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Ieng Thirith dies at 83; accused in brutal Khmer Rouge regime

Ieng Thirith dies at 83; accused in brutal Khmer Rouge regime

Ieng Thirith, a Khmer Rouge leader who was the highest-ranking woman in the genocidal regime that oversaw the death of nearly 2 million Cambodians in the late 1970s, has died. Ieng Thirith was a sister-in-law of the movement's late supreme leader, Pol Pot. A Sorbonne-educated Shakespeare scholar, she served as minister of social affairs and was married to Ieng Sary, the regime's former foreign minister, who died in 2013 at age 87. Her son, Ieng Vuth, said she had been suffering from dementia, heart troubles and other health problems. Ieng Thirith, who died Saturday, was 83, her family and U.N. officials said. Ieng Thirith was one of just a handful of aging Khmer Rouge leaders...

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