Stakeholders Question Farness of MRC’s Impact Assessment for Laos’ Luangprabang Dam

Stakeholders are concerned about the legitimacy of the multinational approval process for Laos’ Luangprabang hydropower project, after recommendations to lower the environmental impact were raised, but few were accepted during…

US Ambassador Wants Cambodian Opposition Leader Kem Sokha Freed, Despite Easing of Restrictions

The U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia Patrick Murphy on Monday called for the full restoration of former opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) president Kem Sokha’s freedom, saying that the easing…

US Ambassador Wants Cambodian Opposition Leader Kem Sokha Freed, Despite Easing of Restrictions

The U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia Patrick Murphy on Monday called for the full restoration of former opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) president Kem Sokha’s freedom, saying that the easing…

Australians Warned of ‘catastrophic’ Bushfires

Australian officials are warning of “catastrophic fire danger” as dozens of bushfires blazed in the state of New South Wales. As of early Monday, 64 fires were burning the New…

Laos Defends Latest Plans to Dam the Mekong

VIENTIANE, LAOS – Laos has dismissed fears that its next hydropower dam on the Mekong River would devastate downstream communities after neighboring countries and rights groups raised their doubts at…

Two Dead, Dozens Hurt, 150-plus Homes Lost in Australia Wildfires

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA – Wildfires razing Australia’s drought-stricken east coast have left two people dead and several missing, more than 30 injured and more than 150 homes destroyed, officials said Saturday.…

Cambodian Opposition Leader Doesn’t Return as Promised

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA – Self-exiled Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who had promised to return Saturday to Cambodia from Paris to mark the country’s 66th Independence Day, landed in Malaysia…

Trial Date Set in Vietnam for Lawyer Who Offered to Defend RFA Blogger

Nearly 60 lawyers in Vietnam have now applied to represent a lawyer charged with tax evasion after he agreed to defend a dissident blogger and RFA contributor who was abducted…

Cambodia Fortifies Border Town Ahead of Sam Rainsy’s Possible Return

POIPET, BANTEAY MEANCHEY PROVINCE, CAMBODIA – Members of Cambodia’s opposition have spent the past few days crossing Southeast Asia in an attempt to return to Cambodia, a return promised by…