Laos is full of temples, colonial architecture and surprises

VIENTIANE, Laos - A slow, thumping drum beat summoned about...the most important national symbol in Laos. It was 6 a.m. and I met up with the...excavations suggest the monument - featured on Laos' official seal - marks the spot of a monastery...

Life & style
England to show solidarity with France in first soccer match since attacks

...SUSPENSIONS: FIFA banned Ganesh Thapa, the president of the Nepal federation, for 10 years over election bribery, while his Laos counterpart, Viphet Sihachakr, has been suspended from soccer for two years. IRELAND: Qualified for the European Championship...

Grass is lemony, healthful

A tall, fragrant member of the grass family Cymbopogon, lemon grass is a signature flavor in the foods of Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. It is native to India, where it's used in curry powder. It also grows well in Florida and California, and...

Christian programming ventures into reality TV

...Papua New Guinea, carrying hand-held digital cameras with them. The pair are recording as they get lost in the jungles of Laos, have a nasty encounter with some leeches and nearly become lion chow. It's all grist for a reality television program...

Your Faith
Smith's courage

...the Air Force used lethal sarin gas to kill American defectors in Laos during the Vietnam War, it just didn't ring true to Smith. After all, he had been in the war, flew over Laos for a year and never heard of the defectors, much less the lethal...

Opinion columns
Praises CNN analyst's resignation

...in the real world. CNN's Newsstand production accuses the U.S. Air Force of using deadly sarin gas against a target in Laos during the Vietnam War. This seriously damages U.S. credibility as a moral force among nations. Gen. Smith's explanation...

Opinion columns
Analyst hinting at return

...broadcast. CNN, in a joint report with Time magazine, reported the Air Force used lethal sarin gas on American defectors in Laos during the Vietnam War. The September 1970 mission was called Operation Tailwind. Mr. Smith said the allegations are false...

Dine & Dish: Arts in the Heart offers international flavor

...smoothies and shaved ice. LAOSThe menu: The names are familiar ? eggrolls, skewers, rices, noodles and salads ? but Laos offers a unique take on these dishes. Try them a la carte or choose one of several combination plates.The dish: This year...

The Moving Wall is coming to Evans to deliver a moving experience

...Wayne Pearson will be found there. Wayne was my flight leader when his aircraft was shot down over the Plain of Jars in central Laos. Wayne was unable to eject from his badly disabled aircraft.I also will visit each of my West Point classmates who were killed...

George E. Parsons (LOS LUNAS, N.M.)

...3, 2006 in Los Lunas. Mr. Parsons was a retired chief gunner's mate in the United States Navy having served in Vietnam, Laos, Thailand. He earned the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 11 Bronze Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal...