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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 »

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 »

Mystery Disease Kills 61 Children in Cambodia

World Health Organization is investigating

(Newser) - A World Health Organization expert says it's too early to know whether a mixture of known diseases or something new is responsible for the deaths of more than 60 children in Cambodia. The mystery disease has killed 61 of the 62 children hospitalized since April, but there's no... More »

Malaria Drugs Lose Punch in Key Region

Resistance grows in Burma, raising risk of major outbreak

(Newser) - Malaria researchers are watching with alarm as once-effective drugs lose their punch in a flashpoint region, reports the Guardian . New studies show that drugs based on the plant extract artemisinin are losing potency on the Burma-Thailand border. The problem started in Cambodia and is apparently spreading as counterfeit versions spring... More »

Khmer Rouge Tribunal Is Too Broke to Pay Staff

Gov't out of money, 300 Cambodians won't be paid this month

(Newser) - Money problems are threatening the UN's Khmer Rouge trials in Cambodia, reports the AP . The tribunal employs 480 people, and while the international staff is getting paid, the 300 Cambodians who work there have not been paid this month. The tribunal's judges and prosecutors have not been paid... More »

Pocket of Asia Yields 208 New Species—in 1 Year

Mekong region's amazing biodiversity under threat, WWF warns

(Newser) - It's a region that produces a new species every other day: Carnivorous plants that can eat mice, birds, and lizards. An all-female species of lizard that reproduces by self-cloning. Brightly colored geckos bathed in orange, yellow, blue, and green markings. A noseless monkey that looks like it's wearing... More »

UN Orders Thai, Cambodian Troops Out of Temple Area

Court tries to end clashes around the Preah Vihear temple

(Newser) - The UN's highest court created a demilitarized zone around a 1,000-year-old temple today on the disputed border between Cambodia and Thailand, and ordered the armed forces from both countries to withdraw. Both countries claimed they were satisfied with the ruling by the International Court of Justice, meant to... More »

Wild Angelina Does Vuitton

Barefoot, smokey-eyed actress poses in land of adopted son

(Newser) - A smoldering shot of a barefoot, wild-haired Angelina Jolie in a wooden boat in Cambodia is the latest come-hither ad for Louis Vuitton. "People are not used to seeing Angelina in this situation," far from the red carpet, a Vuitton spokeswoman tells Women's Wear Daily . Jolie wears... More »

6 Shot Dead in Thai, Cambodia Border Clash

Thousands being evacuated from area

(Newser) - At least six soldiers were killed today when artillery and gunfire were exchanged in the latest border clash between Cambodia and Thailand. Some 5,000 civilians are being evacuated from the area near the ancient temples of Ta Krbey and Ta Moan. Ten people were killed two months ago in... More »

Want a Cambodian Wife? Tough Luck if You're Over 50

You better make more than $31K a year, too

(Newser) - If you're an American looking for a wife and happen to be, well, broke and old, there's no point in looking in Cambodia. Under Cambodian law, it's now illegal for the country's women to marry foreigners who are age 50 and up, or who make less than $30,960 a... More »

Thailand-Cambodia Border Clash Hits 4th Day

Five reported killed in border dispute

(Newser) - Thai and Cambodian troops faced off for the fourth consecutive day today, trading shells and gunfire in a border dispute. At least two Thais and three Cambodians have died in the clashes, as “yellow shirt” nationalist protesters in Bangkok call for the government’s resignation. The 2-square-mile area in... More »

US Teacher Gets 9 Years for Sex With Cambodian, 14

'Cunning predator' is sentenced in US under 'sex tourism' law

(Newser) - "This is one of the most disgusting cases that has ever come before this court," a federal judge said before sentencing a 61-year-old American teacher to 9 years in jail for having sex with a 14-year-old girl in Cambodia. Michael James Dodd abused the teen over an 8-month... More »

339 Dead in Cambodian Festival Stampede

Hundreds more severely injured; 'biggest tragedy' since Khmer Rouge

(Newser) - More than 330 Cambodians died today in a stampede that broke out as some 2 million gathered for a festival to celebrate the end of the rainy season, reports the AP. Prime Minister Hun Sen said the deaths at the three-day water festival was the country's "biggest tragedy" since... More »

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