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Cambodian critic charged over comment on Laos troop deployment

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Cambodian critic charged over comment on Laos troop deployment

- PHNOM PENH: A critic of Cambodia's government was charged on Monday over comments criticising the deployment of troops to the border with Laos and Prime Minister Hun Sen threatened arrest for anyone suggesting he was using the border row to boost his popularity. The spat with Cambodia's neighbour lasted barely 24 hours last week before Laos pulled back soldiers well ahead of a deadline set by Hun Sen, who faces a challenge to his rule of more than three decades in an election next year
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Laos agrees to withdraw troops from border with Cambodia after Hun Sen visit

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Laos agrees to withdraw troops from border with Cambodia after Hun Sen visit

- PHNOM PENH (REUTERS) - Cambodia and Laos reached an agreement on Saturday (Aug 5) for Lao soldiers to pull back from their shared border after Cambodia accused Laos of sending troops into its territory, the leaders of both countries said. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday dispatched forces to the border and issued an ultimatum for Laos to withdraw the soldiers by Thursday
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Laos says it will withdraw troops as Cambodia's Hun Sen visits

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Laos says it will withdraw troops as Cambodia's Hun Sen visits

- PHNOM PENH: Cambodia and Laos reached an agreement on Saturday for Lao soldiers to pull back from their shared border after Cambodia accused Laos of sending troops into its territory, the leaders of both countries said. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday dispatched forces to the border and issued an ultimatum for Laos to withdraw the soldiers by Thursday. The Cambodian strongman flew to Vientiane on Saturday to hold urgent talks with Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith
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Cambodian PM accuses Laos of border violation, mobilising troops

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Cambodian PM accuses Laos of border violation, mobilising troops

- PHNOM PENH: Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen accused neighbouring Laos on Friday of sending troops into Cambodian land in April and said they must leave by an Aug. 17 deadline and that he was mobilising soldiers to the border area. Hun Sen said at a ceremony in Phnom Penh about 30 soldiers from Laos had crossed into the area and that some of them remained there during daytime
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Laos teens become novice monks to get an education - ASEAN/East Asia

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Laos teens become novice monks to get an education - ASEAN/East Asia

- Luang Prabang (Laos): Each dawn, lines of teenage monks in orange robes criss-cross the temple-studded streets of Luang Prabang, the religious heart of Laos and the storied seat of kings and colonisers. They gather in the gloom to receive alms from the faithful, a ritual that weaves spiritual and practical bonds between the novice monks and the community they serve. It is the centrepiece of the strict daily routine undertaken by hundreds of novices drawn from poor, rural villages to the ancient temples which fleck the Unesco-listed town
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The Laos teens beating poverty as novice monks

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The Laos teens beating poverty as novice monks

- Each dawn, lines of teenage monks in orange robes criss-cross the temple-studded streets of Luang Prabang, the religious heart of Laos and the storied seat of kings and colonisers. They gather in the gloom to receive alms -- normally freshly cooked rice or snacks -- from the faithful, a ritual that weaves spiritual and practical bonds between the novice monks and the community they serve
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Rights group says Thai anti-junta activist abducted in Laos

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Rights group says Thai anti-junta activist abducted in Laos

- BANGKOK: An exiled Thai opposition activist and outspoken critic of Thailand's ruling junta has been abducted in Laos, a rights group said on Tuesday, calling on authorities in Thailand and Laos to investigate the disappearance. Wuthipong Kochathamakun, a member of the "red shirt" movement that has backed populist governments led by former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, has been in hiding in Laos since 2014, according to Thai authorities
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Six Vietnamese workers killed by blast at Laos hydropower plant

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Six Vietnamese workers killed by blast at Laos hydropower plant

- HANOI: Six Vietnamese workers were killed when a gas cylinder exploded at the construction site of a hydropower plant in central Laos, Vietnam’s state media reported Saturday. The blast, which also injured two Vietnamese workers, occurred Friday night at the Nam Ngiep plant in Laos’ central Bolikhamxay province, according to state-controlled VnExpress news site. The precise cause of the incident is still under investigation
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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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'Wombs for rent' business flourishes in communist Laos

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'Wombs for rent' business flourishes in communist Laos

- VIENTIANE: 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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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
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Le Laos communiste, plaque tournante du trafic de drogue en Asie du Sud-Est

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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
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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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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

- 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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  • Cambodian PM accuses Laos of border violation, mobilising troops
    Cambodian PM accuses Laos of border violation, mobilising troops

    , channelnewsasia.com

    PHNOM PENH: Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen accused neighbouring Laos on Friday of sending troops into Cambodian land in April and said they must leave by an Aug. 17 deadline and that he was mobilising soldiers to the border area. Hun Sen said at a ceremony in Phnom Penh about 30 soldiers from Laos had crossed into the area and that some of them remained there during daytime
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  • Laos 0-5 South Korea: Ki and Son lead comfortable victory
    Laos 0-5 South Korea: Ki and Son lead comfortable victory

    , goal.com

    South Korea made it six wins from six in round two of World Cup qualifying with a 5-0 victory over Laos.
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Business

  • KEB Hana teams up with top Laos bank
    KEB Hana teams up with top Laos bank

    , koreatimes.co.kr

    By Nam Hyun-woo KEB Hana Bank has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the top Laos bank by assets for their strategic partnership, the Korean bank said Sunday. Toward that end, KEB Hana Bank Foreign Investment Department chief Kim Bum-rae and Banque Pour Le Commerce Exterieur Lao Public (BCEL) Vice President Lachay Khanpravong signed the MOU. The agreement was aimed at boosting the two lenders' partnership on remittance and trade financing
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Travel & Recreation

  • Ulu Muda wildlife under threat
    Ulu Muda wildlife under threat

    , thestar.com.my

    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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Law & Crime

  • Thailand seeks extradition of Thai nationals from Laos on lese majeste charges
    Thailand seeks extradition of Thai nationals from Laos on lese majeste charges

    , asiancorrespondent.com

    THAILAND has requested the return of half a dozen of its citizens from neighbouring Laos who have reportedly sought refuge there to escape arrest for insulting the Thai monarchy. Associated Press (via South China Morning Post) reported on Tuesday that General Thawip Netniyom, head of Thailand’s National Security Council, claimed that the people being sought are accused of using social media to attack the monarchy, an offence that is punishable
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