Beijing appears concerned over its communist ally's ability to repay loans.
It decides to seek more information on Thailand’s agreement to purchase power from the project.
Environmental groups sound warning ahead of regional talks next week.
Authorities ignore concerns over the disappearance of Sombath Somphone, Human Rights Watch says.
They will consider whether Laos will have to consult its neighbors before moving ahead with the project, officials say.
The EU says it stressed the need for a vibrant civil society environment in the Southeast Asian state in a recent human rights dialogue.
The defense and security ministers perish in a military aircraft crash in northern Laos.
The villagers confront farmers over the overuse of chemicals.
She is ‘completely in the dark’ almost a year and a half since Sombath Somphone vanished.
They say the company is demanding more than originally agreed upon.
A rights group claims village officials threatened to expel them over their faith.
Construction on the dam will proceed despite concerns from critics.
A conservation group recommends suspending the Mekong River project.
Sombath Somphone's wife says his family still wants to know why he disappeared.
Authorities are concerned about unease over three Hmong prisoners believed to be in poor health.
The WWF warns the Don Sahong could kill off the last dolphins on the river.
The disappearance of a civil society leader has brought the Southeast Asian national under sharper focus by rights groups.