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Brunei
Asia’s richest but not so complacent

Brunei topped the list of Asia's richest economies by per capita income while Hong Kong emerged as the biggest spender, according to a recent report by regional statistical agencies, coordinated by the Asian Development Bank. The tiny, oil-rich sultanate of Brunei has a per capita gross domestic product 13 times higher than the regional average of $2,621, and more than 40 times larger than the lowest-ranked Nepal.

Brunei is followed by Singapore, Macao, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Apart from Nepal, the poorest have-nots include Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos and India. The study called "2005 International Comparison Program in Asia and the Pacific: Purchasing Power Parity and Real Expenditure," is part of a global initiative spearheaded by the World Bank.

Meanwhile, the Sultan of Brunei tops Forbes magazine list of world's richest royalty. The Sultan, whose worth is estimated at $22 billion, is 36 times richer than the Queen of England. He inherited the riches of an unbroken 600-year-old Muslim dynasty and recently celebrated his 40th anniversary as ruler of the oil-rich land. The only other Asian monarch to make the cut is the world's longest-reigning living monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the revered king of Thailand, who Forbes estimates is worth $5 billion….

 

Cambodia
Former Khmer Rouge stronghold hosts genocide tribunal
In mid-January officials from Cambodia's genocide tribunal held a town hall-style meeting in the Khmer Rouge's former heartland to persuade neighbors of the regime's ex-rulers to help with the trials.

Judges and officials from the UN-backed tribunal gathered at a Buddhist temple on a hillside near Pailin, a derelict town near the northwestern border with Thailand where ex-Khmer Rouge leaders set up homes and lived for decades as ordinary citizens until 2007.

The Buddhist temple where the meeting took place is the site of a 1996 ceremony that integrated ex-Khmer Rouge soldiers into the national army. The ceremony, presided over by Prime Minister Hun Sen, was billed by the government as a gesture to end more than two decades of civil war.

 

 

 

 

 

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