The government wants to protect rice farmers from market vagaries.
Stall owners at a building slated for demolition in the Laotian capital refuse to relocate.
The viral disease is affecting thousands in Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
Laos says Vietnam and Cambodia are not opposed to the Xayaburi dam project on the Mekong River.
A foreign business group says the Lao government has threatened to seize its last investment in the country.
More than 20,000 Laotians living by the Mekong River will be directly affected by the Xayaburi dam, a researcher says.
Lao authorities look into reports of illegal abortions at Chinese clinics in Xiengkhouang.
An official says that no work has begun on a second dam planned for the Mekong River.