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Destroyed the peace Historic Laos town grapples with tourism boom

As dawn broke over Luang Prabang, saffron-robed monks trod the streets receiving alms -- but a cacophonous influx of camera-clutching tourists shattered the peace of the ancient Laotian town. The UNESCO World Heritage site welcomed…


Child marriage a key factor in Laos’ high adolescent pregnancy rate

Laos has the highest rate of young female pregnancies in Southeast Asia, but until recently the underlying reasons have not been well understood. New research has revealed that the acceptance of child marriages, a lack…

Laos Dam

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

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…


FBI director warns that Chinese hackers are preparing to ‘wreak havoc’ on US critical infrastructure

FBI Director Christopher Wray on Wednesday warned that Chinese hackers are preparing to “wreak havoc and cause real-world harm” to the US. “China’s hackers are positioning on American infrastructure in preparation to wreak havoc and…

Dr. Richard Saisomorn