Government imposes curfew in Lao province after rebel attacks

Anti-communist Hmong guerrillas, like those pictured here in 1961, were active in Xaysomboun but it is unclear if the ethnic group is linked to...

Ex-casino town set for rail rebirth

Inside an abandoned casino in Boten in 2013. Source: Wikimedia For five years, the remote town of Boten on the China-Laos border has lived in...

Split Laos dam swamps villages 

Hundreds of people are missing after a dam collapsed in southern Laos, destroying thousands of homes. Five billion cubic metres of water, enough to fill...

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...

Japan demands Asean unity

Senkaku in the East China Sea is concentrating minds in Tokyo, Beijing and Taipei. Source: Flickr   Jakarta has a huge responsibility to maintain unity and...

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’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 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...

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...

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...

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