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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.

China victory as SE Asian nations go easy on sea row

Vientiane - Southeast Asian nations Monday avoided direct criticism of Beijing over its claims to the South China Sea, in a diluted statement produced after days of disagreement that gives the superpower a diplomatic victory.

Vietnam warns South China Sea is a 'test' of ASEAN

Vientiane - Vietnam has warned that the inability of Southeast Asian nations to forge a unified front against Beijing's militarisation of the South China Sea is a "test" of the regional bloc in the face of its greatest security challenge.

SE Asia deadlocked as South China Sea split deepens

Vientiane - Southeast Asian nations were deadlocked Sunday about how to confront China's territorial claims in the South China Sea as pressure from Beijing again drove a wedge between countries on the region's toughest security challenge.

Cambodia blocking ASEAN consensus on S. China Sea: diplomat

Vientiane - Staunch China ally Cambodia is preventing Southeast Asia from reaching a consensus on the South China Sea after an international tribunal rejected Beijing's territorial claims to the waters, a diplomat said on Saturday.

Kerry in Laos to discuss bomb legacy and ASEAN partnership

Vientiane - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday hinted Washington may boost the $15 million fund it provides to tackle the deadly legacy of unexploded American bombs in Laos, during a rare visit to the reclusive communist state.

Kerry arrives in Laos as U.S. reaches out to wartime foe

Vientiane - US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in communist-controlled Laos late Sunday in a rare high-level visit by an American diplomat to Washington's former wartime foe.

Good News: Tiger population increases by 30 percent in India

Delhi - In a bit of good news, a study shows tiger numbers have risen sharply in India during the last seven years, from just 1,411 to 2,226, and for wildlife officials, that's something to celebrate. The country is now home to 70 percent of the world's tigers.

Phl Azkals beat Laos 2-0 for first win in AFC Challenge Cup

After battling Afghanistan to a scoreless draw in the opening game, the Philippine Azkals suddenly become the leading scorer in Group B of the ongoing AFC Challenge Cup in Maldives with an impressive 2-0 win over Laos Thursday night.

Latvia supermarket roof collapse kills at least 54

Riga - A roof at a supermarket in Latvia collapsed Thursday and latest reports are that at least 54 people are dead. The cause of the collapse is being linked to work installing a roof-garden.

Film director arrested for violating Greek flag with German boot

Renowned Greek film director Dimitris Collatos (Δημήτρης Κολλάτος) was arrested by police on Wednesday for hoisting a Greek flag depicting a German army boot descending on Greece in a lake of blood, from his balcony.

Op-Ed: John Kerry, from protester to protested

Washington - When a protester interrupted Secretary of State nominee John Kerry during his Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday, Kerry responded by alluding to his testimony before the very same body more than 40 years ago.

Hillary Clinton confronts legacy of US atrocities in Laos

Vientiane - Hillary Clinton made a historic visit to Laos on Wednesday, becoming the first US Secretary of State to travel to the Southeast Asian country since John Foster Dulles in 1955.

US sending State Secretary Clinton to Myanmar for needed reforms

US President Barack Obama is sending State Secretary Hillary Clinton to Myanmar (formerly Burma) to pursue what he calls "flickers of progress" in the country that endured five decades of global isolation and military oppression

Large community of critically endangered gibbons found in Vietnam

Hanoi - A large population of 455 individuals of the rare Northern white-cheeked gibbons have been discovered in the forests of Vietnam, near the border with Laos. This community amounts to about two-thirds of the members of the species existing in Vietnam.

Man murders wife for 'lucky fetus'

A Laotian man confessed to axing his pregnant wife to death because he wanted to use the fetus to make a lucky charm to help him win the lottery.

Urgent action needed immediately to save Gibbons say experts

Kyoto - Crested Gibbons are the world's least known-about apes, and they are also the world's most endangered apes. Renowned Gibbon expert Thomas Geissmann has called for 'urgent action' to save the seven species of Crested Gibbon.

Southeast Asian Leaders Invite President Obama for Asean Summit

US president Barack Obama has been invited by the heads of states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to attend its Summit in Vietnam to address economic recovery and coping with climate change in the region before the end of the year.

Drought in Southeast Asia impacting millions, costing billions

A drought affecting Southeast Asia for the past six months shows no signs of letting up any time soon. Affected countries include China, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and Lao PDR.
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