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Cambodia mourns as ex-king's body comes home

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A Buddhist monk and a woman with a portrait of the late Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk in Phnom Penh on October 17, 2012.

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People gather at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh to mourn their former king, whose body of Sihanouk returned to his homeland on a plane from China on Wednesday.

 

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A mourner cries as the king's coffin arrives at the Royal Palace.

Reuters reports — Tens of thousands poured into Cambodia's capital to witness the procession on Wednesday of the body of former king Norodom Sihanouk, a revered figure who ruled through the triumph of independence to the tragedy of its brutal civil war.

Mourners dressed in white lined the 6-mile route to welcome the return of Sihanouk, who died of heart failure on Monday in Beijing.

"I feel very sorry, I want to see him one last time," said Mon Met, 48, who waited at the Royal Palace for his body to arrive.

"I only remember him as the person that brought happiness to the country. Now I feel scared of what happens next." Read the full story.

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The casket containing the body of King Norodom Sihanouk is carried on a float shaped like a phoenix in the procession through Phnom Penh.

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Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk greet people during the arrival of former king Norodom Sihanouk's coffin at Phnom Penh international airport.

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People light candles and pray to honur former King Norodom Sihanouk in front of the Royal Palace.

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