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Weather

Tropical Cyclone Son-Tinh makes landfall again

Three days of Son-Tinh overhead made things much worse in Vietnam and Laos.

Tropical Cyclone Son-Tinh makes landfall again

Asia Pacific

Hundreds reported missing after Laos dam collapse

Several killed and fears death toll may rise after an under-construction hydro-power dam collapses in southern Laos.

Asia Pacific

Concerns over Laos dam's environmental impact

The controversial Don Sahong dam in Laos has people arguing that its environmental impacts have not been studied well enough.

Asia Pacific

Debt-ridden Laos living on borrowed money

Public debt is estimated at around 68 percent of GDP and almost half of the money is being borrowed from one source - China.

Asia Pacific

China rail project to link landlocked Laos to Asia

A high-speed rail line being built by a Chinese company will run from run from Yunnan province in southern China to Laos’ capital, Vientiane.

Risking it all

Dicing with death on the rivers of Vietnam and Laos

Bamboo harvesters navigate rapids on rafts while Lao fishermen risk death casting their nets into a roaring waterfall.

Asia Pacific

Laos to withdraw troops after Cambodia threat

Prime Minister Hun Sen had accused Laos of sending 30 soldiers across the border and warned of a military response.

Laos to withdraw troops after Cambodia threat

Asia Pacific

Cambodia PM gives ultimatum to Laos over 'invasion'

Hun Sen accuses Laotian troops of trespassing into border area and threatens military response if they fail to withdraw.

Cambodia PM gives ultimatum to Laos over 'invasion'

People & Power

Laos: On the Borders of the Empire

We investigate China's rising influence in Laos and the potentially disastrous consequences for the local population.

Asia Pacific

The 'lawless' playgrounds of Laos

Has the Asian gambling enclave become a 'semi-lawless' zone where gambling, prostitution, and illicit trades flourish?

The 'lawless' playgrounds of Laos

Laos

Laos cracks down on social media critics

In a new strike on freedom of expression, Laos broadcasts a stark warning to social media users.

Laos cracks down on social media critics

Health

Vientiane Rescue: The deadly streets of Laos

A volunteer ambulance service is struggling to save lives in Vientiane as traffic-related deaths and injuries soar.

Reporter's Notebook

ASEAN legitimises human rights violators: Protesters

Protesters say human rights have been swept aside as leaders gather in California for Southeast Asian Nations meeting.

ASEAN legitimises human rights violators: Protesters

Politics

Battling drug trafficking on Mekong River

Thailand, China, Myanmar and Laos join forces to clear one of the world's biggest opium-producing regions.