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President Obama hits Cambodia on rights

Tense meeting marks milestone for US president

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — President Obama on Monday became the first sitting US president to visit Cambodia, arriving to little fanfare and then pointedly criticizing the country’s autocratic leader on the issue of human rights during a tense meeting.

The meeting came hours after Obama was cheered by massive flag-waving crowds in Myanmar, a long-isolated country to which he offered a ‘‘hand of friendship’’ as it rapidly embraces democratic reforms.

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