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Cambodia unveils statue of late King Norodom Sihanouk in Phnom Penh

Cambodia unveiled a statue of late King Norodom Sihanouk on Friday to honor his achievements in securing the country's independence and contributing to national development and reconciliation. The statue has been erected across from the prime minister's residence and 200 meters east of the Independence Monument in the capital Phnom Penh. The $1.2 million 4.5-meter-high copper statue is sheltered by a 27-meter-high stupa.

Cambodia cremates beloved ex-king Sihanouk

Thousands of mourners massed in the Cambodian capital Monday as the kingdom cremated its revered former king Norodom Sihanouk, who steered his country through six turbulent decades. The cremation was part of a week-long funeral for the mercurial ex-monarch, which started with a lavish procession through the streets of Phnom Penh on Friday and will see his ashes returned to the palace on Thursday. Sihanouk died of a heart attack in Beijing in October, aged 89. His embalmed body had been lying in state since then at the royal palace.
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