dead and hundreds more injured when festival revellers were trapped for hours in a deadly crush on a bridge.

Death toll rises following Cambodia stampede

The death toll from a stampede at a Cambodian festival rose to 378 today with hundreds more injured.

Hundreds die in stampede at Cambodian water festival

Thousands of people stampeded during a festival in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh last night, leaving more than 330 dead and hundreds injured in what the Prime Minister, Hun Sen, called the country's biggest tragedy since the 1970s reign of terror by the Khmer Rouge.

Geoffrey Robertson: Precedent is critical for law holding leaders responsible

The trial of Jean-Pierre Bemba will be critical for the future of the international law doctrine of "command responsibility" – the basis for holding political and military leaders guilty for the atrocities committed by their troops with their acquiescence (often by nods and winks), but without their direct approval.

Cambodian monks barred from 'sexy' water festival

Buddhist monks in Cambodia will be banned from taking part in a water festival this month to prevent undignified behaviour such as mingling with scantily-clad women and seeing couples kissing, the country's chief monk said today.

Calls for US to cancel Cambodian debt

Campaigners have called on the US to cancel millions of dollars of outstanding debts owed by Cambodia - money that was given to the country when it was a part of Washington's Cold War alliance in south-east Asia.

'An off-peak return from Singapore to Scotland...'

Cambodia provides 'missing link' in Iron Silk Road rail project

Simon Calder: End of the line for the Thomas Cook book

The man who pays his way

Last Night's TV: Giant Squid: Inside Nature's Giants Special/Channel 4<br/>Reggie Perrin/BBC1<br/>Sex Trafficking in Cambodia &ndash; Stacey Dooley Investigates/BBC3

On the (highly) scientific scale of natural squirmyness, cephalopods rank pretty high. Even grilled, seasoned with a bit of olive oil and lemon juice, they take a certain oomph to tackle. Raw, enlarged and sprawled on a dissection table... well, suffice it to say thank goodness it wasn't tea time. Not for me anyway.

'Red Shirts were not trained here,' says Cambodia

Cambodia has denied that members of the anti-government "Red Shirt" movement from neighbouring Thailand were trained at a Cambodian army base to assassinate Thai leaders, including the Prime Minister.

The Big Six: Mekong river retreats

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