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Floods claim five lives in Vietnam and two Cambodians

Phnom Penh - Elderly residents and small children clung to inflatable tyres as soldiers and police used rope lines to get them to safety from rising floodwater on Saturday in Cambodia's western province of Battambang.

Laos to press ahead with 'destructive' new dam on Mekong

Bangkok - Environmentalists have criticised Laos for pressing ahead with plans for another "destructive dam" on the Mekong River, a waterway already strangled by hydropower schemes.

Upbeat Chinese FM says virus control efforts 'are working'

Vientiane - China's efforts to control the deadly outbreak of a new coronavirus "are working", Beijing's top diplomat said Thursday, attributing an easing in new cases to his country's "forceful action" against the illness.

Mekong levels at lowest on record as drought and dams strangle river

Loei - The once-mighty Mekong river has been reduced to a thin, grubby neck of water in stretches of northern Thailand -- record lows blamed on drought and a recently completed dam far upstream.The $4.

Laos hydro project switched on along dried-out Mekong

Bangkok - A multi-billion dollar hydro-electric power plant on the Mekong river in Laos was officially switched on Tuesday, as drone images of dried-up downstream areas stirred fresh outcry on one of the world's great rivers.

13 Chinese tourists killed as bus plunges into ravine in Laos

Bangkok - At least 13 Chinese tourists were killed and dozens injured when their bus skidded off the road and plunged 30 metres into a ravine in Laos, a police officer said Tuesday.

Thai dissident band in Laos flee to France for political asylum

Bangkok - A Thai activist folk band who went into hiding in Laos have arrived in Paris to apply for asylum in France, a band member and activist said Saturday, after months living in fear of their safety.

Survivors of deadly Laos dam collapse homeless a year on: report

Bangkok - Thousands are languishing in displacement camps in Laos a year after a dam break unleashed floodwaters and killed dozens of people in the impoverished state, a new report on the anniversary of the disaster said Tuesday.

Drones, big money and cheap drugs: the Laos route spewing meth into Thailand

As dusk falls along the Mekong River, a nightly dance begins between Thai border security and Laos drug gangs now using drones, scouts and a pool of poor fishermen to shift record amounts of meth into Thailand.

Vietnam police seize nearly 300 kilograms of meth

Hanoi - A massive haul of nearly 300 kilograms of methamphetamine pills was seized in central Vietnam on Sunday, police said, the latest major drug bust in a country where the use of synthetic narcotics is on the rise.

Laos to press on with dam-building after deadly collapse: PM

Hanoi - Laos' premier on Wednesday said the Communist country will press on with its ambitious hydropower strategy after a dam collapse killed dozens, but vowed to intenisfy scrutiny on the lucrative mega projects.

Getting high in Laos' opium-riddled mountains

- In a hut on the top of a fog-licked mountain in northern Laos, Vo Pali is getting high.His poison is opium, a sap extracted from poppies grown illegally by the poor hill tribes in the Communist state's rugged, inaccessible uplands.

Laos dam collapse death toll rises to 31, scores still missing

Bangkok - The death toll from a massive dam collapse in southern Laos has jumped to 31, officials said, with scores still missing weeks after the unprecedented disaster that swept entire villages and farmland away.

Thick mud hampers Laos dam rescue with hundreds still unaccounted for

- Rescuers battled thick mud and flood waters across a swathe of remote southern Laos to find survivors of a deadly dam burst that submerged entire villages, as an official suggested faulty construction may have led to the disaster.

Baby saved from Laos dam disaster by Thai cave rescue volunteers

- The rescue of a baby boy, terrified and hungry after days without food, has been captured in a viral video showing the infant survivor of a dam collapse in southern Laos being carefully carried through swirling flood waters and waist-high mud.

Dead cows, destroyed homes: Laos villages ravaged by dam collapse

- The bloated carcasses of pigs and cows float in the knee-high flood waters covering the Laos village of Hoi Kong, as mud-caked residents pick through the remnants of homes destroyed by a dam collapse that they had little time to flee.

Floods from Laos dam collapse force evacuations in Cambodia

- The torrent of water unleashed in a deadly Laos dam collapse has drained into Cambodia, forcing thousands to evacuate, as rescuers on Thursday battled monsoon rains to find scores of Laotians still missing after entire villages were washed away.

Laos PM says 131 missing from dam collapse as 26 bodies recovered

- The Laotian prime minister said Wednesday 131 people are still missing two days after a dam collapse swamped several villages in the country's south, killing at least 26 people.

26 bodies found after Laos dam collapse, hundreds still missing

- Rescuers recovered 26 bodies and hundreds remain missing after a dam collapse swamped several villages in southern Laos, as survivors Wednesday questioned why they got little warning of the deluge.

Bodies of 17 recovered after Laos dam disaster: Thai consul official

- The bodies of 17 people have been recovered after flash floods caused by a dam breach in southern Laos, a Thai consular official at the scene told AFP Wednesday.

S. Korea firm says Laos dam damage found day before collapse

Seoul - The South Korean partner in a Laos hydropower dam said Wednesday it discovered the upper part of the structure had washed away 24 hours before it collapsed, engulfing villages and leaving hundreds missing.

Hundreds missing in Laos after hydropower dam collapse

Bangkok - Hundreds are missing and an unknown number feared dead after a partly built hydropower dam in southeast Laos collapsed after heavy rain and sent a wall of water surging through six villages, state media and contractors said Tuesday.

Hundreds missing in Laos after hydropower dam collapse: state media

Bangkok - Hundreds of people are missing and an unknown number believed dead after the collapse of a hydropower dam under construction in southeast Laos, state media reported Tuesday.

Vietnam cops seize $2.5 mn heroin in China border drug bust

Hanoi - Five men were arrested in Vietnam for allegedly attempting to smuggle $2.5 million worth of heroin into China after police shot at their drug-packed vehicle as they tried to flee, local media reported Monday.

Red pandas rescued in Laos stir fears over exotic pet trade

Bangkok - The rescue in Laos of three endangered red pandas trafficked from China has raised fears the rare animals are increasingly being coveted by exotic pet owners.

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.
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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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