Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s efforts to ease voter concern at a jump in asylum seekers under the governing Labor party has failed to help overcome a deficit with the opposition ahead of a Sept. 7 election.
“Dho ri min dho?” The cry rings out every night in Phnom Penh, chanted by thousands of teens as they roar past on cheap motorbikes. The riders are merry; they wave flags, bang drums, call out to passers-by. The oldest among them look like they’re in their 20s. They have one question about this weekends’ elections, the fourth round of polls since the United Nations restored civil rule to Cambodia in 1993: Change or no change?
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen appeared set to extend his 28-year rule in one of Asia’s poorest countries with a much smaller majority, as opponents rejected election results and called for an investigation.
The Khmer Rouge’s top jailer was sentenced to 30 years in prison for overseeing the “shocking and heinous” murder and torture of more than 12,000 inmates at the genocidal Cambodian regime’s Tuol Sleng prison .
The Khmer Rouge tribunal in Cambodia indicted four senior leaders of the 1970s regime blamed for the deaths of a quarter of the population three years after putting them behind bars, ensuring they will face trial.
Norodom Sihanouk, the former king of Cambodia who survived half a century of political maneuvering that saw his country get sucked into the Vietnam War and endure the murderous regime of Pol Pot, has died. He was 89.