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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Laos expects closer cooperation with UNICEF - Xinhua

Laos expects closer cooperation with UNICEF
Xinhua
VIENTIANE, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- The Lao government has welcomed the arrival of the newly appointed United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) representative, in anticipation of closer cooperation in the implementation of the national socio-economic ...



'Tiger Farms' Still Operate in Laos, Defying Trafficking Bans - Radio Free Asia

'Tiger Farms' Still Operate in Laos, Defying Trafficking Bans
Radio Free Asia
Thai officials display dead tigers and other animals seized in a raid near the Lao border in a file photo. AP. Three tigers were found killed near a protected forest zone in Laos early this week, drawing renewed attention to the presence in the country ...



A secret warrior's secret war in Laos - Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

A secret warrior's secret war in Laos
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
As the ancient Sikorsky H-34 helicopter carrying an elite six-man reconnaissance team was spiraling down toward a landing zone in Laos, right before the pilot was about to power-up and flare for a landing, the South Vietnamese team leader spotted a ...

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Endangered red pandas seized from smuggler in Laos, largest ... - ABC Online

ABC Online

Endangered red pandas seized from smuggler in Laos, largest ...
ABC Online
Six red pandas are rescued from smugglers during a random border inspection on the Laos-China border.

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Laos to sell electricity to Myanmar: official - Xinhua

Laos to sell electricity to Myanmar: official
Xinhua
VIENTIANE, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- Laos and Myanmar are mulling an electricity agreement to empower Laos' development needs, local daily Vientiane Times quoted a senior Lao official as saying on Tuesday. Office Head of the Lao Ministry of Energy and Mines ...

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Laos, Slovakia ink financial cooperation pact - Xinhua

Laos, Slovakia ink financial cooperation pact
Xinhua
VIENTIANE, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- The governments of Laos and Slovakia have signed an agreement aimed at boosting bilateral business relations and finance cooperation between the two countries, local daily Vientiane Times reported on Wednesday. This comes ...



Laos investigate football match manipulation - Xinhua

Laos investigate football match manipulation
Xinhua
VIENTIANE, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- The Lao Football Federation has been unable to answer many of the questions put by local media concerning match manipulation while investigations into suspect players are ongoing, local daily Vientiane Times reported on ...



Laos Goods Week to be held in HCM City - Viet Nam News

Viet Nam News

Laos Goods Week to be held in HCM City
Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — The first Laos Goods Week in HCM City will be held at Lê Van Tám Park in HCM City's District 1 from January 24 to 28, according to the Lao consulate in the city. The event is aimed at introducing Lao products to customers and distributors ...

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On alert for drones as Laos PM visits Myanmar, SE Asia News & Top ... - The Straits Times

The Straits Times

On alert for drones as Laos PM visits Myanmar, SE Asia News & Top ...
The Straits Times
A security officer at the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar, carrying an anti-drone gun during the visit of Laotian Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and his wife yesterday. Mr Thongloun and his delegation were on a two-day visit to Myanmar, the ...
Myanmar, Laos ink agreements on power, science, fighting graftMyanmar Times

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Myanmar, Laos reach MoUs on sectoral cooperation - Xinhua

Mizzima News

Myanmar, Laos reach MoUs on sectoral cooperation
Xinhua
YANGON, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar and Laos have reached three memorandums of understanding on bilateral cooperation in three sectors, Myanmar News Agency reported Tuesday. The cooperation in three sectors are electric power, science and technology ...
Myanmar, Laos to increase cooperationMizzima News
Laos plans to sell more electricity to Myanmarhttp://en.vietnamplus.vn/ (press release)

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