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Laos, Luang Prabang

I am really glad that we went to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Although we did visit Thailand many years ago with the entire family, seeing the entire area of Southeast Asia in one fell swoop gives you some perspective on each country from the people to the food to the Government.

Visit Lao Year 2018 to highlight Lao culture, natural charms: deputy PM

Colorful festivals and events depicting Laos' diverse cultural, traditional and natural charms are set to be highlighted through Visit Lao Year 2018, Lao Deputy Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone said on Thursday. Sonexay, who is also chairman of the National Committee for Visit Lao Year 2018, told a press conference that a number of festivals and events have been prepared to impress visitors.

Lao female boxers to fight at Asian tournament in Vietnam

Two Lao female boxers are scheduled to compete at the Asian Women's Boxing Championship to be held next month in Vietnam. Daomayouly Thitilath in the 48kg and Mimy Nhoysaikham in the 51kg categories will represent Laos in the Asian Women's Boxing Championship in Vietnam's southern Ho Chi Minh City during Nov. 5-10.

Lao PDR gets grant to scale up food safety efforts

The Lao People's Democratic Republic is to get $10m to scale up efforts to improve food safety. The Asian Development Bank's board of directors approved the grant as part of plans to improve sanitary and phytosanitary capacity in the country.

Jade's chasing her dream

Changing the world: Jade Spencer is excited about learning ways to help people in rural communities, starting with Gloucester. Photo: Anne Keen She decided the best way to learn the skills she needs to live her life motto, "Think globally, act locally," is to take the opportunities that come her way.

~ Lanten ~

Not everyone's cup of tea perhaps.. Here is quick grab portrait of a woman in Ban Nam Dee village north of Luang Namtha.

'There's no law enforcement': Laos has become the world's...

Hong Kong is considering its own ban on the ivory trade but it would come into effect in 2021 - which may be too late for African elephants Surging demand from Chinese visitors has made Laos the world's fastest-growing market for ivory, conservation group Save the Elephants said on Thursday. China, currently the world's largest ivory market, has pledged to phase out its sales by the end of the year but with ivory trinkets still popular among Chinese consumers demand is shifting across the border.

Market for illegal elephant ivory surges in Laos, study says

The U.S. and Mexico have unveiled a new agreement to preserve water for millions of households and farms that depend on the overused Colorado River. The U.S. and Mexico have unveiled a new agreement to preserve water for millions of households and farms that depend on the overused Colorado River.

Mekong River With Sue Perkins

The Mekong is South East Asia's greatest river, the 'Mother of Water' that brings life to millions of people from the paddy fields of Vietnam to the mountains of the Tibetan Plateau. In this ambitious, entertaining and illuminating series, Sue Perkins goes on an extraordinary journey, spanning nearly three thousand miles, to explore lives and landscapes on the point of enormous change.

School celebrates cultural diversity

Amity College recently celebrated cultural diversity in an event that saw four other schools which visited from around NSW for a day of performances, learning and fun. The day explored Myanmar, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Monaco, Libya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Mexico, Guatemala, Barbados, Canada, Ecuador and Greece.

Ross Meets Li in China on First Stop of Asia Tour

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang amid rising trade tensions between the world's two biggest economies and the escalating risk of North Korea's nuclear progress. China hopes the countries can improve economic and trade ties and that their common interests outweigh their differences, Li told Ross Monday in brief comments to reporters before the meeting in Beijing.

No alternative to multilateralism," in tackling global issues, Singapore tells UN Assembly

Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Singapore, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's seventy-second session. UN Photo/Cia Pak 23 September 2017 - Noting that no one country can solve complex issues that transcend national boundaries, Singapore highlighted in an address to the United Nations General Assembly the need for a universal and rules-based multilateral system to confront the global challenges.

Cruise ships to return to Key West earlier than expected

A dam under construction in Xieng Khouang province in Laos, Asia, collapses and causes widespread panic among workers and villagers. Good news, cruisers: It looks like Irma-hit Key West, Fla.

Once again, India promises to ratify Torture convention in Geneva

The adoption of India's report to the Universal Periodic Review of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva last evening, by consensus, hid more than it revealed to the public eye. India blunted the criticism of member states by stating it had accepted 152 out of the 250 recommendations made to it in May, when India's third periodic report was reviewed.

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