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.
Soldiers' deaths in Xaysomboun Province, blamed on an anti-government group, came a week after shootings of vehicles.
The democracy campaigner does not meet criteria for eligibility, an official says.
Many in Laos resent Vietnam's huge economic footprint and major role in resource extraction in their country.
Flood-damaged roads are neglected as Vientiane prepares for a major regional summit next year.
A monitoring mechanism is needed to ensure Laos honors its commitments, he says.
Viphet Sihachakr says he will appeal the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.
The Lao government has done little to resolve outstanding cases of forced disappearances, critics say.
Rights groups say without assurances, the talks could prove meaningless.
The move comes in response to heavy public criticism about the high costs and low quality of thoroughfare upgrades.
An exile rights group says seating Laos on 47-member panel would have been ‘most unfortunate’ in view of the country's record.
A leaked report by the environmental group WWF shows timber imports by China and Vietnam greatly exceed Lao exports.
They say regulations should not be bent for residents of Laos' largest trading partner.
They are telling Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand that building work on the Don Sahong dam will begin by year-end.
Rights groups see official concern over the open discussion of politically sensitive subjects.
Bounthanh Thammavong is serving a nearly five-year prison sentence in Laos for criticizing the government online.
A diplomatic source says Lao-born expat did not have access to legal assistance.
They want government leaders to seek a rate lower than three percent on the U.S. $500 million loan.
Hundreds of trucks in the southern provinces continue to illegally ship wood to Vietnam, a civil society official says.
Start of project is delayed by Lao political calendar, Chinese concerns about ability to service loans.
The Lao government is urged to account for the forced disappearance of Sombath Somphone.
New onerous requirements will slow funding and hinder the work of such groups, says one NGO official.
Neighbors concerned at damage to the vital Mekong River if dam goes ahead criticize Laos' unilateral move.
The move is part of a continued crackdown on Christians in the predominantly Buddhist country.