South-East Asian leaders were urged on Tuesday to work more closely together amid threats posed by terrorism, climate change, fragile economic growth, and divisive issues such as the South China Sea dispute.
US President Barack Obama cancelled a planned bilateral meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who threatened to swear at him if he raised concerns over extra-judicial killings, a spokesman for Obama said Tuesday.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday warned US President Barack Obama and other foreign leaders not to question his deadly anti-drug campaign when they meet at an annual South-East Asian summit in Laos.
In Cambodia and Laos, the struggle to raise literacy rates can come down to how to get books to rural communities. Ahead of World Book Day on April 23, non-profit workers specialised in literacy talked to dpa about the challenges.