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Chinese buyers fuelling ivory surge in Laos, report says

Nairobi - Surging demand from Chinese visitors has made Laos the world's fastest-growing market for ivory, conservation group Save the Elephants said Thursday.

Cambodia PM gives ultimatum to Laos over 'border invasion'

Phnom Penh - Cambodia's prime minister on Friday issued a six-day ultimatum to Laos to pull back troops who have allegedly trespassed into a border area or face a military response.

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.

The Laos Connection: Mr X and the cartels hooking SE Asia on pills

Bangkok - The downfall of millionaire "Mr X", long shielded by cash and contacts in Laos, has highlighted the role of the secretive, communist country in showering pills across Southeast Asia.

Thai police probe Laos drug lord's 'celebrity links'

Bangkok - Thai police swooped on the home of a popular actress as part of a series of Bangkok raids Thursday, in a widening probe into the celebrity and business links of an alleged Laos drug lord.

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.

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 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.

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.

New Laos leaders take office as communists welcome world

Bangkok - Laos' new leaders took office Tuesday, according to state media, as the secretive communist nation prepares for a period of unusually frenetic diplomacy culminating in a landmark visit by a US President.

Ancient burials revealed at mysterious Plain of Jars in Laos

Sydney - Archaeologists have uncovered ancient human remains and various burial practices at the mysterious Plain of Jars in Laos, Australian researchers said Monday, as scientists attempt to unravel the puzzle of the stone vessels.

Ancient burials revealed at mysterious Plain of Jars in Laos

Sydney - Archaeologists have uncovered ancient human remains and various burial practices at the mysterious Plain of Jars in Laos, Australian researchers said Monday, as scientists attempt to unravel the puzzle of the stone vessels.

Ancient burials revealed at mysterious Plain of Jars in Laos

Sydney - Archaeologists have uncovered ancient human remains and various burial practices at the mysterious Plain of Jars in Laos, Australian researchers said Monday, as scientists attempt to unravel the puzzle of the stone vessels.

Six wounded in gun attack on Chinese bus in Laos

Bangkok - Beijing on Thursday called on Laos to bolster protection for Chinese citizens within its borders after six of its nationals were wounded by gunmen in the third attack of its kind this year.

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.

Laos' ruling Communist Party chooses new leadership

Bangkok - Laos' secretive communist rulers have chosen Vice President Bounnhang Vorachith to steer the single-party government, as it assumes a year-long chairmanship of the ASEAN regional bloc.

From Davos to Laos, another world tour for John Kerry

Washington - US Secretary of State John Kerry sets off on another tour around the world next week that will take him to Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

TIFF 2015: Director and actor go with the flow in ‘River’ Special

Writer/director Jamie M. Dagg and actor Rossif Sutherland discuss the challenges of shooting in Laos while attending the TIFF world premiere of Dagg’s feature film debut, ‘River.’

Into thin air: Southeast Asia's growing ranks of disappeared

Bangkok - Two years after Sombath Somphone vanished, the Laotian activist's wife says his abductors enjoy impunity –- an ugly reality across a region where powerful business interests and murky state actors stand accused of routinely "disappearing" opponents.

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.

Defence minister among five Lao officials killed in plane crash

Bangkok - A Lao military plane crashed on Saturday killing five senior officials on board including the defence minister of the secretive communist country, Thai authorities said.

Vietnam hands death penalty to '30 drug smugglers'

Hanoi - Vietnam on Monday sentenced 30 drug smugglers to death in the communist country's largest ever narcotics case, involving scores of defendants and nearly two tons of heroin, a judge said.

Dozens killed in Laos plane crash in Mekong River

Dozens of people were killed, with reports varying as to how many, when a Laos Airlines plane crashed into the Mekong River today. There were reportedly 44 passengers aboard, as well as five crew members. One passenger was reportedly a Canadian.

Asian crime groups smuggle people into Mexico border towns

Tijuana - Organized crime groups from China, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand are quietly moving drugs, exotic animals and other contraband across the U.S. Mexico border. But their main products are human beings forced into prostitution.

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.
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Laotian Defense Minister Douangchay Phichit is seen in this file photo during a visit to Moscow in this 2004. He was killed in a plane crash on Saturday, May 17, 2014
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