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B>PHNOM PENH:/BWith a traditional dance and a blessing from the Buddhist clergy, Cambodian politicians launched into election campaigns yesterday amid hopes a clean contest will deliver fiscal rewards.
Just over 20 years ago, Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, was a city on its knees. It housed a mere 50,000 souls, mostly rampaging Khmer Rouge. Its finest public buildings, hotels, embassies and office blocks were either occupied by soldiers, their prisoners or by nobody at all.
Few realise the youngest daughter of King Norodom Sihanouk Varman of Cambodia has been living among us for the past four years.The Princess Royal Norodom Arunrasmy is the wife of Cambodian Ambassador Keo Puth Rasmey.In this exclusive,Princess Arun,as she is fondly known,relates her roller-coaster life:from high-ranking princess to a destitute in the United States,the traumaof losing her mother and siblings to the Khmer Rouge,and her current role as a diplomat 's wife.
B>TA KEN KOH SLA (Cambodia):/BRecalcitrant soldiers of the former Khmer Rouge disarmed in exchange for clean water yesterday as authorities prepared to sign a historic agreement with the United Nations to put Pol Pot's surviving henchmen on trial for genocide.
For Malaysia#8217;s new ambassador to Jordan, the United States' decision to attack Iraq ended the short break he and his wife had planned to have back home with the family. In Amman, he talked to SHAHANAZ HABIB about his four-year experience in Iraq immediately after the 1991 Gulf War.
Unknowing farmers in Cambodia are dousing cultivated lands with a lethal cocktail of chemicals, writes DENIS D. GRAY.