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Cambodian Buddhist monks march during a prayer ceremony in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh on October 23, 2012. Tens of thousands of Cambodian Buddhist monks and people gathered to pray for the late former King Norodom Sihanouk. Sihanouk, who towered over Cambodia through decades marked by independence from France, civil war, the murderous Khmer Rouge regime and finally peace, remained hugely popular even after abdicating in favour of his son in 2004 citing old age and ill health. He will lie in state for the next three months ahead of an elaborate cremation ceremony. AFP PHOTO/ TANG CHHIN SOTHY

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