Dismissal of four monks in central Phetchabun province highlights problem of drug use in Thailand, a major transit country for meth flooding in from Myanmar.
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi will join regional counterparts in the central city of Bagan to attend a meeting that Myanmar's military government says is a recognition of its legitimacy.
Narco-traffickers defied Covid-19 and now look set to reach new heights, as the stars are aligning for a further expansion of their trade.
The coffeehouse giant says it is planning to open the shop in the Laos capital Vientiane by next summer.
Animal preservation NGO, WWF, marked World Tiger Day on July 29, saying efforts to double the number of wild tigers in the world had helped the species recover in five countries.
China has tried to use the crisis to build influence but is also accused of spreading disinformation and financially benefitting from the virus, while the US has also been criticised for its inept response to Covid-19.
There is increasing scepticism about claims of zero cases in under-developed Myanmar and Laos where many of the labourers come from, as fears grow for their weak health care systems and fragile economies.
The bus was carrying more than 40 Chinese nationals heading towards the tourist town of Luang Prabang.
Rescuers scrambled to reach those left homeless in the remote southern tip of Laos on Thursday, three days after the collapse of a partially built hydropower dam sent a devastating torrent of water across paddy fields and through villages.
Rescuers so far have recovered at least 19 bodies after a dam collapsed in a remote part of land-locked Laos, hundreds still remain missing. More than 6,000 people have been affected bu Monday's dam burst.
Laos state media reported that the dam collapsed in the San Sai district of Attapeu province in the southeast of the country.
Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong warns of threats to regional economic growth, citing recent trade tensions between the US and China.
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