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‘Wombs for rent’ business flourishes in communist Laos

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‘Wombs for rent’ business flourishes in communist Laos

- DOZENS of fertility clinics have mushroomed in land-locked Laos after scandals over commercial surrogacy have spurred wealthier southeast Asian neighbours to ban the controversial procedure since 2015. The gleaming, modern clinics have names featuring words such as “Miracle” and “Perfect” to help them stand out amid the dusty surrounding roads and highways in the Lao capital of Vientiane, close to the Thai border

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On the Bolaven Plateau, savor a Lao coffee paradise

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On the Bolaven Plateau, savor a Lao coffee paradise

- It's earned a burgeoning reputation not only for the quality of the coffee beans the area produces, but also for its stunning scenery and vibrant ethnic cultures -- making the plateau one of the best road trip destinations in Southeast Asia. Endowed with a temperate climate, regular rainfall and high soil fertility, the Bolaven Plateau is a coffee grower's utopia. The French, looking for a way to make this corner of their empire profitable, first introduced coffee here from Vietnam in the early 20th century

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S. Korean female traveler missing in Laos

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S. Korean female traveler missing in Laos

- SEOUL, May 29 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean woman in her 30s has gone missing in Laos while traveling alone in the country's popular waterfall area, the foreign ministry here said Monday. The woman, whose name was not given by the ministry, went to see the Kuang Si Waterfalls in Laos' Luang Prabang region on May 22 before going missing, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said

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Laos prime minister concerned over banana plantations

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Laos prime minister concerned over banana plantations

- REUTERS: The prime minister of Laos has voiced concern over widespread chemical usage on banana plantations after a Reuters report on Chinese-run farms in the Southeast Asian country. Reuters reported that while the banana boom had brought economic benefits to the impoverished region, there was also strong concern at the use of chemicals - including the herbicide paraquat, which is banned in Laos

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Cash and chemicals: For Laos, Chinese banana boom a blessing and curse

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Cash and chemicals: For Laos, Chinese banana boom a blessing and curse

- KONGKAEW Vonusak smiles when he recalls the arrival of Chinese investors in his tranquil village in northern Laos in 2014. With them came easy money, he said. The Chinese offered villagers up to US$720 per hectare to rent their land, much of it fallow for years, said Kongkaew, 59, the village chief. They wanted to grow bananas on it. In impoverished Laos, the offer was generous

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Cash and chemicals: for Laos, Chinese banana boom a blessing and curse

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Cash and chemicals: for Laos, Chinese banana boom a blessing and curse

- BOKEO, Laos - Kongkaew Vonusak smiles when he recalls the arrival of Chinese investors in his tranquil village in northern Laos in 2014. With them came easy money, he said. The Chinese offered villagers up to $720 per hectare to rent their land, much of it fallow for years, said Kongkaew, 59, the village chief. They wanted to grow bananas on it

Places: Lao |  Singapore |  Bokeo | 

The Laos Connection: Mr X and the cartels hooking SE Asia on pills

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The Laos Connection: Mr X and the cartels hooking SE Asia on pills

- The downfall of millionaire "Mr X", long shielded by cash and contacts in Laos, has highlighted the role of the secretive, communist country in showering pills across Southeast Asia. Allegedly a key figure among gangs buying drugs from Myanmar's meth labs, Laotian Xaysana Keophimpha -- dubbed 'Mr X' -- is believed to have used his graft-riddled country to shuttle narcotics south, first through Thailand then onto Malaysia

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Mr X and the cartels hooking South-east Asia on pills

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Mr X and the cartels hooking South-east Asia on pills

- BANGKOK — The downfall of millionaire “Mr X”, long shielded by cash and contacts in Laos, has highlighted the role of the secretive, communist country in showering pills across Southeast Asia. Allegedly a key figure among gangs buying drugs from Myanmar’s meth labs, Laotian Xaysana Keophimpha — dubbed “Mr X” — is believed to have used his graft-riddled country to shuttle narcotics south, first through Thailand then onto Malaysia

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Ulu Muda wildlife under threat

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Ulu Muda wildlife under threat

- PETALING JAYA: The Ulu Muda Reserve in Kedah, which is already facing risk as a water catchment area, is in danger of having its wildlife poached. Poachers and hunters from as far as Laos and Myanmar have been detected in the forest, which is one of two places in Peninsular Malaysia where the spotted leopard is found. Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) from Oxford University have found evidence of poaching during their recent 18-month study on the population of clouded leopards in the area

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Singapore hopes to be part of Laos' growth story, says PM Lee

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Singapore hopes to be part of Laos' growth story, says PM Lee

- Laos' leaders have ambitious plans for their country, and Singapore hopes to be part of Laos' growth story, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday. Speaking at a dinner at the Istana for Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, Mr Lee noted that Laos is one of the region's fastest-growing economies, with growth averaging 8 per cent over the past decade. Singapore companies recognise its potential and have invested in its real estate, energy, telecommunications and agriculture sectors

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Singapore hopes to be part of Laos' growth story: PM Lee

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Singapore hopes to be part of Laos' growth story: PM Lee

- SINGAPORE - Laos' leaders have ambitious plans for the country, and Singapore hopes to be part of Laos' growth story, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Tuesday (May 2). Speaking at an official dinner at the Istana for visiting Lao PM Thongloun Sisoulith, Mr Lee noted that Singapore companies are recognising Laos' economic potential and have invested in sectors such as real estate, energy, telecommunications, and agriculture

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Thai man arrested over suspected smuggling of semen into Laos

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Thai man arrested over suspected smuggling of semen into Laos

- BANGKOK (REUTERS) - A Thai man has been arrested and fined 200,000 baht (S$8,128) at a checkpoint on the border with Laos for suspected smuggling of semen, a customs officer said on Friday (April 21). Nithinon Srithaniyanan, 25, was travelling on Thursday with a nitrogen tank containing six vials of what he said was human semen, said Nimit Saeng-ampai, chief customs officer at the Nong Khai checkpoint between northern Thailand and neighbouring Laos

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Laos 'drug kingpin' denies Thai smuggling charges

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Laos 'drug kingpin' denies Thai smuggling charges

- BANGKOK (AFP) - An alleged Laos drug lord linked to some of Thailand's rich and famous denied being a major player in the regional narcotics trade when he appeared in a Bangkok court on Tuesday (April 18). Xaysana Keopimpha, 42, was nabbed by Thai police on his way through Bangkok's main airport in January. Narcotics cops alleged he was an "international drug kingpin" and trumpeted his capture in an area of the world where major cartel figures are not big names in criminal folklore and are rarely caught

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Chill out in Luang Prabang in Laos

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Chill out in Luang Prabang in Laos

- There is a resolute unaffectedness about Luang Prabang in northern Laos. A wet market pops up every morning in the alleyways off Sisavangvong Road, the city's high street. Unlike most South-east Asian markets, there is an absence of cacophony here - no haggling or touting. I experience a different sensory overload from the sight and smell of freshly gutted perch straight out of the Mekong, pungently fermenting salted fish, and stringy river weeds (kai pen) that will be eaten with sticky rice

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Mathilde est arrivée au Laos

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Mathilde est arrivée au Laos

- Mathilde est au Laos. La reine des Belges a atterri ce lundi 20 février 2017 à l’aéroport de sa capitale, Vientiane, où elle a été accueillie avec un énorme bouquet de lys et autres fleurs blanches. Ce voyage, la jeune femme de 44 ans l’effectue sans son mari le roi Philippe. Elle n’est pas là en tant qu’épouse du souverain belge mais comme présidente d’honneur d’Unicef Belgique. La reine Mathilde

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ASIA'S FUTURE CITIES: Laos capital on the road to modern public transport system?

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ASIA'S FUTURE CITIES: Laos capital on the road to modern public transport system?

- The implications for a city in the midst of swift urbanisation are perfectly clear. Already the daily commute is no longer a leisurely cruise. Peak hour is rearing its head. Private car ownership doubled from 2009 to 2014. The government knows it and, with the support of technical assistance partner Asia Development Bank (ADB), is expected to soon endorse a multi-billion dollar sustainable public transport system. It will see the

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Thailand: Lese majeste suspects in Laos made death threats against PM

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Thailand: Lese majeste suspects in Laos made death threats against PM

- THAI people wanted for breaking a law on insulting the monarchy have issued death threats against the Thai prime minister, from Laos where they have fled to avoid arrest, Thailand’s top security officer said on Monday. Last month, Thailand pressed Laos over the extradition of Thai fugitives accused of lese majeste, or royal insult, which carries a jail term of up to 15 years for each offence. Thailand’s military government

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Laotian chef serves fresh Thai from unusual location
Laotian chef serves fresh Thai from unusual location Buy Photo. As much as I love tasting the small plates, chartcuterie boards and wedge salads at the brand buzzed-about restaurants opening up one after another around town, I really enjoy finding a place that it seems no one knows about ... and then spilling all the details. Let me hip you to Khao San, where chef Souri Gaillard serves authentic and made-from-scratch Thai and Laos street food that she serves out of the kitchen of St   Read More ...
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Chinese, Laotian parties hold theory seminar
BOAO, Hainan - The Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP) held a theory seminar on Thursday in Boao in China's southernmost province of Hainan. It was the sixth seminar of this kind between the two parties. Liu Qibao, a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee, and senior LPRP officials attended the seminar   Read More ...
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China issues security alert in Laos after national shot dead
China issues security alert in Laos after national shot dead China’s embassy in Laos has issued a safety warning to its citizens there after a Chinese national was shot dead in the country’s Xaysomboun province. Chinese workers have increasingly come under attack as companies expand abroad as part of President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road plan to build infrastructure with the rest of Asia and beyond, often in politically unstable places   Read More ...
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China issues security alert in Laos after national fatally shot
BEIJING – China’s embassy in Laos has issued a safety warning to its citizens there after a Chinese national was shot dead in Xaysomboun province. Chinese workers have increasingly come under attack as companies expand abroad as part of President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road plan to build infrastructure with the rest of Asia and beyond, often in politically unstable places   Read More ...
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Chinese citizen shot dead in Laos
VIENTIANE - Chinese Embassy in Laos on Sunday issued a safety warning after a Chinese citizen was shot dead in Lao's central Xaysomboun province. According to the embassy, a Chinese citizen was shot dead by unidentified persons on Friday in Xaysomboun province, some 130 km northeast of Lao capital Vientiane. The Lao side is currently investigating the incident, the embassy said   Read More ...
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Chinese citizen shot dead in Laos
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They were smokejumpers when the CIA sent them to Laos. They came back in caskets.
They were smokejumpers when the CIA sent them to Laos. They came back in caskets. Their families didn’t know they were in Laos, and didn’t know that they’d started working for the CIA in addition to their jobs with the U.S. Forest Service. They were young firefighters-turned-CIA operatives working thousands of miles from home in a remote corner of Southeast Asia. David W. Bevan, Darrell A. Eubanks and John S. Lewis, all in their mid-20s, were on a mission to drop supplies for anti-Communist forces in what was then known as the Kingdom of Laos   Read More ...
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‘Wombs for rent’ business flourishes in communist Laos
‘Wombs for rent’ business flourishes in communist Laos DOZENS of fertility clinics have mushroomed in land-locked Laos after scandals over commercial surrogacy have spurred wealthier southeast Asian neighbours to ban the controversial procedure since 2015. The gleaming, modern clinics have names featuring words such as “Miracle” and “Perfect” to help them stand out amid the dusty surrounding roads and highways in the Lao capital of Vientiane, close to the Thai border   Read More ...
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Chinese martyrs' cemetery in Laos renovated
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'Wombs for rent' business flourishes in communist Laos
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'Wombs for rent' business flourishes in communist Laos
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'Wombs for rent' business flourishes in communist Laos
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On the Bolaven Plateau, savor a Lao coffee paradise
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Korean female traveler missing in Laos
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S. Korean female traveler missing in Laos
S. Korean female traveler missing in Laos SEOUL, May 29 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean woman in her 30s has gone missing in Laos while traveling alone in the country's popular waterfall area, the foreign ministry here said Monday. The woman, whose name was not given by the ministry, went to see the Kuang Si Waterfalls in Laos' Luang Prabang region on May 22 before going missing, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said   Read More ...
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Laos holds 10th 'Chinese Bridge' contest
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Xi calls for deeper cooperation with Laos
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Xi calls for deeper cooperation with Laos
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Laos prime minister concerned over banana plantations
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Laos prime minister concerned over banana plantations
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Laos prime minister concerned over banana plantations
The prime minister of Laos has voiced concern over widespread chemical usage on banana plantations after a Reuters report on Chinese-run farms in the Southeast Asian country. Reuters reported that while the banana boom had brought economic benefits to the impoverished region, there was also strong concern at the use of chemicals - including the herbicide paraquat, which is banned in Laos   Read More ...
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Belt and Road Initiative provides new impetus for China-Laos economic co-op
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Cash and chemicals: For Laos, Chinese banana boom a blessing and curse
Cash and chemicals: For Laos, Chinese banana boom a blessing and curse KONGKAEW Vonusak smiles when he recalls the arrival of Chinese investors in his tranquil village in northern Laos in 2014. With them came easy money, he said. The Chinese offered villagers up to US$720 per hectare to rent their land, much of it fallow for years, said Kongkaew, 59, the village chief. They wanted to grow bananas on it. In impoverished Laos, the offer was generous   Read More ...
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Cash and chemicals: for Laos, Chinese banana boom a blessing and curse
Cash and chemicals: for Laos, Chinese banana boom a blessing and curse BOKEO, Laos - Kongkaew Vonusak smiles when he recalls the arrival of Chinese investors in his tranquil village in northern Laos in 2014. With them came easy money, he said. The Chinese offered villagers up to $720 per hectare to rent their land, much of it fallow for years, said Kongkaew, 59, the village chief. They wanted to grow bananas on it   Read More ...
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Cash and Chemicals: For Laos, Chinese Banana Boom a Blessing and Curse
Cash and Chemicals: For Laos, Chinese Banana Boom a Blessing and Curse BOKEO, LAOS — Kongkaew Vonusak smiles when he recalls the arrival of Chinese investors in his tranquil village in northern Laos in 2014. With them came easy money, he said. The Chinese offered villagers up to $720 per hectare to rent their land, much of it fallow for years, said Kongkaew, 59, the village chief. They wanted to grow bananas on it   Read More ...
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Cash and chemicals - for Laos, Chinese banana boom a blessing and curse
Cash and chemicals - for Laos, Chinese banana boom a blessing and curse BOKEO, Laos (Reuters) - Kongkaew Vonusak smiles when he recalls the arrival of Chinese investors in his tranquil village in northern Laos in 2014. With them came easy money, he said. The Chinese offered villagers up to $720 per hectare to rent their land, much of it fallow for years, said Kongkaew, 59, the village chief. They wanted to grow bananas on it   Read More ...
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Cash and chemicals: for Laos, Chinese banana boom a blessing and curse
Cash and chemicals: for Laos, Chinese banana boom a blessing and curse BOKEO, Laos Kongkaew Vonusak smiles when he recalls the arrival of Chinese investors in his tranquil village in northern Laos in 2014. With them came easy money, he said. The Chinese offered villagers up to $720 per hectare to rent their land, much of it fallow for years, said Kongkaew, 59, the village chief. They wanted to grow bananas on it   Read More ...
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Cash and chemicals - for Laos, Chinese banana boom a blessing and curse
Kongkaew Vonusak smiles when he recalls the arrival of Chinese investors in his tranquil village in northern Laos in 2014. Kongkaew Vonusak smiles when he recalls the arrival of Chinese investors in his tranquil village in northern Laos in 2014. With them came easy money, he said. The Chinese offered villagers up to $720 per hectare to rent their land, much of it fallow for years, said Kongkaew, 59, the village chief   Read More ...
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Cash and chemicals: for Laos, Chinese banana boom a blessing and curse
Kongkaew Vonusak smiles when he recalls the arrival of Chinese investors in his tranquil village in northern Laos in 2014. Kongkaew Vonusak smiles when he recalls the arrival of Chinese investors in his tranquil village in northern Laos in 2014. With them came easy money, he said. The Chinese offered villagers up to $720 per hectare to rent their land, much of it fallow for years, said Kongkaew, 59, the village chief   Read More ...
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China envoy says Laos stands to gain from Belt and Road
Lao state-run media published an article by a Chinese diplomat earlier this week citing the benefits that China's Belt and Road infrastructure project will bring to Laos. The article, first released by the KPL news agency on Monday and published on the following day by the official newspaper of the Lao People's Party Central Committee, introduced the origin of the initiative, its purposes and achievements over the past three years   Read More ...
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Laos prime minister concludes official visit to Malaysia
Laos prime minister concludes official visit to Malaysia SEPANG: Laos Prime Minister Dr Thongloun Sisoulith today departed home after concluding a two-day official visit to Malaysia. He was seen off at the Bunga Raya Complex of the KL International Airport (KLIA) by Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Lee Chee Leong, who was the Minister-in-Attendance. During the visit, the Laotian Prime Minister had an audience with Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V at the Istana Negara   Read More ...
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Le Laos communiste, plaque tournante du trafic de drogue en Asie du Sud-Est
Le Laos communiste, plaque tournante du trafic de drogue en Asie du Sud-Est Depuis l'arrestation spectaculaire d'un parrain de la drogue laotien à Bangkok en janvier, le Laos, petit pays communiste coincé entre la Chine et la Thaïlande, et plaque tournante du trafic de drogue en Asie du Sud-Est, sort de l'ombre. Le régime autoritaire laotien se serait bien passé de la publicité faite par l'interpellation en plein aéroport de Bangkok, devant des touristes médusés et les caméras des télévisions thaïlandaises, du millionnaire Xaysana Keophimpa   Read More ...
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Laotian team highlights culture at regional workshop
Laotian team highlights culture at regional workshop The Laotian youth team was strongly represented through its cultural performance of Laotian traditional dance at the Asean Youth Workshop on Media Literacy in Bangkok last week. The dance, complete with national costume, was part of a cultural exchange taking place as part of a larger workshop on media literacy and the correct use of social media in today’s modern age   Read More ...
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The Laos Connection: Mr X and the cartels hooking SE Asia on pills
The Laos Connection: Mr X and the cartels hooking SE Asia on pills The downfall of millionaire "Mr X", long shielded by cash and contacts in Laos, has highlighted the role of the secretive, communist country in showering pills across Southeast Asia. Allegedly a key figure among gangs buying drugs from Myanmar's meth labs, Laotian Xaysana Keophimpha -- dubbed 'Mr X' -- is believed to have used his graft-riddled country to shuttle narcotics south, first through Thailand then onto Malaysia   Read More ...
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The Laos Connection: Mr X and the cartels hooking SE Asia on pills
The Laos Connection: Mr X and the cartels hooking SE Asia on pills BANGKOK: The downfall of millionaire "Mr X", long shielded by cash and contacts in Laos, has highlighted the role of the secretive, communist country in showering pills across Southeast Asia. Allegedly a key figure among gangs buying drugs from Myanmar's meth labs, Laotian Xaysana Keophimpha — dubbed 'Mr X' — is believed to have used his graft-riddled country to shuttle narcotics south, first through Thailand then onto Malaysia   Read More ...
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