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  1. The no-wealth factor

    Posted Jan 30th 2009, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... a senior economics professor at the National University of Laos, told the government-run newspaper that the agriculture-based, self-sufficient nature of the communist country's economy would protect it from the global meltdown. Laos was at an advantage, he crowed, because more than 70 per cent of people lived off the land by growing vegetables and raising poultry and livestock ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/668290/no-wealth-factor
  2. Learning new steps in dance of diplomacy

    Posted Aug 15th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode When prominent US senators start popping up in Laos, you know something is up. Landlocked between its giant neighbours, China, Thailand and Vietnam, and home to fewer than ... under way in the region. Washington's attempts to re-engage under the administration of US President Barack Obama means they must play catch-up with China in some quarters, and Laos ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/689803/learning-new-steps-dance-diplomacy
  3. The prisoner Laos would rather forget

    Posted May 24th 2009, 12:00am by Simon Parry

    ... and they probably wish she had never been caught when she tried to board a plane in Vientiane last August with 680 grams of heroin hidden beneath her clothes. For the stern Communist officials who run Laos ... months after her arrest, she is now five months pregnant. The Laos government refuses to say how she became pregnant but insists stubbornly it is 'impossible' that she might have been ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/681225/prisoner-laos-would-rather-forget
  4. BOOK (1951)

    Posted Nov 29th 2009, 12:00am by David Wilson

    ... David Wilson A Dragon Apparent: Travels in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam Norman Lewis (Eland) In an age of vanity travel blogs, A Dragon Apparent shows how travel writing is done. The classic 20th-century chronicle evokes the twilight of French Indochina, as seen through the sharp eyes of English explorer Norman Lewis. A writer's writer, Lewis was hailed by fellow 20th-century master ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/699774/book-1951
  5. Jealous killer told his brother to study hard, then stabbed himself

    Posted Jun 19th 2009, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... was given at the Court of First Instance trial of Lam Chor-yuk, who is charged with murdering Lao Mei-yee by strangling her in a jealous rage in his flat on the Wah Ming Estate in Fanling on August 21 last year. Lam, who was 27 at the time and unemployed, has admitted killing Lao but pleaded not guilty to murder. He stabbed himself in the throat with scissors after killing Lao. Police ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/684153/jealous-killer-told-his-brother-study-hard-then-stabbed-himself
  6. Kunming officials told to learn English and other languages

    Posted Jul 20th 2009, 12:00am by Kelly Chan

    ... countries. Kunming Mayor Qiu He said officials should learn 300 English phrases and 100 phrases each in Vietnamese, Myanmar and Lao by October 1, China's National Day, Xinhua reported yesterday. ... and Laos, and trade with them is substantial. Last year, Premier Wen Jiabao signed a joint declaration with leaders of five neighbouring countries, including Vietnam, Myanmar and Laos, at a Greater ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/687336/kunming-officials-told-learn-english-and-other-languages
  7. Thai Hut

    Posted Apr 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ginger Chan Fare Many Thais consider this one of Hong Kong's most authentic Thai restaurants. The owner is a chef from Songkhla in southern Thailand, which is famous for its spicy dishes, and the staff are all Thai. Ambience It is as much a stall as ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/677697/thai-hut
  8. Box Thai

    Posted Apr 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Victoria Burrows

    ... Victoria Burrows The two sunset murals and the predominantly red decor lend a warm, tropical feel to this latest venture by Concept Creations, which is responsible for Tapeo, Frites and Mrs Jones (see page 51). The tables are large with bench seating, mak ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/677726/box-thai
  9. 65m plastic notes available today

    Posted Jan 14th 2009, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong A total of 65 million plastic HK$10 banknotes will be available to the public from today for lai see packets this Lunar New Year. 'For the new banknotes issued this year, 50 million of them are newly printed, whilst the other 15 million a ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/666932/65m-plastic-notes-available-today
  10. Life sentence for killing girlfriend

    Posted Jun 27th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... opted not to convict Lam Chor-yuk on the lesser charge of manslaughter for the killing of Lao Mei-yee on August 21. Mr Justice Michael McMahon handed Lam a mandatory life term. 'There is only one sentence I can impose and I do impose that,' the judge said. 'The defendant is sentenced to life imprisonment.' After strangling Lao, Lam told his brother to take care ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/685004/life-sentence-killing-girlfriend

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