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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 South Wales Rural Fire Service said in a tweet. Of those, more than 40 were o…

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 a regional forum in the capital last week.The tiny l…