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Shooter Thomas Matthew Crooks’s Motive Remains Unknown as Investigators Find Explosive Materials in Car

The motives, opinions, affiliations and potential allies of the 20-year-old gunman responsible for the assassination attempt on Donald Trump remain unknown, authorities say. The FBI identified Thomas Matthew Crooks as the shooter behind the attack at the Pennsylvania rally, which injured the former president and left a 50-year-old volunteer firefighter dead. Two others were also critically injured in the incident but remain in a stable condition. Crooks carried out the attack from a rooftop of a nearby building and was killed by Secret Service snipers shortly after he opened fire. Investigators have since found materials for explosive devices in his car and potentially at his residence in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania. They have not, according...

Economy

Vietnam President To Lam Visits Laos, Strengthening 62-Year Cooperation with New Agreements, Initiatives

President of Vietnam, To Lam, visited Laos on 11-12 July, receiving a warm welcome from President of Laos, Thongloun Sisoulith. The visit aimed to enhance a robust relationship between the...

Vientiane Works to Compensate Families Affected by 230kV Transmission Line

The Vientiane Department of Energy and Mines is working to compensate residents affected by the construction of a new 230kV transmission line. This line connects the Phialath and Naxaithong...

Laos, Singapore Strengthen Ties in Education, Clean Energy

Laos and Singapore have agreed to enhance collaboration on education and carbon credits, with two agreements signed on 9 July during Lao Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone's official trip to...

Vientiane Sees Over 20 Percent Surge in Tourist Numbers in First Half of 2024

Vientiane Capital welcomed a total of 674,196 visitors in the first six months of this year, including international and domestic tourists. This surge in number has resulted in an increase...

Vientiane Council Urges Compensation for Thanaleng Dry Port Affected Residents

The Vientiane People’s Council has called for compensation for residents who lost land or property due to the construction of the 51.1-hectare Thanaleng Dry Port and Vientiane Logistics Park. President...

Oudomxay Province Sees Tourism Boom in First Half of 2024

Oudomxay Province experienced a tourism boom in the first half of 2024, attracting over 113,000 visitors and generating more than USD 6.5 million in revenue, as recently revealed by...

Travel

Vientiane Sees Over 20 Percent Surge in Tourist Numbers in First Half of 2024

Vientiane Capital welcomed a total of 674,196 visitors in the first six months of this year, including international and domestic tourists. This surge in number has resulted in an increase of tourists by 26.31 percent and a 44.02 percent rise in revenue compared to the same period last year, as reported by a state media. Viengphone Keokhounsee, the head of the Department of the Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism in Vientiane Capital, emphasized during a meeting on 9 July that the authorities has been making efforts to boost tourism since the launch of "Visit Laos Year 2024" at the That Luang festival last year.  These efforts consist of improving infrastructures, enhancing...

Health & Environment

Vientiane Capital to Tackle Persistent Flooding Issues

In response to the persistent flooding in Vientiane Capital during the yearly rainy season, local authorities have begun to implement comprehensive measures to mitigate the damages.  The Lao capital often experiences flooding due to a combination of factors such as rapid city expansion, unregulated construction, improper soil filling, and changing weather patterns. Bounyavath Nilaxay, head of the Vientiane Public Works and Transport Department, addressed these issues and outlined plans to mitigate flooding at the 7th ordinary meeting of the Vientiane People's...

Sport

Lao U-16 Team Excels at ASEAN Championship, Eyes Semi-Final Spot

The Lao U-16 national football team has demonstrated outstanding performance at the ASEAN U-16 Boys Championship tournament, paving the way for their qualification into the semi-finals. Currently tied with host country Indonesia at 6...

A Journey Through History: Celebrating 120 Years of International Football Federation

The Fédération Internationale De Football Association (FIFA) has just turned 120. On 21 May, the world celebrated over a century of the most prestigious football federation globally. On that occasion, President Gianni Infantino...

Politics

Vietnam President To Lam Visits Laos, Strengthening 62-Year Cooperation with New Agreements, Initiatives

President of Vietnam, To Lam, visited Laos on 11-12 July, receiving a warm welcome from President of Laos, Thongloun...

Vientiane Works to Compensate Families Affected by 230kV Transmission Line

The Vientiane Department of Energy and Mines is working to compensate residents affected by the construction of a new...

French Embassy Backs Eight Gender Equality Projects in Laos

The French Embassy is bolstering its commitment to gender equality in Laos by funding eight innovative civil society projects...

Laos, Singapore Strengthen Ties in Education, Clean Energy

Laos and Singapore have agreed to enhance collaboration on education and carbon credits, with two agreements signed on 9...

Feature

Lao Student’s Viral Story Sparks Discussion on Sexual Harassment, Victim Support

Sexual harassment has been an increasingly pressing issue across the world, yet it often fades from public discourse. This is also the case in Laos, where social media users argue that the authorities' response has been inadequate, leaving victims without sufficient support despite ongoing public awareness efforts. According to several interviewees and social media users, cases of sexual harassment in Laos often go unnoticed or are not effectively tackled.  The most recent case involved a 15-year-old boy, who assaulted and murdered a 13-year-old girl on 25 June in Champasack Province. According to Champasack Public Security, the teenager initiated his plan around 8 am when he sexually harassed the victim before killing her, local media reported. Although the boy has been arrested, the authorities have not reported the punishment he will receive. This has led the public to question the effectiveness of the law, fearing that the boy may be released and the case may go silent—a practice that many online believe is widespread in Laos According to Section 248 of Laos’s Criminal Law, rape can result in 4-6 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to LAK 30 million (USD 1,360). If...

Vientiane Works to Compensate Families Affected by 230kV Transmission Line

The Vientiane Department of Energy and Mines is working...

French Embassy Backs Eight Gender Equality Projects in Laos

The French Embassy is bolstering its commitment to gender...

Laos, Singapore Strengthen Ties in Education, Clean Energy

Laos and Singapore have agreed to enhance collaboration on...

Vientiane Council Urges Compensation for Thanaleng Dry Port Affected Residents

The Vientiane People’s Council has called for compensation for...

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