Lack of funds and available workers have slowed attempts to restore forest cover in the heavily logged country.
Local authorities had forbidden Christians from neighboring villages to join each other for festivities, a local source says.
Two valuable caches are uncovered in one week, suggesting the trade will be difficult to shut down.
The ceremony marks the fifth anniversary of the abduction of Sombath Somphone.
Signs posted at a major crossing warn would-be migrants against being lured into servitude by false promises.
It has now been five years since the rural development expert vanished in police custody.
Leth Xaiyaphone says officials from the province’s finance, forestry, and commerce departments are being investigated.
Provincial task force committees estimate 4,411 families will be affected by the $6 billion mega-project.
Officials sources say he did little other than enrich himself while in office.
She had labored for hours in agony, and died on her way to the operating room when doctors finally relented.
NGO officials said she ran away because she was unable to study and feared for her safety at the camp.
Lao officials say that only the already existing Bokeo provincial airport will now be used.
They had cut down rubber trees on farmland given by the government to a Vietnamese company.
Local villagers have let their cattle graze on the airport grounds after Lao Airlines ceased operations there a year ago.
Authorities brutally assault two men and a boy until they are bloody and unconscious, a relative of one of the detained says.
Officials say legal action must be taken against the project developer Bothong Inter Group.
More than 1,000 people came out to protest at PS Agriculture and Industry Promotion Import-Export Company over two days.
Rural development expert Sombath Somphone has been unaccounted for since December 2012 and the Lao government has not been forthcoming about his case.
Informal lotteries will be restricted or banned, and participation in foreign lotteries forbidden.
The state-run company plans to turn the center into a for-profit tourist attraction in Sayaboury province.
Investigators may be delaying to avoid implicating a provincial governor and his family.
Witnesses said 10 men abducted Ko Tee from his house in Vientiane.
Authorities apprehend 12 residents of Yeub village for cutting down trees on land granted to a Vietnamese rubber company.
Ko Tee fled to neighboring country after being summoned for “attitude adjustment.”
The Bank says it was correct to inform the public of PS Agriculture’s legal status.
Nearly 250 categories of compensation must be considered to ensure fair amounts are paid to those who lose land and crops to the mega-project.
They are accused of physical assault and detention, human trafficking, forcing people under 17 years of age to perform labor, and possessing illegal weapons.
Hundreds have returned home in recent weeks, amid fears of prosecution and exploitation.
Rights groups have slammed the harsh sentences handed down for Facebook posts criticizing the Lao government.
Seng Viyaketh denies that the timber, held after the 27 trucks carrying it to Vietnam were inspected at the border, belongs to her.