Despite Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith's attempts to cut corruption, it's life as usual at the border.
Drawings lean heavily on numbers deemed unlucky or on popular numbers that are suddenly unavailable.
Local villagers say the brewery in Vientiane is contaminating the air and water.
Hundreds of nearby villagers complained of odor, smoke and runoff into farm fields.
Scholarship students face higher fees as some teachers aren’t paid and Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith proposes to remove alcohol from schools.
He and two other detainees will go to trial sometime this month, a relative says, but have no right to their own lawyers in what is being described as a 'political' case.
Local official questions the maintenance of the footbridge that crosses the Xeng River.