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Cambodia's King Sihanouk cremated

The mourning period for Cambodia's King Norodom Sihanouk has culminated with an elaborate cremation ceremony led by his widow and his son, the current monarch.

King Norodom Sihamoni and the king's widow Monique wore traditional white mourning clothes as they knelt to pray before the bier of Sihanouk, who dominated his country's politics for half a century after guiding it to independence in 1953.

Live coverage on state television showed a white cloth drawn over the camera lens before the pyre was actually lit, preserving the decorum and privacy of the occasion.

The late king's body had been lying in state at the Royal Palace after being flown from Beijing, where he died on October 15 of a heart attack. He was 89.

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