‘We are the last targets’: Thai dissident band in Laos fear death | AFP

From their exile in Laos, the four members of the Thai activist band ‘Faiyen’ believe they are on hit-list, like eight fellow dissidents who have already disappeared.

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Laotians build sand stupas during New Year celebrations

Worshippers in Laos carve on the sandy banks of Mekong river knee-high sand stupas known as ‘Toppathatsay’ decorated with images of beloved monks and holy flowers, as Lao New Year or “Pi Mai” celebrations draw thousands to the UNESCO-listed city of Luang Prabang.