Laos

Country Laos
Capital Vientiane
Continent Asia
Currency Kip(LAK)
Languages Lao

Vientiane

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Introduction

Modern-day Laos has its roots in the ancient Lao kingdom of Lan Xang, established in the 14th Century under King FA NGUM. For 300 years Lan Xang had influence reaching into present-day Cambodia and Thailand, as well as over all of what is now Laos. After centuries of gradual decline, Laos came under the domination of Siam (Thailand) from the late 18th century until the late 19th century when it became part of French Indochina. The Franco-Siamese Treaty of 1907 defined the current Lao border with Thailand. In 1975, the Communist Pathet Lao took control of the government ending a six-century-old monarchy and instituting a strict socialist regime closely aligned to Vietnam. A gradual return to private enterprise and the liberalization of foreign investment laws began in 1988. Laos became a member of ASEAN in 1997.

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Laos - Wikipedia
Laos - CIA World Fact Book
Laos - BBC
Laos - National Geographic
Laos - Timeline - BBC

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Lao government says it will suspend new hydro projects after dam collapse kills 31 - Mongabay.com

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Lao government says it will suspend new hydro projects after dam collapse kills 31
Mongabay.com
Laos will suspend new hydropower projects and carry out safety inspections of all existing dams, the government announced last week. The Aug. 7 decision came in the aftermath of the collapse of a hydroelectric dam in the country's south on July 23.
Survivors Recount Horror of Laos Dam CollapseVoice of America
UN agencies aid thousands affected by flash flood in LaosXinhua
Death toll reaches 36 in Laos dam collapse, 98 missingBusiness Standard
Global Times
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Singapore police dogs to help recover bodies in Laos after dam collapse - Channel NewsAsia

Channel NewsAsia

Singapore police dogs to help recover bodies in Laos after dam collapse
Channel NewsAsia
SINGAPORE: Three Singapore Police Force (SPF) sniffer dogs have been deployed to Laos to help recover bodies in the aftermath of the massive dam collapse last month that swept entire villages and farmland away. This is the first time that the police's ...
3 police dogs deployed with Home Team officers to aid in Laos flood relief effortsThe Straits Times

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Laos: Of breathtaking waterfalls, bears and butterflies - Free Malaysia Today

Free Malaysia Today

Laos: Of breathtaking waterfalls, bears and butterflies
Free Malaysia Today
Nothing quite stirs a love for nature more than the mesmerising sight of water crashing down rocky slopes and pooling around you at the base. If you happen to be in Luang Prabang in Laos, looking for a one-day or half-day trip, head to the Kuang Si ...



Home Team contingent departed for Laos - The Online Citizen

The Online Citizen

Home Team contingent departed for Laos
The Online Citizen
A 32-member Home Team contingent comprising 14 officers from the Singapore Police Force (SPF), 3 victim recovery dogs from the SPF K9 Unit, and 18 Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officers, departed for Laos on a Republic of Singapore Air Force ...



Groups Urge Laos to Rethink Huge Hydropower Projects - Voice of America

Voice of America

Groups Urge Laos to Rethink Huge Hydropower Projects
Voice of America
Environmental groups and researchers are calling on the government of Laos to carry out an open investigation of the deadly collapse of a large dam. On July 23, part of the Xe-Pian-Xe Namnoy hydropower dam collapsed releasing a wall of water. More than ...



Police dogs deployed for mission in Laos - The Straits Times

The Straits Times

Police dogs deployed for mission in Laos
The Straits Times
In a first, three dogs from the Singapore Police Force K-9 Unit have been deployed on an overseas mission to help in disaster relief efforts in Laos. The three victim-recovery dogs left Paya Lebar Airbase with a 32-member Home Team contingent yesterday.

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Ho Chi Minh City boosts science and technology cooperation with Laos - Nhan Dan Online

Nhan Dan Online

Ho Chi Minh City boosts science and technology cooperation with Laos
Nhan Dan Online
NDO - Permanent Vice Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee, Le Thanh Liem, hosted a reception in the city, on August 14, for a delegation of the Ministry of Science and Technology of Laos led by Deputy Minister, Sundara Sourioudong.

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ASEAN-Korea Center makes donation to Laos flood relief - The Korea Herald

The Korea Herald

ASEAN-Korea Center makes donation to Laos flood relief
The Korea Herald
The center's Secretary-General Lee Hyuk delivered the donation to Laos Ambassador to Korea Khamsouay Keodalavong, and expressed his sympathy and wish for a speedy rehabilitation of the disaster-stricken areas in the Southeast Asian country.



Laos Suspends New Dam Projects Following Catastrophe - Voice of America

Voice of America

Laos Suspends New Dam Projects Following Catastrophe
Voice of America
The Laos government will suspend approval of new dams while it reviews more than 50 current projects following the catastrophic collapse of a hydropower facility late last month. Kanya Khammoungkhoun, Deputy Director General of the Department of ...
Laos dam collapse death toll rises to 31, scores still missingChannel NewsAsia
Thousands displaced by Laos floods at risk from 'moving' landminesSouth China Morning Post
Investigators Begin Work on Deadly Laos Dam CollapseEngineering News-Record
Asia Times
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Laos suspends new dams as tragedy raises wider fears - eco-business.com

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Laos suspends new dams as tragedy raises wider fears
eco-business.com
The July 23 dam collapse in southern Laos marked a turning point that squarely exposed the vulnerabilities of Laos' current plans to become the “battery” of Southeast Asia. At least 34 people died in floods unleashed by the man-made disaster at the ...

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