Making history twice within hours, President Barack Obama became the first US president to set foot in Cambodia, a country once known for its Khmer Rouge “killing fields”.
By Jim Kuhnhenn, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
He left behind flag-waving crowds on the streets of Burma, the once internationally shunned nation now showing democratic promise.
Unlike the visit to Burma, where Obama seemed to revel in that nation’s new hope, the White House made clear that Obama is only in Cambodia to attend an East Asia Summit and said the visit should not be seen as an endorsement of Prime Minister Hun Sen and his government.
Indeed, Obama’s arrival in Cambodia lacked the euphoria of his greeting in Burma, where tens of thousands of people lined the streets to cheer the first American president to visit a country that until recently had long been isolated from the West.
“You gave us hope,” Obama declared to the crowds. Obama addressed a national audience from the University of Rangoon, offering a “hand of friendship” and a lasting US commitment, yet a warning, too.
He said the new civilian government must nurture democracy or watch it, and US support, disappear.
The six-hour stop there was the centrepiece of a four-day trip to Southeast Asia that began in Bangkok and ends today in Cambodia, where Obama will visit with Chinese, Japanese and Southeast Asia leaders in addition to attending the East Asia Summit with regional leaders.
Earlier Obama’s motorcade sped him to the lakeside home of longtime opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. He hugged her and lauded her as a personal inspiration.
Suu Kyi spent most of the past 20 years in house detention at her home.
Jurors in the trial of two former personal assistants accused of defrauding Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi have been warned to ignore comments made by British Prime Minister David Cameron about the celebrity cook.
The judge in the trial of two former personal assistants accused of defrauding Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi has issued a rebuke to UK Prime Minister David Cameron over comments he made about the celebrity chef, urging the jury to reach its verdicts on the evidence alone.
A man who appeared to provide sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela's memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a "fake", the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said.
The troika is leaving Ireland with business unfinished, including changes to the medical and legal service, but they will be pursued through the new EU governance to which all eurozone countries are now subject.
The ECB could be forced to introduce another long- term refinancing operation and drag the deposit rate into a negative territory to cushion the region from another year of sluggish growth and the uncertainty caused by the comprehensive assessment of the banks, according to the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2014 economic outlook.
IT'S one of the most iconic features on the Cork skyline. First established as a monastic site in 606 AD, St Fin Barre's Cathedral now houses a French neo-gothic cathedral designed in 1862 by William Burges of London.
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