Latest Laos News

Fears grow that dam across Mekong River in Laos could harm World Heritage site of Luang Prabang

Feb. 02, 2024 05:10 AM EST

LUANG PRABANG, Laos (AP) — Landlocked Laos doesn't have the famous beaches of its neighbors to attract tourists, but instead relies on the pristine beauty of its mountains and rivers and historical sites to bring in visitors. The crown jewel is Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World...

Southeast Asian nations cautiously optimistic of progress on Myanmar and South China Sea conflicts

Jan. 29, 2024 05:55 AM EST

LUANG PRABANG, Laos (AP) — China’s increasingly assertive posture in the South China Sea and escalating violence in Myanmar topped the agenda for Southeast Asian diplomats at their meeting in Laos on Monday, with the Laotian foreign minister expressing guarded optimism that progress could be...

Tensions simmering in the South China Sea and violence in Myanmar as Laos takes over ASEAN chair

Jan. 26, 2024 01:11 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Simmering tensions in the South China Sea between China and several Southeast Asian nations now regularly spark direct confrontation. Fighting in Myanmar against the military government that seized power three years ago has grown to the point that most say the country is now in a...

A veteran diplomat from Laos, the new ASEAN special envoy for Myanmar, embarks on inaugural mission

Jan. 10, 2024 12:04 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A veteran Laotian diplomat recently appointed the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ’ special envoy to Myanmar arrived Wednesday on his first mission to the strife-torn nation, meeting with the head of the ruling military council and other top officials, state television...