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The Laos teens beating poverty as novice monks

Luang Prabang - Each dawn, lines of teenage monks in orange robes criss-cross the temple-studded streets of Luang Prabang, the religious heart of Laos and the storied seat of kings and colonisers.

India pledges to join climate deal this year

Vientiane - India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday pledged to formally join the Paris climate change agreement this year, a potentially major step toward the pact entering into force.

Obama says Trump not qualified to be president

Vientiane - Outgoing President Barack Obama condemned Donald Trump as unsuitable to be commander-in-chief Thursday, after the Republican nominee blasted US military brass and praised Vladimir Putin.

Obama 'not ready to concede' Guantanamo will stay open

Vientiane - With months left in office, US President Barack Obama said Thursday he was not ready to give up on an eight-year-old promise to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay.

Obama, Duterte clash over brutal crime war

Vientiane - US President Barack Obama urged Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte Thursday to conduct his crime war "the right way", as the pair clashed at an Asian summit over the crackdown that has claimed 3,000 lives.

Obama warns China over South China Sea ruling

Vientiane - US President Barack Obama warned Beijing Thursday it could not ignore a tribunal's ruling rejecting its sweeping claims to the South China Sea, driving tensions higher in a territorial row that threatens regional security.

Obama focuses on Asia security threats

Vientiane - North Korea's defiant missile testing and the South China Sea territorial row were among a barrage of security threats in focus Thursday as US President Barack Obama gathered with East Asian leaders in Laos.

As Obama caps Asia pivot, Thailand seen as missing piece

Vientiane - President Barack Obama attends a farewell dinner with Southeast Asian leaders Wednesday, capping eight years of careful courtship that has created new friends, but left links frayed with America's oldest regional ally -- Thailand.

Q+A on Scarborough Shoal, a flashpoint in South China Sea

Vientiane - The Philippines accused China on Wednesday of secretly preparing to build an artificial island on Scarborough Shoal, a tiny and remote outpost in a contested area of the South China Sea.

China under pressure at Asia summit over sea row

Vientiane - Beijing came under pressure at an Asian summit Wednesday over its "illegal" island-building in the South China Sea, after the Philippines produced photos it said showed fresh construction activity at a flashpoint shoal.

Obama meets survivor of US bombs in Laos

Vientiane - US President Barack Obama on Wednesday met a survivor maimed by American bombs covertly dropped on Laos decades ago after pledging to help clean up a country he said was still living in the shadow of war.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi to visit US next week

Vientiane - Myanmar's newly installed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi will meet President Barack Obama in the United States next week, a senior White House official said Tuesday.Plans for a visit had been announced in July but no date had been given.

Philippines' President Duterte vows to eat militants

Vientiane - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to personally tear apart and eat Abu Sayyaf Islamic militants, in a bloodthirsty vow of revenge for deadly attacks."They will pay.

US 'morally obliged' to heal Laos war wounds: Obama

Vientiane - President Barack Obama pledged Tuesday to dramatically increase US efforts to clear millions of bombs secretly dropped on tiny Laos by American planes a generation ago, saying the clean-up was a "moral obligation".

Obama says US is 'here to stay' in Asia

Vientiane - Barack Obama, on his final visit to Asia as US president, insisted Tuesday renewed American engagement with the region would endure after he left the White House."America's interest in the Asia-Pacific is not new. It's not a passing fad.

Obama cancels Duterte showdown over 'whore' slur

Vientiane - US President Barack Obama cancelled a meeting with foul-mouthed Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday at a regional summit after being branded a "son of a whore".

Obama cancels Duterte showdown at Asia summit after 'whore' jibe

Vientiane - US President Barack Obama cancelled a meeting with foul-mouthed Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday at a regional summit where tensions over China's growing territorial ambitions are also set to flare.

Obama becomes first sitting US president to visit Laos

Vientiane - Barack Obama became the first US president to visit Laos in office, touching down in Vientiane Monday for a summit of East and South East Asian leaders.

Grain drain, Laos' sand mining damaging the Mekong

Vientiane - Grain by grain, truckload by truckload, Laos' section of the Mekong river is being dredged of sand to make cement -- a commodity being devoured by a Chinese-led building boom in the capital.

US, North Korea trade barbs over nuclear weapon tests

Vientiane - North Korea said any decision to conduct another nuclear test depends entirely on the behaviour of the United States as the two sides traded blame Tuesday over tensions on the Korean peninsula.
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