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High-Ranking Lao Officials Killed in Plane Crash

Media reports from Thailand say a military plane has crashed in northern Laos. VOA's Lao Service says high-ranking government officials on board were killed, including the minister of defense (Lieutenant General Douangchit Phichith) and the mayor of Vientiane (Soukanh Maharath).  Unconfirmed reports say the minister of public security was also among at least three people killed. Early reports say a Russian-built Antonov AN 74-300 went down Saturday morning in northern...

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