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Cambodia grieves during cremation of former king

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Cambodians said goodbye Monday with tears, chanting, and fireworks to Norodom Sihanouk, their revered ‘‘King-Father’’ who led them through half a century of political tumult that took them into the abyss of genocidal Khmer Rouge rule and back out.

Hundreds of thousands of Cambodians thronged the capital for the elaborate royal cremation of the maddening mercurial leader whose charm often overshadowed missteps that to most of his countrymen have faded away in a fog of nostalgia for a simpler time.

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