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October 18, 2012
Cambodians line streets to see ex-king's body

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- The body of Cambodia's late King Norodom Sihanouk returned to his homeland Wednesday, welcomed by hundreds of thousands of mourners who packed tree-lined roads in the Southeast Asian nation's capital ahead of the royal funeral.

Sihanouk, 89, died Monday of a heart attack in Beijing, where he had been receiving medical treatment since January.

The former monarch was the last surviving Southeast Asian leader who guided his nation through postwar independence. He served as prime minister and twice as king before abdicating the throne for good in 2004.

Sihanouk will lie in state in the Royal Palace for three months. During that time, the public can pay respects before the body is cremated according to Buddhist ritual.

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Mourners gather to pay their respects to Cambodia's late King Norodom Sihanouk at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday Oct. 18, 2012. AP / Wong Maye-E
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Cambodian burn incense sticks from candle light as they offer prayers for the late King Norodom Sihanouk in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. AP / Heng Sinith
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Mourners burn incense sticks for their late King Norodom Sihanouk at the Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. AP / Wong Maye-E
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People burn incense sticks from candle lights as they offer prayers for Cambodia's late King Norodom Sihanouk in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. AP / Heng Sinith
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people sort out portraits of the late King Norodom Sihanouk for sale at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday Oct. 18, 2012. AP / Wong Maye-E
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A woman cries as she mourns the death of late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday Oct. 18, 2012. AP / Wong Maye-E
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A Cambodian elderly lady wipes her tears as she mourns the death of her late King Norodom Sihanouk's, at the Royal Palace on Thursday Oct. 18, 2012 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. AP / Wong Maye-E
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Mourners burn incense and offer prayers at the Royal Palace displaying a portrait of their former King Norodom Sihanouk in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wednesday Oct. 17, 2012. AP / Wong Maye-E
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People gather at the Royal Palace to mourn their former King Norodom Sihanouk in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wednesday Oct. 17, 2012. AP / Wong Maye-E
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Police officers carry a casket carrying the body of Cambodia's late King Norodom Sihanouk upon arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012. AP / Heng Sinith
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A phoenix float carrying the casket carrying late former King Norodom Sihanouk arrives at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wednesday Oct. 17, 2012. AP / Wong Maye-E
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A phoenix float with the casket carrying the body of former Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk arrives at the Royal Palace as mourners lining up the streets to pay their respects in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wednesday Oct. 17, 2012. AP / Wong Maye-E
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People pray upon the arrival of the casket carrying the body of former King Norodom Sihanouk arriving at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wednesday Oct. 17, 2012. AP / Wong Maye-E
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Mourners watch the arrival of the casket carrying the body of former King Norodom Sihanouk to the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wednesday Oct. 17, 2012. AP / Wong Maye-E
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Cambodians burn incense stick as they offer prayers in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012. AP / Heng Sinith
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A mini-bus carrying the casket with former Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk arrives the VIP terminal of the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012. AP / Andy Wong
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A mini-bus carrying the casket with former Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk leaves from the Beijing hospital for the airport in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012. AP / Ng Han Guan
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Chinese paramilitary police march to duty ahead of the departure of the body of former Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk for the airport from the Beijing Hospital in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012. AP / Ng Han Guan
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People light incense sticks 4as they mourn the death of former King Norodom Sihanouk at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. AP / Wong Maye-E
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Cambodians light candles as they offer prayers in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. AP / Heng Sinith
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People mourn the death of former King Norodom Sihanouk, offering prayers and burning incense sticks at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. AP / Wong Maye-E
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People place flower offerings at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to mourn the death of former King Norodom Sihanouk, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. AP / Wong Maye-E
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Elderly women lay flower offerings and chant prayers at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to mourn the death of former King Norodom Sihanouk, Tuesday Oct. 16, 2012. AP / Wong Maye-E
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Students observe a moment of silence at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to mourn the death of former King Norodom Sihanouk, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. AP / Wong Maye-E
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Workers hang a portrait of former King Norodom Sihanouk on the facade of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, as part of preparations for his funeral, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. AP / Wong Maye-E
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A man takes a picture of himself while workers try to hang a portrait of former King Norodom Sihanouk on the facade of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, as part of preparations for his funeral, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. AP / Wong Maye-E
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Workers prepare a portrait of former King Norodom Sihanouk to be hung on the facade of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, as part of preparations for his funeral Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. AP / Wong Maye-E
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A portrait of King Norodom Sihanouk is embedded among flower offerings by mourners for his death at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. AP / Wong Maye-E
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A Cambodian woman prays in tears in front of the main gate of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to mourn the death of former King Norodom Sihanouk Monday, Oct. 15, 2012. AP / Heng Sinith

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