3000 victims of July dam burst at risk as rice stocks deplete in Sanamxay district.
'Laos doesn't pay in cash,' one source says as defense ties between the two countries grow.
Meanwhile, Christians living in remote areas of the country are harassed and expelled from their homes by local officials.
Government identifies and punishes countless cases of corruption, yet Laos falls in transparency index
Complaints on social media force one district to retreat from its demands for cash, sources say.
Six years have passed since the popular rural development expert and land rights advocate vanished at a police checkpoint outside Vientiane.
Political prisoners are never amnestied, as their crimes are considered more serious than other offenses, Lao sources say.
Student in capital struggles after flood condemned her once well-off family to poverty