The US Treasury Department has slapped sanctions on a gambling empire hacked from the Laotian jungle which it said was involved in drug, human and wildlife trafficking and child prostitution.
Experts say the Chinese have brought jobs and higher wages to northern Laos, but have also drenched plantations with pesticides and other chemicals.
Burma and its four closest Southeast Asian neighbours — Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam — move to enhance mutual trade and cooperation on tourism and other key sectors of the…
The Burma-Laos border is mostly unguarded. The terrain is rugged and hostile, where the drug trade flourishes in lawless enclaves on both sides of the river.
Opium cultivation remains a lucrative source of income for many farmers, but the illegal industry is facing renewed scrutiny in the Asia-Pacific region.
Asia can fight climate change and lift people out of poverty if it invests in communities living in forests, claims a Thai-based environmental organisation.