Smugglers take root in Laos

Thai border police say they have seized 400kg of compressed cannabis from Laos in Na Yoong district in a shipment that was suspected to...

Train tracks to bind Laos and China

Laos's mountainous terrain has always provided a barrier to trade with China. Source: Pixabay   China and Laos are trumpeting a rapid rise in economic cooperation over...

Laos and Cambodia vow to boost ties

Mekong fish traps near the Laos-Cambodia border. Source: Wikimedia Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen have agreed to open a...

China begins to weave rail web 

Construction of the Thai-Lao-Chinese railway has started in Nakhon Ratchasima in northeastern Thailand with the enticing prospect of high-speed trains linking China with Singapore,...

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...

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