In this photo taken on Oct. 22, 2010, Laotian villagers plant fruit trees near a downstream tunnel channel of the Nam Theun 2 damn near Mahaxaita, Laos. One of Asia's poorest countries officially ... more 
In this photo taken on Oct. 22, 2010, Laotian villagers plant fruit trees near a downstream tunnel channel of the Nam Theun 2 damn near Mahaxaita, Laos. One of Asia's poorest countries officially inaugurated a $1.3 billion hydroelectric dam Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, that is earning badly needed revenue and could set new global standards for limiting environmental damage and improving the lives of those displaced. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By David Longstreath
Fri, Dec 10, 2010 9:48 PM EST