WIG Bazaar 2016 To Return In November

The Women’s International Group (WIG) Bazaar will take place on Saturday, November 19 at the Lao National University Faculty of Engineering, Sokpaluang Road, Vientiane Capital from 10 am to 6 pm.
The WIG Bazaar is a popular and much-loved community event that is free and open to all members of the public. Last year’s event attract over 10,000 visitors.
The WIG Bazaar is the primary …..

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EU Upgrades Diplomatic Mission In Laos

The European Union has upgraded its Delegation to become a fully-fledged Diplomatic Mission in recognition of the growing ties between Laos and the EU.
The upgrade of the EU Mission to Laos is an excellent opportunity to renew the EU’s commitment to engage further with Laos on all aspects of modern diplomacy, including political ….

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Obama Plans To Visit Laos, A First For A US President

President Barack Obama plans to visit Laos next year to attend a regional economic summit, making him the first US president to visit that country, an advisor said Wednesday.
Obama will make history when he attends an ASEAN conference in the poor but economically growing country, which was massively bombed by the United States during the …..

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Americans In Thailand Warned After Release Of CIA Report

Release of U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report on the CIA’s Rendition, Detention and Interrogation Program:
U.S. citizens in Thailand should be aware that release of declassified versions of the executive summary, findings, and conclusions of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report of the CIA’s Rendition, Detention and Interrogation program could prompt anti-U.S. protests and violence against U.S. interests, including private U.S. citizens.
U.S. citizens should pay attention to their surroundings and take ….

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New US Embassy Opens In Vientiane

The US Embassy has moved to a new larger site on the edge of the city close to the Mekong river, away from congestion in the centre of the capital.
The official opening ceremony for the new campus style facility, located in Somvangtay village of Hadxaifong district and which cost US$145 million, was held on Friday morning.
The embassy site of over two hectares includes a chancery, US Marines security guard residence, a …..

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Immigration Crackdown On Illegal Foreigners: North-East Thailand

Immigration Police in North East Thailand have announced the start of a major crackdown on foreigners entering the country posing as tourists, who it believes are in fact working illegally in the Kingdom, said Pol Major General Chartchai Lamsaeng at a seminar for immigration officers held on Monday in Khon Kaen.
This latest crackdown is to also target foreign nationals on border runs and those who have re-entered Thailand a considerable number of times using tourist visas over a ……

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Missing British Holidaymaker In Laos ‘Found Dead’

A British man who went missing after being swept away while swimming in Laos has been found dead, his friends have said.
John-Paul Conley, 35, from Middlesbrough, got caught in a strong current on Tuesday. He was in Laos as part of a round-the-world trip. Mr Conley was on holiday with his girlfriend Kate Downey, 29.
On Thursday Miss Downey said she remained hopeful he would be found alive as he was a “strong swimmer”. But his body was recovered by a fishing boat, Mr Ruddy said……

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First UK Mobile Visa Service Held In Vientiane

The British Embassy Vientiane held its first ever mobile visa clinic today. 14 applicants registered their biometric data and submitted their visa applications.
While there is insufficient demand to justify a full UK visa service in Vientiane, the mobile visa clinic, conducted four times a year, provides a cheaper alternative to travelling to Bangkok to submit a UK visa application. Customers arriving at the Embassy today provided their biometric data via digital fingerprint scanners and digital photographs, put their …..

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UK Visa Service Launches In Lao

A mobile UK visa application service will start in Lao PDR in September which will mean that residents of Lao PDR will no longer need to travel to Bangkok to make a UK visa application.
The British Ambassador to Lao PDR, Philip Malone, announced today that the new mobile visa clinic will be available approximately every 3 months at the British Embassy in Vientiane, the first to be held on September 26. “We are pleased to be able to introduce this service to residents of Lao PDR. The new service reflects the …

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