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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 »

'Doctor' Charged With Infecting 100 With HIV

Roka, Cambodia, grapples with HIV outbreak

(Newser) - An unlicensed medical practitioner suspected of negligently infecting more than 100 villagers in northwestern Cambodia with HIV was charged today with murder carried out with cruelty. Health officials say 106 people out of more than 800 tested in Roka village were found to have the virus; the Wall Street Journal ... 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 »

7 Die Chasing About 75 Cents Down a Well

'Amount was huge for poor people like us,' says girl who lost 3 siblings

(Newser) - Seven people died from a lack of oxygen after climbing down a well in Cambodia to retrieve about 75 cents, police and relatives said today. The incident happened late yesterday in a remote area of the northwestern province of Siem Reap when an 11-year-old boy and six other people went... More »

Police Fire AK-47s at Cambodian Protesters

3 killed as garment workers demand double the current minimum wage

(Newser) - At least three people were killed today when police in Cambodia opened fire to break up a protest by striking garment workers demanding a doubling of the minimum wage, police and human rights workers said. Police said the three were killed and two others were wounded in a southern suburb... More »

Remnants of Buddha's Body Stolen

Golden urn was stolen from Cambodian shrine

(Newser) - A golden urn containing what are considered to be remnants of the Buddha's body has been stolen from its shrine near the Cambodian capital, officials today announced. The theft was apparently discovered Tuesday, when a guard found the lock to the shrine's door had been destroyed and the... More »

1 Killed as Cambodia Cops Fire on Garment Workers

Riot police block march to PM's residence

(Newser) - Cambodian police have fired live ammunition at protesting garment workers outside the capital, killing a bystander and injuring at least six protesters. A human rights group says hundreds of workers from the SL Garment Processing Factory—which makes clothing for Gap, H&M, and other international brands—clashed with around... More »

Cambodia: 30 Killed in Floods as Mekong Overflows

Thousands flee homes as heavy rains hit

(Newser) - At least 30 people in Cambodia have died in recent floods caused by heavy rains and the Mekong River overflowing its banks, a disaster relief official said today. The floods have also forced more than 9,000 families to flee their homes and destroyed nearly 247,000 acres of rice... 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 »

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