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.