President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev has appointed a number of new ambassadors of Kazakhstan.
A Lao military plane carrying top officials including the defence minister crashed on Saturday in the north of the communist country, a Thai official said, without giving details of any casualties.
A dam which Laos plans to build across the Mekong River could wipe out critically endangered dolphins in downstream Cambodia.
Laos said Friday at least 17 bodies had been recovered after a plane plummeted into the Mekong River killing all on board in the country's worst known air disaster.
Rescuers searched for bodies Thursday after a Lao Airlines plane carrying dozens of people, about half of them foreigners, crashed in the Mekong River with everybody on board believed dead.
From a devilish-looking bat to a frog that sings like a bird, scientists have identified 126 new species in the Greater Mekong area, the WWF said Tuesday in a new report detailing discoveries in 2011.
Top European leaders jetting into Laos for a major summit are on a mission to reassure Asia that their crisis-hit region is "still an economic power".
After years of preparation, communist Laos is on the verge of joining the World Trade Organisation, a milestone that the small landlocked nation owes to a slew of reforms it must now enforce.
Asian countries dominate a league table of economies most at risk from earthquakes, floods, storms and other natural hazards, according to research published on Wednesday.
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