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A Dragon-Controlling King Is Shaping Cambodian Politics

Prime minister may believe himself to be legendary king reincarnated

(Newser) - The legend of Sdech Kan says the 16th century Cambodian ruler controlled dragons, walked on water, and shot four arrows simultaneously, among other tall tales. Five-hundred years later, the New York Times reports Cambodia's current ruler—Prime Minister Hun Sen—may see more than a little of himself in... More »

Angelina Jolie's Film Is Cambodia's Oscar Submission

Country submits it as foreign language contender at Academy Awards

(Newser) - Angelina Jolie's First They Killed My Father has been named Cambodia's foreign-language submission to the Academy Awards, the AP reports. The Cambodia Oscar Selection Committee announced the choice Monday, calling Jolie's Cambodian genocide drama "cathartic" and hailing it for bringing back memories "often best forgotten.... More »

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 »

'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 »

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