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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.

Life for pregnant Briton found guilty of drug smuggling in Laos

20-year-old may return home to serve sentence after diplomatic agreement

Pregnant British drugs smuggler gets life

Pregnant Briton Samantha Orobator was found guilty of heroin smuggling and sentenced to life in prison by a court in Laos today.

Drug charge woman 'impregnated herself'

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.

Laos probes how jailed Brit became pregnant

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.

Pregnant Briton held in Laos 'was not raped'

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.

Group urges Brown to fight for Laos prisoner

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.

British officials to meet woman facing death penalty

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.

Pregnant Briton 'will get fair trial'

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.

Trial of pregnant Briton on death row brought forward

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.

Pregnant British woman faces firing squad over drug charges

Friends believe woman may have been raped in notorious Laos prison

Keothavong slams LTA after entering world top 50

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).

Obits in Brief: Larry Devlin

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.

There's a lesson to be learnt in the green hills of Laos

This country is enjoying a surge in eco-tourism. Richard Waters reveals why

South-east Asia: the gapper's paradise

Cheap, safe and vibrant, South-east Asia is the premier choice for the budget traveller, says Kate Thomas

Serene dream: Ruby Wax thinks big in Thailand and Laos

The landscape of Laos is glorious to behold – and its inhabitants radiate inner calm. Ruby Wax travelled there to discover her spiritual side, by way of northern Thailand, a disobedient elephant and a George Clooney lookalike
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