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U.N. rescues Khmer Rouge tribunal

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The United Nations (U.N.) said on Wednesday that it had secured a loan to pay Cambodian employees at the Khmer Rouge war crimes court, on strike since September 1 over unpaid wages. The U.N.-backed tribunal’s 250 local workers, including judges and prosecutors, have not been paid since June because of a cash shortage. U.N. spokesman Lars Olsen said it had successfully worked with major donors to secure their authorisation to make a further loan to the Cambodian side of the court . Neth Pheaktra, a Cambodian spokesman at the tribunal, said the striking staff were expected to return to work on Thursday. — AFP


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