December 21, 2012 |
Behind the wheel of her car, Ng Shui Meng last saw her husband in the jeep behind her, following her home for dinner on a Saturday night, she told human rights groups. She lost sight of him somewhere near a police outpost. She came home. He did not. The sudden disappearance of Lao activist Sombath Somphone, 60, has stirred fears for his fate. A grainy video of the Vientiane street where Sombath was last seen shows him being stopped and ultimately taken away, fueling suspicions that the government seized him. But while Laos is the sort of country where something like that might happen, human rights groups say, it is unclear why it would happen to Sombath.
June 2, 2013 |
SEOUL - Laos is coming under increasing international criticism for its unusual decision to turn over to the North Korean government nine defectors, most of them homeless teenagers. The young North Koreans were arrested by Laotian authorities May 10 just across the border from southwestern China, in Laos' Oudomxay province. Also arrested were two South Korean missionaries who had been helping the North Koreans in an attempt to reach South Korea. "We have received credible information that the nine young North Korean defectors were subsequently returned to [North Korea]
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 1990
"Air America" is an addlebrained aerial comedy that sets out to malign the reputations of the former pilots, and crews, of the real Air America, a CIA proprietary cargo hauling airline that flew missions, often under combat conditions, in Laos during the protracted Indochina conflict. Cockburn's article charges, by dredging up a book written 18 years ago, that Air America was involved in transporting opium out of Laos for distribution in the United States. Moreover, he claims to be the sole keeper of the "truth" brave enough to expose Air America's purported involvement in drug-running to the public.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1994
Re "U.S. Fliers Believed Held by Laos at Vietnam War's End," Jan. 2: Laos was subjected to four years (1965-69) of intensive bombing by American warplanes while representatives of the U.S. government officially denied that it was happening. That policy of denial has constituted one of the difficulties in finding those American crew members who managed to survive the destruction of their aircraft, or even to acquire reliable information about them. (If the U.S. was not bombing Laos, how could there be American airmen there?
May 28, 2006
BILL CASEY wound up in Laos because it was on his way to Cambodia, part of a four-month journey through Asia in late 2005. "I was just hypnotized by the people on motorbikes -- three, four, five or even six people sometimes," said Casey, a video engineer from Hermosa Beach. He captured this trio on its dangerous journey with his Nikon D70 in Vientiane, the capital city.
May 14, 2005 |
A long-whiskered rodent with stubby legs and a tail covered with dense hair has turned out be a previously unknown species that represents a new family of wildlife, the Wildlife Conservation Society said Wednesday. The kha-nyou, as local people call it, was seen by scientists in a market in central Laos. Based on morphological differences in the skull and bone structure, coupled with DNA analysis, researchers estimated the animal diverged from other rodents millions of years ago.