FEATURE-Economic fears expose Laos' unequal boom

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By Aubrey Belford and Amy Sawitta Lefevre VIENTIANE, Dec 24 (Reuters) - For the Communists running Laos, the fruits of capitalism have never been so bountiful. The Nam Phou fountain at the heart of the torpid capital, Vientiane, has transformed from a relic into a neon-lit phantasmagoria, surrounded by expensive restaurants. On the increasingly congested roads, the elite car choice is a Range Rover or, failing that, a Lexus. This is the result of ...

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