October 15, 2004 |
Prince Norodom Sihamoni was named Cambodia's king Thursday, succeeding his father, Norodom Sihanouk, who last week announced his abdication because of ill health. Sihamoni, a former ballet dancer and cultural ambassador who has spent much of his life abroad, was approved by a nine-member Throne Council, said a statement signed by the panel's chairman and acting head of state, Chea Sim.
October 21, 2004 |
CAMBODIA Thousands of Cambodians in Phnom Penh jubilantly welcomed their new king, Norodom Sihamoni, on his return from China. He was accompanied by his ailing father, Norodom Sihanouk, who abdicated this month. Sihanouk, 81, had spent most of the last nine months in China for medical treatment and in self-imposed exile to protest bickering among his country's political leaders. The king has ceremonial duties but little real power.
August 13, 2005 |
Family ties between Angelina Jolie and her son, Maddox, just got a little tighter. A royal decree approving Cambodian citizenship for Jolie, star of the "Tomb Raider" films, was signed by King Norodom Sihamoni on July 31, Sok Sam Oeun, an official of the Council of Ministers, said Friday. Sok Sam Oeun said he was working through Jolie's contacts in Cambodia to notify the 30-year-old actress of her new citizenship.
May 19, 2010 |
Is the regime of Kim Jong Il the cruelest the world has seen since Adolf Hitler's in Germany or Josef Stalin's in the Soviet Union? For all the world has heard about North Korea and its people's suffering, the answer is no. The dubious distinction of cruelest probably belongs to Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge. They took over Cambodia in 1975 and ruled from the once-tranquil capital of Phnom Penh until December 1978, when Vietnamese communist troops drove them out. About 2 million people are estimated to have died at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, from disease, starvation, executions and torture.
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October 15, 2012 |
Former King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia, an unpredictable and crafty political survivor whose fortunes were entwined with U.S. military involvement in Indochina, died Monday of natural causes in Beijing, where he had undergone medical treatment, Chinese state media reported. He was 89. Sihanouk had various forms of cancer, diabetes and hypertension and had sought medical care in China since 2004, when he abdicated in favor of his son due to old age and health problems. He died two weeks short of his 90th birthday.