Monday, October 10, 2011

KRouge judge quits over Cambodia govt interference

   

  
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People stand behind Taiwan's flag during a flag-raising ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution outside Hung Lau or "Red House" at Hong Kong's rural New Territories October 10, 2011. Sun Yat-sen, founder of modern China, stayed in Hung Lau where he planned to overthrow the Qing Dynasty. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY) This file photo shows thousands of passengers walking out of a railway station as they return from the Lunar New Year holidays, in Wuhan, central China's Hubei province, in February. More than 100 million Chinese farmers will move to cities by 2020, posing huge challenges for urban planners and already stretched social welfare systems, according to a new official forecast People hold Taiwan's flag during a flag-raising ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution outside Hung Lau or "Red House" at Hong Kong's rural New Territories October 10, 2011. Sun Yat-sen, founder of modern China, stayed in Hung Lau where he planned to overthrow the Qing Dynasty. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY CIVIL UNREST) Youths from Boystown, a program by The Sisters of Mary charity organization, line up in front of a logo of the Pan American Games during a visit by Mexicans athletes in Acatlan, near Guadalajara October 9, 2011. The XVI Pan-American Games will be held from October 14 to 30 in Guadalajara. REUTERS/Stringer (MEXICO - Tags: SPORT SOCIETY) Brazilian gymnastics team athletes walk next to logo of the games inside the Pan American Games village after taking part in a practice session in Zapopan, near Guadalajara October 9, 2011. The XVI Pan-American Games will be held from October 14 to 30 in Guadalajara. REUTERS/Alejandro Acosta (MEXICO - Tags: SPORT GYMNASTICS SOCIETY) David Nalbandian of Argentina serves against Ernests Gulbis (not pictured) of Latvia during their match at the Shanghai Masters Tennis Tournament in Shanghai October 10, 2011. REUTERS/Aly Song (CHINA - Tags: SPORT TENNIS) Ernests Gulbis of Latvia serves against David Nalbandian (not pictured) of Argentina during their match at the Shanghai Masters Tennis Tournament in Shanghai October 10, 2011. REUTERS/Aly Song (CHINA - Tags: SPORT TENNIS) Participants in colour-coordinated outfits form the "double ten" symbol, which is a combination of the Chinese character "10", during Taiwan's National Day celebrations in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei October 10, 2011. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang (TAIWAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY POLITICS) Mexican softball team players pose inside the Pan American Games village after taking part in a practice session in Zapopan, near Guadalajara October 9, 2011. The XVI Pan-American Games will be held from October 14 to 30 in Guadalajara. REUTERS/Alejandro Acosta (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT SOFTBALL) Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk reacts after the election results announcement in Warsaw October 9, 2011. Tusk will be the first Polish prime minister since the fall of communism more than two decades ago to rule for a second consecutive term after his centre-right Civic Platform (PO) trounced rivals in an election, cheering the markets. REUTERS/Peter Andrews (POLAND - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS) David Nalbandian of Argentina serves against Ernests Gulbis (not pictured) of Latvia during their match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai October 10, 2011. REUTERS/Aly Song (CHINA - Tags: SPORT TENNIS) Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk (L) and Health Minister Ewa Kopacz (R) react after the election results announcement in Warsaw October 9, 2011. Tusk will be the first Polish prime minister since the fall of communism more than two decades ago to rule for a second consecutive term after his centre-right Civic Platform (PO) trounced rivals in an election, cheering the markets. REUTERS/Peter Andrews (POLAND - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS) David Nalbandian of Argentina prepares to hit a shot during his match against Ernests Gulbis of Latvia at the Shanghai Masters Tennis Tournament in Shanghai October 10, 2011. REUTERS/Aly Song (CHINA - Tags: SPORT TENNIS) An investor lies on a chair as he check for stock information with a computer at a brokerage house in Hefei, Anhui province October 10, 2011. China shares closed at their lowest since March 2009 on Monday, dragged by property issues after local media reported a drop in property sales volumes during the Golden Week holiday last week as volume in Shanghai slumped to a 33-month low. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA - Tags: BUSINESS) An investor looks at a computer screens showing stock information at a brokerage house in Hefei, Anhui province October 10, 2011. China shares closed at their lowest since March 2009 on Monday, dragged by property issues after local media reported a drop in property sales volumes during the Golden Week holiday last week as volume in Shanghai slumped to a 33-month low. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA - Tags: BUSINESS) FILE -A file satellite image taken Sunday Sept. 27, 2009, provided by DigitalGlobe, shows a suspected nuclear enrichment facility under construction inside a mountain located north of Qom, Iran. The Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security, which has closely followed Iranian nuclear developments, says it believes this satellite photo of a site on a military base near Qom, Iran, is most likely the location of the newly ... more FILE - In this Friday, April 9, 2010, file photo, a third generation of Iran's domestically built centrifuge, is shown at a ceremony marking Iran's National Day of Nuclear Technology in Tehran, Iran. The village of Fordo _ which is hailed by Iranians for the greatest per capita losses during the 1980s war with Iraq _ was chosen to symbolize Iran's next move in its nuclear brinksmanship: An underground uranium enrichment site that could begin ... more FILE- In this Friday, April 9, 2010, file photo, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, left, and Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces, Gen. Hasan Firouzabadi, clap, after unveiling a third generation of domestically built centrifuge, rear, in a ceremony marking Iran's National Day of Nuclear Technology in Tehran, Iran. A place enshrined in Iranian lore for its sacrifices during wartime is also now the namesake for the Islamic Republic's ... more FILE - In this Tuesday, April 8, 2008 file photo released by the Iranian President's Office, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, center, visits the Natanz Uranium Enrichment Facility some 200 miles (322 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran. The village of Fordo _ which is hailed by Iranians for the greatest per capita losses during the 1980s war with Iraq _ was chosen to symbolize Iran's next move in its nuclear brinksmanship: An ... more Supporters of Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who is also presidential candidate of the Unity Party (UP), cheer and hold posters of her during her campaign rally in Monrovia, October 9, 2011. Liberia's October 11 general election will be the first domestically organised vote since an on-off 1989-2003 civil war and a test for a West African country struggling to close the book on its bloody past eight years... more Dancers perform during Taiwan's National Day celebrations in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei October 10, 2011. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang (TAIWAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY POLITICS) Nobel Peace Prize laureate Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who is also Liberia's president and presidential candidate of the Unity Party (UP), gives instructions to her bodyguard as she prepares to attend a religious ceremony during her party's presidential campaign rally at the Samuel Doh stadium in Monrovia, October 9, 2011. Liberia's October 11 general election will be the first domestically organised vote since an on-off 1989-2003 civil war and a test... more Nobel Peace Prize laureate Leymah Gbowee of the Women in Peacebuilding Network (WIPNET) dances with members of her association at Monrovia, October 9, 2011. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the first woman freely elected as a head of state in Africa, shared the award worth $1.5 million with compatriot Gbowee, who promoted a "sex strike" among efforts to end Liberia's civil war, and Yemen's Tawakul Karman, who called her honour "a victory for the Arab ... more Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou waves as Taiwan-made Hsiung Feng III missiles pass during Taiwan's National Day celebrations in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei October 10, 2011. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang (TAIWAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY POLITICS MILITARY) People wade through a flooded street in Kandal province October 10, 2011. Floodings have killed 207 people in Cambodia, a biggest hit by flooding in a decade while more than 100,000 hectares of rice paddies had been damaged, Cambodian National Disaster Management Committee (CNDMC) announced on Monday. The CNDM said a total of 300,000 hectares of rice paddies were under water and the floodings have displaced more than 300,000 families. REUTERS/Samrang Pring (CAMBODIA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER) less AAV-P7A1 amphibious assault vehicles of the Taiwan Marine Corps are seen as part of a parade during Taiwan's National Day celebrations in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei October 10, 2011. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang (TAIWAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY POLITICS MILITARY) New Zealand is preparing for an environmental disaster as a container ship stranded off the North Island threatens to break up and spill oil into the pristine Bay of Plenty. A photo provided by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council shows a container ship stranded on a reef off New Zealand's North Island. Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) said "fist-sized patties" of oil from the container ship Rena, which hit a reef last Wednesday, were found on the beach at Mount Maunganui, one of the country's most popular tourist destinations A Maritime New Zealand photo released by the New Zealand Defence Force on October 10, 2011 shows the Monrovia-flagged "Rena" container ship (L), aground on the Astrolabe Reef near New Zealand's Tauranga harbour. Oil from the stranded ship began washing up on the shore of New Zealand's pristine Bay of Plenty, as salvage crews battened down the crippled vessel in the face of a looming storm Map showing New Zealand's Bay of Plenty where salvage crews are scrambling to avert an environmental disaster Monday, as they batten down a stranded ship carrying 1,700 tonnes of oil in stormy weather People buy fish on a fish vendor boat on a flooded waters on a street in Kandal province October 10, 2011. Floodings have killed 207 people in Cambodia, a biggest hit by flooding in a decade while more than 100,000 hectares of rice paddies had been damaged, Cambodian National Disaster Management Committee (CNDMC) announced on Monday. The CNDM said a total of 300,000 hectares of rice paddies were under water and the floodings have displaced more ... more People wade through flood waters on a street in Kandal province October 10, 2011. Floodings have killed 207 people in Cambodia, a biggest hit by flooding in a decade while more than 100,000 hectares of rice paddies had been damaged, Cambodian National Disaster Management Committee (CNDMC) announced on Monday. The CNDM said a total of 300,000 hectares of rice paddies were under water and the floodings have displaced more than 300,000 families. ... more Map showing New Zealand's Bay of Plenty where salvage crews are scrambling to avert an environmental disaster Monday, as they batten down a stranded ship carrying 1,700 tonnes of oil in stormy weather People buy fish on a fish vendor boat on a flooded waters on a street in Kandal province October 10, 2011. Floodings have killed 207 people in Cambodia, a biggest hit by flooding in a decade while more than 100,000 hectares of rice paddies had been damaged, Cambodian National Disaster Management Committee (CNDMC) announced on Monday. The CNDM said a total of 300,000 hectares of rice paddies were under water and the floodings have displaced more ... more People wade through flood waters on a street in Kandal province October 10, 2011. Floodings have killed 207 people in Cambodia, a biggest hit by flooding in a decade while more than 100,000 hectares of rice paddies had been damaged, Cambodian National Disaster Management Committee (CNDMC) announced on Monday. The CNDM said a total of 300,000 hectares of rice paddies were under water and the floodings have displaced more than 300,000 families. ... more Resident sit on their house as flooded waters in Kandal province October 10, 2011. Floodings have killed 207 people in Cambodia, a biggest hit by flooding in a decade while more than 100,000 hectares of rice paddies had been damaged, Cambodian National Disaster Management Committee (CNDMC) announced on Monday. The CNDM said a total of 300,000 hectares of rice paddies were under water and the floodings have displaced more than 300,000 families. ... more Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou looks on as Taiwan national flags pass during Taiwan's National Day celebrations in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei October 10, 2011. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang (TAIWAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY POLITICS) People wade through flood waters on a street in Kandal province October 10, 2011. Floodings have killed 207 people in Cambodia, a biggest hit by flooding in a decade while more than 100,000 hectares of rice paddies had been damaged, Cambodian National Disaster Management Committee (CNDMC) announced on Monday. The CNDM said a total of 300,000 hectares of rice paddies were under water and the floodings have displaced more than 300,000 families. ... more China's one-child policy was introduced in 1979 to curb population growth in the nation of more than 1.3 billion people, but has become increasingly unpopular as the country's population ages. Critics blame the policy for creating gender imbalances -- sex-specific abortions are common and female infanticide and the abandoning of baby girls have also been reported A man wades through flood waters on a street in Kandal province October 10, 2011. Floodings have killed 207 people in Cambodia, a biggest hit by flooding in a decade while more than 100,000 hectares of rice paddies had been damaged, Cambodian National Disaster Management Committee (CNDMC) announced on Monday. The CNDM said a total of 300,000 hectares of rice paddies were under water and the floodings have displaced more than 300,000 families. ... more People travel on a flooded street in Kandal province October 10, 2011. Floodings have killed 207 people in Cambodia, a biggest hit by flooding in a decade while more than 100,000 hectares of rice paddies had been damaged, Cambodian National Disaster Management Committee (CNDMC) announced on Monday. The CNDM said a total of 300,000 hectares of rice paddies were under water and the floodings have displaced more than 300,000 families. ... more Mexican table tennis player Monica Gonzalez (C) poses with children for a photo during a visit by Mexicans athletes to Boystown, a programme by The Sisters of Mary charity organization, in Acatlan near Guadalajara October 9, 2011. The XVI Pan-American Games will be held from October 14 to 30 in Guadalajara. REUTERS/Henry Romero (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT TABLE TENNIS) Mexican water polo player Christian Pulido (C) speaks with Jose Aguilar during a visit by Mexicans athletes to Boystown, a programme by The Sisters of Mary charity organization, in Acatlan near Guadalajara October 9, 2011. The XVI Pan-American Games will be held from October 14 to 30 in Guadalajara. REUTERS/Henry Romero (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT WATER POLO) Children from Boystown, a programme by The Sisters of Mary charity organization, are visited by Mexicans athletes in Acatlan near Guadalajara October 9, 2011. The XVI Pan-American Games will be held from October 14 to 30 in Guadalajara. REUTERS/Henry Romero (MEXICO - Tags: SPORT SOCIETY) Children from Boystown, a programme by The Sisters of Mary charity organization, perform during a visit by Mexicans athletes in Acatlan near Guadalajara October 9, 2011. The XVI Pan-American Games will be held from October 14 to 30 in Guadalajara. REUTERS/Henry Romero (MEXICO - Tags: SPORT SOCIETY) A woman bathes her granddaughter beside flooded waters on a street in Kandal province October 10, 2011. Floodings have killed 207 people in Cambodia, a biggest hit by flooding in a decade while more than 100,000 hectares of rice paddies had been damaged, Cambodian National Disaster Management Committee (CNDMC) announced on Monday. The CNDM said a total of 300,000 hectares of rice paddies were under water and the floodings have displaced more than... more Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou raises his fist as he shouts slogans during National Day celebrations in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei October 10, 2011. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang (TAIWAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY POLITICS) A Coptic Egyptian demonstrator sets on fire an army vehicle during clashes with Egyptian army soldiers following a demonstration in Cairo, Egypt Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011. Egyptian state television reports at least one soldier has been killed in riots that erupted in Cairo as Christians protesting a recent attack on a church came under attack. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser) Army soldiers run after Egyptian Coptic demonstrators passing a damaged army vehicle during cashes with Egyptian Army soldiers following a Copts demonstration in Cairo, Egypt Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011. Egyptian state television reports at least one soldier has been killed in riots that erupted in Cairo as Christians protesting a recent attack on a church came under attack. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser) Coptic Egyptian demonstrators, one carrying a wooden Christian cross, set on fire an army vehicle during cashes with Egyptian army soldiers following a demonstration in Cairo, Egypt Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011. Egyptian state television reports at least one soldier has been killed in riots that erupted in Cairo as Christians protesting a recent attack on a church came under attack. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser) Smoke from tear gas fills the street as protesters clash with Egyptian security forces in Cairo Egypt, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011. Fierce clashes erupted Sunday between Christians protesting a recent attack on a church and the Egyptian military, leaving more than a dozen people dead and scores injured, Health Ministry officials said. (AP Photo/Mohammed Abu Zaid) Protesters gather rocks during clashes with Egyptian security forces at a protest of a recent attack on a church in Cairo Egypt, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011. Fierce clashes erupted Sunday between Christians protesting a recent attack on a church and the Egyptian military, leaving more than a dozen people dead and scores injured, Health Ministry officials said. (AP Photo/Mohammed Abu Zaid) An injured Egyptian Coptic demonstrator is evacuated by fellow protesters during cashes with Egyptian army soldiers, unseen, following a Copts demonstration in Cairo, Egypt Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011. Egyptian state television reports at least one soldier has been killed in riots that erupted in Cairo as Christians protesting a recent attack on a church came under attack. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser) Clashes erupt at a protest of a recent attack on a church in Cairo Egypt, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011. Fierce clashes erupted Sunday between Christians protesting a recent attack on a church and the Egyptian military, leaving more than a dozen people dead and scores injured, Health Ministry officials said. (AP Photo/Ahmed Ali) An army soldier runs after Egyptian Coptic demonstrators by a burning civilian vehicle during cashes with Egyptian Army soldiers following a Copts demonstration in Cairo, Egypt Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011. Egyptian state television reports at least one soldier has been killed in riots that erupted in Cairo as Christians protesting a recent attack on a church came under attack. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser) An injured Egyptian Coptic demonstrator is tended by fellow protester during cashes with Egyptian army soldiers following a Copts demonstration in Cairo, Egypt Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011. Egyptian state television reports at least one soldier has been killed in riots that erupted in Cairo as Christians protesting a recent attack on a church came under attack. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser) Coptic Egyptian demonstrators clash with Egyptian army soldiers with burning army and civilian vehicles along the road, following a demonstration in Cairo, Egypt Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011. Egyptian state television reports at least one soldier has been killed in riots that erupted in Cairo as Christians protesting a recent attack on a church came under attack. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser) Two army soldiers run after Egyptian Coptic demonstrators by a burning civilian vehicle during cashes with Egyptian Army soldiers following a Copts demonstration in Cairo, Egypt Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011. Egyptian state television reports at least one soldier has been killed in riots that erupted in Cairo as Christians protesting a recent attack on a church came under attack. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser) Egyptian Coptic demonstrators carry Christian crosses during a Copts demonstration that developed into clashes with army soldiers in Cairo, Egypt Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011. Massive clashes that drew in Christians angry over a recent church attack, Muslims, and Egyptian security forces raged over a large section of downtown Cairo Sunday night, leaving at least 19 people dead and more than 150 injured, Health Ministry officials said. It was the worst ... more Clashes erupt at a protest of a recent attack on a church in Cairo Egypt, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011. Fierce clashes erupted Sunday between Christians protesting a recent attack on a church and the Egyptian military, leaving more than a dozen people dead and scores injured, Health Ministry officials said. (AP Photo/Ahmed Ali) Christians gather to protest a recent attack on a church in Cairo Egypt, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011. Fierce clashes erupted Sunday between Christians protesting a recent attack on a church and the Egyptian military, leaving more than a dozen people dead and scores injured, Health Ministry officials said. (AP Photo/Ahmed Ali) Egyptian security forces respond to a burning vehicle during clashes with protesters in Cairo Egypt, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011. Fierce clashes erupted Sunday between Christians protesting a recent attack on a church and the Egyptian military, leaving more than a dozen people dead and scores injured, Health Ministry officials said. (AP Photo) Egyptian Coptic demonstrators clash with army soldiers, unseen, by a damaged army vehicle during cashes with Egyptian Army soldiers following a Copts demonstration in Cairo, Egypt Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011. Egyptian state television reports at least one soldier has been killed in riots that erupted in Cairo as Christians protesting a recent attack on a church came under attack. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser) A girl sits in a bucket as her sister pushes it through flood waters on a street in Kandal province October 10, 2011. Floodings have killed 207 people in Cambodia, a biggest hit by flooding in a decade while more than 100,000 hectares of rice paddies had been damaged, Cambodian National Disaster Management Committee (CNDMC) announced on Monday. The CNDM said a total of 300,000 hectares of rice paddies were under water and the floodings have ... more An aerial view of a flooded Honda car factory in Ayutthaya province October 10, 2011. Nearly 200 factories, including one run by Japanese car maker Honda Motor Co. Ltd. closed in the central Thai province of Ayutthaya because of flooding, which could threaten Bangkok this week, officials said last Sunday. About 261 people have died since late July in flood-related incidents, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said. Some 2.3 ... more New Zealand is preparing for an environmental disaster as a container ship stranded off the North Island threatens to break up and spill oil into the pristine Bay of Plenty. A photo provided by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council shows a container ship stranded on a reef off New Zealand's North Island. Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) said "fist-sized patties" of oil from the container ship Rena, which hit a reef last Wednesday, were found on the beach at Mount Maunganui, one of the country's most popular tourist destinations Map showing New Zealand's Bay of Plenty where salvage crews are scrambling to avert an environmental disaster Monday, as they batten down a stranded ship carrying 1,700 tonnes of oil in stormy weather REFILE - CLARIFYING CAPTION AIDC AT-3 jets of the Thunder Tigers Aerobatics Team perform a fly-past during Taiwan's National Day celebrations in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei October 10, 2011. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang (TAIWAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY POLITICS) A girl sits in a bucket as her sister pushes it through flood waters on a street in Kandal province October 10, 2011. Floodings have killed 207 people in Cambodia, a biggest hit by flooding in a decade while more than 100,000 hectares of rice paddies had been damaged, Cambodian National Disaster Management Committee (CNDMC) announced on Monday. The CNDM said a total of 300,000 hectares of rice paddies were under water and the floodings have ... more Honour guards from local high schools perform during Taiwan's National Day celebrations in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei October 10, 2011. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang (TAIWAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY POLITICS) Military honour guards perform during Taiwan's National Day celebrations in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei October 10, 2011. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang (TAIWAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) This file illustration photo shows a section of the Royal Palace in Bangkok. A US citizen pleaded guilty in a Thai court on Monday to charges of insulting the monarchy, an offence in theory punishable by up to 15 years in prison under controversial lese majeste laws A Thai policeman is seen here standing guard beside a a picture of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, in Bangkok. A US citizen pleaded guilty in a Thai court on Monday to charges of insulting the monarchy, an offence in theory punishable by up to 15 years in prison under controversial lese majeste laws A Thai policeman is seen here standing guard beside a a picture of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, in Bangkok. A US citizen pleaded guilty in a Thai court on Monday to charges of insulting the monarchy, an offence in theory punishable by up to 15 years in prison under controversial lese majeste laws. (AFP Photo/Christophe Archambault) Military honour guards perform during Taiwan's National Day celebrations in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei October 10, 2011. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang (TAIWAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY POLITICS) Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany smiles during an event in Yokohama, south of Tokyo October 10, 2011, a day after winning the world championship. Vettel became Formula One's youngest double world champion on October 9, 2011 after finishing third in a Japanese Grand Prix won by McLaren rival Jenson Button. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: SPORT MOTORSPORT) An aerial view of residents and vehicles being evacuated from a flooded area on a bridge in Ayutthaya province October 10, 2011. About 261 people have died since late July in flood-related incidents, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said. Some 2.3 million people have been affected in the worst flooding to hit parts of Thailand in 50 years, mainly in the centre, north and northeast. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang (THAILAND - Tags: ... more Egyptian Coptic Christians hold up a blood streaked cloth after a clash with soldiers and anti-riot police during a protest in Cairo. A total of 174 people were injured in violence during a Coptic Christian protest in central Cairo, which saw a curfew imposed on the centre of the capital, said official statements broadcast on public television. (AFP Photo/Owaise Mahmoud) Thousands of Egyptian Coptic Christians march in Cairo. The killing of 24 people in Cairo prompted an urgent appeal from Prime Minister Essam Sharaf for Egypt's Muslims and minority Christians "not to give in to sedition because it is a fire which burns up everybody." (AFP Photo/Mohammed Hossam) Smoke billows from burning cars as clashes erupted between Egyptian Coptic Christians and security forces in Cairo. Several cars were set on fire in a wide street next to the hospital, and Coptic protesters were tapping the cars to make petrol bombs. (AFP Photo/Mohammed Hossam) Egyptian Coptic Christians clash with soldiers and anti-riot police during a protest in Cairo. A curfew was imposed overnight in Egypt's capital after 24 people, mostly Coptic Christians, died in clashes with security forces in the deadliest violence since president Hosni Mubarak's fall. (AFP Photo/Owaise Mahmoud) South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak on Monday promised "flexibility" in his North Korea policy, in a possible sign of a softer approach towards Pyongyang aimed at easing longstanding tensions. Lee made the comments a day before he leaves for Washington for a summit later this week with President Barack Obama An aerial view of a flooded area in Ayutthaya province October 10, 2011. About 261 people have died since late July in flood-related incidents, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said. Some 2.3 million people have been affected in the worst flooding to hit parts of Thailand in 50 years, mainly in the centre, north and northeast. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang (THAILAND - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER) Fact file on the UN-backed war crimes court in Cambodia. In its landmark first trial, the tribunal last year sentenced Kaing Guek Eav, a former prison chief under the brutal 1975-1979 regime, to 30 years in jail (AFP Photo/AFP/Gal) File photo of a panel of judges at the Extraodinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia (ECCC) in Phnom Penh.
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PHNOM PENH: A German judge tasked with probing new Khmer Rouge cases at Cambodia's UN-backed war crimes tribunal on Monday announced his resignation, blaming government interference.

Co-investigating judge Siegfried Blunk had recently attracted strong criticism from observers and victims who accused him of failing to fully probe two new cases strongly opposed by the Cambodian government.

In a surprise move, Blunk said he was stepping down over "repeated statements which will be perceived as attempted interference by government officials" objecting to further prosecutions linked to the 1975-79 regime.

His resignation comes a week after Human Rights Watch called for both Blunk and his Cambodian counterpart You Bunleng to step down for failing "to conduct genuine, impartial, and effective investigations" into alleged crimes by five former mid-level Khmer Rouge members.

The five would be the subject of the third and fourth trials to be conducted by the tribunal.

In its landmark first trial, the tribunal last year sentenced Kaing Guek Eav, a former prison chief under the brutal 1975-1979 regime, to 30 years in jail for overseeing the deaths of 15,000 people.

A second trial involving the regime's four most senior surviving leaders is under way and expected to start hearing testimony before the end of the year.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen -- himself a former Khmer Rouge cadre -- has repeatedly voiced opposition to the court's third and fourth cases, even saying that prosecutions beyond the current second trial were "not allowed".

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ព្រឹតិ្តច្បាប់កម្ពុជា (ព ច ក)គឺជាក្រុមឯករាជ្យ និងមិនម្រើអោយបក្សនយោបាយណាមួយទេ ជាក្រុមស្ម័គ្រចិត្តដែល ធ្វើការ​ សម្រាប់ធ្វើ ការផ្សព្វផ្សាយអំពីច្បាប់ និងព័តមាន ដែលទាក់ទង​នឹងការអភិវឌ្ឍ និងស្ថានភាព សិទ្ធិមនុស្សនៅកម្ពុជា។ រាល់មតិ យោបល់នៅក្នុងព្រឹត្តនេះមិនអាច​យកទៅធើ្វជាអំណះ អំណាង ចំពោះមុខ តុលាការ រឺក្នុងគោលបំណងអ្វីផ្សេងទៀត ឡើយ។ ព​ ច ក​ គ្រាន់ផ្តល់នូ​វ​ចំណេះដឹងច្បាប់ និងចំណេះដឹងផ្សេងៗទៀតដល់ប្រជាពលរដ្ឌប៉ុណ្ណោះ។ ប្រសិនលោក អ្នកចង់ដឹងព័តមានបន្ថែមអំពី ព ច ក សូមផ្ញើអីម៉ែលមកយើងខ្ញុំ។​ យើងខ្ញុំសូមស្វាគមន៌រាល់មតិ​លំអដល់ ព ច ក៕
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