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Environment

Laos: controversial dams on the Mekong

The Mekong River, which flows through six countries on its way from the Tibetan plateau to the South China Sea, is under pressure from rapid development - and now, dams are creating an additional threat. Landlocked and cash-poor, Laos is building at least two dams in a bid to turn itself into the "battery of Southeast Asia." But environmentalists and neighboring countries are calling foul.

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