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Laos holds groundbreaking ceremony for contentious Mekong dam

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A fisherman casts his net in the Mekong river in Phnom Penh November 7, 2012. Laos held a "groundbreaking" ceremony on Wednesday for a $3.5 billion hydropower dam on the Mekong River that is opposed by environmentalists and neighbouring countries because of the possible impact on livelihoods, fisheries and agriculture. REUTERS/Samrang Pring

A fisherman casts his net in the Mekong river in Phnom Penh November 7, 2012. Laos held a "groundbreaking" ceremony on Wednesday for a $3.5 billion hydropower dam on the Mekong River that is opposed by environmentalists and neighbouring countries because of the possible impact on livelihoods, fisheries and agriculture. REUTERS/Samrang Pring
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Locals manoeuvre their small vessels along the Mekong river in Phnom Penh November 7, 2012. Laos held a "groundbreaking" ceremony on Wednesday for a $3.5 billion hydropower dam on the Mekong River that is opposed by environmentalists and neighbouring countries because of the possible impact on livelihoods, fisheries and agriculture. REUTERS/Samrang Pring

Locals manoeuvre their small vessels along the Mekong river in Phnom Penh November 7, 2012. Laos held a "groundbreaking" ceremony on Wednesday for a $3.5 billion hydropower dam on the Mekong River that is opposed by environmentalists and neighbouring countries because of the possible impact on livelihoods, fisheries and agriculture. REUTERS/Samrang Pring
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A man washes cattle in the Mekong river in Phnom Penh November 7, 2012. Laos held a "groundbreaking" ceremony on Wednesday for a $3.5 billion hydropower dam on the Mekong River that is opposed by environmentalists and neighbouring countries because of the possible impact on livelihoods, fisheries and agriculture. REUTERS/Samrang Pring

A man washes cattle in the Mekong river in Phnom Penh November 7, 2012. Laos held a "groundbreaking" ceremony on Wednesday for a $3.5 billion hydropower dam on the Mekong River that is opposed by environmentalists and neighbouring countries because of the possible impact on livelihoods, fisheries and agriculture. REUTERS/Samrang Pring
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A fisherman casts his net in the Mekong river in Phnom Penh November 7, 2012. Laos held a "groundbreaking" ceremony on Wednesday for a $3.5 billion hydropower dam on the Mekong River that is opposed by environmentalists and neighbouring countries because of the possible impact on livelihoods, fisheries and agriculture. REUTERS/Samrang Pring

A fisherman casts his net in the Mekong river in Phnom Penh November 7, 2012. Laos held a "groundbreaking" ceremony on Wednesday for a $3.5 billion hydropower dam on the Mekong River that is opposed by environmentalists and neighbouring countries because of the possible impact on livelihoods, fisheries and agriculture. REUTERS/Samrang Pring
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A man washes a cow in the Mekong river in Phnom Penh November 7, 2012. Laos held a "groundbreaking" ceremony on Wednesday for a $3.5 billion hydropower dam on the Mekong River that is opposed by environmentalists and neighbouring countries because of the possible impact on livelihoods, fisheries and agriculture. REUTERS/Samrang Pring

A man washes a cow in the Mekong river in Phnom Penh November 7, 2012. Laos held a "groundbreaking" ceremony on Wednesday for a $3.5 billion hydropower dam on the Mekong River that is opposed by environmentalists and neighbouring countries because of the possible impact on livelihoods, fisheries and agriculture. REUTERS/Samrang Pring
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