Questions on human rights arise as the small country takes its place at the head of the 10-nation organization.
Single-party rule brings little interest in the upcoming selection of the national assembly and provincial councils.
Major General Thongloy Silivong will bring peace to the region rocked by recent violence through a political, not hard-line, strategy, observer says.
Expelled Swiss NGO expert urges donors to grasp how repression in Laos stymies development.
Some laborers are forced to work at gunpoint as hazards pile up from agricultural chemicals and unsanitary housing.
Polar vortex threatens to push another blast of freezing temperatures into the tropical nation
The government says it is working on solutions that may include reducing or canceling interest payments and lengthening repayment plans.