Springtime, just before the new century began. As Laos is now the new Cambodia, Vietnam was then the new Thailand, and my girlfriend and I had arrived – with our backpacks – to see what all the fuss was about. The capital Hanoi had dazzled, and we were due to take the train 420 miles down the coast to Hué. We were late, though. We were always late.
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Thursday 04 June 2009
Wednesday 03 June 2009
Pregnant Briton Samantha Orobator was found guilty of heroin smuggling and sentenced to life in prison by a court in Laos today.
Tuesday 02 June 2009
A British woman facing trial in Laos for alleged heroin trafficking secretly impregnated herself with the sperm of another prisoner in a bid to escape the death sentence, a government-run newspaper said today.
Friday 22 May 2009
Lao authorities are investigating how a 20-year-old British woman accused of heroin smuggling became pregnant in prison, a challenge because the woman has refused to reveal the identity of the father, a government-run newspaper said today.
Wednesday 20 May 2009
The mother of a British woman who became pregnant while being held on drug charges in Laos has said her daughter was not raped or sexually assaulted in prison.
Thursday 07 May 2009
Human rights campaigners urged Prime Minister Gordon Brown today to do what he could to secure the release of a pregnant British woman being held on drugs charges in a Laos prison.
Tuesday 05 May 2009
A pregnant woman facing the death penalty in Laos will meet British consular officials today amid growing fears she may not receive a fair trial after being imprisoned on drug smuggling charges.
Monday 04 May 2009
A pregnant British woman who faces possible death by firing squad for allegedly smuggling heroin will get a fair trial, officials in Laos insisted today.
Monday 04 May 2009
A pregnant British woman who faces execution by firing squad if she is convicted of drug smuggling is due to stand trial in Laos today. Lawyers from the charity Reprieve were battling yesterday to get access to Samantha Orobator, 20, in the notorious Phong Thong jail in the capital, Vientiane, before her trial begins.
Saturday 02 May 2009
Monday 23 February 2009
Anne Keothavong broke into the world's top 50 this morning - and then claimed she would have done it years ago were it not for "unprofessional people" at the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).
Thursday 22 January 2009
Larry Devlin, who died on 6 December 2008 at the age of 86, was a CIA field officer who spent many years stationed in Africa, during which time he was ordered to assassinate the president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Patrice Lumumba, a mission he refused to carry out.
Sunday 28 September 2008
Monday 11 August 2008
Saturday 19 July 2008
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