Residents complain that Lao authorities are too soft on crimes committed by Chinese.
A former education official says though that schools are free to enforce their rules however they like.
Many worry that their homes will be unstable and will lack adequate water and electricity, though.
Overtime will not be paid because of shortfalls in tax revenue amid business shutdowns due to coronavirus fears, officials say.
Some Lao residents welcome the move, with others saying they will 'wait and see' if anything changes.
Many Lao citizens see the dominant use of Chinese as a sign of China's growing economic influence in their country.
But jobs are scarce at home, too, and many would like to go back to Thailand once they are allowed to return.
Residents cautiously welcome news that some prices may be lowered, but wonder if the government will keep its word.
Statues would commemorate the 70th anniversary of ties between Vientiane and Moscow.
Many have less money to spend because of rising levels of unemployment due to business shutdowns amid coronavirus fears.
The young man named Poy has been denied family visits by authorities and is not being properly fed, sources say.
The plant will threaten local forests and farmland, villagers and environmental experts say, urging a careful study of likely impacts.
The woman and another villager, who is still being held, had been shown arguing with police in a video published on Facebook.
The dam's operations will affect water flows on the Mekong, negatively impacting communities in both countries, the groups say.
Villagers can earn money on the farms, but must leave after two or three years due to poor health.
Authorities say compensation plan aims for 2023 return to normalcy.
They were caught in Laos when the border closed amid coronavirus fears, and had been held for two months in quarantine before being released.
Authorities say air conditioning uses more power in the warmer months, resulting in higher bills, however.
Residents of Bokeo province's Nam Fa village bathe in their river when water levels fall, but emerge with rashes and swelling.
Three Chinese and two Lao men are killed, and another man seriously hurt, when they are trapped by rocks brought down by the explosion.
Experts worry about environmental and social fallout and say low demand for power makes the dam unnecessary.
Quarantine centers housing Lao migrants returning from Thailand run out of food.
Those sent home will continue to be monitored by local officials for signs of ill health, though, provincial officials say.
Christian villagers are often harassed and refused official help, with some told they worship 'America's god.'
China's border with Laos meanwhile remains closed to others amid fears the coronavirus may spread to Laos from its more-infected neighbor.
Meanwhile, Facebook users risk arrest for posting criticisms of the Lao government online.
Illegal miners not charged with any crime in exchange for a cash payment to soldiers.
Residents still in the centers say they must endure heat, overflowing sewage and lack of water, with no end in sight.
The landlocked communist country has had 19 confirmed coronavirus cases since March 24, with no fatalities.
No explanation has been given by Chinese employers who returned home in early 2020 amid coronavirus fears.