North Korea has held a press conference with nine people it says are the young refugees controversially repatriated from Laos last year, state media confirmed, in a further bid to refute claims they had been imprisoned and executed.
Laos Deputy Prime Minister Douangchay Phichit, who was also the defence minister, has been confirmed killed along with 17 other senior officials Saturday when an aircraft carrying them crashed, an official said.
Myanmar will host an international billiard and snooker tournament in Nay Pyi Taw in August. Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore and the Philippines are expected to take part in the tournament, reports Xinhua.
President Pratibha Patil on Saturday completed her two-nation state visit to Laos and Cambodia in a bid to deepen economic and cultural ties with the two key ASEAN countries as part of an effort to boost India`s Look East Policy.