The photos of police allegedly demanding a bribe prompted outrage on Facebook.
Increased monitoring in Thailand has forced smugglers to route the timber through Laos.
Developers of the site are the former mayor’s daughter and son-in-law.
A dispute over the project should be settled through diplomatic channels, it says.
International Rivers says the commission that oversees development along the Mekong River must consider the project’s impacts.
One official, however, doubts that the funds will be used in the interest of the public.
Recent punishments target low-level bureaucrats in limited provinces, he says.
The Southeast Asian nation will use its mines to back a massive loan to pay for the project.
One forestry expert says logging activities will thwart the government's plan to increase forestland to 70 percent.
She was detained a week ago without an arrest warrant, a source says.
Outraged citizens say the funds should be used to repair badly damaged thoroughfares used by everyone.
The government has sent veterinarians to administer a vaccine to live animals to prevent the virus from spreading.
The governor of Xieng Khouang province took land leased to a restaurant owner and sold it to the country’s central bank.
Those involved in the trade sell the elephant tusks to wealthy China and other Asians.
Government officials routinely delay salary payments to educators, saying they haven’t collected enough tax revenue.
The two men had been rescued from a Thai boat in Indonesia.
The organizations ‘fear for their safety,’ according to one group official.