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CHINA-SILKROAD/LAOS
RTS16AEK
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
RTS16A39
12 May. 2017
Kongkaew Vonusak smiles when he recalls the arrival... more
INDIA-ECONOMY/LADAKH
RTSRWTF
12 Oct. 2016
Villagers nestled high in the Indian Himalayas are... more
THAILAND-TIGERS/
RTSR0GS
6 Oct. 2016
A zoo worker injects a tiger with a tranquilizer to... more
BRITAIN-ODDLY/
RTX2ON90
8 Sep. 2016
A woman views a fish tank as she passes a Tetra Tranquility... more
BRITAIN-ODDLY/
RTX2ON8Z
8 Sep. 2016
Fish tanks are displayed at a Tetra Tranquility shop... more
BRITAIN-ODDLY/
RTX2ON8Y
8 Sep. 2016
A fish tank is displayed at a Tetra Tranquility shop... more
BRITAIN-ODDLY/
RTX2ON8W
8 Sep. 2016
People view a fish tanks as they pass a Tetra Tranquility... more
BRITAIN-ODDLY/
RTX2ON8V
8 Sep. 2016
A fish tank is displayed at a Tetra Tranquility shop... more
BRITAIN-ODDLY/
RTX2ON8U
8 Sep. 2016
A man views fish tanks at a Tetra Tranquility shop... more
CALIFORNIA-FIRE/
RTX2LEW2
17 Aug. 2016
A man calms his horse on the streets while evacuating... more
USA-OBAMA/
RTSKXMN
3 Aug. 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) greets the audienece... more
USA-OBAMA/
RTSKXM6
3 Aug. 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) calms the crowd at... more
USA-OBAMA/
RTSKXM4
3 Aug. 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) calms the crowd at... more
NEPAL-ANIMALS/
RTX2F3CN
1 Jun. 2016
A tranquilized leopard is carried out from a house... more
NEPAL-ANIMALS/
RTX2F36C
1 Jun. 2016
A tranquilized leopard is carried out from a house... more
NEPAL-ANIMALS/
RTX2F35S
1 Jun. 2016
A tranquilized leopard lies near a toilet in a house... more
THAILAND-TIGERS/
RTX2ETPW
30 May. 2016
A Buddhist monk walks past a tiger before officials... more
THAILAND-TIGERS/
RTX2ETO8
30 May. 2016
A sedated tiger is seen in a cage as officials start... more
THAILAND-TIGERS/
RTX2ETMB
30 May. 2016
A sedated tiger is stretchered as officials start moving... more
THAILAND-TIGERS/
RTX2ETIT
30 May. 2016
A sedated tiger is stretchered as officials start moving... more
THAILAND-TIGERS/
RTX2ETIS
30 May. 2016
A sedated tiger is stretchered as officials start moving... more
THAILAND-TIGERS/
RTX2ETIJ
30 May. 2016
A sedated tiger is stretchered as officials start moving... more
THAILAND-TIGERS/
RTX2ETIG
30 May. 2016
A sedated tiger is stretchered as officials start moving... more
THAILAND-TIGERS/
RTX2ETIF
30 May. 2016
A sedated tiger is stretchered as officials start moving... more
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE
RTSBA17
20 Mar. 2016
A refugee tries to calm down a woman as rescuers try... more
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/TURKEY-SINKING
RTX24OFS
30 Jan. 2016
Medic try to calm a woman next to an ambulance after... more
NEPAL-ANIMALS/
RTX23IG1
22 Jan. 2016
A tranquilized wild leopard lies inside a cage after... more
NEPAL-ANIMALS/
RTX23IFX
22 Jan. 2016
People follow a vehicle as it leaves carrying a tranquilized... more
NEPAL-ANIMALS/
RTX23IFR
22 Jan. 2016
A tranquilized wild leopard lies inside a cage after... more
NEPAL-ANIMALS/
RTX23IFP
22 Jan. 2016
A tranquilized wild leopard is carried out from a house... more
COSTARICA-CUBA/
RTS7LYL
17 Nov. 2015
A Cuban migrant tries to calm down his fellow migrants... more
US-SAFRICA-AGOA/
RTS7KEH
17 Nov. 2015
REFILE - ADDING SECOND SENTENCEVineyards sit beneath... more
US-SAFRICA-AGOA/
RTS7KEG
17 Nov. 2015
Vineyards sit beneath hills at a farm near Stellenbosch,... more
MALAYSIA-PROTESTS/
RTX1Q5QB
29 Aug. 2015
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad attends... more
MALAYSIA-PROTESTS/
RTX1Q5Q1
29 Aug. 2015
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad attends... more
MALAYSIA-PROTESTS/
RTX1Q5PX
29 Aug. 2015
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad attends... more
MALAYSIA-PROTESTS/
RTX1Q5PR
29 Aug. 2015
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (C)... more
OLYMPICS-RIO/EVICTIONS
RTX1Q0DV
28 Aug. 2015
Miro de Almeida, 51, looks from the window of a house... more
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE
RTX1O1JD
12 Aug. 2015
Amoun, 70, a blind Palestinian refugee who lived in... more
Animals
Animals
On the Loose - 15 Jun 2015
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GEORGIA-FLOOD/
RTX1GEP2
14 Jun. 2015
A man directs a hippopotamus after it was shot with... more
GEORGIA-FLOOD/
RTX1GEP1
14 Jun. 2015
A man shoots a tranquilizer dart to put a hippopotamus... more
FRANCE-ODDLY/
RTR4O80N
4 Feb. 2015
Palm trees frame a man who sits on a bench on a winter's... more
INDIA-ANIMALS/
RTR4KDHN
7 Jan. 2015
A male leopard which was tranquilized by forest officials,... more
INDIA-ANIMALS/
RTR4KDGN
7 Jan. 2015
A male leopard, which strayed from the wild, is being... more
INDIA-ANIMALS/
RTR4KDFF
7 Jan. 2015
A male leopard, which strayed from the wild, is pictured... more
INDIA-ANIMALS/
RTR4H8WE
9 Dec. 2014
A female forest guard carries a tranquillizer gun in... more
AUSTRIA-ENVIRONMENT/
RTR4F8JV
23 Nov. 2014
Mountains are reflected in a small lake on a sunny... more
THAILAND-BRITAIN/MURDER
RTR49851
7 Oct. 2014
Chief of Royal Thai Police General Somyot Poompanmuang... more
THAILAND-BRITAIN/MURDER
RTR4984N
7 Oct. 2014
Chief of Royal Thai Police General Somyot Poompanmuang... more
THAILAND-BRITAIN/MURDER
RTR49845
7 Oct. 2014
Chief of Royal Thai Police General Somyot Poompanmuang... more
THAILAND-BRITAIN/MURDER/
RTR4983R
7 Oct. 2014
Chief of Royal Thai Police General Somyot Poompanmuang... more
NORWAY-ENVIRONMENT/
RTR489A7
30 Sep. 2014
Vehicles drive by as a display of Aurora Borealis (Northern... more
NEPAL-FESTIVAL
RTR45DB9
8 Sep. 2014
A boy covers himself under an umbrella as it rains... more
USA-WORST DRIVERS/
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26 Aug. 2014
Pedestrians cross the street as cars wait at an intersection... more
USA-WORST DRIVERS/
RTR43W5Z
26 Aug. 2014
Pedestrians walk between cars at an intersection in... more
USA-WORST DRIVERS/
RTR43W5W
26 Aug. 2014
A pedestrian walks between cars at an intersection... more
USA-WORST DRIVERS/
RTR43W5U
26 Aug. 2014
A taxi is reflected in the rear view window of a car... more
GUATEMALA-DAILYLIFE/
RTR42HKR
15 Aug. 2014
A girl wearing a ballet tutu balances herself as she... more
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