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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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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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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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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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Most drugs smuggled into M'sia come from Mr X, Asean's drug kingpin: Thai narcotics bureau

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Most drugs smuggled into M'sia come from Mr X, Asean's drug kingpin: Thai narcotics bureau

- BANGKOK: The arrest of one of South-East Asia's top drug lords, Laos national Xaysana Keopimpha by Thai police recently has enabled the authorities to unearth a lot of information on the inner workings of his network. According to Thailand's Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB) chief, Lt Gen Sommai Kongvisaisuk, among the information they uncovered from the Laotian or "Mr X" as he was known, was his connection with Malaysian drug syndicates.

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

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

- 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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Tags: Law Enforcement |  Extradition | 
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Thailand: Junta pushes Laos for extradition of royal insult suspects

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Thailand: Junta pushes Laos for extradition of royal insult suspects

- THAILAND’S top security officer will go to neighbouring Laos to push for the extradition of critics of the Thai monarchy, Thailand‘s defence minister said on Thursday. Insulting the monarchy carries a jail term of up to 15 years for each offence in Thailand and prosecutions have risen since the death last October of the revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej. His son, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, has taken the throne. The government has

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Tags: Law Enforcement |  Extradition | 
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President Tony Tan Keng Yam on state visits to Cambodia and Laos

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President Tony Tan Keng Yam on state visits to Cambodia and Laos

- PHNOM PENH - President Tony Tan Keng Yam arrives in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh on Sunday for state visits to Cambodia and Laos. The two visits will last a total of seven days, with Dr Tan being in Cambodia until Jan 11 and in Laos until Jan 14. The visits reaffirm Singapore's warm and longstanding relations with both countries, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement on

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

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    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

    Categories: Law & Crime | 
    Tags: Law Enforcement |  Extradition | 
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