Phnom Penh

Rowers warm up before a boat race near the Royal Palace during the annual Water Festival on the Tonle Sap river in Phnom Penh...Rowers warm up before a boat race near the Royal Palace during the annual Water Festival on the Tonle Sap river in Phnom Penh November 7, 2014. Cambodians celebrate the Water Festival from November 5 to 7. REUTERS/Samrang Pring (CAMBODIA - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Rowers warm up before a boat race near the Royal Palace during the annual Water Festival on the Tonle Sap river in Phnom Penh. Cambodians celebrate the Water Festival from November 5 to 7. 

A boat commutes across the Mekong river

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A boat commutes across the Mekong river in Phnom Penh on Friday.

***BESTPIX*** Forced Eviction Turns Violent In Phnom Penh...PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA - FEBRUARY 14:  A woman and two children are surrounded by police and municipal security forces during clashes with residents of Borei Keila community on February 14, 2014 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  A building which has been occupied for the last two days has been raided by the Cambodian Security forces who sought to forcibly evict the residents. . Early on the morning of Valentine's Day, the road leading into Borei Keila was blocked by riot police, military police, and municipal security guards, who had been deployed to remove all of the families which had occupied the building. Over the course of the violent eviction, at least 6 people were injured, including a woman who was 6 months pregnant. Two days before, on Wednesday, more than 150 people, who had been evicted from their former homes in Borei Keila in January 2012, had moved into the building. The housing building had been promised to them in 2003, as part of a land sharing agreement when the land of Borei Keila had been leased to a private company. The families who had chosen to stay in Borei Keila were violently evicted in 2012 by over 100 security forces, who destroyed more than 200 homes.

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A woman and two children are surrounded by police and municipal security forces during clashes with residents of Borei Keila community in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. A building which has been occupied for the last two days has been raided by the Cambodian Security forces who sought to forcibly evict the residents. Early in the morning on Friday, the road leading into Borei Keila was blocked by riot police, military police, and municipal security guards, who had been deployed to remove all of the families which had occupied the building. Over the course of the violent eviction, at least six people were injured, including a woman who was 6 months pregnant.

Cambodian protesters react during a protest outside the appeals court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 11 February 2014. Protesters called on Cambodian authorities to release human rights activists and garment workers arrested during a protest demanding increased wages on 02 and 03 January 2014.

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Cambodian protesters outside the appeals court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Protesters called on authorities to release human rights activists and garment workers arrested during a protest demanding increased wages

Buddhist monks who are supporters of the CNRP react as party leader Sam Rainsy announces the result of a meeting with Cambodian PM Hun Sen in Phnom Penh...Buddhist monks who are supporters of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), react during a protest as party leader Sam Rainsy announces the result of a meeting with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh September 16, 2013. Hun Sen met opposition leader Sam Rainsy for talks and officials said they had agreed to look at how future general elections are held but the long-serving premier refused to give in to demands for an independent inquiry into the July 28 poll. The protest was staged a day after police used force to scatter protesters challenging a disputed election win by Hun Sen, sparking clashes in which one man was shot dead.

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Buddhist monks who are supporters of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), react during a protest as party leader Sam Rainsy announces the result of a meeting with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh. Hun Sen met opposition leader Sam Rainsy for talks and officials said they had agreed to look at how future general elections are held but the long-serving premier refused to give in to demands for an independent inquiry into the July 28 poll. The protest was staged a day after police used force to scatter protesters challenging a disputed election win by Hun Sen, sparking clashes in which one man was shot dead.

Cambodian villagers play volleyball at Sre Ampel village,  Kandal province, some 33 kilometers (20 miles) east of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, Aug. 23, 2013.

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Cambodian villagers play volleyball at Sre Ampil village, Kandal province, some 33 kilometres east of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday

Supporters cheer as Sam Rainsy, president of the National Rescue Party, greets them in Phnom Penh July 19, 2013. Opposition leader Rainsy, a main challenger to long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen, returned to Cambodia from self-imposed exile in France on Friday after Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni pardoned him last week. Rainsy will campaign in a general election at the end of the month. Rainsy was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2010 on charges of spreading disinformation and falsifying maps to contest a new border agreed by Cambodia and Vietnam.

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Supporters cheer as Sam Rainsy, president of the National Rescue party, greets them in Phnom Penh. Mr Rainsy, a main challenger to long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen, returned to Cambodia from self-imposed exile in France on Friday after Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni pardoned him last week. Mr Rainsy will campaign in a general election at the end of the month. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2010 on charges of spreading disinformation and falsifying maps to contest a new border agreed by Cambodia and Vietnam.

A woman gestures at police officers blocking a street during a protest in Phnom Penh June 17, 2013. The residents of Boeung Kak Lake have been embroiled in a long-running land dispute with a real estate development firm in the capital, and are also appealing for the release of another resident, Yorm Bopha, from prison.

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A woman gestures at police officers blocking a street during a protest in Phnom Penh. The residents of Boeung Kak Lake have been embroiled in a long-running land dispute with a real estate development firm in the capital, and are also appealing for the release of another resident, Yorm Bopha, from prison.

Cambodian boys ride bicycles as they head to school by passing paddy rice field at Krang Tnung village on the outskirt of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, May 7, 2013.

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Cambodian boys ride bicycles as they head to school by passing paddy rice field at Krang Tnung village on the outskirt of Phnom Penh in Cambodia.

Police officers push back women to prevent them from reaching Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen's house during a protest in Phnom Penh April 29, 2013. Boeung Kak lake residents and other communities embroiled in land disputes in the capital, gathered and appealed for Hun Sen's help after they were threatened with eviction to pave way for private luxurious property developments. They also appealed for the release of another resident, Yorm Bopha, from prison.

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Police officers push back women to prevent them from reaching Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen’s house during a protest in Phnom Penh. Boeung Kak lake residents and other communities embroiled in land disputes in the capital, gathered and appealed for Hun Sen’s help after they were threatened with eviction to make way for private luxurious property developments. They also appealed for the release of another resident, Yorm Bopha, from prison.