US calls on Laos to investigate activist’s disappearance

Sombath pictured with South African human rights icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 2006. Photo: Shui-Meng Ng/Wikimedia Commons. Washington has called on the Lao government to “conduct...

Duterte’s mouth derails summit

China’s armed forces are unlikely to be sweating over the threat of coordinated Asean action. Source: Wikimedia As the region's leaders come together in Laos...

Kerry in Laos to plan Asean summit

Laos is chairing Asean this year. Source: Wikimedia US Secretary of State John Kerry is in Laos, where he will lay the groundwork for a...

Duterte kept away from Obama, Ban

President Rodrigo Duterte got on well with US Secretary of State John Kerry. Source: Wikimedia   Outspoken Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been spared an awkward dinner...

Kerry aims to woo Cambodia away from China

Kerry is in the region to prepare for the US-Asean summit in Sunnylands, California, next month. Source: Wikimedia US Secretary of State John Kerry is...

Asean fails to reprimand China

Relax: Rodrigo Duterte was in diplomatic mode. Will be make a convivial host next year? Source: YouTube The Asean summit in Laos has to let...

Shy Laos takes centre stage

Popular with backpackers, Laos is usually neglected by everyone else. Source: Flickr So long neglected by the great powers, media and business, Laos has taken...

Obama addresses US sins

A B-52D indiscriminately trying to bomb communists. Source: Wikimedia Barack Obama became the first sitting US president to visit Laos when he arrived last week...

Another Chinese worker killed in Laos

The state’s grip on rural Laos is weak. Source: Wikimedia A Chinese national has been killed and three were wounded in what has been called...

Virtual Plain of Jars to be created

Drone video of the Plain of Jars. Source: YouTube A team of Australian archaeologists has announced plans to recreate Laos' mysterious Plain of Jars in...

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