But corruption and human rights issues still threaten to hold the nation back.
A witness says police and military officers brutally beat the men when they apprehended them.
Rights groups say a regulation that requires foreign journalists to submit their reports to the government for vetting hasn’t helped the situation.
One man’s death is blamed on chemicals used to boost production as Bokeo province suspends new land concessions for bananas.
Locals say electronics recycling plant in Vientiane’s Special Economic Zone is dumping waste water into the neighborhood.
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species suspends Laos trade in the monkeys that are used in research worldwide.
The incident is the latest in a series of armed assaults on vehicles in the northern part of the country.
Many cast votes on March 20 even though they knew the candidates had been approved in advance by the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party.
Police seize slot machines in Luang Namtha province, but locals question government's commitment to stop illicit gaming.
Construction of Nam Ngum 3 dam foments unrest as local people fear relocation and another bus shooting occurs on Route 13.
Questions on human rights arise as the small country takes its place at the head of the 10-nation organization.
Single-party rule brings little interest in the upcoming selection of the national assembly and provincial councils.
Major General Thongloy Silivong will bring peace to the region rocked by recent violence through a political, not hard-line, strategy, observer says.
Expelled Swiss NGO expert urges donors to grasp how repression in Laos stymies development.
Some laborers are forced to work at gunpoint as hazards pile up from agricultural chemicals and unsanitary housing.
Polar vortex threatens to push another blast of freezing temperatures into the tropical nation
The government says it is working on solutions that may include reducing or canceling interest payments and lengthening repayment plans.
Third blast in a month raises the stakes as Laos begin to wonder who is to blame for the rising violence that the government often blames on 'bandits.'
New slate faces economic crises, rampant corruption and raises some uncertainty on Laos-China railway project
One passenger injured as evasive moves by driver protects bus traveling in Vientiane Province.
100 million kip snags a plumb border post where the tax man can rake in payments.
He and four colleagues are arrested on suspicion of involvement in a cash-for-bonds scheme for construction work that was never performed.
The Lao official overseeing the scheme has not publicly divulged the figure, but insists that the country will be able to repay the loan within five years.
About 100 vehicles hauled unfinished wood through a border checkpoint in Savannakhet province, a government official says.
Bandits in Xaysomboun province shot passengers on vehicles as they passed through the remote and dangerous area.
Although the women say they entered Thailand voluntarily to work in the sex trade, the ones believed to be underage may be victims of human trafficking.
Laos must demonstrate progress on rights and democratic reform, she tells lawmakers.
Rights groups call for renewed attention to Sombath Somphone's case as Laos prepares to host top-level ASEAN meetings next year.
Shootings by an unidentified group leave authorities and citizens on edge with few answers to the violence.
Campaigner, a well-paid physician in Germany, asks how the president paid for his mansion and his family’s luxury cars.