Cambodia on Tuesday quietly marked the 10-year anniversary of Khmer Rouge dictator Pol Pot's death, amid fears that time is running out to try ageing regime leaders before a genocide tribunal. Pol Pot, the tyrant who turned Cambodia into killing fields in the late 1970s, died on April 15 1998, reportedly from a heart attack.
Former Khmer Rouge leader Khieu Samphan was formally detained and charged on Monday with war crimes and crimes against humanity by Cambodia's United Nations-backed genocide tribunal, a court spokesperson said. "The co-investigating judges have detained him for a period of one year," tribunal spokesperson Reach Sambath said.
A Cambodian cow arrested by authorities last week after causing a string of traffic deaths was butchered by its owner to prevent future highway carnage, police said on Tuesday. The large animal had repeatedly escaped its enclosure and wandered into a nearby road.
A reputation for cruelty, even by the standards of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime he led, set Ta Mok apart from his revolutionary comrades and earned him the nickname of "The Butcher". Ta Mok died on July 21 at the age of 80 after languishing in jail since 1999.
A rat that bumbled into one of Cambodia's largest power plants was blamed for blacking out the entire capital, Phnom Penh, and much of surrounding Kandal province over the weekend, a power official said on Tuesday. Millions were cast into darkness on Sunday night.
Tourist arrivals in Cambodia jumped by 35% in 2005, a senior official said on Thursday as the country seeks nearly to triple the number of foreign visitors in the next five years. ore than 1,4-million arrivals were recorded last year, up from just more than a million in 2004.
Cambodia is mimicking Myanmar's repressive tactics with its arrest of two prominent rights leaders, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday. Kem Sokha, head of the Cambodian Centre for Human Rights, was arrested on Saturday, while police also seized Yeng Virak, the director of the Community Legal Education Centre.
Cambodian police have been ordered to capture dozens of buffaloes and cows roaming in the Angkor Wat heritage zone because of the dung they are leaving among the ruins, an officer said on Wednesday. Half a dozen police officers had spent about six hours on Wednesday trying to catch buffaloes bathing.