President Barack Obama begins his 11th and final presidential trip to the Asia-Pacific in earnest on Friday, visiting China to nurture what has become arguably the world's most important relationship and cementing an eight-year "pivot to Asia."
The saola, nicknamed the Asian unicorn, has been known to Western science for only about 20 years. Its habits and way of life are still mysteries. But one thing about it is clear: It’s living on the verge of extinction.
Many a tourist to Italy has relished the country's famous pizza. But could that pizza be dangerous? An Italian TV news report says so — but the pizza industry is crying foul. That story and more in today's Global Scan.
Paul C. Lo and his family came to America from Laos in the 1970s as part of a huge wave of Hmong refugees — ethnic villagers pushed out of Laos by communist forces during the Vietnam War. Lo, who is now 45 years old, was recently named the first Hmong American judge in US history.
The Laos government has set a goal to reforest their nation. Now, scientists are working with farmers to produce profitable harvests by finding higher yielding varieties of the rice that Laotians prefer - sticky rice. On Living on Earth.
For our Geo Quiz today we asked you to name the countries in the world with 4 letters. Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with author David Jenkin about his travels in Oman, Togo, Peru, Mali, Laos, Chad, Cuba, Fiji, Iran, and Iraq. Jenkins wrote the book, "The Four Letter Countries: The Zany Adventures of the Alphabet Traveller."
Many people in rural Laos try to make a living by collecting and selling scrap metal they find in the jungle. But much of that scrap metal comes from unexploded bombs left over from the Vietnam War. Reporter Mary Stucky has the story.
The BBC's Alastair Leithead reports on Thailand's efforts to repatriate Hmong refugees to Laos. The refugees fear they will be persecuted because of their history of helping the US during the Vietnam War.
Alexandra Bounxouei is a teen idol in Laos. She's young and vivacious, with a legion of fans at home and around the world. She's also a classically trained violinist. Mary Stucky has the story of the 'Lao Princess of Pop.'
President Obama today posthumously awarded US Air Force Sergeant Richard Etchberger the Congressional Medal of Honor for saving the lives of his colleagues in Laos in 1968. Anchor Lisa Mullins finds out more from Timothy Castle.
The world's newest stock exchange has opened for business; there are some new investment opportunities ? and an opportunity for you to have a go at today's Geo Quiz. This securities exchange happens to be in one of the poorest countries in southeast Asia.
Rice farmers in Laos are reducing their field acreage as the federal government sets a goal to reforest the nation. Farmers are working with scientists to grow a more profitable and higher yielding variety of rice- sticky rice.
The small country Laos wants to pay for development by building dams and selling the power generated by the Mekong River. But many environmental groups fear dams will devastate Laos' unique biodiversity.