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Philippine leader jokes he used marijuana at SE Asia meeting

Dec. 3, 2018 8:08 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, whose controversial war on drugs has cost thousands of lives, says he used marijuana to keep awake at a recent regional meeting, but later disavowed his assertion as a joke. Duterte made the comment Monday at an awards ceremony where he...

Big tech firms pledge training for workers in Southeast Asia

Nov. 19, 2018 7:40 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Microsoft, Google and other major technology companies have promised to help provide training in digital skills for around 20 million people in Southeast Asia by 2020 to make sure the region's burgeoning working-age population is a fit for the future job market. Up to 28 million full-time...

Putin: Arms control to top agenda for his meeting with Trump

Nov. 15, 2018 10:21 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin briefly talked with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence Thursday about issues that will likely top the agenda of his planned meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. Putin said he and Pence spoke on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations...

US, China rivalry challenging entwined Asia-Pacific region

Nov. 15, 2018 6:32 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — The rivalry between the U.S. and China in the Asia-Pacific is proving "awkward" for Southeast Asian nations that do not want to have to choose between their friends, Singapore's prime minister said Thursday as he wrapped up a regional summit. "It's easiest not to take sides when everybody...

The Latest: Singapore PM says China-US rivalry 'awkward'

Nov. 15, 2018 5:46 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — The Latest on the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which ends Thursday in Singapore (all times local): 6:40 p.m. Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (LEE SEE'-yan LONG) has said the rivalry between the U.S. and China for influence in Southeast Asia is proving...

Putin: Japan may review Soviet proposal on disputed islands

Nov. 15, 2018 5:41 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has signaled readiness to discuss a Soviet-era proposal on settling a decades-old territorial dispute. Putin said that during their meeting Wednesday on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit...

Southeast Asian-centered trade deal set for further delays

Nov. 14, 2018 7:23 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — Leaders of Southeast Asian nations have again pushed back an agreement on a pan-Asian free trade deal amid a whirlwind of diplomacy Wednesday at their annual summit. In convening talks among the leaders of countries participating in the plan, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said a...

Pence says Myanmar's handling of Rohingya 'without excuse'

Nov. 14, 2018 5:56 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi rebuffed criticism from U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and other leaders Wednesday over her government's treatment of its ethnic Rohingya Muslims. In a meeting on the sidelines of a regional summit in Singapore, Pence told Suu Kyi that he was anxious to hear...

The Latest: Southeast Asian-centered trade pact delayed

Nov. 14, 2018 4:39 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — The Latest on the annual summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, meeting this week in Singapore (all times local): 5:35 p.m. Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says a final agreement on a Southeast Asian-centered free trade agreement will be pushed back until 2019....

China's premier reassures region on growth, South China Sea

Nov. 13, 2018 7:24 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — China's premier sought Tuesday to reassure its neighbors that Beijing will push ahead with reforms needed to support growth across the region and also keep the peace in contested waters in the South China Sea. Premier Li Keqiang said his government will favor reforms in the world's No. 2...