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from the Wikileaks cables
Julian Assange, the man behind Wikileaks, is also facing a rape charge by Interpol and countless demands from embassies he shut the site down  AFP Photo 

Within hours, everything that is discussed in ASEAN meetings is known in Beijing, given China’s close ties with Laos, Cambodia and Burma.

- A cable from an American diplomat, quoting Singaporean leader Lee Kuan Yew discussing the Kingdom’s close relations with China. 

Why is it that we’re trying to prevent the Pakistani government from collapsing? Shoring up Pakistan, helping it fight extremism, trying to improve its institutions are not just a humanitarian effort or some naive public diplomacy gambit.

- An official at the US Embassy in Pakistan suggesting that US efforts in Pakistan are futile.

The Google hacking was part of a coordinated campaign of computer sabotage carried out by... the ??? what government? They have broken into American government computers and those of Western allies, the Dalai Lama and American businesses since 2002, cables said.

- New York Times report on cables from the US officials.

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Rising tension between North & South Korea

Years since either North Korea or South Korea has shelled the other side. The last time was during the 1950-1953 war.
The number of people who died in the attacks. The North said it was in retaliation for South Korean shells landing in its waters during a military drill earlier that day.
Staged atomic bomb tests conducted by the regime of Kim Jong-Il since 2006.
Troops involved in the US and Japan’s biggest military exercise ever, which started last Friday. The previously announced eight-day “Keen Sword” drills, to be held near South Korea’s coast, also involved 60 warships and 500 aircraft.
Estimated number of North Koreans, out of  how many people live in North Korea?  to have starved to death in the past decade.
The age of Kim Jong Un, likely to be the next leader of the North.

News Briefs

TWO US college graduates started a business to help hungover party hosts clean up and recover from the night before. Hangover Helpers has quickly become very popular.
For US$ ??? how much does it cost? per roommate, they offer to deliver burritos and Gatorade to ease aching heads and calm fragile stomachs, while clearing up the mess from the night before. AFP

Big Stories

  1. 1,010 Cambodia-related
    Wilileaks cables are in the archive to be released.
  2. Former Prime minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh will return to political life.
    ??? where did he announce this from?

  3. The Cambodian Centre for Human Rights will investigate the causes of the deadly Koh Pich bridge tragedy.



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