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Philippines leader calls Obama ‘son of a b****,’ rejects lecturing from US on human rights
In an acid comment, Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte called Barack Obama a “son of a b****,” warning the US president against lecturing him over the Philippines’ human rights record in its brutal war on drugs at a global summit in Laos, where the two are set to meet. Read Full Article at RT.com
21711 points by Russia Today | United States Barack Obama Southeast Asia Philippines President of the United States United States presidential election 2008 ASEAN Illegal drug trade
Obama blames trade deal delay on U.S. election
President Obama also paid tribute to survivors of unexploded bombs the U.S. dropped on Laos.         
261 points by Arizona Republic | President of the United States United States World Heritage Site Southeast Asia Vietnam War Laos Lao people Vientiane
Leaving Asia, Obama predicts U.S. tilt toward region will be lasting
VIENTIANE, Laos — President Obama ended his final trip to Asia on Thursday with a brisk defense of his “Asia pivot” policy and an impatient dismissal of those who suggested his bumpy reception in the region this week augured doubts about America’s long-term role.
-1 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | United States President of the United States Southeast Asia Barack Obama Philippines South China Sea Inauguration of Barack Obama George W. Bush
Duterte, Obama shake hands and chat after rift over insult
VIENTIANE (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shook hands and had a brief chat on Wednesday, officials said, easing a standoff after Duterte called Obama a "son of a bitch" ahead of a summit of Asian leaders in Laos.
743 points by Reuters | United States Philippines President of the United States Southeast Asia Barack Obama East Asia Democratic Party Asia
China's Li tells Duterte he hopes ties can get back on normal track
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte he hopes the two countries can work together to bring bilateral ties back to a normal track, the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement posted on its website on Friday.
663 points by Reuters | South China Sea Southeast Asia United States Reuters People's Republic of China Thomson Reuters Philippines China
Woman asks Obama: What happened to my husband?
In 1975, 14-year-old Barack Obama and 23-year-old Sombath Somphone were both living in Oahu, the future US president starting high school and the Lao exchange student on his way toward a bachelor's degree from the University of Hawaii.
219 points by CNN | Human rights Laos Vietnam War Lao people Southeast Asia Vientiane Saudi Arabia Vietnam
Obama addresses Asia trip hiccups
Of President Barack Obama's dozens of foreign swings, perhaps none have brought him to more dissimilar back-to-back stops than his journey this week through China and Laos.
131 points by CNN | Southeast Asia Laos Luang Prabang Vientiane Philippines Indonesia Hillary Rodham Clinton President of the United States
Beijing talks ‘revitalized’ trade & financial ties with Philippines as Duterte spews vitriol on US
China and the Philippines, traditionally the US’ closest ally in Southeast Asia, have reportedly discussed “revitalizing” bilateral ties in such key areas as tourism and customs, amid President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent harsh rhetoric for US officials. Read Full Article at RT.com
2334 points by Russia Today | Southeast Asia ASEAN Philippines South China Sea United States Barack Obama East Asia Manila
Obama blames trade agreement delay on U.S. election
President Obama also paid tribute to survivors of unexploded bombs the U.S. dropped on Laos.       
261 points by USA Today | President of the United States United States World Heritage Site Southeast Asia Vietnam War Laos Lao people Vientiane
Southeast Asian Nations Moderate Tone With China in Sea Dispute
China declared a diplomatic win after Southeast Asian leaders demurred on joining U.S.-led criticism of Beijing’s defiance against an international ruling that rejected China’s claims in the South China Sea.
384 points by The Wall Street Journal | Southeast Asia South China Sea United Nations Southern United States Asia East China Sea People's Republic of China Vietnam
A Duterte Grenade in Washington's China Strategy
Offending Obama might seem foolhardy when China’s armadas are pressing close to the Philippines, but Duterte’s rant wasn’t the first U.S. headache from an Asian ally.
3718 points by The Wall Street Journal | Philippines United States Southeast Asia Tagalog language Asia Vietnam War Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Emilio Aguinaldo
Girls drugged and sold as child brides
"When I woke up I didn't know that I was in China."
18727 points by CNN | Vietnam Marriage China People's Republic of China Southeast Asia Chinese character Laos Chinese language
Obama puts South China Sea back on agenda at summit
President Barack Obama put the long-simmering dispute in the South China Sea front and center on the agenda at a regional summit Thursday as it became clear that most of the other leaders gathered in the Laotian capital were going to let China off with ...
-1 points by Las Vegas Sun | Southeast Asia Philippines East Asia Summit Barack Obama United States ASEAN Laos Vietnam
Britain & Vietnam cozy up on defense amid deepening South China Sea dispute
Britain and Vietnam are building fresh ties after their respective defense ministers quietly met to discuss future cooperation. The move comes as Vietnam scopes out potential new allies to strengthen its hand against China. Read Full Article at RT.com
384 points by Russia Today | Southeast Asia Philippines South China Sea Vietnam United Kingdom Asia Suez Crisis British Empire
Philippine leader riles at Western colonial powers
Duterte took a dig at the U.S., complaining that colonizers who killed Filipinos are now raising human rights concerns        
-1 points by The Detroit News | United States Philippines President of the United States Barack Obama Southeast Asia Democratic Party Illinois Iraq War
After Obama insult, US and Clinton call for Duterte to show respect
The US State Department and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stressed the need for ties with the Philippines to be based on mutual respect, after Manila's new leader raised worries about the future of the key alliance by calling President Barack Obama a "son of a bitch".
151 points by | United States Philippines South China Sea President of the United States Southeast Asia United States Secretary of State United States Department of State Spratly Islands
Obama pledges renewed American engagement with Laos
VIENTIANE, Laos — Decades after U.S. planes waged hundreds of thousands of bombing runs over Laos, President Barack Obama acknowledged that secret war and pledged $90 million in additional aid Tuesday to help clear unexploded bombs still strewn across the country.
-1 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | United States President of the United States George W. Bush Democratic Party Barack Obama Southeast Asia Iraq War Bill Clinton
U.S. pledges $90M to help clear unexploded bombs in Laos
Decades after U.S. planes conducted hundreds of thousands of bombing runs over Laos, President Obama acknowledged that secret war and pledged $90 million in additional aid Tuesday to help clear unexploded bombs still strewn across the country.
-1 points by The Denver Post | Laos United States Vietnam Southeast Asia Vietnam War Human rights Unexploded ordnance Explosive weapons
Japan to provide Philippines with 2 large patrol vessels
Aiming to restrain China's unilateral advances in the South China Sea, Japan has decided to provide two large patrol vessels to the Philippines to help strengthen that country's maritime security capabilities. Japan will provide 90-meter (295-foot) patrol vessels, the largest that Japan has ever...
480 points by Chicago Tribune | United States Philippines South China Sea Southeast Asia Spratly Islands Barack Obama Corazon Aquino Ferdinand Marcos
Obama pays tribute to Laotians living in ‘shadow of war’
President Obama paid tribute to survivors of unexploded bombs the U.S. dropped on Laos.       
261 points by USA Today | World Heritage Site Laos Southeast Asia Cambodia Lao people Vietnam War Vientiane Vietnam
Indonesia Alleges Forest-Fire Investigators Were Threatened
Indonesia’s Forestry Ministry said it would take legal action against a palm-oil company that allegedly cleared land through illegal burning and took environmental investigators hostage.
87 points by The Wall Street Journal | Southeast Asia Indonesia Pleading Environment
Obama says work must continue to resolve disputes in South China Sea
China has claimed virtually all of the South China Sea.       
56 points by USA Today | Southeast Asia Philippines United States South China Sea President of the United States Laos Vietnam ASEAN
Obama: Americans will reject Trump’s ‘wacky’ ideas
President Obama said Donald Trump confirms his belief that Trump isn’t qualified to be president “every time he speaks”        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Barack Obama Southeast Asia Democratic Party Hillary Rodham Clinton United States President of the United States United States presidential election 2008 Illinois
Obama says Americans too ‘lazy’ to explore the world, triggers backlash at home
President Barack Obama says Americans are so uninterested in the rest of the world because they are “lazy” and don’t feel like knowing about “other people.” His remarks have not gone unnoticed at home, where angered Americans suggested he stay abroad. Read Full Article at RT.com
20799 points by Russia Today | United States Southeast Asia President of the United States Thailand Laos Cambodia Vietnam War Democratic Party
Why all eyes are on Southeast Asia
Not to be outdone by North Asia, which hosts major events like Art Basel every year, Southeast Asia is rapidly growing its own art fair line-up.
233 points by CNN | Thailand Art Southeast Asia Bangkok Philippines Vietnam Asia Overseas Chinese
South China Sea row tops ASEAN summit agenda
Tepid criticism in draft statement of meetings in Vientiane seen as reflection of China's economic and military clout.
549 points by Al Jazeera English | Southeast Asia Philippines ASEAN South China Sea Laos United States Barack Obama Vietnam
Is China building more islands?
Is China building more islands in the disputed waters of the South China Sea?
476 points by CNN | Southeast Asia South China Sea Philippines Singapore United States Barack Obama People's Republic of China Spratly Islands
Obama wraps up nine-day Asia-Pacific trip
China has claimed virtually all of the South China Sea.         
56 points by Arizona Republic | United States President of the United States Southeast Asia Philippines South China Sea Laos United States Constitution United States presidential election
Obama, Duterte meet days after slur
President Barack Obama said he shook hands with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte at a regional summit on Thursday, two days after canceling a bilateral meeting over Duterte’s use of a profane epithet while talking about Obama.
3 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Barack Obama Southeast Asia United States Philippines President of the United States South China Sea Inauguration of Barack Obama Democratic Party
Asia leaders tiptoe around South China Sea tensions
VIENTIANE (Reuters) - Asian leaders played down tensions over the South China Sea in a carefully worded summit statement on Thursday, but even before it was issued Beijing voiced frustration with countries outside the region "interfering" in tussles over the strategic waterway.
256 points by Reuters | United States Southeast Asia Philippines Barack Obama South China Sea ASEAN Democratic Party President of the United States
Days after slur, Obama and Duterte of Philippines meet briefly
VIENTIANE, Laos — It was brief and it was only pleasantries, but President Barack Obama and President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines spoke to each other Wednesday, just two days after Mr. Duterte’s profane outburst prompted Mr. Obama to cancel their first meeting.
-1 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Southeast Asia Philippines Barack Obama South China Sea Democratic Party President of the United States United States Vietnam War
South China Sea row overshadows Asean summit
Summit gets under way in Laos as Philippines releases photos purportedly showing Chinese boats near disputed areas.
-1 points by Al Jazeera English | Philippines Southeast Asia South China Sea Island Barack Obama Spratly Islands President of the United States ASEAN
Duterte regrets cursing Obama

57707 points by CNN | Philippines Human rights United States Extrajudicial punishment Mindanao South China Sea Southeast Asia Drug addiction
Indonesia anti-drugs chief calls for tougher Philippine-style war against dealers
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Inspired by the Philippines "war on drugs", Indonesia's anti-narcotics chief plans to aggressively ramp up the country's fight against drugs by bolstering its police force with more personnel and heavy weaponry.
158 points by Reuters | Reuters Thomson Reuters Southeast Asia Indonesia Illegal drug trade Philippines News agency News
Ahead of summit, Philippines shows images of Chinese boats at disputed shoal
VIENTIANE (Reuters) - The Philippines' defense ministry released pictures on Wednesday showing what it said were Chinese boats near a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, just hours before Southeast Asian nations were due to meet China's premier at a summit in Laos.
2695 points by Reuters | Southeast Asia United States Philippines South China Sea ASEAN Barack Obama President of the United States Spratly Islands
Obama meets with Duterte despite Filipino leader's insults
Obama and Duterte met informally on the sidelines of a large regional summit despite the Filipino prez having insulted him.
215 points by Daily News | Philippines President of the United States United States Sentence Southeast Asia Emilio Aguinaldo White House Bill Clinton
Days After Slur, Obama and Rodrigo Duterte of Philippines Meet Briefly
The short exchange at a summit meeting in Laos came after Mr. Obama canceled a previous meeting because Mr. Duterte used a slur against him.
1821 points by The New York Time | Southeast Asia Philippines Hassanal Bolkiah Brunei ASEAN Al-Muhtadee Billah United States Asia
‘We have a strong ally in Washington & a good friend in Beijing’ – Australian PM
Australia should not have to choose between China and the US, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said during an official visit by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Read Full Article at RT.com
15 points by Russia Today | World War II Australia United States International trade Pacific Ocean Southeast Asia Papua New Guinea Canada
Philippines’ Duterte blames past US inactivity for tensions in South China Sea
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has accused the US former administration of taking no action when China began building artificial islands in the South China Sea, which he said resulted in the current strained situation in the region. Read Full Article at RT.com
-1 points by Russia Today | United States South China Sea Barack Obama Philippines Spratly Islands Southeast Asia President of the United States Democratic Party
South China Sea standoff: Beijing denies plans to build on disputed shoal
China has denied it is planning to build an environmental monitoring station on Scarborough Shoal, a disputed landmass it has controlled since 2012 despite objections from the Philippines. Read Full Article at RT.com
-1 points by Russia Today | South China Sea Spratly Islands Philippines Luzon Manila Southeast Asia Metro Manila Scarborough Shoal
US carrier in 'routine' patrols in South China Sea
The United States deployed aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to the disputed waters of the South China Sea on Saturday as part of maritime "routine operations."
32 points by CNN | South China Sea People's Republic of China East China Sea Southeast Asia Republic of China China Japan Taiwan
Philippines: Sins of the Father
101 East investigates sexual misconduct inside the most powerful institution in the Philippines - the Catholic Church.
6 points by Al Jazeera English | Asia Child abuse Philippines Southeast Asia First Nations Sexuality Abuse Auction
China warns U.S. against fresh naval patrols in South China Sea
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday warned Washington against challenging its sovereignty, responding to reports the United States was planning fresh naval patrols in the disputed South China Sea.
1200 points by Reuters | South China Sea Southeast Asia Spratly Islands Pacific Ocean United States Navy Reuters United States Thomson Reuters
Berlinale: Cedric Klapisch’s ‘Back to Burgundy’ Sells Much of the World For Studiocanal (EXCLUSIVE)
BERLIN—Confirming the market appeal of France’s Cedric Klapisch after his “The Spanish Apartment” trilogy, his latest film, drama comedy “Back to Burgundy,” will have been sold significantly across the world by the end of the Berlin Festival. More than 20 territories have already been secured, more will be closed in the next few days. “Back... Read more »
45 points by Variety | Southeast Asia Film France Comedy-drama East Asia Cédric Klapisch Cinema of France Berlin International Film Festival
The vote that could change Indonesia
It's the vote that could change Indonesia.
4420 points by CNN | Indonesia Islam Suharto Jakarta Aceh Politics of Indonesia Southeast Asia Sukarno
The world’s sexiest islands are in the middle of nowhere
The Indian Ocean’s farflung islands have got us in the mood. Situated in the world’s warmest ocean and surthressrounded — hundreds of miles away — by Africa, India and Asia, these utterly secluded, tropical destinations have managed to up their allure with a wave of new and renovated oh-so-romantic resorts. Whether set in the jungle...
221 points by New York Post | Indian Ocean Bay of Bengal Maldives India Island Southeast Asia Ocean Sri Lanka
Houston Zoo welcomes new baby tapir into the family
Tapirs are quite similar to pigs with short snouts. They are herbivores that inhabit jungles and forests in South and Central America. This particular breed of tapir comes from South America.
506 points by The Houston Chronicle | Elephant Southeast Asia Mammal Asian Elephant War elephant Elephantidae Elephants Proboscis
The Big Picture : The People vs. America
As Donald Trump takes office, we trace the historical trajectory that has exposed the myth of the American Dream.
22 points by Al Jazeera English | United States Chinese American Chinese Exclusion Act Southeast Asia Chinese American history Overseas Chinese Islam Central Asia
Landslides kill 12 in Bali, torrential rains expected to continue
Stephen FellerFeb. 10 (UPI) -- Landslides caused by sustained torrential rains in Bali hit three villages destroying homes and villages late Thursday night, and taking lives along the way.
21 points by UPI | United Press International Rain Tourism in Indonesia Indonesia Southeast Asia Tropical cyclone Causality Indonesian language
Islamic State links to Philippine militants 'very strong': minister
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines is certain of "very strong" links between Islamic State and home-grown militants and is concerned about regional repercussions from tension between China and the new U.S. administration, Manila's defense minister said on Thursday.
72 points by Reuters | United States Philippines South China Sea Saudi Arabia World War II Spratly Islands Middle East Southeast Asia