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Cambodia's dark past clouds minds

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Psychiatrist Sotheara Chhim has given more thought than most to the mental burdens carried by Cambodians. Pointing to a glass of water on his table, he describes how the legacy of decades marred by war, genocide and enduring poverty still help push so many here over the edge. “I think every Cambodian is like a glass carrying some water, meaning the traumatic past,” he said. “If more water is put in, the glass fills easier than an empty glass.”

Now you can take a tour of Angkor Wat with Google Street View

OK so it doesn't beat the real thing, but it's pretty cool nonetheless. Google Maps can now take you to Cambodia's famous Angkor Wat temple complex, thanks to Street View. Google took 90,000 panoramic shots of the more than 100 temples at Angkor, and the result is stunning.

The Cambodians who stitch your clothing keep fainting in droves

BANGKOK — It should have been an extraordinary scene: more than 100 factory hands fainting in unison as if possessed by spirits. But in Cambodian garment factories, which play a major role in supplying American malls, mass fainting is no longer a freak phenomenon. It’s disturbingly common. The enigmatic problem is persistent despite waves of government studies, activist campaigns and vows to investigate factory conditions by global fashion empires such as H&M.

These nations are using food to project power around the world. And it's working.

"Noodle diplomacy" and "chopstick diplomacy" may be relatively new phrases, but the concept that food and diplomacy go together is as old as, well, food.

And the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film goes to...

The biggest contenders for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film are 'The Great Beauty' from Italy and Denmark's 'The Hunt,' but Palestinian film 'Omar' is also getting impressive reviews.
The biggest contenders for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film are 'The Great Beauty' from Italy and Denmark's 'The Hunt,' but Palestinian film 'Omar' is also getting impressive reviews.
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37 motorbikes carrying everything, including crocodiles

Motos make the world go round. In most places that's literally the case. Motos are how people get to school, get to work, transport poultry and large reptiles. If you have ever seen someone attempt to put all their earthly possessions on the back of one moto, and succeed, then you know what I'm talking about. 

Treating garment workers in Cambodia as terrorists

PHNOM PENH — In the Canadia Industrial Park, garment factories are mostly back in operation, bustling to fulfill orders for major Western labels There are few signs of the brutal crackdown that recently afflicted this complex on the Cambodian capital’s southern outskirts. Meanwhile, critics are irate over allegations that foreign governments — and particularly South Korea, a major investor — may have played a behind-the-scenes role in the events leading up to the Cambodian military's crackdown.

UN wants an inquiry into the deaths of striking workers in Cambodia

Military police opened fire on workers protesting outside a factory in Phnom Penh last week, killing five and wounding dozens.
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