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Thai Leader on Two-Day Diplomatic Visit to Cambodiai
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30 October 2014
The head of Thailand’s military-controlled government begins a two-day visit to Cambodia today, in a bid to improve diplomatic ties with Cambodia in talks with Prime Minister Hun Sen and other officials. Premier Prayuth Chan-ocha also hopes to improve cooperation along the borders and “clear up controversies of the past,” a spokesman for Hun Sen told reporters Thursday. (Kong Sothanarith, Phnom Penh)

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  • Soldiers attempt to stop anti-government protesters from entering the parliament building in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, Oct. 30, 2014.
  • An anti-government protester faces down a soldier outside the parliament building in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, Oct. 30, 2014.
  • Prostesters enter the parliament in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Oct. 30, 2014.

  • Protesters stand outside the parliament as cars and documents burn outside, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Oct. 30, 2014.

  • Police arrest an anti-government protester in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, Oct. 30, 2014.
  • Hundreds of angry demonstrators storm parliament before setting it on fire to protest plans to change the constitution to allow President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year rule, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Oct. 30, 2014.

  • A car burns outside the parliament building in Burkina Faso as people protest against their longtime President Blaise Compaore who seeks another term in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Oct. 30, 2014.
  • A man watches cars burn at a hotel where members of the parliament were said to be staying in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, Oct. 30, 2014.
  • Anti-government protesters throw rocks at police in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, Oct. 30, 2014.

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You can say, "I'm so mad at you. I can't believe you 'let the cat out of the bag'. I can't believe you told him I have a crush on him. How could you?" What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish or www.khmer.voanews.com/maniandmori. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
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