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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - laos
Rescuers in fishing boats pulled bodies from the muddy Mekong River on Thursday as officials in Laos ruled out finding survivors from a plane that crashed in stormy weather, killing 49 people from 11 countries.
A Laos Airlines flight crashed Wednesday in the Southeast Asian country, killing all 44 people aboard, an official in neighboring Thailand said.
Giap could never defeat U.S. militarily, but managed to panic Congress into surrender ... and betrayal
The last time that a U.S. president looked as weak to a Russian leader as President Obama looks to Russian President Vladimir Putin was back in the early 1960s when Nikita Khrushchev regarded John F. Kennedy as a lightweight.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will depart Thursday on a tour of Southeast Asia to meet with U.S. allies increasingly concerned over China's aggressive pursuit of its maritime territorial claims.
Remarking on the choice of the bald eagle for America's national symbol, Benjamin Franklin observed that the eagle is "too lazy to fish [and] a rank coward." Nevertheless, Franklin accurately foresaw the new nation's metaphoric flight into the blazing blue sky of continental and global power.
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North Korea is no longer a big blank on Google's mapping application. Now, users of the 8-year-old online and mobile technology can see where North Korean streets run, where bodies of water are located — where the infamous prison camps are operated.
The CEO of Whole Foods Market Inc. compared President Obama's health care law to "fascism" in a radio interview Wednesday, a turnabout from earlier comments in which he compared the signature reforms to socialism.
With the dramatic change that has given Myanmar an elected government, there are hopes for improvement in its health care system, but the country faces a long climb.
In the lush hills of northern Thailand, a herd of 20 elephants is excreting some of the world's most expensive coffee.
House lawmakers have issued a subpoena to the director of the pharmacy linked to the deadly meningitis outbreak, after he reportedly declined to appear before Congress next week.
One Halloween night, in a blacked-out bedroom in Bangkok's Chinatown, Steven Martin went into physical and mental free fall. High fever oscillated with shivering cold, gut-wrenching stomach pains brought on waves of diarrhea. Howling in agony, he leapt around the room in a kind of devil dance, his body smeared with oily sweat, vomit, mucus and feces.
A drug lord from Myanmar and five of his gang members have pleaded guilty in China to murdering 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong River last year and loading nearly 1 million illegal amphetamine pills onto their two cargo ships during a murky smuggling operation.
If diplomatic achievements were measured by the number of countries visited, Hillary Rodham Clinton would be the most accomplished secretary of state in history.