The raid comes amid allegations of ‘war crimes’ by government troops in the region.
Local people say that authorities lied about a public consultation, and that they fear their health and crops will be damaged by pollution.
A climate expert says regular testing of countries' emissions is crucial to ensuring targets are met.
The judge adds an extra 'crime' to the charge sheet at the last minute, while two fellow activists are handed shorter terms.
Anastasia Lin says she won't give up her rights activism for fear of leaving persecution victms 'without hope.'
The blasts prompt widespread speculation amid calls for timely information from government.
Gao Yu is allowed to serve the rest of her reduced sentence from home owing to severe ill health.
Flood-damaged roads are neglected as Vientiane prepares for a major regional summit next year.