The Khmer Rouge regime’s four most senior members get ready to stand trial. Also, we meet Thailand’s militia who are on the prowl for prose criticising their King. Finally, a blur of national pride as the Beijing-Shanghai bullet train makes its debut.
The UN-backed trial of four surviving top-ranking Khmer Rouge officials has begun. The regime was responsible for the deaths of up to 2 million Cambodians in the late 1970s, although the court is currently held up with formalities and technical issues. Evidence won't start being heard until September; but given the age of the defendants, they might not live to see the end of what's likely to be a long and protracted legal hearing.
Four former senior Khmer Rouge leaders, including "Brother No. 2" Nuon Chea (pictured), appeared at a UN-backed tribunal in Phnom Penh on Monday to face war crimes charges for atrocities committed during the 1975-1979 reign of terror.
Today's review of the world papers for Monday, 27th June 2011 goes from "one of the silliest economies in Christendom" to Paula the Octopus fluffing her first prediction in the Women's Football World Cup. There's also moving testimony from the son of a former Syrian President and what the Cambodian press is saying about the Khmer Rouge trial now underway.
Four former top Khmer Rouge leaders went on trial at Cambodia's UN-backed war crimes court on Monday, over 30 years after the regime's bloody 1975-1979 rule saw some 1.7 million people killed through torture, execution or starvation.
After two ceasefires in two days and attempts to reach agreement over two ancient temples on the disputed jungle frontier, Thai and Cambodian troops clashed again on Saturday in the ninth day of the countries' bloodiest conflict in decades.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen called for a ceasefire to stem its deadly border conflict with Thailand, now in its sixth day, but Thailand's foreign minister on Wednesday pulled out of planned peace talks.
Cambodian and Thai fighters clashed Tuesday for a fourth straight day of fighting over temples in a disputed border area. Tens of thousands of civilians have fled the latest conflict, which has so far killed 13 fighters.
Thai and Cambodian troops exchanged fire for a fourth day in a row on Monday, amid a protracted dispute over 12th-century Hindu temples that has left at least 12 people dead and displaced nearly 50,000.