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March 9, 1999 | Reuters
Cambodia brought charges against Khmer Rouge chief Ta Mok today, making him the first member of the murderous leftist group set to answer directly for the deaths of more than 1 million of his countrymen. Thought to be one of the Khmer Rouge's most brutal cadres, the man they called "The Butcher" will be charged under a 1994 law banning the radical group, a military court prosecutor said. The one-legged Ta Mok, 72, was arrested on northern Cambodia's border with Thailand on Saturday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1990
George Black ("Ties Bind Meddlers to Murderers," Commentary, July 23) appears to have several misperceptions. For Black the most pragmatic solution for Cambodia is exclusive extensive aid to the pro-Vietnamese Hun Sen regime in Phnom Penh. But such a solution is only short-term and assumes that Hun Sen has support. Recent articles on Cambodia point to more repressive policies taken by the Hun Sen government to extend comprehensive membership in "peoples organizations" to Cambodians under Phnom Penh control.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2009 | Raja Abdulrahim
Three American men who are suspected of traveling to Cambodia to have sex with children have been charged in federal court as part of a new initiative aimed at cracking down on the child sex tourism business there, authorities said Monday. Ronald Gerard Boyajian, 49, of Menlo Park, Calif.; Erik Leonardus Peeters, 41, of Norwalk; and Jack Louis Sporich, 75, formerly of Santa Monica and currently living in Sedona, Ariz., were arrested by Cambodian police in February, authorities said.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times
Filmmaker Daron Ker's earliest childhood remembrances come from the three torturous years he spent in a malaria-ridden concentration camp in the center of Cambodia's killing fields. His next, more pleasant memories are of watching movies projected on a tattered bedsheet in a refugee camp just across the Thai border. "The one film that I really loved was 'Spartacus,'" Ker says enthusiastically. "It's weird, because I didn't understand anything. But it was the most powerful thing I had ever seen.
WORLD
June 24, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Outgoing EPA chief Christie Whitman will head observers monitoring parliamentary elections in Cambodia on July 27. Whitman, who leaves the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday, will lead a delegation of observers assembled by the International Republican Institute, a nonprofit group promoting democracy abroad.
TRAVEL
January 27, 2008
Beto De Luna of Glendale was sitting at a restaurant in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, one morning in September when he "saw this monk walk up, and [two people] started praying to him. To me, it was a National Geographic moment" that captured the culture of the Southeast Asian nation. The two-week vacation was his first trip to Asia. "It was pretty amazing; it might as well be Mars," he said. He used a Canon A560.
WORLD
January 6, 2003 | From Reuters
Cambodia and the United Nations are set to resume long-stalled talks today aimed at establishing a special court to try former Khmer Rouge leaders blamed for more than 1 million deaths during their 1975-79 reign. The Khmer Rouge is accused of ruling through torture, execution, hard labor and starvation in Cambodia's "killing fields" as it aimed to establish a "purified" agrarian society. Yet no Khmer Rouge leader has faced trial for crimes during that period.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 1987 | SHEILA BENSON, Times Film Critic
In the audacious and vastly entertaining "Swimming to Cambodia" (Beverly Center Cineplex), actor and monologuist Spalding Gray tries for the almost-impossible: variety and fascination in a one-man show of the most sedentary kind. Richard Pryor at least prowls the stage in his concerts, orchestrating his characters with his entire body. Gray sits at a desk, a movie screen behind him, a faintly manic glint in his eye and talks.
WORLD
October 30, 2004 | From Associated Press
Standing before golden statues of his ancestors and blessed by monks whose chants filled a hall in the Royal Palace, former ballet dancer Norodom Sihamoni took the throne Friday, succeeding his father. Sihamoni, who has no political experience and is little known in his home country, was enthroned in an elaborate ceremony that included the blowing of conch shells and traditional music played with drums and gongs.
OPINION
May 18, 2004
Re "Loving a Treasure to Death," editorial, May 13: The Times correctly noted both the growing world interest in the Angkor Wat site and the stress imposed on the ruins by the growing number of tourists. With visits nearing 1 million this year, Cambodian officials anticipate up to 5 million in years to come, placing an enormous burden not only on threatened ruins but on a dwindling water table that could cause subsidence and damage to the temples. Our country needs to play a more active role not only in preserving these priceless relics but also in helping Cambodia develop a stable economy based on a permanent resource instead of its current reliance on the ephemeral garment industry.
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