On March 26, a massive fire destroyed the largest market in the Lao capital Vientiane, a lively all-day place for buying food and other wares called Thong Khan Kham market. No casualties were reported.
Fear is back in Myanmar that construction of the Myitsone Dam, suspended by president Thein Sein in 2011, will resume after the 2015 general elections. On March 14, hundreds of villagers and environmentalists demonstrated at the entrance of the project site. A protest march was expected to start from Yangon on March 22. The 6,000-megawatt dam would provide electricity to Yunnan Province in neighboring China and is to be financed by the China Power Investment (CPI) Corporation. Photos: RFA Myanmar Service
Chinese security forces conducted large-scale exercises in Tibet as Tibetans around the world marked the anniversary of a failed March 10, 1959 national uprising against Beijing’s rule.
Their ancestors originally came from Vietnam. With permission from the Cambodian government, they settled in floating houses on the Tonle Sap Lake near Siem Reap in North Western Cambodia. But today, these settlers on the water are blamed for the pollution that chokes this famed stretch of the Mekong River. Photo: RFA Khmer
More than 200 Uyghurs are being held at an immigration center near Thailand's southern city of Hat Yai's international airport after they were detained in a secret camp in a mountainous rubber plantation in Songkhla province on March 12. They had fled ethnic tension in China’s restive northwestern Xinjiang region and face deportation back home where they could be punished, according to some of their relatives.