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Cambodia Prepares for Cremation of Former King Sihanouk

Cambodian authorities have completed preparations for the cremation Monday of the country’s former king, Norodom Sihanouk, who died in October at age 89. Sihanouk was the father of Cambodia’s independence, yet his successes remain tarnished by his 1970 alliance with the Khmer Rouge.
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Foreign tourists, right, walk in front of Cambodia's late King Norodom Sihanouk portrait ahead of his funeral, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The body of Sihanouk who died on Oct. 15, 2012 at age 89, is scheduled to be cremated on Feb. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
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Foreign tourists, right, walk in front of Cambodia's late King Norodom Sihanouk portrait ahead of his funeral, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The body of Sihanouk who died on Oct. 15, 2012 at age 89, is scheduled to be cremated on Feb. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

A young girl sells photos of the late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk ahead of his funeral, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The body of Sihanouk who died on Oct. 15, 2012 at age 89, is scheduled to be cremated on Feb. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
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A young girl sells photos of the late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk ahead of his funeral, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The body of Sihanouk who died on Oct. 15, 2012 at age 89, is scheduled to be cremated on Feb. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

The royal funeral convoys are prepared ahead of the funeral procession for Cambodia's late King Norodom Sihanouk Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The body of Sihanouk who died on Oct. 15, 2012 at age 89 is scheduled to be cremated on Feb. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
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The royal funeral convoys are prepared ahead of the funeral procession for Cambodia's late King Norodom Sihanouk Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The body of Sihanouk who died on Oct. 15, 2012 at age 89 is scheduled to be cremated on Feb. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

A Buddhist nun holds the portraits of Cambodia's late King Norodom Sihanouk Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The body of Sihanouk who died on Oct. 15, 2012 at age 89, is scheduled to be cremated on Feb. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
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A Buddhist nun holds the portraits of Cambodia's late King Norodom Sihanouk Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The body of Sihanouk who died on Oct. 15, 2012 at age 89, is scheduled to be cremated on Feb. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Cambodian girls selling flowers as offerings stand at the entrance of the Royal Palace where the body of the late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk body rests, ahead of his funeral, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The body of Sihanouk who died on Oct. 15, 2012 at age 89, is scheduled to be cremated on Feb. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
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Cambodian girls selling flowers as offerings stand at the entrance of the Royal Palace where the body of the late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk body rests, ahead of his funeral, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The body of Sihanouk who died on Oct. 15, 2012 at age 89, is scheduled to be cremated on Feb. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

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