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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.

US warns dams give China 'control' of Mekong river

Bangkok - China is taking control of the flow of Southeast Asia's most important river through a dam-building "spree", US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Wednesday, as water levels along the Mekong reach record lows.

Life on the shelf: China's bachelors saving face, cash with Mekong brides

Fpo - Divorced, in his 40s and fearing a solitary future, Zhou Xinsen went online like thousands of other Chinese men to find an affordable and fast solution to bachelordom -- a Vietnamese bride.

The daring China rescues bringing Vietnam's trafficked girls home

Two girls sprint from a hair salon into a car that will lead them back to safety in Vietnam -- a snapshot of the daring rescues taking place each month to free women and girls from forced marriages or sex slavery in China.

Mothers of the Missing: Anguished search for Vietnam's kidnapped brides

Vietnam - Vu Thi Dinh spent weeks scouring the rugged Vietnamese borderland near China after her teenage daughter vanished with her best friend, clutching a photo of the round-faced girls now feared sold as child brides.

'Sold by my brother': the Mekong women pressed into marriage in China

Phnom Penh - Everyone did well from Nary's marriage to a Chinese man, except the young Cambodian bride herself, who returned home from the six-year ordeal destitute, humiliated and with little prospect of seeing her son again.

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.

Power stacked against SE Asia's poor as China dams Mekong

Kandal - Cambodian fisherman Sles Hiet lives at the mercy of the Mekong: a massive river that feeds tens of millions but is under threat from the Chinese dams cementing Beijing's physical -- and diplomatic -- control over its Southeast Asian neighbours.

Hunch-bat, Zorro snake among new Mekong species

Hanoi - From a hunch-backed bat to a giant flying squirrel, scientists have identified 367 new species in the Greater Mekong area since 2012, according to a new WWF report.

Dolphins Of Mekong About To Become Extinct

Pollution in the Mekong River of Indochina have pushed the Irrawaddy dolphins to near extinction, according to a report released by an international conservation watchdog recently.

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