A demand for ransom leads to a sting, arrests and a rescue.
State employees often do outside work on company time to make ends meet, sources say.
Compensation and labor issues remain unsettled as work begins in earnest on the project.
BMW and Mercedes Benz automobiles to get replaced with Toyotas.
The shutdown isn’t the first for the dam as construction of the penstock may have made an ancient landslide unstable.
Stopping the swaps may bring more accountability to a nation where land-grabs are a source of unrest.
After four years the government is no closer to solving the land-development expert’s kidnapping.
Enriched by involvement in logging, provincial governors protect smuggling across the border, sources say.
A series of picks in the country’s national lottery raise new questions over the integrity of the game.
A Vietnamese factory keeps belching smoke, and it’s unclear what can be done about it.
Mekong River Commission plans to make a swift review of the Pak Beng dam project.
But questions remain on how far the new law goes and whether it contains an exemption for ‘quality’ e-waste.
The change will ensure that the press ‘propagates the guidelines and directions, and laws and social-economic development plans of the state.’
After escaping forced labor on a fishing boat, a young Lao man remains stranded on an island in Indonesia.
Delays of two to three months are common, as officials divert funds to make profitable business loans, sources say.
Officials sent to boost the project refuse to answer on relocation, compensation plans.
Despite Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith's attempts to cut corruption, it's life as usual at the border.
Drawings lean heavily on numbers deemed unlucky or on popular numbers that are suddenly unavailable.
Local villagers say the brewery in Vientiane is contaminating the air and water.
Hundreds of nearby villagers complained of odor, smoke and runoff into farm fields.
Scholarship students face higher fees as some teachers aren’t paid and Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith proposes to remove alcohol from schools.
He and two other detainees will go to trial sometime this month, a relative says, but have no right to their own lawyers in what is being described as a 'political' case.
Local official questions the maintenance of the footbridge that crosses the Xeng River.
The government steps up its attempts to stop contraband timber, but the bottleggers make their own moves.
The project is controversial in Laos, where many see China as its biggest beneficiary.
About 7,000 students have had to resit the test after officials discovered some had cheated.
Only low-level officials are investigated for land grabs while top leaders go free, civil society workers say.
Sombath Somphone’s wife hopes warming relations between the two countries will lead to a break in the case.
The U.S. president stresses the need to empower them with the skills and resources they need to become the next generation of leaders.
The first sitting U.S. president to visit the Southeast Asian Nation pledges $90 million to root out leftover bombs.