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.
But they abandoned the severed head when villagers caught them in the act.
He says a Chinese firm overestimated by US $60 million.
Development benefits touted for Nam Theun 2 have never been achieved, they say.
Markets in the capital openly sell parts of endangered animals.
Local villagers say the plant has also polluted their farmland.
WWF says the Xayaburi and Don Sahong dams would threaten freshwater resources and threaten food security.
Clumsy attempt to erase Sombath Somphone from list of Southeast Asian human rights issues dismays wife, supporters.
The teen was lured with the promise of marriage across the border, an official says.
The Lao official in charge of the project says the two sides will sign the document during the second half of the year.
The move comes as gun-related crimes in large cities are on the rise.
The WWF says construction of the Don Sahong dam should be delayed by at least 10 years.
A provincial official says it was illegal for the court to sentence them for praying for the recovery of an ill woman.
The policy will be slowly and gradually rolled out across the rest of the country.
Authorities try to keep young Laotians from getting lured into the sex industry.
Authorities are targeting drug kingpins, local dealers and addicts in cities and rural areas.
Differences delay a ruling on whether the project’s prior consultation period is complete.
Local residents question where the politicians are getting the money to construct expensive houses.
She says no new information was provided at a UN rights review.
But a high-ranking Lao official with a dubious role in the matter orders the statue to be returned to Ongtue Wat.
Civil society groups take the country to task for enforced disappearances and other rights violations.