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  • The Laotian government last week invited journalists to the site of the controversial $3.5 billion USD Xayaburi Dam for tours, interviews, and the release of a report all claiming that the Mekong River dam will not harm the basin’s environment, because potential issues will be mitigated through design and construction.
  • Laotian authorities last week signed an updated eight-year-old deal with Russian investor Regional Oil for construction of three hydropower projects on Mekong River tributaries.
  • On the same day that Thailand’s government come out in support of Laos’ decision to immediately begin construction of the controversial Xayaburi Dam on the Lower Mekong River, international environmental NGO WWF issued a warning that construction puts environment and livelihoods in “grave danger.”
  • Finland’s government has declared its intention to scrutinize the role of Finnish engineering firm the Pöyry Group in the divisive Xayaburi Hydropower Project on the Mekong River in Laos.
  • 27 Aug 2012- 09:59 by Local Press Report BEIJING Manila Bulletin China begun building sewage and waste disposal facilities on a disputed South China Sea (West Philippines Sea) island, state media said Monday, a move likely to stoke a growing territorial row with its neighbors. The report in the
  • A Chinese environment official last week sounded the alarm about pollution in China's rivers, lakes and seas, saying the problem in the near-shore waters of major coastal economic zones is particularly serious.
  • Environmental conservation groups, including WWF and International Rivers, have come out in the last week with criticism over a new Laotian government report that claims a redesigned Xayaburi Dam will address all the environmental problems associated with its construction.
  • Tensions are rising again over the proposed Thai-funded Xayaburi Dam project in Laos. Last December in Siem Reap, Cambodia, the Mekong River Commission Council, representing Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand, debated the 1,260-megawatt dam’s future. Delegates decided that a fuller study of the dam’s impact was needed before further development.
  • 12 Jul 2010- 20:58 by Local Press Report vientiane, laos MCOT (Thailand) Dams on Lao tributaries of the Mekong River do not affect low water levels currently in the Mekong River, according to Laos' Minister of Energy and Mines Soulivong Daravong. He said Laos would abide by international
  • 26 Oct 2009- 20:58 by Local Press Report PHNOM PENH, Cambodia Xinhua (China) China will continue to provide Cambodia with financial assistance to develop infrastructure projects, Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong said on October 17. He said Beijing had offered this assurance during talks
  • 26 Feb 2008- 01:13 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BEIJING, China, Southern & Eastern Asia- In mid-February, 100,000 residents of Foshan, a city in the Hong Kong border province of Guangdong, had their water supply stopped for several hours following an oil pollution scare in the Xijiang River. City