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Cambodia’s zeal for rubber drives ethnic group from land

BOUSRA, Cambodia (AP) — For generations, the indigenous Bunong were famous as the great elephant keepers and masters of the forests in eastern Cambodia. They called the fertile, rolling hills of their ancestral homeland “meh ne,” or mother — a source of food, livelihoods and self-identity. From its rich red …

Thai rubber farmers clash with police; 24 hurt

BANGKOK (AP) — Protesters demanding farmer subsidies to offset losses from falling world rubber prices clashed with police in southern Thailand, throwing bricks and acid-containing bottles at the officers, authorities said. Twenty police officers and four rescue volunteers were injured in the clash Thursday evening as protesters blocked a main …

Protester killed by gunfire in southern Thailand

HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — One protester was killed by gunfire and another was seriously wounded Sunday at the site of a blockade in southern Thailand where rubber farmers have been protesting for more than a week against a steep decline in rubber prices. It was not clear who was …