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  1. News - Asia - ENVIRONMENT

    Vietnam and Cambodia hit back at landmark Laos dam

    Posted Jan 18th 2013, 04:42pm

    ... Reuters in Bangkok Mekong River countries called for halt to Xayaburi hydropower project Vietnam urged Laos to halt construction of a US$3.5 billion hydropower dam pending further study, environmental activists said on Friday after a meeting of the Mekong River Commission. The activists said Cambodia, also downriver from the Xayaburi dam, accused Laos during heated discussions ...

  2. News - Asia - LAOS

    Abduction of Sombat Somphone has aid workers 'terrified'

    Posted Jan 02nd 2013, 12:00am by Tom Fawthrop

    ... Tom Fawthrop in Chiang Mai, Thailand Aid community 'terrified' after activist's abduction The abduction in Laos of one of Asia's most respected activists has sent ... and development in Laos. He is a past winner of the Ramon Magsaysay Award, named after a former Philippine president, but is not considered a political dissident among his peers. Sombat's ...

  3. Youngsters' story has happy ending

    Posted Mar 29th 2011, 12:00am by Tibor Krausz

    ... in northern Laos, dozens of village children perched, like birds on a wire, on the local elementary school's cinderblock balustrade. Other students sat in areas of shade- their heads bowed ... But for youngsters in the small landlocked nation of Laos, one of the world's poorest, storybooks for children have been almost nonexistent until recently. Apart from dog-eared old textbooks in village ...

  4. News - Asia - LAOS

    Experts renew quake fears over Xayaburi dam on Mekong River in Laos

    Posted Apr 08th 2014, 10:12pm by Tom Fawthrop

    ... Tom Fawthrop in Xayaburi, Laos Thai geologist notes the massive barrage on the Mekong lies close to fault zones; contractor insists seismic guidelines are being followed Experts flag quake fears at Laos dam Earthquake experts have renewed concerns about the potential for a seismic disaster hitting the massive Xayaburi dam, which is well under construction on the Mekong River ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Curse of the Pogo Stick

    Posted Oct 26th 2008, 12:00am by Greg Lowe

    ... pure mystery nor crime, Curse of the Pogo Stick and the previous four titles combine forensic investigations (Dr Siri being post-revolutionary Laos' 73-year-old national coroner) ... Curse, the good doctor's fifth outing, is set between Lao capital Vientiane and the mountains inhabited by Hmong villagers. As a longstanding and somewhat respected cadre, Dr Siri has had ...

  7. Sport - Rugby - LAOS

    Spreading the word from rice fields to playing fields in Laos

    Posted Mar 28th 2014, 09:41pm by JOHN CANREY

    ... John Carney Lao Kang, who made her debut with the Laos women's national side last year, is nurturing the game in her country Spreading the word from rice fields to playing fields Just finding safe places to play sport in Laos, where unexploded bombs from the Indochina wars are still a problem, is difficult enough, but one group of women from the country who have overcome ...

  8. News - Asia - VIETNAM

    Vietnam sentences 30 to death from smuggling drugs from Laos

    Posted Jan 20th 2014, 11:39pm by AFP

    ... the judge added. The trial lasted 17 days. Investigators said the defendants belonged to four international smuggling rings responsible for trafficking heroin and other drugs from neighbouring Laos ... region, which borders China and Laos, is poor and populated by ethnic minority groups. There have been previous smuggling cases in the area, which is far from the control of Hanoi. One ...

  9. News - World

    Thai foreign ministry says 44 dead in plane crash in neighboring Laos

    Posted Oct 16th 2013, 09:25pm by AP

    ... BANGKOK (AP) — Thai foreign ministry says 44 dead in plane crash in neighboring Laos. ...

  10. News - Asia - LAOS

    Proposed Laos dam on the Mekong raises ecological fears

    Posted Nov 22nd 2013, 12:39pm by Tom Fawthrop

    ... Tom Fawthrop in Chiangmai Turbulence over laos dam plan Nineteenth-century Mekong explorers marvelled at the wetlands of Siphandone in southern Laos, a district of spectacular waterfalls, ... of a hydro-electric dam recently announced by Laos, only a few kilometres from the renowned Khone Waterfall, a major tourist attraction. The communist government notified the Mekong River Commission [MRC] ...




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