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Norodom Sihanouk

Former king and leader of Cambodia, Norodom Sihanouk was crowned in 1941. He further consolidated his power in the 1950s before he was toppled by a US-backed coup in 1970 and was exiled to Beijing. He later returned and supported the Khmer Rouge but was eventually put under house arrest by the communist regime. Sihanouk regained the throne in 1993. In 2004, he abdicated due to illness and left the throne to his son. On October 15, 2012, Sihanouk died of a heart attack at age 89 in Beijing. 

Briefs, February 6, 2013

A royal barge carries the ashes on the Mekong. Photo: AP

The companion of an Indian medical student who died after being gang-raped identified the bus on which the attack took place as he testified in the trial of five adults accused of her murder. 

Wednesday, 6 February, 2013, 5:31am

Cambodia mourns as beloved ex-king Sihanouk cremated

A Cambodian mourner cries as she prays for the former king. Photo: EPA

Hundreds of thousands of Cambodians dressed in black and white gathered on Monday ahead of the cremation of revered former king Norodom Sihanouk, who steered the war-ravaged kingdom through six turbulent decades.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Talking points

The maximum weight limit for passengers' luggage on the MTR's East Rail Line drops from 33kg to 23kg.

The maximum weight limit for passengers' luggage on the MTR's East Rail Line drops from 33kg to 23kg today. This is one of the measures announced last week to crack down on mainlanders buying milk formula in Hong Kong, which has led to a shortage.

4 Feb 2013 - 3:02am

Cambodians bid farewell to ex-king ahead of cremation

uddhist nuns wait in line at the Royal Palace to pay their respects to the late former Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk in Phnom Penh on Saturday. Photo: AFP

Thousands of Cambodians paid their last respects to their beloved former king Norodom Sihanouk as his body lay in state on Saturday ahead of his cremation next week.

2 Feb 2013 - 5:39pm

Huge crowds mourn Cambodia’s beloved former king

A chariot carrying the casket of Cambodia's late former King Norodom Sihanouk leads the funeral procession in Phnom Penh. Photo: AP

A sea of mourners filled the streets of the Cambodian capital on Friday for a lavish funeral for revered former king Norodom Sihanouk, who towered over six tumultuous decades in his nation’s history.

1 Feb 2013 - 9:18pm

Talking points

King's body makes final journey

King's body makes final journey

1 Feb 2013 - 3:15am

Cambodian factory fires Chinese supervisor in Sihanouk faux pas

The suspect prays before the late king's portrait. Photo: EPA

Factory managers expressed regret and dismissed a Chinese supervisor yesterday after angry Cambodian garment factory workers demanded that she be punished for tearing up a poster of their late former king.

23 Oct 2012 - 11:18am

How they see it, October 21, 2012

Cambodian Buddhists pray for the soul of late King-Father Norodom Sihanouk in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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21 Oct 2012 - 1:39am

Chinese help to embalm body of Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk

A monk prays as he grieves for Norodom Sihanouk. Photo: AFP

Cambodia has begun preparations to embalm former king Norodom Sihanouk, who will lie in state at the Royal Palace for three months ahead of a lavish funeral, a royal aide said.

19 Oct 2012 - 3:19am

Chinese experts to help embalm Cambodian ex-king

A Cambodian man photographs a portrait of the late former King Norodom Sihanouk near the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh on Thursday. Photo: AFP

Cambodia began preparations on Thursday to embalm its revered former king Norodom Sihanouk, who will lie in state at the palace for three months ahead of a lavish funeral, a royal aide said.

18 Oct 2012 - 8:34pm

The flawed legacy of Norodom Sihanouk

Norodom Sihanouk would have left a proud legacy had he been allowed a free hand. Photo: AP

A wise ruler, the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu wrote, is selfless, hard working, honest, able to time when to act, fair in handling conflict and willing to empower others. Even if Norodom Sihanouk, Cambodia's former king who died in Beijing on Monday aged 89, had been hugely blessed with these traits, greatness would have eluded him and his people.

18 Oct 2012 - 2:29am

Former king Norodom Sihanouk mourned

Thousands of mourners in white pray at the gates of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. Photo: Reuters

Tens of thousands of mourners lined the streets of the Cambodian capital yesterday to pay their last respects to revered former king Norodom Sihanouk on his final journey home from China.

18 Oct 2012 - 10:12am

Mourners mass for homecoming of Cambodian ex-king

Cambodian Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk and Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni (front left) visit China's Beijing Hospital to bring home the body of Cambodian former King Norodom Sihanouk on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

Huge crowds of mourners lined the streets of the Cambodian capital on Wednesday waiting to pay their last respects to revered former king Norodom Sihanouk on his final journey home from China.

The mercurial ex-monarch, who steered his country through turbulent decades of war, genocide and finally peace, died of a heart attack in Beijing on Monday aged 89.

18 Oct 2012 - 8:32pm

Cambodian king returns home to sea of mourners

Tens of thousands of mourners lined the streets of Phnom Penh to pay their last respects to revered former king Norodom Sihanouk on his final journey home.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Cambodia mourns beloved ex-king Sihanouk

Cambodian people pray for the late former King Norodom Sihanouk in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

Tearful Cambodians wore black ribbons and flags flew at half-mast on Tuesday as the nation mourned the death of revered ex-king Norodom Sihanouk and prepared for the return of his body from China.

16 Oct 2012 - 2:20pm

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