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CHINA-SILKROAD/LAOS
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12 May. 2017
Kongkaew Vonusak smiles when he recalls the arrival... more
CHINA-SILKROAD/LAOS
RTS16AEK
12 May. 2017
BOKEO, Laos
Kongkaew Vonusak smiles when he recalls the arrival of Chinese investors in his tranquil village in northern Laos inÊ2014. With them came easy money, he said. The Chinese offered villagers up toÊ$720Êper hectare to rent their land, much of it fallow for years, said Kongkaew, 59, the village chief. They wanted to grow bananas on it. In impoverished Laos, the offer was generous. "They told us the price and asked us if we were happy. We said okay." Elsewhere, riverside land with good access roads fetched at least double that sum. Three years later, the Chinese-driven banana boom has left few locals untouched, but not everyone is smiling. Experts say the Chinese have brought jobs and higher wages to northern Laos, but have also drenched plantations with pesticides and other chemicals. Last year, the Lao government banned the opening of new banana plantations after a state-backed institute reported that the intensive use of chemicals had sickened workers and polluted water sources. REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "SILVA BANANA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. Matching text CHINA-SILKROAD/LAOS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
CHINA-SILKROAD/LAOS
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12 May. 2017
Kongkaew Vonusak smiles when he recalls the arrival... more
VIRGINIA-NOROVIRUS/CRUISE
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29 Apr. 2016
The cruise ship Balmoral is prepared prior to boarding... more
LOS ANGELES-GAS LEAK/
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10 Jan. 2016
Chairman of the Air Quality Management District Hearing... more
LOS ANGELES-GAS LEAK/
RTX21PNI
10 Jan. 2016
Porter Ranch resident Wendy Bergman takes an oath before... more
LOS ANGELES-GAS LEAK/
RTX21PNH
10 Jan. 2016
The entrance to Aliso Canyon Gas Storage Field is seen... more
LOS ANGELES-GAS LEAK/
RTX21PNG
10 Jan. 2016
Homes in the Porter Ranch, Los Angeles, California... more
LOS ANGELES-GAS LEAK/
RTX21PNF
10 Jan. 2016
The entrance to Aliso Canyon Gas Storage Field is seen... more
LOS ANGELES-GAS LEAK/
RTX21PNE
10 Jan. 2016
Residents of the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles hold... more
LOS ANGELES-GAS LEAK/
RTX21PND
10 Jan. 2016
A Castlebay Lane Charter School is seen in the Porter... more
LOS ANGELES-GAS LEAK/
RTX21PNC
10 Jan. 2016
A Castlebay Lane Charter School sign is seen below... more
LOS ANGELES-GAS LEAK/
RTX21PNB
10 Jan. 2016
The entrance to Aliso Canyon Gas Storage Field is seen... more
LOS ANGELES-GAS LEAK/
RTX21PNA
10 Jan. 2016
Residents of the Porter Ranch listen during a meeting... more
LOS ANGELES-GAS LEAK/
RTX21PN9
10 Jan. 2016
Residents of the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles hold... more
LOS ANGELES-GAS LEAK/
RTX21PN8
10 Jan. 2016
The Porter Ranch Estates housing community is seen... more
LOS ANGELES-GAS LEAK/
RTX21PN7
10 Jan. 2016
Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch Englander speaks... more
LOS ANGELES-GAS LEAK/
RTX21PN6
10 Jan. 2016
Residents of the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles hold... more
LOS ANGELES-GAS LEAK/
RTX21PN5
10 Jan. 2016
Porter Ranch resident Wendy Bergman speaks during a... more
LOS ANGELES-GAS LEAK/
RTX21PN4
10 Jan. 2016
A sign welcomes motorists to the the Porter Ranch area... more
LOS ANGELES-GAS LEAK/
RTX21PN3
10 Jan. 2016
A sign is taped to a fence in protest of a gas leak... more
LOS ANGELES-GAS LEAK/
RTX21PN1
10 Jan. 2016
A boy plays basketball in Holleigh Bernson Memorial... more
LOS ANGELES-GAS LEAK/
RTX21PN0
10 Jan. 2016
Robery A Wyman (L), an attorney representing the Southern... more
LOS ANGELES-GAS LEAK/
RTX21PMX
10 Jan. 2016
A woman holds a sign to protest a gas leak in the Porter... more
LOS ANGELES-GAS LEAK/
RTX21PMS
10 Jan. 2016
Brian Seligman holds a sign to protest a gas leak in... more
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Oddly
Extreme Food - 17 Jun 2015
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MIDEAST-CRISIS/SYRIA-UN
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10 Mar. 2015
A woman reacts as she looks at a gruesome collection... more
USA-MEASLES/LAWS
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6 Feb. 2015
A measles poster is seen at Venice Family Clinic in... more
USA-MEASLES/LAWS
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6 Feb. 2015
A measles poster is seen at Venice Family Clinic in... more
USA-MEASLES/LAWS
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6 Feb. 2015
A measles vaccine is seen at Venice Family Clinic in... more
USA-MEASLES/LAWS
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6 Feb. 2015
A measles vaccine is seen at Venice Family Clinic in... more
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Highlight Edit
Extreme Food - 15 Sep 2014
17 PICTURES
USA-HEALTH/MENINGITIS
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11 Sep. 2014
Glenn Adam Chin leaves the federal courthouse in Boston,... more
USA-HEALTH/MENINGITIS
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11 Sep. 2014
Stephen Weymouth, defense attorney for Glenn Adam Chin,... more
USA-HEALTH/MENINGITIS
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11 Sep. 2014
Glenn Adam Chin leaves the federal courthouse in Boston,... more
USA-HEALTH/MENINGITIS
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11 Sep. 2014
Glenn Adam Chin leaves the federal courthouse in Boston,... more
USA-HEALTH/MENINGITIS
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11 Sep. 2014
Glenn Adam Chin leaves the federal courthouse in Boston,... more
USA-HEALTH/MENINGITIS
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11 Sep. 2014
Glenn Adam Chin leaves the federal courthouse in Boston,... more
USA-HEALTH/MENINGITIS
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11 Sep. 2014
Glenn Adam Chin leaves the federal courthouse in Boston,... more
CHINA/
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17 Jul. 2014
"The Ninth Wave," an art piece by Chinese artist Cai... more
CHINA-ART/
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17 Jul. 2014
"The Ninth Wave," an art piece by Chinese artist Cai... more
CHINA-ART/
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17 Jul. 2014
"The Ninth Wave," an art piece by Chinese artist Cai... more
CHINA-ART/
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17 Jul. 2014
"The Ninth Wave," an art piece by Chinese artist Cai... more
CHINA-ART/
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17 Jul. 2014
"The Ninth Wave," an art piece by Chinese artist Cai... more
CHINA-ART/
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17 Jul. 2014
"The Ninth Wave," an art piece by Chinese artist Cai... more
PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL/CANADA
RTX17OAJ
21 Jan. 2014
Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (C) writes in... more
PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL/CANADA
RTX17OAH
21 Jan. 2014
Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper waves during... more
PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL/CANADA
RTX17OAG
21 Jan. 2014
Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (R) looks at... more
PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL/CANADA
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21 Jan. 2014
Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (L) places a... more
PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL/CANADA
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21 Jan. 2014
Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper touches the... more
PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL/CANADA
RTX17O8X
21 Jan. 2014
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leaves after... more
PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL/CANADA
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21 Jan. 2014
Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (2nd L), flanked... more
PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL/CANADA
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21 Jan. 2014
Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (3rd L) and... more
PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL/CANADA
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21 Jan. 2014
Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (front) pays... more
PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL/CANADA
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21 Jan. 2014
Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper lays a wreath... more
PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL/CANADA
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21 Jan. 2014
Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper rekindles the... more
PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL/CANADA
RTX17O12
21 Jan. 2014
Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (2nd L) gestures... more
PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL/CANADA
RTX17O0F
21 Jan. 2014
Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (L) gestures... more
PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL/CANADA
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21 Jan. 2014
Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (L) stands next... more
PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL/CANADA
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21 Jan. 2014
Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (L) points as... more
PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL/CANADA
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21 Jan. 2014
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) gestures... more
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