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Sep 26-Oct 2, 2016

Laos: Reform or Revolution (Diplomat)
The inquisitive visitor to an authoritarian state is often left trying to find crumbs of answers to the question: Does the populace actually like the regime and believe its lies? In some cases this is easier than others. When I visited Cuba some years ago, it was obvious the answer for many people was no. In the bars and restaurants, where Cubans strike up conversations only to
In Laos, a Haven for Tubing Offers More Peace, Less Partying (NY Times)
After the rise came the downfall. “There was one concrete slide we called the Slide of Death for obvious reasons,” Mr. Perkins said. A spate of fatalities occurred on the river in 2011 — between a dozen and 27 or more, depending on whom you ask — mostly young men made foolish and fearless by alcohol, diving head first into a river, or falling off poorly built equipment
Revealed: how senior Laos officials cut deals with animal traffickers (MSN)
Officials at the highest level of an Asian government have been helping wildlife criminals smuggle millions of dollars worth of endangered species through their territory, the Guardian can reveal. In an apparent breach of current national and international law, for more than a decade the office of the prime minister of Laos has cut deals with three leading traffickers to move hundreds of tonnes
Lao and Thai Transportation Officials to Discuss Railway Project (RFA)
Top Lao and Thai transportation officials will meet this week in an attempt to iron out some of their differences over a railway that would link the Lao capital of Vientiane with Thailand’s Nong Khai, RFA’s Lao Service has learned. While the exact date of the meeting in the northern Lao province of Luangprabang is unknown, Lao officials say that they plan to attempt to resolve some
Laos promises to phase out tiger farms: Conservation groups (AP/Yahoo)
Laos has promised to phase out farms that breed endangered tigers for their body parts, a positive step from a country believed to be a major hub of wildlife trafficking in Asia, conservation groups said Friday. The announcement by Laotian officials in South Africa came one day before the start of a meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos to phase out tiger farms (VT)
... Lao Govt announces Three Build targets (VT)
... EU recognises Laos' growing regional role (VT)
... EU upgrades diplomatic mission in Laos (SINA)
... Eat the grasshoppers, Lao official urges villagers (VT)
... SaBaiDee serves up Laotian fare, Thai favorites (DNJ)
... Yunnan car rally revs up interest in northern Laos' Bokeo (VT)
... Complaints about factory's pollution in Laos go unheeded (VT)
... Thailand May Ban Mekong Massacre Movie (China Film Insider)
... Korean companies eye investment in Vientiane province (Nation)
... Samsung confirms it has discontinued sales of Galaxy Note 7 (VT)
... Vietnam’s young officers visit Laos’ National Defense Academy (VBN)
... Laos-China Railway Project To Help Laos To Become Land-Linked Country (BD)
... Laos want more bridges (TTR Weekly)
... Laos: Educators beef up on test design (VT)
... Eight new foreign ambassadors appointed to Laos (VT)
... Ministry bans sale of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in Laos (VT)
... China company seeking to expand Lao power grid (Nation)
... Flood protection embankment to be built in Hadxaifong (VT)
... Lao PM ready to tackle difficulties for Vietnamese investors (VBN)
... Vietnam, Laos share experience in public debt management (VNP)
... Re-importing authenticity: bringing flavor back to Laos (Bend Bulletin)
... The Laos Visa on Arrival & Other Essential Traveler Information (GoSEAsia)
... Laos: Cabinet mulls ways to boost investment in special economic zones (VT)
... 10 Awesome Things to Do in Laos (AIY)
... EDL to repay Thai debts with electricity (VT)
... Lao Govt to establish municipalities, cities (VT)
... Lao students awarded Russian scholarships (VT)
... Lao Café to open permanent London site (Caterer)
... Laos, Kyrgyzstan sign visa exemption for diplomats (VT)
... Lao PM stresses need for mutual trust in UN speech (VT)
... Lao-American Obituary: Khankham Luangrath, 62 (WLKM)
... Viet NA chief aims to boost Laos ties (Vietnam Breaking News)
... Funds allocated by Lao Govt for railway compensation awards (VT)
... Viet NA Chairwoman meets Lao Party General Secretary (VietnamNet)
... Laos: Old buses come to end of the line (VT)
... Hmong-Lao Veterans Memorial unveiled (WDH)
... Lao gov't tackles trade challenges (Global Times)
... Local flavour to Laos tea promotion (Telegraph India)
... Laos' infrastructure meeting assesses progress (VT)
... Laos' poor quality rice mills limit exports to China (VT)
... Air Asia FREE Seats to Laos Promotion (Freebies Land)
... Sustainable Development Goals spur progress in Laos (VT)
... Laos failing to curb illegal wildlife trade: monitor (AFP/Yahoo)
... The Best Upscale Restaurants in Luang Prabang (Wild China)
... 10 exotic places [Laos is #2] you can tour on $10 a day (Philly)
... Lao Border: Nong Khai SEZ lagging, locals claim (Bangkok Post)
... World Bank funds environmental protection projects in Laos (VT)
... Laos, Vietnam mark 55th anniversary of Saiphouluang Road (VT)
... Stolen Malaysian cars smuggled into Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia (AA)
... Lao ruling communist party to strengthen fight against corruption (Global Times)

September 19-25, 2016

Malaysia to buy power from Laos via Thai power grid (VT or TV)
Laos, Thailand and Malaysia concluded a deal on Wednesday which will see Malaysia buy 100 MW of electricity from Laos via Thailand's power grid. Top energy officials of the three countries signed the MoU on the sidelines of the 34th Asean Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) in the Myanmar capital of Nay Pyi Taw, according to the Lao Ministry of Energy and Mines.
Lao students to retake college entrance exam after cheating incident (MS or RFA)
Roughly 7,000 high school students have had to retake Laos' annual college entrance exam after administrators discovered that questions on one part of the test had been leaked and circulated in advance, an official at the university where the exam was administered said on Tuesday. Exam administrators announced on Sept. 15 that those who took the test on Sept. 11 at the National
Lao Government Promises Over Land Are Met With Suspicion (RFA)
A senior Lao official’s request to villagers and others affected by land grabs to bring their cases to government attention for redress is being met with suspicion, with civil society workers voicing doubts that much will now change. “We realize that the public has been very critical of our handling of land issues,” Anothai Chanthalangsy, deputy director of the Land Department
Viet firm to sell rubber plantation in Laos to Chinese (VT)
A Vietnamese multi-sector conglomerate has announced it may sell nearly half of its massive rubber plantation stake in Laos to Chinese partners to deal with increasing debts and shrinking profits. The Vietnamese firm Hoang Anh Gia Lai is a major investor in Laos and operates a number of businesses including a rubber plantation in the country's south.
Laos: Investment grows at SEZs (VT or Nation)
Over US$1 billion has been disbursed in various business activities and the development of special and specific economic zones (SEZs), driven by growing regional economic integration. Almost 300 companies from Laos and overseas are now investing in the SEZs, with a total registered capital of almost US$8 billion, of which US$1.62 billion has been spent.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos' new library shelved until 2017 (VT)

... Laos tracks increased family planning services (VT)

... Vientiane's bus enterprise to serve passengers better (VT)

... Laos promotes low-carbon growth under Paris Agreement (VT)

... Lao Defense Minister in Camdodia on Goodwill Visit (Khmer Times)

... Lao Govt, World Bank Group discuss disaster risk management (VT)

... Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia discuss development triangle area (VietnamNet)

... Cambodia, Laos need to cooperate against drugs, forest crimes along border (Sina)

... Lao-American Obituary: Pheng Keomanivong (MPN)

... Four people killed in UXO accidents over two days (VT)

... Transport operators in Laos suffer life in the slow lane (VT)

... Lao Govt vows to standardise wood processing plants (VT)

... Coffee growers in Laos hopeful of better price this year (VT)

... The American chef who is taking Laotian food to Laos (SCMP)

... Laos: Humans and gibbons on top of the world (Straits Times)

... Nine lawmakers in Laos to observe infra projects (My Republica)

... Laos: Reaping the Benefits of a New Era of International Cooperation (AF)

... Inside the US Effort to Clear Millions of Vietnam-Era Bombs in Laos (VICE)

... Perlas Pilipinas whips Laos by 147 points in 2016 SEABA Women’s Championship

... Laos partners with neighbours to monitor Zika (VT)
... Laos - Bombscapes: Of War and Earth (UNDARK)
... Bears in Laos: Abused and killed for their bile (DW)
... Adventure park draws the crowds in LuangPrabang (VT)
... Letter: American bombs still threaten Laos (Times Union)
... Vietinbank Laos opens branch in Champasak (Vietnam Plus)
... Real estate growth sustainable but sluggish in Laos, experts say (VT)
... Disabled people in Laos struggle to get education, jobs: workshop (VT)
... Ministry bans telecom operators in Laos from ramping up competition (VT)
... GE, EDL sign agreement to develop Laos' hydroelectric power workforce (HW)
... Rich history and opulent living at Belmond La Residence Phou Vao (XO Private)
... Laos: Questions raised over vehicle spraying station at the border crossing (VT)
... Unexploded ordances kill 2 kids in Laos (Sina or VT)
... 15 wanderlust-worthy photos of Laos (G Adventures)
... Main sponsor of Miss Laos 2016 contest revealed (VT)
... Vietnam considers buying more power from Laos (VT)
... Tea drinkers eager to sample Lao Gold Champa brew (VT)
... Laos, Vietnam further cooperation for ICT development (VT)
... Mary Sanchez: Help those who served U.S. in Laos (Denton RC)
... Vietnamese cop shot during drug raid at Laos border (VN Express)
... Treehouses on top of the world: Zip-lining to lodgings in Laos (Chron)
... Systems in place will ensure VAT payment transparency: Lao official (VT)
... Lao PM asks for Vietnam’s support in e-government building (VietnamNet)
... What lingers in Laos: Clearing unexploded bombs is just one step (Hanford Sentinel)
... How a secret US war created a new generation of Americans who changed foreign policy
... Laos orders fire trucks from China (VT)
... In Laos, fresh ideas from master carvers (Nation)
... Laos should hand over MIA remains (News Gazette)
... Kudos to Asean chair Laos despite hiccups (Nation)
... Laos: VAT payments at border crossings not yet enforced (VT)
... Northern Laos: Bokeo families relocate to make way for dam (VT)
... Southern Laos: Champassak road toll charges causing confusion (VT)
... Washington offers pittance for monstrous crimes against Laos (Workers)
... Singaporean wife of missing Laos man: ‘Time can never heal a wound like this’
... Obama's Visit to Laos a Watershed Moment for L.A.'s Lao Community (LA Weekly)

September 12-18, 2016

Laos: Communism, persecution, and the spread of the Gospel (MNN)
The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom urged Obama to discuss religious persecution in Laos at the ASEAN Summit this past weekend. While it’s unclear whether or not this was a highlighted conversation, the USCIRF brings up an important reminder.  The USCIRF says while some religious groups feel things are getting better for them, others continue
Heavy rain lashes Laos' southern provinces (VT)
 While some areas remain unaffected by strong winds and heavy rain as forecast from September 13-15, there has been significant rainfall in other parts of the south, according to the Meteorology and Hydrology Department.  Officials in at-risk areas are monitoring river levels in Khammuan, Savannakhet, Champassak, Saravan, Xekong and Attapeu provinces and are ready to respond
Can Laos Create a Startup Economy? (Diplomat)
Last week, the usually sleepy capital of Vientiane was awoken amidst the commotion and hustle bustle of the 29th ASEAN Summit. Within four days, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic had hosted a flurry of official meetings, negotiations, and historic agreements, such as President Barack Obama’s pledge of $90 million to remove unexploded ordnance. It was a historic week for Laos
Mystery surrounds disappearance of Laos man after traffic stop (USA Today)
The last time Ng Shui Meng saw her husband, he was driving his beloved vintage American jeep. That was a December evening almost four years ago, after Sombath Somphone was stopped by traffic police. He never arrived home for dinner. The disappearance of Sombath, 64, a prominent Lao activist who focused on rural development and reducing poverty, is a persistent reminder
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos shares view on cultural values (VT)
... Lao Fashion Week gets underway in Vientiane (Nation)
... Attapeu to develop water route access to Sky Lake (VT)
... Lao-American Obituary: Pheng Keomanivong (Hawkeye)
... Laos-China railway construction to begin in December (VT)
... Funding needed to improve lives of Laos' disabled people (VT)
... Lao-Hmong exhibit to open in Wausau mall (Wausau Daily Herald)
... Foreign investors inject more interest into private hospitals in Laos (VT)
... Ministers highlight Laos-led frameworks for Asean community building (VT)
... Flagship Store of MINISO in Laos Opens, Financial Minister Appeared with Wife
... Laos sets ambitious education goals for 2020 (VT)
... Why silt is so important for the Mekong (Third Pole)
... Checks on petrol importers hit bureaucratic snags (VT)
... EXO Travel Laos and Myanmar Travelife Accredited (ATN)
... China Railway signs US$ 1.2 bn deal for Laos rail link (KHL)
... Economists predict Laos-South Korea economic boom (VT)
... Ongoing opportunities for luxury hotel growth in Laos (Nation)
... Students to resit NUOL entrance exams after questions leaked (VT)
... MEA directed to monitor trilateral highway project in Laos (Steel Guru)
... Vietnam shares poverty reduction experience with Laos (Vietnam Plus)
... NASA sees Tropical Depression Rai over Thailand, Vietnam, Laos (eSN)
... Climate change adaptation project launched to sustain wetlands in Laos (VT)
... Despite challenges, progress continues on the China-Laos Railway Project (GT)
... Is ASEAN becoming irrelevant? (Inquirer)
... Lao Red Cross officials trained in Hanoi (VBN)
... Forecasters warn of strong winds in Laos (VT)
... Silk Road to bring China and Asean closer (VT)
... Cambodia-Laos MoU on trademarks (Khmer Times)
... Luxembourg supports Lao prosecutors' training (VT)
... AU: Researcher tackles Laos veg pests (Fresh Plaza)
... Lagarde urges Laos to continue fiscal consolidation (PFI)
... Sanchez: Time to honor those who served in Laos (Cumberlink)
... Laos, Thailand plan to build more bridges across the Mekong (VT)
... Insider Journeys and Laos turn on charm for Prime Minister Turnbull (ETB)
... China Railway Group's winning bid on Laos railway project is credit positive
... US apologizes to Laos over cluster bombs, then sells them to pound Yemen
... She taught D.C. to respect Lao food. Now she’s trying to teach Laos, too (WP)
... Contract extended for Poyry to provide services for Xayaburi hydropower in Laos
... Pöyry awarded extension to owner's engineer services assignment for Xayaburi dam
... An American Weaver in Laos (MDK)
... Duterte steals the show in Laos (Star)
... Korea to provide surgery for Lao children (VT)
... Youth leaders summit in Laos: Unity in diversity (IA)
... Vestas is preffered supplier for wind park in Laos (Scand Asia)
... Laos to benefit from extra Indian funding for scientific research (VT)
... Dam the Mekong, Thailand Buys More Hydroelectricity from Laos (CT)
... Laos' agricultural products exported to EU must meet health standards (VT)
... Obama Lauds Buddhism, Tours Temple During Laos Trip (Christian News)
... Only certain plantation tree species may be exported: Lao govt spokesman (VT)

September 5-11, 2016

Blind & missing both hands, bombing victim navigates life in Laos (USA Today)
VIENTIANE, Laos — Phongsavath Souliyalat was walking home from school in his tiny village of Hin Hub, a few hours north of the capital of Vientiane, when a friend found a metal ball on the ground. "We did not know what it was, so he gave it to me. I'm a little bit naughty so I tried to open it, and that is my last memory," Souliyalat recalled about what happened in February 2008. 
A monk in Laos, dreaming of America, waits for Obama (Washington Post)
When Sengdao Oudomsinh heard Barack Obama was coming to town, the first thing he did was look him up online. Sengdao — an 18-year-old novice monk who had left his impoverished family’s rice farm in search of a better life in this city’s temples — had seen Obama’s picture before in newspapers and knew he was president of United States, but not much else. 
Laos temple town excited it's on world map with Obama visit (Yahoo)
Growing up in Wisconsin, Son Inthachith's classmates in school had no idea where his native Laos was. Thanks to President Barack Obama, not only is the little landlocked country on the world map but so is Inthachith's sleepy hometown of Luang Prabang. The town of about 50,000 people, known to a relatively small number of international tourists for its stunning temples and quaint streets
Obama announces $90 million to clear Laos' unexploded bombs (CNN or UPI)
President Barack Obama said Tuesday that US has an "obligation" to help Laos recover from a brutal secret bombing campaign that destroyed parts of the Southeast Asian nation. During an address to the Lao people in the country's capital, Obama pledged $90 million in a joint three-year project with the country's government to clear tens of millions of unexploded US bombs.
What 80 million unexploded US bombs did to Laos (CNN/WMUR or WIWL)

For two years after the accident, Yei Yang refused to leave his home.  "I couldn't farm, I couldn't go to see friends, as they might be afraid of me," Yang tells CNN. "I didn't want to live." Yang was just 22 and burning rubbish near his village in the province of Xieng Khoung in north-eastern Laos, when a bomb blast tore off one of his eyelids, his top lip and an ear, mutilated one of his arms
Tiny Laos Readies For A Visit From Obama — Under The Global Spotlight (NPR)
The tiny southeast nation of Laos will host leaders from around the world this week. There's a global summit happening there, and President Obama will be in Laos as well. It's part of his last trip to Asia as president. NPR's Elise Hu is in Laos. Elise, thanks for being with us.  Well, Laos is a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. 
ASEAN & East Asia Summit meetings in Laos
... ASEAN summit ends in Laos (CCTV-America)
... ASEAN summits wrap up to great acclaim (VT)
... Take A Look At Obama’s Historic Visit To Laos (HP)

... After War, A New Legacy of Peace in Laos (DIN Merican)
... Laos supports India's permanent seat in UNSC (Madhyamam)
... Aiming for closer ties to Laos, Obama honors its culture (ABC)
... Obama puts sea row back on agenda of Laos summit (Inquirer)
... In Laos, Obama Repeatedly Calls Americans ‘Lazy’ (Federalist)

... Obama's visit to Laos captures a community's attention in MN (MPR)

... The Latest: Obama reflects on implications of war in Laos (WP or AP)
... Jokowi Raises Eradication of Illegal Fishing at Asean-US Summit in Laos (JG)

... Why the U.S. Is Pledging Millions to Clean Up Bombs in Laos (Smithsonian Mag)

... Obama slams ‘stressed’ Americans as racist, lazy while speaking in Laos (CFL)

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... Thailand signs up for more Lao power (Nation)
... New Zealand announces UXO clearance package (VT)
... NZ helps Laos clear its countryside of cluster bombs (MSN)
... NZ technology to help bomb victims in Laos (News Talk ZB)
... U.S. Still Concerned Over Disappearance of Sombath (RFA)
... Hmong community reacts to President Obama's pledge to help Laos (WAOW)
... Prime Minister John Key pledges $11.5m to help clear unexploded munitions in Laos
... Laos , UN endorse new partnership framework (VT)
... Laos launches SDG 18 to make lives safe from UXO (VT)
... Eau Claire Hmong community reacts to Obama's visit to Laos (WQOW)
... UN head, Ban Ki-moon, Tours UXO Removal Training Center in Laos (LHT)
... Laos refused to take back ex-con gunman who shot Fresno sheriffs (FoxNews)
... Russia’s largest fuel and energy companies are interested in carrying out projects in Laos
... Lao Govt takes aim at locust invasion (VT)
... Plan for logistics hub in Laos (Straits Times)
... Inclusive Agriculture Bears Fruit in Laos (Just Means)
... Bucket list travel: Explore ancient capital of Laos (IOL)
... Thailand, Laos plan three more bridges (Bangkok Post)
... Police object to bail for suspects in Lao murders (Nation)
... Microsoft provides free online courses to Lao students (VT)
... Vietnam, Myanmar and Laos emerge as FDI magnets (Nikkei)
... Killings & Disappearances: The questions Laos doesn’t want to answer (Amnesty)
... Modern machinery, technical skills needed to improve wood processing in Laos (VT)

... Obama sips coconut in Laos (Reuters)
... Laos and the US: blood and secrets (MSN)
... Laos, Japan agree on joint development plan (VT)
... Indonesia offers US$1m to Laos as Asean chair (VT)
... Laos Buddhist temple earns Obama admiration (Standard)
... Obama’s ‘Rebalancing’ to Asia Falters in Sleepy Laos (Time)
... Obama Hints at Post-Presidency Plans During Laos Visit (ABC)
... Laos: A Remote Battleground For North And South Korea (NPR)
... In Laos, Obama pushes back on U.S. isolationism (Post Register)
... The Latest: Obama dines in Laos with ASEAN country leaders (MJ)
... Pledging US help, Obama says Laos living in 'shadow of war' (Yahoo)
... Obama tours Buddhist temple, pays tribute to Lao culture (Gulf Today)
... Barack Obama meets survivor of US bombs in Laos (Financial Express)
... Obama's Latest Stop In Laos Focuses On Younger Demographic (WAMU)
... Showcasing Lao culture, Obama pushes back on US isolationism (AP/JCP)
... Obama pays tribute to victims of U.S. bombings during the 'secret war' in Laos (LAT)
... Laos: This Is Not an Apology (Esquire)
... Laos, US unveil comprehensive partnership (VT)
... In Laos, Obama Shines a Light on the Secret War (RFA)
... US’ Laos goal can’t be sustained: experts (Global Times)
... Laos-US: Obama regrets 'biggest bombing in history' (BBC)
... How Laos Tries to Balance Its Powerful Neighbors (NY Times)
... Obama Makes Case for Asia-Pacific Re-balance in Laos (VOA)
... Obama’s Laos Visit Is Pretty Awkwardly-Timed for Hillary (Slate)
... Obama wishes he could ride an elephant in Laos (News Ghana)
... PM Modi to leave for Laos to attend ASEAN, East Asia Summits (DNA)
... On historic trip to Laos, Obama aims to heal war wounds (Jakarta Post)
... US has 'moral obligation' to help Laos heal Vietnam war wounds, Obama says
... Obama: 'We're Joining With Laos to...Bring More Healthy Meals to Children in School'
... Top global leaders flying to Laos (VT)

... Parliaments push ASEAN to be stronger (VT)

... Republic of Korea's President to visit Laos (VT)

... Obama in Laos for first US presidential visit (AP/Yahoo)

... 43 years later, Vietnam War still haunting Laos (WDEF)

... Obama goes to Laos, a potential economic ally (WBFO)

... Leaders meet in Laos to map out Asean’s direction (Star)
... Landlocked Laos Struggles Between China, Vietnam (VOA)

... ASEAN senior officials discuss preparations for summits (VT)

... How Obama can win hearts and minds in Laos (Straits Times)

... Obama to address lethal legacy of secret war in Laos (Reuters)

... ASEAN actively contributes to international affairs: Lao President (VT)

... Laos' Mythical Luang Prabang (Jakarta Globe)
... Tiny Laos Gets a Rare Moment in the Sun (WSJ)
... Asean officials finalise documents for summits (VT)
... Volunteers rescue road crash victims in Laos (Inquirer)
... Vientianet: Tanmixay-Sikeuth road upgrade commences (VT)
... Obama in Laos: Cleaning up After the Secret War (Diplomat)
... Obama to Make and Face History in Laos (Cambodian Times)
... 3,000 Vietnamese labourers in Laos return home (VietnamNet)
... Border marker setters' outstanding efforts awarded by nation (VT)
... Fierce lightning, international coverage ignites concern in capital (VT)
... Myanmar state counsellor to attend Asean summit in Laos (Web India)
... Xi proposes common destiny community with Laos (Pakistan Observer)
... China's Belt and Road Initiative to unlock Laos economic potential (ECNS)
... Vira Douangmany Cage: Thoughts on president’s trip to Laos (GazetteNet)
... Will This New Asian Gaming Mecca, [Laos] Hurt Macau Casinos? (Motley Fool)
... Abe in China for G-20 summit, ASEAN meetings ahead in Laos (Manila Bulletin)
... Obama seeks to curb China’s expanding clout, move beyond past in Laos (WT)
... Cluster bombs dropped by U.S. on Laos five decades ago still maiming people (JT)

Aug 29-Sep 4, 2016

US bombs still maim as Obama prepares to visit Laos (AFP/Yahoo)
This year's summer holidays had only just begun when Viet became a fresh casualty of a secret bombing campaign the United States conducted in Laos decades ago. The 13-year-old was helping his family clear fields in June when his shovel disturbed one of the millions of cluster bomblets that still litter his homeland after being dropped some 50 years ago in a sideshow to the Vietnam War.
Obama urged to press Laos on human rights at regional summit (Reuters)
Activists have called on U.S. President Barack Obama to press Laos on its human rights record on issues such as illegal land concessions and forced evictions, when he visits the Communist country next week. Obama is due to attend a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the capital Vientiane, becoming the first U.S. president to visit Laos.
Laotian, Hmong Americans cautiously optimistic ahead of Obama's Laos visit (NBC)
Some Laotian Americans and Hmong Americans are cautiously optimistic about President Barack Obama's visit to Laos next week. Obama will be the first U.S. president to visit the country, according to the White House, with stops at the U.S.-ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit, bilateral meetings with President of Laos Bounnhang Vorachith and other key officials
Repression in Laos Goes Under the Spotlight (News Lens)
Human rights and democracy advocates are using next week’s Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Vientiane, Laos, to draw attention to the country’s authoritarian regime. Charles Santiago is a Malaysian Member of Parliament and Chairperson of ASEAN PHR. In an op-ed published in the Bangkok Post, Santiago slams Laos’ communist government for being
As Obama heads to Laos, signs of a tilt away from China (Reuters/Yahoo)
The secretive communist government of Laos, a country with a population of less than 7 million, rarely causes a ripple on the diplomatic circuit. And yet its sleepy capital will spring to life next week when global leaders arrive for an Asian summit. Barack Obama will be among them, making the last push of his presidency to 'rebalance' Washington's foreign policy towards Asia
Other stories about Laos around the world
... No Zika cases detected in Laos (VT)

... Poverty solutions prove challenging in Laos (VT)

... US President prepares first-ever visit to Laos (VT)

... Viet's HAGL likely to sell sugar mill in Laos (Stock Biz)

... East Asia- Latin America coordinator role for Laos (VT)

... As Budget Drops, Commission Prepares for New Laos Dam (CD)

... Buddhists, devotees lay out ancestral offerings for annual feast (VT)

... Zarif to sign treaty on Iran’s accession to ASEAN in Laos (Iran Project)

... More than a thousand furniture plants in Laos ordered to shut down (VT)

... President Obama’s historic visit to Laos comes at the perfect time (MSS)

... 'Laos full of opportunities for Korean investors,' says Laotian minister (KT)

... LAOS: President Obama – Highlight Religious Freedom Concerns (US CIRF)

... China, Vietnam and Laos commit to tackle wildlife trafficking problems (NewsWire)

... 3 Day Mekhong Bike Thai-Lao 2016 Kicks off in Chiang Rai’s Chiang Khong District

... Human Rights Abuses in Laos, Philippines and Myanmar Must Lead (Amnesty USA)

... Tackle human rights abuses in Laos, says ICJ and other human rights organizations

... BMW Asia, Auto Lao support Asean Summits (VT)

... Two Houses burn down in Donpamai village, Vientiane (VT)

... China's Projen group expands truck market in Laos (Nation)

... VAT to be levied at border crossings, effective immediately (VT)

... Human rights under scrutiny in Laos ahead of ASEAN meet (AA)

... Nonprofits Urge Laos for Greater Commitment to Human Rights (LAHT)

... Turning cultural differences into shared assets, ASEAN can prosper (VT)

... Synthetic drug market in East and Southeast Asia continues to expand (VT)

... Poor household prevalence drops in Laos as poverty reduction push persists (VT)

... Right turns at red lights reinstated in Laos (VT)

... ASCC chair to push priorities for endorsement (VT)

... Laos: Asia’s New Cultural Hot Spot (True Viral News)

... Lao people want US to increase UXO clearance (VT)

... Illegal foreign workers overstaying in Champassak (VT)

... Obama sets one-on-one with Duterte in Laos (Standard)

... Chinese premier to visit Laos, attend East Asia Summit (ECNS)

... Jordan U-16 women’s football team to play Laos (Jordan Times)

... Krungsri customers in Laos offered new payment option (Nation)

... Lao-Canadian: Khao House welcomes the neighbourhood (WFP)

... Vietnam, Laos increase experience sharing in Party building (DCS)

... English skills support underway in northern Laos' XiengKhuang (VT)

... Skillful Lao Leadership Boosts Asean Unity on South China Sea (AEC)

... Public, private education sectors in Laos must improve standards (VT)

... More funds for That Luang restoration (VT)
... Vietnam, Laos bolster front cooperation (VOV)
... Laos: Some schools opt for fee rise this year (VT)
... X-rays suggest logs at Thai port not from Laos (VT)
... Two articles of Govt law revised to handle changes (VT)
... Decline in Economical Growth in Laos by 7.3% (MENA FN)
... Australia: Laotian migrant carves out new life in Tamworth (ABC)
... Laos readies first aid, emergency medical response ahead of summits (VT)
... Asean cultural ministers support Vientiane Declaration on cultural heritage (VT)
... Laos' investment promotion law undergoes amendments to boost growth (Nation)
... Lao PM inspects summit venues (VT)
... Lao Govt mobilises funds for flood victims (VT)
... Laos prepares for rare Obama visit (Invest Vine)
... Spectacular cave discovered in Khammuan (VT)
... Lao Govt approves three laws for NA debate (VT)
... Summit in Laos: They all want to meet Rody (Philstar)
... SilkAir adds new connections from Singapore to Laos (TTG Asia)
... Forecaster: Heavy rainfall, storms in Laos for next three months (VT)
... Laos minister frets over ‘too many foreign language signs’ in capital (Nation)
... Investment promotion law undergoes amendments to boost growth in Laos (VT)
... Vietnam considers buying electricity from Laos to ease reliance on China (VBN)
... Laos, Venezuela Present Candidatures to Co-Chair Joint Regional Forum (LAHT)
... DLF, WWF-Laos Sign MOU To Promote Fisheries Community Management (BD)
... With health care scarce, first aid volunteers key lifesavers on deadly roads of Laos
... Vientiane: Where drink driving is out of control, volunteers are fighting a losing battle
... Lao-Hmong refugees in U.S. advise newcomers - put your past behind & get to work

Aug. 22-28, 2016

Laos starts construction on Don Sahong hydropower project (VietnamNet)
KPL News has reported that the commencement ceremony of the construction of Don Sahong hydropower plant took place on August 16 in Champasak in the south of Laos. This is the second hydropower dam on the Mekong River built by Laos. The construction of Don Sahong hydropower plant began in October 2015 with 8 percent of the construction works fulfilled.
Laotians Feel The Pain of Rising Prices, Stagnant Wages (RFA)
The cost of living in Laos—one of the most impoverished countries in Southeast Asia—has been rising this year despite a stagnant minimum wage of about U.S. $120 a month, making it difficult for many ordinary people to afford staple foods and other daily necessities. In the capital Vientiane, food prices have increased by an average of 30 percent since last October, said a senior official
Obama in Laos: can he win six million hearts to trump Beijing? (ASEAN Today)
The upcoming Laos visit represents a highly strategic move. For three days in early September, Obama will take part in the U.S-ASEAN and East Asia summits in the capital city of Vientiane. In the context of this programme he will have a bilateral meeting with Laos President, Bounnhang Vorachith, and attend a town hall session with young leaders.  On the surface, a visit to a country
Laos: Typhoon hit roads thwart travellers (VT)
Many sections of main roads in central and northern provinces have been blocked or collapsed following landslides caused by the effects of Typhoon Dianmu on the weekend. Roads falling away or being blocked have hindered buses and other vehicles making their way along major northern routes causing lengthy delays.  In response, local public works and transport sectors are working
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Thailand seizes lumber enroute from Laos (VT)
... Road link in Laos will benefit Nan (TTR Weekly)
... Lao Ambassador visits Shrewsbury House (Attain)
... Schools in Laos to close during ASEAN Summits (VT)
... Laos market report: A gentle awakening (Asian Legal Business)
... Vietnam-Laos border trade agreement to be implemented (VBN)
... Members lack of discipline concerns Lao Communist Party (VT)
... Harder works needed to fully rule Laos by laws: senior official (VT)
... Nava Bharat divests Laos project to Chaleun Sekong Group (Hindu BL)
... New community fisheries project to preserve Mekong's biodiversity (VT)
... What does Laos have to hide? (ASEAN Today)
... Laos enforces revenue collection measures (Nation)
... Govt aid flows to flood victims in Luang Prabang (VT)
... Vientiane heavy truck ban during ASEAN summits (VT)
... High Profile: Supha Xayprasith-Mays (Arkansas Online)
... Top Lao leader to open ASEAN summits next month (VT)
... Laos: Party Secretary General stresses streamlined Govt (VT)
... Laos wins seventh ASEAN Regional Quiz (Vietnam Plus or VT)
... Policy makers call for recognition of inherited lands in Laos (VT)
... Lao GDP expected to expand 7 pct, lower than expected (Global Times)
... Lao-Hmong entrepreneurs move up workforce ladder (Wausau Daily Herald)
... Laos-China Railway to benefit various areas, boost investment: gov't report (Sina)
... Laos, Vietnam jointly boost sports (VT)
... Vientiane-Xekong bus crash kills three (VT)
... Mekong water levels remain at safe heights (VT)
... 3 die in bus crash in southern Laos (Shanghai Daily)
... Lao officials vow food safety for summits' guests (VT)
... Over 300 business people, academia to attend ABIS 2016 (VT)
... Laos confers friendship medal on Xinhua correspondent (Sina)
... Lao Securities issues warning on dubious financing companies (VT)
... Leaders worldwide to attend ASEAN Summits in Laos (Vietnam Plus)
... Obama visit will ‘basically’ normalize relations with Laos (Miami Herald)
... President Obama’s historic visit to Laos comes at the perfect time (AAPress)
... 6.6 kilos of heroin seized at Laos border (TNN)
... How a Japanese strawberry gets to Laos (Nikkei)
... Osha Thai Team Expands With Lao Table (Eater)
... NUOL offers options to higher diploma graduates (VT)
... Obama to visit Laos to advance ties, business (Nation)
... Vietnam aims for larger slice of Lao retail market (VietnamNet)
... Lao-Thai: Flood-hit Loei residents warned to evacuate (Nation)
... Foreign leaders confirm attendance to upcoming summits (VT)
... Korean company looking to crack open cashew nut market (VT)
... Vietnam, Laos share experience in People’s Councils activities (DCS)
... 3 Bruneian Students Depart to Laos for 7th Regional Asean Quiz (BD)
... Transparent sources, electronic collection keys to revenue collection (VT)
... Osha Thai Marks 20th Anniversary With New Concept, 'Lao Table,' In SoMa (HL)
... America’s shame: The unspoken danger of Lao’s hidden bombs (ASEAN Today)

Aug. 15-21, 2016

Obama to become first US president to visit Laos (AFP/Yahoo)
President Barack Obama will visit Laos next month, a first for a US president, in a trip that begins with a G20 summit in China, the White House said Thursday. The September 2-9 tour will be the president's 11th visit to Asia since he took office in 2009. Obama has made a "pivot" to the region a pillar of US foreign policy. Next month's swing will come about five months before
'Laos well placed to attract New Zealand investment' (Nation)
Laos' strategic location, surrounded by big neighbouring economies - China, Thailand and Vietnam, has provided investment incentives for the country, New Zealand Trade Minister has said. Todd McClay made the comment recently during his attendance at the meeting between Economic Ministers from the 10 Asean member states as well as Australia & New Zealand held in Vientiane
Laos: Savan Vegas gets $400m counter-offer from Europe-Asia consortium (DSA)
A Europe-Asia consortium has made a cash counter-offer of $400 million for the assets and 50-year gaming concession of Savan Vegas Casino & Hotel Entertainment Complex in Laos. The consortium is led by Werner Kubesch, who owns Austria-based biotechnology firm ECAS4 Int’l AG and a trading company in Thailand and has over 35 years experiences of doing business
Laos - The land of a million elephants (Travel Blog)
24 hours consuming nothing but bread and water seemed to cure whatever ailed me so I stopped in at a nice place on the main street for scrambled eggs, a baguette and a pot of English breakfast tea. Gave the pho a miss this morning just in case. The weather had even rained itself out over night. I was supposed to head off to see the elephants at 8.30 but apparently everyone sleeps late
US$65-million riverside project in Pakse set to begin construction (VT)
A US$65-million-plus Mekong River Integrated Management Project in Pakxe town, Champassak province is set to begin construction at the end of this year, officials in charge of the project have confirmed. The project comprises four components including the construction of an embankment along the Mekong and Xedon rivers which totals over 16 km in length.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Lao-American: I Am Not Beautiful (MTV)

... Indonesia eyes further cooperation with Laos (Nation)

... Volunteers keeping Vientiane streets clean for summit (VT)

... Revenue shortfall in Laos escalates budgetary tensions (VT)

... Central Laos: Borikhamxay road link experiencing delays (VT)

... Southern Laos: Access to healthcare improving in Xekong (VT)

... Obama Heads to China, Laos for Possibly Last Asia Trip (VOA)

... Obama visit will ‘basically’ normalize relations with Laos (Herald Online)
... Duterte: Laos meeting not the time to discuss sea ruling with China (BM)
... Obama to head to China, Laos for last visit in his 'rebalance' push (Reuters)
... Lao-American: Soukhamthath defends CES MMA bantamweight championship
... Northern Laos: Flash flooding in LuangPrabang kills woman, damages crops (VT)

... Northern Laos: Japan contributes to mechanised UXO clearance in XiengKhuang (VT)

... Indonesia eyes further cooperation with Laos (VT)

... Public warned to be on alert after Mekong River rise (VT)

... Laos: Contaminated food imports victimise local consumers (VT)

... Laos: Thousands of cubic metres veneer legitimate for export (VT)

... Seno grilled chicken area plans to become rest stop for region (VT)

... Parliamentarians From Laos Continue Working Visit in Vietnam (Prensa Latina)

... The easy life in Laos: sip, read and relax at L’Etranger Books and Tea (Guardian)

... Tropical system threatens to unleash late-week flooding in China, Vietnam and Laos

... Laos in the World Spotlight: The East Asian Summit & Next Steps in U.S.-Lao Relations

... Beware of a rising Mekong this month (VT)
... Laos: Civil code draft nears completion (VT)
... Landslides follow heavy rains in nation's north (VT)
... Laos hopes to export electricity to Singapore by 2020 (VT)
... Consortium announces bid for Laos’ Savan Vegas (GGR Asia)
... Japan Supports UXO Clearance Efforts In Laos (Brunei Direct)
... Boost economic development, PM urges authorities in Phongsaly (VT)
... Rare long leng lumber's illegal loggers not from Laos, source claims (VT)
... Duterte’s first foreign trip: Laos (Manila Times)
... Lao-Viet: Large drug hauls seized in Vietnam (TNN)
... Lao NA wants to learn from Vietnam (VietnamNews)
... Liberia, Laos Establish Diplomatic Ties (GNN Liberia)
... Vietnam gives top priority to relationship with Laos: President (VietnamNet)
... Luang Prabang (Travel Blog)
... Laos showing off some diplomatic skills (Nikkei)
... Xekong coffee growers exasperated by price drop (VT)
... Traffic police out in force ahead of Asean Summits (VT)
... Lao-Thai: The fear of becoming a banana state for China (BP)
... The First Botanical Garden in Laos Opening in November (eGlobal)
... Foreign media interest ahead of regional leaders summits in Laos (VT)
...Three-fold increase in Eld's deer population in Savannakhet province (VT)
... Laos to share hydropower development expertise with Myanmar (XinhuaNet)

Aug. 8-14, 2016

Unexploded Bombs Still a Problem in Laos (VOA)
Officials in Laos estimate that the country has about 15,000 people who have been injured by unexploded ordnance, also called UXO. The ordnance landed in the countryside, but failed to explode over 40 years ago. They were dropped as part of a secret American bombing campaign during the Vietnam War. Today, there are few support services available in Laos for people
China-Laos Relations Improve as Gezhouba Builds Hydro Power Plant (Yibada)
The project is called Xelanong 2 and is foreseen to generate 35 megawatts of power, or 140,700 megawatts of electricity annually. The Chinese company is the one which built the giant Gezhouba Dam in the Yangtze River which produces 2,715 megawatts of power.  In the statement, Gezhouba said that Xelanong 2 will be located at one of the tributaries of the Mekong River.
Southern Laos: Saravan takes the axe to illegal logging (VT)
Saravan province has joined the nationwide fight against illegal logging following prime minister's recent order to ban the export of partially-processed wood, tree roots, root balls, tree branches, dried trees and ornamental plants.  Saravan's Agriculture and Forestry Department destroyed 622 unauthorised chainsaws & 1,551 spare parts along with 81 pieces of hunting equipment last week
Laos' thirst for Mekong River dams imperils fishing, farming (AP/Yahoo)
Dismissing its neighbors' pleas, impoverished Laos is rapidly building a Mekong River dam that threatens fisheries crucial to millions of Southeast Asia's poorest people. The site of the Don Sahong dam, less than 2 kilometers (1 mile) from the Lao-Cambodian border, is in an area famous for spectacular waterfalls and deep pools that is among the few habitats of the endangered
Lao trade official rejects IMF view that currency too strong (Reuters/Yahoo or KT)
Laos' currency is not over-valued, a trade ministry official said on Saturday, rejecting an IMF assessment that the kip was too strong for a country with a large current account deficit. The Asian Development Bank expects the external deficit to widen to 20 percent of GDP in 2017 from 17 percent in 2016, a level considered dangerous for economic stability. 
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Switzerland extends grant to MRC (VT)
... University hopefuls sit entrance exams in Laos (VT)
... Authorities seize illegal timber in Savannakhet province (VT)
... Laos: Radio seeks personnel, better programme content (VT)
... Southern bus station in Vientiane set to depart this month (VT)
... Switzerland to further the country's development engagement (VT)
... Restaurant review: Laotian Thai restaurant rises on Far West Side (WSJ)
... 'USAF Air Commando Secret Wars from Laos to Latin America' is Released (BW)
... Laos, Thailand continue cooperation (VT)
... Laos, Thailand boost ties (Vietnam Plus)
... Regional Editors Meet in Laos (Khmer Times)
... Illegal chainsaws remain hidden in Saravan (VT)
... Tips: Making Your Ways To Laos (Mekong Tourism)
... Asean pushes for energy security, affordable power (VT)
... Laos offers backing in charter vote wake (Bangkok Post)
... Brexit potentially impacts trade negatively and positively (VT)
... Work on railway construction has begun, Deputy Minister (VT)
... Discover Savannakhet, Laos: Top 5 things to do (Pinoy Explorer)
... PM Modi to visit Vietnam, China and Laos in September (India Today)
... Thailand and Laos maintain bilateral and multilateral cooperation (Thai Visa)
... Brunei eyes rice purchase from Laos (VT)
... Laos' new leader pivots away from China (Nikkei)
... Public warned about scholarship scams in Laos (VT)
... Thai motorbike tour group experiences border issues (VT)
... ASEAN Summit: Vientiane soon to be in global spotlight (VT)
... Offices of Mekong River Commission decamp to Laos (PPP)
... Laos reconfirms continued cooperation on MIA persons with the US (VT)
... Lao Government Muted Representatives to ASEAN People's Forum (BNN)
... Assistant Secretary Russel Travel to Laos and New Zealand (US Dept of State)
... Laos to take measures to control locust outbreak (VT)
... 3 arrested for trafficking drugs from Laos to Vietnam (TNN)
... Say Hello To Southeast Asia's New Silk Roads (Zero Hedge)
... Young Lao people ordained to learn morality from monks (VT)
... Laos prepares cooperation documents for ASEAN leaders (VT)
... Senior editors of ASEAN share views for their communities' vision (VT)
... Australia supports business reform in Laos (VT)
... Did the battle in Laos ever happen? (Gulf News)
... Walkers mark the 49th anniversary of Asean founding (VT)
... Lao, Myanmar presidents highly value their bilateral ties (VT)
... Canada eyes economic cooperation potential with Laos (VT)
... Laos, Cambodia push to ease border crossing after PMs meet (VT)
... Gezhouba Group signs deal to construct hydro facility in Laos using BOT model

Aug. 1-7, 2016

Laos Victims of Unexploded Artillery Face Unintentional Consequences (VOA)
One day in 2004, Houng Phomma Chak and two friends ventured out to the countryside near their village in northeastern Laos in search of scrap metal to sell, to supplement their families' meager rice-farming incomes. They came across a piece of metal half-buried in the ground and set about digging it up. The three friends recognized it as a piece of an old bomb casing
Laos: Free Three Human Rights Activists (Amnesty International)

Three Lao human rights activists have been arrested on 5 and 22 March in circumstances that may constitute enforced disappearances. They remain in incommunicado detention since they appeared on national television on 25 May in a report that confirmed that they had been arrested for threatening national security through social media postings.
My moral dilemma offering rice to monks in Laos for a “travel experience” (MN)
Silent Buddhist monks in saffron robes darted this way and that around town, while shading themselves under umbrellas from the harsh midday sun. That same sun illuminated the mesmerizing mosaics adorning the grounds the Wat Xieng Thong — one of Laos’ holiest temples. Quaint French cottages and open-air cafes lined the peninsula where the mighty Mekong absorbed
Laos: Struggling to get out of China's shadow (Interpreter)
In the lead up to the event held in the Laos capital of Vientiane, many wondered if the South China Sea dispute would wreak the same havoc as it did at the Cambodia meeting four years ago, when a failure to agree meant hat, for the first time in 45 years, no joint communique was issued. This time around, a joint communique was agreed upon. The recent UN arbitration on the South China Sea
Kids, beer bottles and a public pool - how Laos swimmer, 14, trains for Rio (Yahoo)

On one side of the cramped outdoor pool, children are taking swimming lessons. Opposite, another group of kids riotously splash around. In the middle, a teenager is desperately trying to train for the Rio Olympics. Conditions are hardly ideal for Siri Budcharern Arun, one of just five athletes from the poor, communist state of Laos travelling to Brazil. She will arrive as a rank outsider
Other stories about Laos around the world
... JV given insurance licence in Laos (Nation)
... Taming a wild frontier - i.e. in Laos (TTG Asia)
... Laos, China want better synergy in development (VT)
... Vietnam, Laos boost financial partnership (VietnamNet)
... Lao Govt announces a halt on fuel tariff exemptions (VT)
... Vice president lauds EU support for Lao development (VT)
... For Lao-Hmong farmers, a growing experience (Post Bulletin)
... Cannibis shipment stopped in Borikhamxay, central Laos (VT)
... Vietnam pledges to boost friendship with Laos (VietnamNews)
... Central Laos: Borikhamxay ceases wood processing plants (VT)
... Laos, Asean take stocks to pursue goals on forest protection (VT)
... Big C Supercenter eyes regional growth in Laos & Cambodia (Nation)
... 'I Shot the Buddah' revisits Siri Paiboun, solving crimes in late 1970s Laos (CSM)
... China, Laos pledge to further promote cooperation in economy, trade (China Daily)
... Obama to Advance Efforts to Recover Remains of Service Members Missing in Laos
... Experts mull forest management aspects (VT)

... Thailand awards women's union president (VT)

... Chinese FM holds talks with Lao counterpart (China)

... Laos remains free from dengue outbreaks so far (VT)

... Laos' volunteer teachers to be made to sit exams (VT)

... China, Laos seek to upgrade bilateral ties to a new level (CRI)

... Laos Commits To Further Implement AEC Blueprint 2025 (Brunei Direct)

... Lao PM proposes seven point agenda to pursue Asean economic goals (VT)

... MITI Urges Malaysian Companies To Build Strong Foundation In Laos (Bernama)

... Press Laos on burdensome restrictions for recovering service members’ remains

... Volunteers’ hearts in Laos (DCS)

... CLMV nations to partner in tourism, banking (VT)

... Rains drench northern Laos after Nida passes (VT)

... Laos seeks standards for forest product development (VT)

... Savannakhet road upgrades pave way for development (VT)

... Laos, Malaysia boost trade and investment cooperation (VT)

... Exposing the good from America's secret weapon in Laos (DO)

... Laos Pledges To Work With Neighbours To Promote Tourism (BD)

... Lao Language Required for Labels on Products and Packaging (Lexology)

... American pilot’s daring escape during Vietnam War on No Man Left Behind

... China to continue to support Laos' chairmanship of ASEAN: state councilor

... New Generation of Hmong Learn Art of the Qeej -- Music for Souls of the Dead

... Vang Vieng, 'Shagaluf', Corfu: The cool destinations that aren't hip anymore (KI)

... Medic 'secretly' in Laos could be next Vietnam War vet to receive Medal of Honor

... Helping UXO accident survivors in Laos (UCA)
... McClay heads to Laos for RCEP meetings (Scoop)
... UN In Laos Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week (PRP)
... EU's aid programme to Laos not changing despite Brexit (VT)
... Forest product development tops agenda in Asean talks in Laos (VT)
... Hopeful of nod for plywood & veneer arm in Laos: Rushil Decor (MC)
... Student teams from Laos triumph in global natural history contest (VT)
... ASEAN economic officials agree to report Laos' priority deliverables (VT)
... Cassava-Processing Plant Contaminates Stream in Northern Laos (MS)
... Quality checks on imported fuel begin at Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge (VT)
... Vietnam to Supply Power to Laos under World Bank Support (NGO Center)
... Laos - China’s gateway to Southeast Asia (Nation)

... WHO extends support for Laos' health sector (VT)

... Lao Govt to accept only 5,000 new employees in 2017 (VT)

... ADB funds waste management project in Savannakhet (VT)

... Deadline on Macau Legend Laos deal now Aug 31 (GGR Asia)

... Medic secretly in Laos gets Medal of Honor (Houston Chronicle)

... Furniture makers will have plenty of wood, Lao PM assures (VT)

... Asean ministerial meeting: Overseas delegates praise success (VT)

... China, Laos say rail project to go ahead, pending environment study (Reuters/Y!)

... Walkers in Vientiane stride out to mark World Day against Human Trafficking (VT)

July 25-31, 2016

What the President’s Visits to Laos & Burma Reveal About Foreign Policy (Medium)
Last week, I travelled to two countries that don’t always get a lot of attention in the United States, but are important to our past and our future. In September, President Obama will become the first sitting President to visit Laos. Given its increasing role in global affairs, President Obama has put an increasing focus on the Asia Pacific, and Southeast Asia in particular.
Grain drain, Laos' sand mining damaging the Mekong (AFP/Yahoo)
Grain by grain, truckload by truckload, Laos' section of the Mekong river is being dredged of sand to make cement -- a commodity being devoured by a Chinese-led building boom in the capital. But the hollowing out of the riverbed is also damaging a vital waterway that feeds hundreds of thousands of fishermen and farmers in the poverty-stricken nation. "Today, it's more complicated for us to go
Laos drafts bookish students to protect summit ministers (AFP/Yahoo)
It is a secretive communist state with a sprawling security apparatus, but Laos has turned to a less menacing demographic to protect visiting dignitaries this week: bookish students. The authoritarian nation, which rarely allows in foreign media, has been thrust into the international spotlight as a regional security summit brings a coterie of top diplomats to its dusty capital Vientiane.
ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting In Laos (Podery Gloria)
The Philippines brought the worldwide arbitration case against China, while fellow ASEAN members Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei also have competing claims to parts of the sea. Thailand's Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai confirmed to journalists after the meeting that the joint statement had been prepared, but did not disclose its contents. The Hague tribunal's ruling on the South China
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Typhoon Mirinae yet to affect Laos (VT)
... Laos, Hunan push for closer ties (Nation)
... America’s Stateless Hmong (Asia Sentinel)
... Lao Govt completes administrative restructure (VT)
... LAOSAT reviews progress for first half of 2016 (VT)
... Laos, Vietnam exchange ideas on female progress (VT)
... Lao Govt mulls to solve business issues for development (VT)
... Explore Vientiane, the laid-back capital of Laos (Zikkei Collection)
... High drama in Vientiane leaves Asean a weakened bloc (Malaysia Kini)
... Corruption: Both givers and takers will be punished for corruption, Lao VP warns (VT)
... The Thip Khao Team Wants Diners to Stop Stealing Their Restaurant's Namesake Item
... Consensus eludes ASEAN in Laos (Nikkei)
... Laos seeks best practices to fight corruption (VT)
... Laos, Singapore vow to enhance cooperation (VT)
... Contestants urged to beef up ahead of Asean Quiz (VT)
... Follow Party policy, Lao VP advises business operators (VT)
... Northern Laos: Phongsaly brewing up coffee opportunities (VT)
... Vietnam busts illegal transport of 18 bear legs from Laos (TNN)
... Being landlocked posts challenges, opportunities for Laos (CCTV)
... More flights to Laos after SilkAir-Lao Airlines codeshare deal (CNA)
... Australian foreign minister presents certificates to Lao graduates (VT)
... The Central Government in Laos Takes Over Railway Compensation Operations
... Japan to further support Mekong region (VT)
... Wrong idea to buy power from Laos (HydroWorld)
... Canada unveils diplomatic mission in Laos (RCI or VT)
... Laos: Kerry ignores N. Korea blame game (Korea Times)
... 49th AMM, related meetings close after fruitful discussions (VT)
... New Zealand gives boost to foot-and-mouth disease control (VT)
... ASEAN, Chinese ministers agree to abide by int'l marine law (VT)
... US Secretary of State lays groundwork for future cooperation (VT)
... John Kerry: Press Availability in Vientiane, Laos (US Dept of State)
... Mekong momentum: is Laos real estate waking up? (Property Report)
... Laos builds third hydropower dam, threatening Mekong River in VN (VietnamNet)
... KOPIA Laos centre opens (VT)
... Laos benefits from regional cooperation (VT)
... Aussie helps Laos hill tribes grow coffee (SBS)
... Kerry in Laos amid Asean bickering (Manila Times)
... Vietnam, Laos step up inspection work (VietnamNet)
... 6,000 family books, ID cards issued to foreigners (VT)
... Asean, dialogue partners vow to boost cooperation (VT)
... Laotian maid meets police about ‘Ying Kai’ charge (Nation)
... China, North Korea envoys hold talks in Laos (Japan Times)
... Foreigner Ministers of 2 Koreas Cross Paths in Laos (Chosun)
... Asean foreign ministers reaffirm push to realise 2025 vision (VT)
... Security, South China Sea Dominate ASEAN Meetings in Laos (VOA)
... ASEAN adopts Laos communiqué amid unity concerns (Jakarta Post)
... Laos in the ASEAN Spotlight: Opportunities and Challenges (Diplomat)
... Young woman fights to reclaim ‘my worth and my story’ after sexual assault (SB)
... Chinese FM praises Laos' objective, just stance on South China Sea issue (ECNS)

July 18-24, 2016

South China Sea Spat Looms Over Asean Meeting in Laos (Wall Street Journal)
Southeast Asian foreign ministers will gather here in the coming days with their counterparts from the U.S. and China, making the tiny nation the next diplomatic battleground in a rising standoff over the South China Sea.  It will be the first regional meeting since an international arbitration tribunal on July 12 rejected China’s claims to most of the South China Sea & its creation of artificial islands
New miners to come under scrutiny in Laos (Nation)
Laos will carefully select companies that are financially sound and have extensive experience in the mining sector before allowing them to set up projects, which will be closely monitored. These requirements will be imposed after several companies have failed to comply with the regulations concerning investment in Laos. Speaking at a meeting last week on the energy and mines
ASEAN Chair Laos faces a serious test in Diplomacy (Word Press)
At a time when the region faces a multitude of challenges, some are questioning whether the chair is up to the job. 2016 is a big year for ASEAN. It began with the quiet launch of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), which was followed by the Sunnylands Summit; the first time all ASEAN leaders met a US President on US soil. Now the region is facing intense scrutiny over its approach
China Economy Ripples Into Laos (Stewardship Report)
A decade long mining boom, combined with a rapid development of hydropower, has seen Laos’ growth rate reach over 7 percent a year, allowing national output to more than double, generating some half a million jobs. A key player in the economic progress has been China. A recent World Bank report on the Lao economy noted China’s influence was continuing to grow.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Education officials boost planning skills (VT)

... McCully to Laos for Asia-Pacific meetings (Scoop)

... Laos keen on energy cooperation with Vietnam (VOV)

... Asean representatives discuss meeting preparations (VT)

... Lao Govt gets tough on occupational health and safety (VT)

... This underground river cave in Laos will amaze you (Red Bull)

... Meeting strengthens Asean regulations on clean agriculture (VT)

... Lao President demands harsh penalties for lack of discipline (VT)

... Chinese FM to attend ASEAN-related meetings in Laos (XinhuaNet)

... Lao Police Investigate Killing of Chinese National in Vientiane (RFA)

... Japan foreign minister to attend regional forum in Laos (Bangkok Post)

... Delegates gather ahead of Southeast Asian FMs' meetings in Laos (CEN)

... Three Lao Workers Held in Vientiane Are Denied Family Visits (Malaysia Sun)

... Kishida to visit Laos for talks with ASEAN peers before UNSC meet (Japan Times)

... Through bamboo pipes, the sound of joy for Fresno 
    musician from Laos honored with top award (Fresno Bee)

... Chinese vice president appreciates Laos' support on South China Sea (ECNS)

... Secretary Kerry Travels to Vienna, Paris, Vientiane, and Manila (US Dept of State)

... KOICA supports pediatric training centre (VT)

... Laos ready for ASEAN ministers' meeting (VT)

... Laos-USA building a new era of partnership (VT)

... Scaling up community radio in Laos (UCA News)

... The New Generation of Film Making in Laos (Yahoo)

... Laos Highland Coffee Farmers Ride Tourism Wave (VOA)

... Seven injured in UXO-related accidents in Laos this year (VT)

... Laos: IACD boosts education and cultural exchange project (VT)

... Authorities make fresh call for aquatic life protection in Laos (VT)

... Vietnam, Laos discuss Vientiane-Hanoi expy project (VietnamNet)

... Will China resort to force to export high-speed rail in SEA? (Nikkei)

... Art festival 2016 for Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand & Vietnam opens (DCS)

... Laos: Many people get “mystery disease” (VOV)

... Laos Is The House, So All Bets Are Off (Forbes)

... Tourist arrival target set at 9 million for 2025 (VT)
... Laos to negotiate sale of electricity to neighbours (VT)

... ASEAN foreign ministers to meet in Laos (VietnamNet)

... ASEAN foreign ministers' meeting agenda revealed (VT)

... Laos’ Luang Prabang a tranquil dreamland (VietnamNews)

... Lao PM pushes for greater connectivity between Asia, Europe (VT)

... Laos supports peaceful settlement in East Sea issue (VietnamNet)

... South China Sea War: Laos & China Team Up Vs. PH (Morning Ledger)

... Laos immigrant sentenced to life in prison for murdering man in Arcade (OA)

... University of Laos receives funding for environmental protection activities (VT)

July 4-17, 2016

China says Laos supports it on South China Sea case (Reuters/Yahoo)
China has won the support of Laos in rejecting the outcome of a court ruling against China's claims in the South China Sea, state news agency Xinhua said on Friday. The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled on Tuesday that China had no historic claim to the waters and it had violated the Philippines' economic and sovereign rights. China rejected the ruling, having declined
Bolaven Plateau: A coffee lover's utopia, deep in the heart of southern Laos (CNN)
From Colombia to Kenya, many of the world's coffee-growing regions are amongst the most idyllic places on Earth. A bucolic tableland in southern Laos, the Bolaven Plateau is no exception. It sits on the bottom of a crater from a giant, extinct volcano in the northeast of Champasak Province in southwestern Laos.  Close to the Thai, Cambodian and Vietnamese borders, 
Lao Women Taking Part in Drug Trade Increased (RFA)
Women increasingly appear to be taking part in the illicit drug trade in Laos, as drug lords find they make good smugglers because they blend into their surroundings, RFA’s Laos Service has learned. Exact numbers are difficult to come by, but a local police official tells RFA that Lao authorities have noticed a sharp increase in the number of women arrested for drug offenses.
Russia's Rosneft, Lukoil & Gazprom may take part in building refinery in Laos (TASS)
The government delegation of Laos offered participation in implementation of Laos-Vietnam pipeline construction project and development of a refinery in Laos, representative of the Russian Ministry of Energy told TASS on Monday. "We are aware of Laos’ interest in participation of Russian companies in development of refining facilities in the country.
Travellers to Laos still face drugs risk (News)
Travel operators say young Australians remain at risk to a toxic combination of drugs and alcohol at reveller holiday sites in Laos despite a crackdown in 2012. The crackdown at Vang Vieng, four hours north from the Lao capital of Vientiane, came after more than 30 travellers, including Australians, died over 2011 and 2012, after drowning or overdosing on drugs.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Mystery illness strikes XiengKhuang (VT)
... FAO lends muscle to govt development efforts (VT)
... Experts mull possible nuclear weapon free zone (VT)
... Apocolypse Now on the Mekong River (Boulder Weekly)
... Vietnamese court sentences Lao siblings to death, life (VT)
... Foreign media register to cover Asean meetings in Laos (VT)
... Laos: Premier Should Account for 'Disappeared' Activist (HRW)
... Lao PM advises expansion of hydropower feasibility studies (VT)
... Vietnam to help Laos hold training courses for NA deputies (VOV)
... Company Uses Loophole in Lao Law to Grab Land in Savannakhet (RFA)
... In latest blow, ASEAN won’t issue statement on tribunal ruling (Today Online)
... Laos: Temples and life lessons (Statesman)
... Former Lao Deputy PM Joins Monastery (RFA)
... Laos, Russia enhance bilateral cooperation (VT)
... Lao PM asks media, ministry to work harder (VT)
... Lao workers returning home to work in SEZs (VT)
... Laos still facing challenges in AEC integration (Nation)
... Slowing China Economy Ripples Into Laos (Tolerance)
... Laos Highland Coffee Farmers Ride Tourism Wave (VOA)
... World Bank approves loan to Laos' Poverty Reduction Fund (VT)
... FBS adds LTC Forex e-payment system for Lao clients (SMN Weekly)
... Laos: Ministry outlines strategies on information, culture and tourism (VT)
... Lao siblings sentenced to death, life for smuggling heroin to Vietnam (TNN)
... Concerns rise over locust invasion in Laos (VT)
... Authorities: no illegal logging in XiengKhuang (VT)
... Vietnam fully supports Laos’s reform efforts (TTN)
... Wausau Lao-Hmong Memorial Still Coming (WSAU)
... Laos: Ministry calls for more dynamic media industry (VT)

... Vientiane temple offers not holiday but lessons in life (Dawn)

... EPF extends support to environmental protection in Laos (VT)

... Laos: Chained monkey found in purse now living happy life (AOL)

... Lao PM mulls forestry protection for sustainable hydropower (VT)

... Soccer: AFF U16 Champs Cambodian boys sweep past Laos (PPP)

... Company Cancels Bid For Major Roadway Upgrade Project in Laos (MS)

... Thai-Lao relations caught in limbo despite common interests and goals (Nation)

... Growing Coffee in Laos Highlands Provides Alternative to Opium Poppies (VOA)

... Networking event held in Nakhon Phanom to promote trade with Laos (Thai Visa)

... E-passport aims to better serve Lao citizens (VT)
... Fire destroys heritage house in Luang Prabang (VT)
... Lao-American Obituary: Tip Inboua, 71 (Austin Herald)
... Electricity rates revised, households to pay lower bills (VT)
... French government gives boost to regional agro-ecology (VT)
... 190 kilos of firecrackers seized on bus from Laos to Vietnam (TNN)
... Investing in adolescent girls seen as key to sustainable development (VT)
... World calls for urgent action to save “Asian Unicorn” in Laos, Vietnam (VT)
... Lao Party General Secretary speaks of military cooperation with VN (VietnamNet)
... Laos' trade with Asean flourishing (Nation)

... Lao-American Obituary: Soy Chanthara (MP)

... Lao Tourism Goes Green to Boost Growth (VOA)

... Cambodia and Laos: Toward A New Era? (Diplomat)

... Laos and Thailand offer joint travel options (TTR Weekly)

... Laos seeks Thai help financing, job skill improvement (Nation)

... Laos government sees bright future for organic farming (UNCTAD)

... Laos tourism: Luang Prabang lines up for “The Mark” (eTurboNews)

... NTU Students Install Solar Power System at Primary School in Laos (BD)

... The Rise, Fall & Possible Renewal of a Town in Laos on China’s Border (NY Times)

June 27-July 3, 2016

Lao Woman Says Shots Were Fired in Land Dispute (RFA)
A Lao police officer and three men associated with country’s military, who are accused of squatting on a three-hectare parcel of land in Luang Prabang province, recently fired their weapons in an attempt to fend off a local woman who claims title to the land, the woman told RFA’s Lao service. “I went to clear the land on March 5, and some soldiers who are living there fired in the air 
New report reveals poorest areas of Laos (VT)
Xepon district in Savannakhet province and Toumlan district in Xekong province are the poorest districts in Laos with people living in extreme poverty, while pockets of poverty also exist in urban centres, according to a new report.  The Lao Statistics Bureau released the report yesterday, titled: Where Are the Poor? Its findings make up the National 2015 Census-Based Poverty Map
Laos Bans New Mining Projects in a Polluted Province (RFA or MS)
Lao prime minister Thongloun Sisoulith has ordered officials in a heavily-polluted southern province of the country to reject proposals for new mining projects in their area, citing severe damage already caused to the local environment, sources in the country said. Speaking on June 16 at a top-level meeting of officials in southeastern Laos’ Attapeu province, Thongloun said the government has
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Ministry to run nationwide fuel quality checks (VT)

... New report reveals poorest areas of Laos (Nation)

... Prohibited rosewood seized en route to China (VT)

... Vietnam fosters defence links with Laos, US (VitnamNet)

... Strong law enhances role of statistics, legal expert says (VT)

... Further delay in Savan Vegas deal: Macau Legend (GGR Asia)

... Overseas medical aid program succeeds in Laos (Korea Times)

... Rubber workers in southern Laos sickened by contaminated food (VT)

... Laos strives to graduate from Least Developed Countries (Shanghai Daily)

... Lao short film enters international competition, promotes Lao culture (Nation)

... The Power of Power: Laotian Village Generates Its Own Electricity (Diplomat)

... Lao Govt, Sector Working Groups discus s future development strategies (VT)

... KBank gives internships to Laotians (Nation)

... Laos prepares to meet UN education goals (VT)

... Laos: Ministry lowers quota for students of health science (VT)

... Trade ministers to meet on August 5 in Laos (Econonic Times)

... Construction materials price stable, fuel price rises in Laos (VT)

... Champassak doubles border checkpoint revenue collection (VT)

... Laos prepares to implement UN education goals (Shanghai Daily)

... Meeting reviews devpt progress of poorest Asia-Pacific nations in Vientiane (VT)

... Roles of Lao Govt leaders spelled out (VT)
... New Checkpoints on Lao Border (Khmer Times)
... New restaurant offers a taste of Laos (Emporia Gazette)
... UK commits to building close relationship with Laos (VT)
... Spiceroads relaunches hidden Laos by road (Travel PR)
... Lao officials express concern about illegal marriages (VT)
... Cambodia rolls out red carpet for Lao PM (Shanghai Daily)
... Experts in Laos tackle need for more accurate statistics (VT)
... Vietnam, Laos boost cooperation in scientific research (VOV)
... Laos: A fragment of the past, a snapshot of the present (CNN)
... Laos, Cambodia to develop land links, trade and investment (VT)
... Lao legislative leader urges stronger ties with Vietnam (VietnamNet)
... South Korea’s Vice Defense Minister Visits Cambodia, Laos (Diplomat)
... Traders in Laos warned not to sell protected wildlife, aquatic species (VT)
... EIA: Laos, Cambodia Export More Rosewood Than Known Population (HF)
... Laos speeds up hydropower plant on Mekong River despite concerns (TNN)
... Laos and Cambodia accused over rosewood crime and corruption (One World)

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