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US to Laos: Step Up Probe of Activist Somphone's Disappearance

The United States on Wednesday called on Laos to resolve the mystery of the disappearance three years ago of prominent social activist Sombath Somphone, saying his abduction sent a "chilling message" on human rights. Sombath went missing in Vientiane, the capital of Laos, on December 15, 2012. A video previously released by authorities shows him being stopped at a police checkpoint and being led into a pickup truck. "The United States remains deeply concerned over...

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