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Pilot killed in Vietnam War to be buried Thursday at Arlingtonupdated: Wed Jun 20 2012 22:06:00

Diane Campbell last saw her husband on October 26, 1968, when he walked to a departing plane.

Jewish group condemns remarks by leader of Greek far-right partyupdated: Tue May 15 2012 11:48:00

A Jewish group in Greece has condemned the leader of the extreme-right Golden Dawn party over comments he made about the Holocaust in a TV interview.

Myanmar invites U.S. and EU to observe April electionsupdated: Thu Mar 22 2012 06:04:00

Myanmar has invited the United States and the European Union to send representatives to observe elections in April, according to officials in the region.

Business booming for the dog smugglers of the Mekongupdated: Tue Jan 24 2012 22:07:00

Chinese New Year is a dangerous time for pet dogs in Thailand.

Four nations launch joint Mekong patrolsupdated: Mon Dec 12 2011 02:27:00

International shipping services have returned to the Mekong River, one of the region's busiest trade routes, as four nations launch a joint patrol to secure the waterway.

More than 700 dead as flooding hits southeast Asian countriesupdated: Wed Oct 19 2011 06:51:00

At least 745 people have died in flooding in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and the Philippines since July, the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific said.

Thai flooding causing 'heartache'updated: Wed Oct 19 2011 06:51:00

Bangkok residents continue to evacuate as flood waters rise. ITN's John Sparks reports.

Death toll rises to 315 in Thai floodsupdated: Tue Oct 18 2011 16:25:00

The death toll from the worst floods in half a century to hit Thailand continued to climb Tuesday as the government rushed to shore up defenses around the capital.

Where in the world ... ?updated: Mon Oct 17 2011 08:15:00

[Updated 4:30 p.m. ET, Monday, October 17] People wade through floodwaters in Ayutthaya, Thailand, a city that has been submerged for nearly two weeks now.

Fears mount in Bangkok as Thailand flood waters riseupdated: Wed Oct 12 2011 07:15:00

Thailand's capital was braced for unprecedented flooding Wednesday, amid the monsoon rains that have overwhelmed much of the country as well as Laos, Cambodia and the Philippines in recent weeks.

Rain, flooding wreak havoc in Thailandupdated: Wed Oct 12 2011 07:15:00

As flooding continues in Southeast Asia, Thailand's capital is bracing for the worst. CNN's Ralitsa Vassileva reports.

Asia's wet and wild summer explainedupdated: Wed Oct 12 2011 03:26:00

Is this just a normal year, or is the southwest monsoon acting more aggressively than normal?

POW/MIA day brings somber ceremony, one quietly symbolic traditionupdated: Fri Sep 16 2011 11:17:00

Around the country on Friday, you'll likely see the iconic black and white POW-MIA flag flying over federal buildings. At military bases, there will be ceremonies with troops in dress uniforms marching and leaders speaking.

Thai police release 70 women and girls after trafficking raidupdated: Sun Jul 31 2011 22:45:00

Thai authorities have released 70 women and girls originally from Laos and Myanmar following a trafficking raid in southern Thailand.

Who requires the most education?updated: Sun Jul 24 2011 12:07:00

When it comes to mandatory education, Puerto Rico and Venezuela stand apart from the rest of the world.

Missing Vietnam War airman's remains identifiedupdated: Wed Jun 08 2011 05:53:00

The remains of a U.S. Air Force pilot listed as missing in action since his plane crashed in Laos in 1967 have been identified, and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors, the Defense Department's POW/Missing Personnel Office said Tuesday.

2010: Vietnam vet draws portraits of warupdated: Wed Jun 08 2011 05:53:00

CNN's Patrick Oppmann talks to an artist who has drawn thousands of portraits of fallen U.S. military personnel.

Earthquake hits Myanmar near China and Thailand bordersupdated: Thu Mar 24 2011 22:47:00

A powerful earthquake hit Myanmar Thursday near its borders with China, Thailand and Laos, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Thousands remember U.S. military ally from mountains of Laosupdated: Sun Feb 06 2011 08:42:00

Twenty-four hours a day, over six days, they're coming by the thousands to remember their hero.

Medal of Honor awarded 42 years laterupdated: Tue Oct 26 2010 16:39:00

President Obama awards Richard L. Etchberger the Medal of Honor posthumously for his heroic actions in Laos in 1968.

Posthumous Medal of Honor goes to airman for valor during Vietnam Warupdated: Tue Oct 26 2010 16:39:00

More than 42 years after Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Richard L. Etchberger died on a Laotian mountaintop, President Barack Obama on Tuesday awarded him the Medal of Honor, saying, "It's never too late to do the right thing. It's never too late to pay tribute to our Vietnam veterans and their families."

Vietnam vet owes his life to another's moment of braveryupdated: Thu Oct 21 2010 12:01:00

That morning in March 1968 played out like a Hollywood movie: A secret CIA radar station on the top of a mountain in Laos, manned by a small group of Air Force airmen, is overrun by Vietnamese soldiers.

The ins and outs of river cruisingupdated: Wed Oct 06 2010 11:29:00

If you love big-ship cruising but crave a more intimate experience, then the small boats plying the rivers of Europe -- and beyond -- are just the ticket. Budget Travel's Trip Coach answers readers' top questions about river cruising:

Son 'humbly proud' of hero fatherupdated: Mon Sep 20 2010 08:13:00

Cory Etchberger, whose father gave his life to save others, talks to CNN photojournalist Floyd Yarmuth.

Endangered Asian 'unicorn' captured, first sighting in decadeupdated: Fri Sep 17 2010 11:51:00

Scientists have confirmed the first sighting in more than a decade of one of the world's rarest animals -- the saola, sometimes called the Asian "unicorn."

Air Force hero's actions in Laos finally recognized after 42 yearsupdated: Fri Sep 03 2010 18:11:00

President Obama will award the Medal of Honor, the military's highest award for bravery, to Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Richard Etchberger for his valor in saving the lives of three wounded comrades at a then-secret base in Laos in 1968, the White House announced Friday.

Russian pianist appears in child sexual abuse caseupdated: Mon Jul 19 2010 15:17:00

Russian pianist Mikhail Pletnev, accused of raping a 14-year-old boy, appeared Monday in a Thai court as he had promised to do.

Drought grips parts of China, Southeast Asia amid dam concernsupdated: Wed Apr 07 2010 04:50:00

Dams have dried up in southwest China, Thai fishermen have almost completely stopped their fishery activities on the Mekong River, and nearly half of northern Vietnam's farmland is under threat because of a regional drought.

Airman MIA from Vietnam War buriedupdated: Mon Mar 29 2010 22:51:00

Learning that a loved one is missing in action is one of the hardest pieces of news a military family can receive.

Remains identified as MIA major from Vietnam Warupdated: Wed Mar 17 2010 02:40:00

The remains of an Air Force major missing since the Vietnam War have been identified after years of searches, the Department of Defense said.

Gilbert: We had sworn never to marryupdated: Tue Jan 05 2010 23:07:00

Late one afternoon in the summer of 2006, I found myself in a small village in northern Vietnam, sitting around a sooty kitchen fire with a number of local women whose language I did not speak, trying to ask them questions about marriage.

Thailand to deport 4,000 Hmong to Laosupdated: Mon Dec 28 2009 02:37:00

Thailand deported about 450 Hmong refugees to Laos Monday and plans on evicting 3,900 more from a refugee camp, the government said.

North Koreans escape to cold realityupdated: Wed Nov 18 2009 07:32:00

They've escaped the most repressive regime in the world, but for many North Korean refugees, life outside their closed, totalitarian country is still not easy.

More than 300 killed in path of deadly storm Ketsanaupdated: Wed Sep 30 2009 19:24:00

Ketsana, downgraded from a typhoon to a tropical depression, set its sights on a fourth nation Wednesday -- barreling toward Laos after leaving a trail of destruction and death across southeast Asia.

Pregnant drug trafficker to leave Laosupdated: Fri Aug 07 2009 11:04:00

A British woman who became pregnant while inside a Laotian prison is being sent back to the UK. CNN's Dan Rivers reports.

Pregnant British inmate set to return homeupdated: Fri Aug 07 2009 11:04:00

A pregnant British woman, who was jailed in Laos on drug charges, has been handed over to British authorities to be transferred home, the Foreign Office announced Thursday.

Pregnant drug trafficker returns to Britainupdated: Fri Aug 07 2009 08:05:00

A pregnant British woman, who was jailed in Laos on drug charges, arrived in London Friday after being handed over to British authorities to serve her sentence at home.

Deal paves way for pregnant British inmate's Laos transferupdated: Thu Aug 06 2009 03:01:00

Britain and Laos have signed a deal to fast-track the return of two Britons jailed in Laos -- including a heavily pregnant woman, a Foreign Office spokesman said Tuesday.

Groups: Mekong faces 'devastating' threat from proposed damsupdated: Fri Jun 19 2009 01:25:00

It is the life blood for tens of millions of people -- but the mighty Mekong River in southeast Asia is now facing a "devastating" threat from not one, but 11 proposed dams.

MBAs Without Borders donate skills to end poverty cycleupdated: Mon Jun 15 2009 05:45:00

Jon Ven Johnson is a Texan working in Laos, where he helps disadvantaged young people build a career. But Ven Johnson isn't an aid worker. He's an MBA with a background in management consultancy and what he's offering isn't charity -- it's years of business experience.

British woman's trial to begin in Laosupdated: Wed Jun 03 2009 12:02:00

A pregnant British woman held on drug-smuggling charges in Laos will go on trial Wednesday, the British Foreign Office said, citing the government of the south-east Asian country.

Life for pregnant Briton in Laos trialupdated: Wed Jun 03 2009 09:35:00

A pregnant British woman accused of trying to smuggle heroin onto a flight to Thailand from Laos was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison.

Pregnant UK woman in Lao jail meets lawyerupdated: Tue Jun 02 2009 21:10:00

A pregnant British woman jailed in Laos has met with a British lawyer for the first time ahead of her impending trial, a UK legal aid charity said Wednesday.

British woman could face Laos death penaltyupdated: Tue Jun 02 2009 21:01:00

A pregnant British woman facing possible execution in Laos will go on trial this week, the country's foreign affairs ministry said Monday.

Fears trial of pregnant Lao prisoner may be delayedupdated: Fri May 22 2009 06:16:00

A British legal charity expressed concern Friday after a report that the trial of a pregnant British woman jailed in Laos would be delayed.

Laos inmate may be transferredupdated: Fri May 08 2009 03:56:00

A British prisoner in Laos may be transferred to a UK prison. CNN's Atika Shubert reports.

Jailed Briton could be transferred from Laos to UK if convictedupdated: Fri May 08 2009 03:56:00

A pregnant British woman jailed in Laos could be transferred to Britain to serve out her sentence if she is convicted under an agreement signed Thursday between UK and Laotian officials.

Mom of jailed Briton: 'My world is crumbling like a pack of cards'updated: Thu May 07 2009 18:26:00

Jane Orobator lives in a small house in Dublin, Ireland. She's a full time psychology student at Trinity college and she is single-handedly raising 3 girls aged 9 to 14. Their smiling faces are framed in photos on the walls at home -- the only ornaments in an otherwise sparsely decorated house.

Mom of jailed pregnant Briton: Please help my daughterupdated: Thu May 07 2009 00:51:00

On the same day a British diplomat and a doctor visited a pregnant British woman being held in a Laos jail, her mother sobbed in an interview with CNN, begging for someone to help her daughter.

Pregnant Briton denied lawyer visit in Laos, rights group saysupdated: Wed May 06 2009 00:48:00

A pregnant British woman jailed in Laos was denied access to a British lawyer who flew out to meet her, a human rights group said Tuesday.

New Year celebrations make a splashupdated: Fri Apr 17 2009 05:22:00

This week, Bangladesh, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Nepal and parts of India are ushering in their New Year.

Mekong a 'treasure trove' of 1,000 newly discovered speciesupdated: Tue Dec 16 2008 18:53:00

A rat believed to be extinct for 11 million years, a spider with a foot-long legspan, and a hot pink cyanide-producing "dragon millipede" are among the thousand newly discovered species in the largely unexplored Mekong Delta region.

U.S., Russia snub cluster bomb banupdated: Wed Dec 03 2008 07:45:00

The United States and Russia were absent Wednesday as representatives from countries from around the world gathered to sign a treaty banning the use of cluster bombs.

Business Traveller postcardsupdated: Mon Aug 04 2008 10:55:00

Share your city secrets to help make life on the road easier for fellow business travelers.

Japan to lobby whaling commission to support huntsupdated: Wed May 28 2008 02:09:00

Japan will lobby a dozen members of the International Whaling Commission at a meeting Monday to support its much-criticized Antarctic whaling program -- just three days before all members of the commission meet in London to discuss reaching an agreement on whale conservation rules.

A food superpower?updated: Tue May 06 2008 00:25:00

CNN's Matthew Chance reports on how Russia could be part of the solution to the global food crisis.

U.S. pledges millions in aidupdated: Mon May 05 2008 00:55:00

President Bush asks Congress for 770 million dollars to help ease the global food crisis. CNN's Zain Verjee reports.

Community radio breaks taboos, brings education in Nepalupdated: Wed Dec 12 2007 12:38:00

"I feel that my life is worthless. I have lost my interest in talking to others, and in my studies too. I have also lost interest in being with a crowd of people. All I want is to sit all by myself. Is my problem an illness? Has it got any solution?" - Letter from a male university student, 18, Nepal

Time.com: Greek PM Faces New Challengesupdated: Tue Sep 18 2007 06:00:00

"Compassionate conservative" Kostas Karamanlis narrowly won reelection, but his shrunken majority could leave his party vulnerable

Time.com: Uncertainty Ahead Of Greek Electionsupdated: Fri Sep 14 2007 11:55:00

Political fires are still burning brightly ahead of this weekend's elections

Time.com: The World Seems the Same From Inside a Hotelupdated: Mon Jul 09 2007 10:25:00

Essay: When resorts are tailored to comfort tourists by offering familiar experiences, it can be hard to remember just where you are

10 charged with alleged Laos plotupdated: Mon Jun 04 2007 21:00:00

Ten people, including a former general in the Laotian army, were arrested and charged in the United States with an alleged plot to overthrow the Laotian government.

Thailand drawn with bitter rivalsupdated: Mon Nov 27 2006 05:34:00

Three-times winners Thailand have been drawn with bitter rivals Myanmar and Malaysia in the group stages of next year's ASEAN Football Championships, while co-hosts Singapore will meet Vietnam and Indonesia.

Fortune: Bombs awayupdated: Thu May 11 2006 12:10:00

For Champion Madaba, an ordnance remover from Zimbabwe, finding work isn't a problem. There are tens of millions of landmines and unexploded bombs scattered across the globe that maim or kill an es...

Fortune: Unexploded-Ordnance Removerupdated: Mon May 01 2006 00:01:00

I am from Harare, Zimbabwe. I saw an article in the newspaper about MineTech getting a contract to work in Mozambique. I applied and passed the selection course, and was trained in Harare. That was...

Romania isolates bird flu village updated: Fri Oct 07 2005 21:52:00

Romanian officials quarantined a Danube delta village of about 30 people Friday after three dead ducks there tested positive for bird flu -- the first such cases reported in the region.

Official: World not ready for flu updated: Thu Oct 06 2005 02:01:00

America's top health official says the world is "woefully unprepared" to respond to a pandemic, a problem made more urgent by concerns that the current avian flu virus could spread into a global health crisis.

Business 2.0: Opening Doors With Data Entryupdated: Thu Sep 01 2005 00:01:00

Want a guilt-free alternative to Indian outsourcing? You might follow the lead of MIT and the Soros Foundation. Both are clients of Digital Divide Data, a nonprofit based in New York and Phnom Penh...

Asian economic report sees growthupdated: Wed Apr 06 2005 00:39:00

Growth in developing Asian countries is predicted to expand over the next two years, after the region experienced its strongest economic growth since the financial crisis of 1997-98.

Typhoon hampers Philippines rescueupdated: Wed Dec 01 2004 22:18:00

High winds and heavy rain from the approaching Typhoon Namandol are hampering rescue efforts in the northeastern Philippines where emergency services are struggling with the aftermath of two earlier storms.

Storms bear down on Philippinesupdated: Tue Nov 30 2004 16:19:00

The Philippines is bracing for more disastrous weather over the next few days, coming hard on the heels of two earlier deadly storms.

ASEAN approves talks with Japanupdated: Tue Nov 30 2004 00:29:00

A day after reaching a deal with China in a bid to create the world's largest free trade zone, the leaders of 10 Southeast Asian nations have approved free trade talks with Japan.

Chinese mine toll climbs to 63updated: Mon Nov 29 2004 07:01:00

The death toll from China's Chenjiashan Coal Mine explosion continues to mount, with state media reporting the figure now stands at 63.

China, ASEAN to create trade blocupdated: Mon Nov 29 2004 05:28:00

The leaders of 10 Southeast Asian countries have reached an agreement with China that will lead to the creation of the world's largest free trade zone.

Political tensions simmer at ASEANupdated: Sun Nov 28 2004 19:49:00

The 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) opens its summit in Laos today, as political issues simmering beneath the surface begin to generate heat at the annual event.

Laos PM prays for ASEAN successupdated: Sat Nov 27 2004 02:00:00

The prime minister of Laos led tens of thousands of compatriots in a Buddhist holiday ceremony at a golden-spired temple Saturday, praying for the success of an Asian summit with a VIP guest list never before seen in the reclusive communist country.

Six former MIAs buried togetherupdated: Sun Nov 07 2004 09:42:00

Their plane crashed in southern Laos 38 years ago during the Vietnam War. Last week, the remains of six Air Force servicemen were laid to rest in a single coffin at Arlington National Cemetery.

Learning how to be Americanupdated: Wed Aug 25 2004 01:26:00

Learning how to be American is part of the curriculum in Thamkrabok, a refugee camp north of Bangkok.

WHO allays bird flu fearsupdated: Sat Feb 21 2004 00:13:00

The World Health Organization is trying to calm fears that the reported infection of cats with bird flu could signal an increased risk to humans.

Timeline: Bird flu crisis unfoldsupdated: Mon Feb 09 2004 00:26:00

Since South Korea confirmed a bird flu outbreak in December, authorities have been scrambling to crack down on a disease which has already resulted in human deaths and is ravaging chicken farms in Asia.

Don't panic on bird flu, says U.N.updated: Tue Feb 03 2004 18:37:00

The United Nations is warning against panic in countries suffering an outbreak of bird flu.

WHO: Human bird flu link possibleupdated: Sun Feb 01 2004 06:23:00

The World Health Organization has confirmed two Vietnamese women recently died from bird flu, and say they may have caught the illness from their brother.

Bird flu: Global response soughtupdated: Tue Jan 27 2004 08:01:00

World health experts have called for a SARS-like response to a bird flu pandemic as two more Asian nations reported outbreaks of the disease.

WHO: Global bid to beat bird fluupdated: Mon Jan 26 2004 02:33:00

The World Health Organization has called for a united international effort -- similar to the SARS response -- to combat bird flu as the human death toll from the virus mounts.

Fortune: Behind the Golden Door Five times a year America's most exclusive spa holds a men-only week. For these guests, it turns out, relupdated: Mon Apr 17 2000 00:01:00

Though you'd be hard-pressed to find it on Travelocity, there's one vacation package that allows participants to journey back in time. Men's Week at the Golden Door is a high-priced sleep-away camp...

Fortune: Staying Calm Luang Prabang, in Laos, is Southeast Asia the way it used to be.updated: Mon Apr 17 2000 00:01:00

A group of six old women kneel in the middle of the street and chat amiably as the sun rises over Luang Prabang, a quiet town in central Laos. Their conversation stops when a rail-thin Buddhist mon...

Money Magazine: The Right Thing RAP Don't be fooled by what you've heard . . . It's really fly to be a nerd Listen up!updated: Thu Mar 11 1993 00:01:00

Listen up, you preteens and teens, While we lay out what high school means. It's where you get a chance to choose A groovy track that you can use To slide to college and a gig If you do your work a...

Fortune: BET ON VIETNAM Compared with its neighbors, the country's a pearl. Cambodia is still a mess, Laos a backupdated: Mon Oct 05 1992 00:01:00

WHAT of Asia's basket cases -- the countries of the war-wracked region formerly known as Indochina, and repressive Burma, which now calls itself Myanmar? Put your money on Vietnam. Yes, Vietnam. Bu...

Fortune: GETTING IN ON THE GROUND FLOOR What should you do when developing countries want Western investment? Step right up for first picupdated: Mon Oct 01 1990 00:01:00

WHEN A FLAT-BROKE country like Vietnam or Burma starts looking for Western investment, should your company answer the call? And if so, do you jump right into these risky places or wait for competit...

Fortune: THE TRAGIC ALSO-RANS OF INDOCHINA updated: Mon Nov 13 1989 00:01:00

Ravaged by decades of war and Communist misrule, the countries of what was once called Indochina (Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia) have devolved into one of the world's poorest regions. Now, drawn by t...

Fortune: LET'S LET ASIANS IN America profits by welcoming China's emigrants and other Far Eastern refugees. But the nation admits too fewupdated: Mon Jul 17 1989 00:01:00

A CONSENSUS IS BUILDING in America that it's time to accommodate many more Asian refugees yearning to be free of repressive political systems and economic hardship. As Chinese flee gunshot brutalit...

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