Turtle, called Bank, appeared to be doing well after first operation, but checkup Saturday revealed problems with its intestines; doctors performed second operation, but Bank never woke up and died Tuesday morning.
Gray, smoky skies are a familiar sight in Beijing, and authorities promising to spend billions of dollars to fix the ongoing air quality issues. VOA Khmer's Sou Pichchinda narrates.
Construction of the 400-megawatt dam, costing about $800 million, got underway in 2012 and has led to the displacement of thousands of villagers.
The $2.3 billion project is the third such dam Laos is building on the Lower Mekong mainstream, much to the dismay of environmental groups and downstream communities who stand to be affected.
Laos contributes 41 percent of the flow into the Mekong River, more than any other country.
After the regional stakeholder meeting this month there will be a field visit to Pak Beng in April.
Pak Beng, a $1.88-billion dam about 1,540 kilometers (960 miles) from the Cambodia-Laos border, would be the third dam Laos is building on the lower Mekong mainstream.
Diplomats are used to cleaning up international messes, but messes on beaches are not normally in their line. VOA Khmer's Sou Pichchinda narrates.
Emergency workers are trying to seal a crumbling spillway on a California dam to prevent flooding of local communities. VOA Khmer's Sou Pichchinda narrates.
President Donald Trump is a skeptic of climate science, questioned that human activity is the main cause of global warming. VOA Khmer's Cheoung Pochin narrates.
Pak Beng, a $1.88-billion dam about 1,540 kilometers (960 miles) from the Cambodia-Laos border, would be the third dam on the lower Mekong mainstream.