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Norodom Sihanouk died at a hospital in Beijing after having a heart attack

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Norodom Sihanouk, the former Cambodian king who was a key figure through decades of upheaval, has died aged 89. The former king died at a hospital in the Chinese capital, Beijing, after having a heart attack. He had been in poor health for several years. Norodom Sihanouk, who was 89, came to the throne in 1941 and led Cambodia to independence from France in 1953. Despite long periods of exile and...

Supporters turned out in Phnom Penh to greet Sam Rainsy when he returned from self-imposed exile last week

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Polls have opened in Cambodia’s parliamentary election, with PM Hun Sen’s governing party widely expected to win the most seats. Hun Sen’s Cambodia People’s Party (CPP) faces an opposition led by Sam Rainsy – back from self-imposed exile after a royal pardon in July. Sam Rainsy himself is not eligible to stand, but his recent return has strengthened the opposition’s...

Dr Thierry Costa has killed himself in Cambodia after contestant Koh Lanta contestant Gerald Babin died

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...had a heart attack during filming on the island of Koh Rong. Dr Thierry Costa has killed himself in Cambodia after contestant Koh Lanta contestant Gerald Babin died Some media reports had criticized Dr. Thierry Costa, saying he had taken too much time to treat Gerald Babin. Gerald Babin had complained of cramps on the first day of filming on the southern Cambodian island on March 22. Dr. Thierry...

Patrick Devillers had close ties to Bo Xilai and his wife, Gu Kailai, a suspect in the death of British man Neil Heywood

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...Devillers, a French architect with alleged links to scandal-hit Chinese politician Bo Xilai has left Cambodia for China, officials say. Patrick Devillers was detained in Phnom Penh on 13 June at China’s request. He reportedly had close ties to Bo Xilai and his wife, Gu Kailai, a suspect in the death of British man Neil Heywood. Cambodia had said he would not be sent to either China or France...

Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, co-founder of the popular file-sharing Pirate Bay website, has been arrested in Cambodia

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...frid Svartholm Warg, co-founder of the popular file-sharing Pirate Bay website, has been arrested in Cambodia “His arrest was made at the request of the Swedish government for a crime related to information technology,” Cambodia’s police spokesman Kirth Chantharith told the AFP news agency. “We don’t have an extradition treaty with Sweden but we’ll look into our...

Lindsay Sandiford, a 56-year-old British grandmother, has been sentenced to death by firing squad in Indonesia for drug trafficking

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Lindsay Sandiford, a 56-year-old British grandmother, has been sentenced to death by firing squad in Indonesia for drug trafficking. Lindsay Sandiford was arrested at Bali’s airport in May last year after 4.8 kg (10.6 lb) of cocaine was found in the lining of her suitcase during a routine customs check. The woman, whose last UK address was in Gloucestershire, said she was coerced into bring...

Fruitvale, directed by Ryan Coogler, has won Grand Jury Prize for a US drama at 2013 Sundance Film Festival

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Fruitvale drama and Blood Brother documentary won over audiences and 2013 Sundance Film Festival judges. Both American films won audience awards and grand jury prizes Saturday at the Sundance Awards. Fruitvale tells the true story of Oscar Grant, who was 22 years old when he was shot and killed in a public transit station in Oakland, California. Twenty-six-year-old first-time filmmaker Ryan Coog...

A Lao Airlines aircraft on an internal flight has crashed into the Mekong River in southern Laos,

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A Lao Airlines aircraft on an internal flight has crashed into the Mekong River in southern Laos, media in the region say. Reports from neighboring Thailand put the number of dead at around 40. There is no official word from the airline on casualties so far. An airline official quoted by the Bangkok Post said the plane crashed in bad weather just before it was due to land at Pakse on a flight fro...

The UN inquiry into rights abuses in North Korea is expected to urge punishment for systematic violations by the state

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The UN inquiry into rights abuses in North Korea is due to be published, and is expected to urge punishment for systematic violations by the state. A panel of experts mandated by the UN’s Human Rights Council said North Koreans had suffered “unspeakable atrocities”. The panel heard evidence of torture, enslavement, sexual violence, severe political repression and other crimes. I...

Michael Kirby, chairman of the independent Commission of Inquiry, said the UN report on North Korea calls for attention from the international community

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A long-awaited UN report urges the international community to act on evidence that crimes against humanity are being committed in North Korea. A panel of experts mandated by the UN’s Human Rights Council said North Koreans had suffered “unspeakable atrocities”, and that those responsible, including leader Kim Jong-un, must face justice. The panel heard evidence of torture, polit...

Barack Obama is practicing a new brand of foreign relations, appearing to flirt with Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra

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Barack Obama is practicing a new brand of foreign relations, appearing to flirt with Thailand’s attractive Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on his first stop of his three-day tour of Southeast Asia. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra could be seen laughing together and exchanging playful glances throughout a state dinner at the Government House in Bangkok on Sunday ni...

President Richard Nixon with Bebe Rebozo at Key Biscayne

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It’s well known that the former US president, Richard Nixon, carpet-bombed Cambodia, spewed out anti-Semitic slurs and crude misogynistic jokes in the White House and smeared his political opponents with ruthless “dirty tricks” campaigns. And nobody forget Richard Nixon lied to his country about his involvement in the Watergate scandal and went down in history as America’s shiftiest, darkes...

Wildlife trade group Traffic said there had been at least 13 large seizures of ivory in 2011, amounting to more than 23 tones, compared to 6 in 2010 of less than 10 tones

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International wildlife trade group Traffic says that more elephant tusks were seized in 2011 than in any year since 1989, when the ivory trade was banned. Traffic said elephants have had a “horrible year”, with 23 tones of ivory seized – representing at least 2,500 dead animals. Trade in ivory was banned in 1989 to save elephants from extinction. But it has continued illegally b...

Barack Obama met Burma pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi at the lakeside home where she spent years under house arrest

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Barack Obama said Burma is on a “remarkable journey” of reform that has much further to go, on his first visit to the South East Asian nation by a serving US president. A desire for change had been met by an agenda of reform, he said, and he was there to extend a “hand of friendship”. But, in a speech at Rangoon University, Barack Obama urged Burmese people to accept Musli...

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are rumored to have married in a Christmas Day ceremony in the Caribbean

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are rumored to have married in a Christmas Day ceremony in the Caribbean, according to reports. The MailOnline reports Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie tied the knot in an intimate ceremony on the Turks and Caicos Islands. News of their reported nuptials comes 8 months after Brad Pitt, 49, and Angelina Jolie, 37, announced their engagement in April 2012 after seven year...

Malaysian PM Najib Razak's Barisan Nasional coalition is up against Pakatan Rakyat, a three-party alliance headed by Anwar Ibrahim

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Malaysia is voting in what is widely expected to be the most closely contested general election in the country’s history. PM Najib Razak’s Barisan Nasional (National Front) coalition is up against Pakatan Rakyat, a three-party alliance headed by Anwar Ibrahim. Malaysian PM Najib Razak’s Barisan Nasional coalition is up against Pakatan Rakyat, a three-party alliance headed by An...