Laos

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

Vientiane

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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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Water Experts Question World Bank's Role in Laos Dam - Voice of America

Voice of America

Water Experts Question World Bank's Role in Laos Dam
Voice of America
A panel of water experts have warned that the World Bank's promotion of a major dam in Laos, which they say failed to deliver on basic promises, has fueled the country's development of shoddy hydropower projects with catastrophic consequences.



Rosewood Luang Prabang raises the luxury stakes in Laos - CNN.com - CNN

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Rosewood Luang Prabang raises the luxury stakes in Laos - CNN.com
CNN
Designed by Bill Bensley, Rosewood Luang Prabang ups the luxury stakes in one of Laos' most magical destinations. Find out why this Southeast Asian resort is ...

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Lao Workers Jailed For Criticizing Government Are Separated in Prison - Radio Free Asia

Lao Workers Jailed For Criticizing Government Are Separated in Prison
Radio Free Asia
Three Lao workers given long prison terms in April 2017 for criticizing their government while working in Thailand have been separated in prison, with one now sent to a separate facility in his hometown and the other two housed with other prisoners in ...



New Laos land law could block customary rights, women's titles ... - Reuters

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New Laos land law could block customary rights, women's titles ...
Reuters
VIENTIANE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A new land law may bring greater transparency in land management and modernization of records in Laos, but it ...
New Laos land law could block customary rights, women's titles - analystsThomson Reuters Foundation
Analyst believe Laos new land law could curb women ownership ...Devdiscourse

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New questions asked about Lao dam toll, builder's role - Asia Times

Asia Times

New questions asked about Lao dam toll, builder's role
Asia Times
The official death toll given by the government of Laos for the dam disaster in southern Laos in July is not credible, according to civil society groups in Thailand. Premrudee Daoroung, a well-known environmental campaigner who is part of the Laos Dam ...



Lao Villagers Denied Payment for Land by Vietnamese Firm - Radio Free Asia

Lao Villagers Denied Payment for Land by Vietnamese Firm
Radio Free Asia
Lao villagers formerly leasing land to a Vietnamese rubber company under a profit-sharing arrangement are now being refused compensation by the foreign-owned firm, which says the land belongs not to the villagers but to the state, Lao sources say.

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Tigers forever: a wildlife hike in north-east Laos - The Guardian

The Guardian

Tigers forever: a wildlife hike in north-east Laos
The Guardian
On the screen, the mammals and birds of this remote Laos forest flickered into life: stump-tailed macaques, a silver pheasant, a snuffling sun bear, an Asian antelope, an Indian mongoose, a couple of sambar deer, and a pair of white spectacled Lao leaf ...



Preventing malnutrition in Laos - UNICEF (press release)

UNICEF (press release)

Preventing malnutrition in Laos
UNICEF (press release)
XEPON, Lao People's Democratic Republic, 18 October 2018 – Loulli has just woken up from her nap, eager to play with her older sister and cousins. At eight months old, she is full of energy and laughter and tries to stand on her feet. But until ...



Civil Society Groups Say “Official Death Toll” of Laos Dam Disaster, Not Credible - Chiang Rai Times

Chiang Rai Times

Civil Society Groups Say “Official Death Toll” of Laos Dam Disaster, Not Credible
Chiang Rai Times
An SK E&C document from November 2012 titled “Laos Dam Project Implementation Plan” acquired through Democratic Party lawmaker Kim Kyung-hyup indicated the company's authority to alter the existing design was used to obtain “maintenance costs ...



Laos commercial agricultural production increases - Borneo Bulletin Online

Laos commercial agricultural production increases
Borneo Bulletin Online
VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – Agricultural production in Laos is mainly of three types – native agriculture, mixed crop plantation and commercial production, the Department of Planning and Finance under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry ...