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Japan's Tsunami Made Cambodian Kids Sicker

2011 natural disaster exacerbated iodized salt dearth, worsening country's deficiency issue

(Newser) - Cambodia thought it had a handle on its scarcity of iodine, an element critical for humans (and one not made naturally by the body) to make thyroid hormone. The country had long struggled with the lack of iodine in its soil, which at one point in the late 1990s resulted... More »

Dramatic Rescue, With Surprise Help From Muddy Elephants

Asian elephants in Cambodia were mired in bomb crater—then assistance arrived

(Newser) - Teamwork both human and animal is what saved the lives of nearly a dozen Asian elephants in a Cambodian wildlife preserve after local farmers there stumbled upon a distressing sight: 11 of the endangered animals stuck in a mud-filled crater formed nearly a half-century ago by a Vietnam War bomb,... More »

Jolie: Split Was 'Difficult,' but 'We'll Always Be Family'

She makes first public remarks on split while promoting new film in Cambodia

(Newser) - Angelina Jolie was in Cambodia, the birthplace of her first son, over the weekend to promote her first project since her very public split from Brad Pitt, and as one might imagine, the subject came up in interviews. "I don’t want to say very much about that, except... More »

Lasers Penetrate Cambodian Jungle, Reveal Hidden Cities

Archaeologists say the findings may force a rewriting of history

(Newser) - All is not as it has seemed in Cambodia, according to new research published in the Journal of Archaeological Science . Using aerial scanning technology that determines precise elevation points beneath even dense jungle foliage, archaeologists say they have uncovered multiple metropolises between 900 and 1,400 years old that might... More »

Princess Photographs, Doesn't Use Her $40K Bathroom

It was built for Maha Chakri Sirindhorn's visit to a Cambodian province

(Newser) - Most rural residents of Cambodia's Ratanakkiri province have no access to a toilet. So when Thailand's Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn chose to visit Yeak Lom Lake, officials were told to make her as comfortable as possible. Over 19 days, a Thai construction company built an 86-square-foot bathroom specifically... More »

Tourists Keep Baring Their Butts at Sacred Temple

3 in custody in Cambodia for allegedly doing just that

(Newser) - Inappropriate photo shoots of one's buttocks seem to officially be a thing . A third set of tourists has allegedly been found doing just that at Cambodia's Angkor temple complex in broad daylight. The Cambodia Daily reports that two unnamed men around 30 years in age—one Italian, one... More »

US Sisters Take Bare-Butt Photos at Sacred Temple

And then swiftly get put on a bus from Cambodia to Thailand

(Newser) - When visiting a UNESCO World Heritage Site, taking pictures seems a given—taking pictures of one's bare butt, less so. Two American sisters were deported from Cambodia late Saturday night after being caught taking nude photos at the Angkor temple complex the day prior. A senior heritage police official'... More »

Top General in Cambodia: 'I Learned From Hitler'

Sao Sokha admires Vietnamese guerrillas, too

(Newser) - A word of advice for officials: Leave Hitler out of it. Days after a Texas Republican compared President Obama to Hitler , a Cambodian internal security honcho has praised the Nazi dictator during a speech in Phnom Penh. "Speaking frankly, I learned from Hitler," Commander General Sao Sokha said,... More »

Ancient 'Lost City' Brought to Life With Lasers

Lidar shows hidden remnants of Angkor area in Cambodia

(Newser) - The world's biggest religious complex, some four times the size of Vatican City, is Cambodia's Angkor Wat, built in 1150 but long lost to history. Archaeological work since the 19th century has uncovered pieces of it, but it wasn't until last year that researchers got a detailed... More »

'Most Interesting Man' Now a Landmine Hunter

Jonathan Goldsmith raising money to eliminate buried explosives in Cambodia

(Newser) - As Dos Equis beer's "most interesting man in the world," Jonathan Goldsmith's resume includes such feats as walking on fire and training canaries in the art of falconry . But now the real-life Goldsmith is adding a pretty interesting item to his own resume: tracking down and... More »

Report: 130 Chinese Firms Export Torture Gear

Amnesty International identifies 'intrinsically cruel' equipment

(Newser) - Chinese firms are widely and in many cases "openly" distributing devices that can readily be used for torture, Amnesty International says in a new report. The number of companies involved has surged from 28 to more than 130 in the past decade, the activist organization notes, and most of... More »

New Delicacy in Vietnam: Free-Range ... Rats

Cambodia is exporting quite a few of them

(Newser) - A popular new delicacy in Vietnam's isn't what you'd expect, or want to imagine: It's rats. But don't worry, eaters aren't munching on scabies-infected urban vermin, but rather the free-range, rural rats of Cambodia's rice fields, which eat a largely organic diet, rat-catchers... More »

'Historic Verdicts' Handed to Khmer Rouge Leaders

More than 3 decades later, 2 leaders are convicted

(Newser) - The two most senior surviving leaders of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge were sentenced today to life in prison for crimes against humanity committed some three and a half decades ago. The UN-backed tribunal handed what the AP terms "historic verdicts" to Khieu Samphan, the regime's former head of... More »

'Lost City' Uncovered in Cambodia

Laser sensors map out Mahendraparvata

(Newser) - Deep in the Cambodian jungle, Australian archaeologists have made a major discovery: a 1,200-year-old lost city, NPR reports. They made their find using laser sensors known as Lidar, which outlined the city, called Mahendraparvata. "With this instrument—bang—all of a sudden we saw an immediate picture of... More »

Another Factory Collapse Kills 2

Cambodian facility makes Asics sneakers

(Newser) - Another factory collapse is in the headlines, this one in Cambodia. The ceiling caved in at a facility outside Phnom Penh that makes Asics sneakers, reports the AP . At least two workers are dead and seven injured. It's not even close to the scale of the disaster in Bangladesh... More »

Khmer Rouge's 'Brother Number Three' Dead at 87

Ieng Sary helped Pol Pot found the communist regime

(Newser) - Ieng Sary, the brother-in-law of Pol Pot and co-founder of the communist Khmer Rouge regime, has died at age 87, Cambodia says. His death comes amid his trial for genocide between 1975 and 1979, the BBC notes; he'd been hospitalized since March 4 and died of "irreversible cardiac... More »

Obama Attends East Asia Summit Amid Sea Feud

China at center of multiple territorial disputes

(Newser) - President Obama is in Cambodia today, meeting with East Asian leaders amid a contentious territorial dispute over the South China Sea . Speaking publicly, neither Obama nor Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao responded to reporters' shouted questions about the tensions, the BBC reports. Instead, Obama referred to a "cooperative and constructive... More »

Cambodian Activist, 71, Sentenced to 20 Years

Sonando accused of attempting to overthrow government

(Newser) - Cambodian-French radio broadcaster and activist Sonando, 71, has been sentenced to 20 years in jail for attempting to overthrow the country's government, according to a Phnom Penh court. Some 13 others were also found guilty of inciting a rebellion among villagers, Reuters reports. Sonando pleaded not guilty to the... More »

Cambodia: We Will Deport Pirate Bay Co-Founder

Even though country has no extradition treaty with Sweden

(Newser) - Cambodia today announced that it will indeed deport Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg—though to where remains unclear. The 27-year-old was arrested last week after Cambodia was asked to do so by Sweden, which had sentenced Svartholm Warg to prison for breaching copyright laws. But as Cambodia has no... More »

Cambodia Nabs Pirate Bay Founder

Gottfrid Svartholm Warg may be extradited to Sweden

(Newser) - Cambodian police have arrested a co-founder of The Pirate Bay, the world-famous file-sharing site whose organizers were convicted in Sweden of helping to break copyright laws. Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, 27, was supposed to begin a yearlong prison sentence months ago, the Wall Street Journal notes. He and three other organizers... More »

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