• U.S. President Barack Obama, center, poses for photographers with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, right, and Najib's wife Rosmah Mansor as he arrives for the Gala Dinner at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

    In Asia, Obama takes softer tone on human rights, corruption

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — In Southeast Asia, President Barack Obama has taken a softer tone on human rights and corruption in a part of the world that rights groups claim is rife with abuses.

  • ASEAN leaders from left, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak, Laos' Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong, Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen, Indonesia's Prime Minister Joko Widodo and Myanmar's President Thein Sein join their hands as they pose for photographers after the signing ceremony of the 2015 Kuala Lumpur Declaration on the Establishment of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Community and the Kuala Lumpur Declaration on ASEAN 2025, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

    Muslim-majority Malaysia blasts IS as evil terrorists

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Thirteen years after the idea was mooted, Southeast Asian leaders on Sunday formally created a unified economic community in a region more populous and diverse than the European Union or North America, and with hopes of competing with China and India.

  • U.S. President Barack Obama arrives for a town hall event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. President Obama is in Malaysia where he will join leaders from Southeast Asia to discuss trade and economic issues, and terrorism and disputes over the South China Sea. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

    Economic union, sea row and terrorism top SE Asia summit

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s leader on Saturday denounced the Islamic State as an “evil” terrorist group, saying his Muslim-majority country is ready to join others to defeat it while cautioning that a military solution alone was not enough.

  • U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while answering a reporters question during a meeting with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Manila, Philippines, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. Trudeau says his country will remain a strong member of the campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. Trudeau and Obama are speaking to reporters after their first formal meeting since Trudeau took office earlier this month. Obama says Trudeau is a "great boost of energy" for Canada's political landscape. He says he hopes Trudeau will visit the White House early next year. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Analysis: Obama refugee argument fails as Democrats desert

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — As anxiety about Syrian refugees entering the U.S. took hold this week, President Barack Obama was having none of it. Halfway across the globe, he scolded politicians questioning his plan to take in 10,000 Syrians in light of the Paris attacks, dismissing them as fear-mongers scoring political points.

  • In this Monday, Nov. 16, 2015 photo, Winfredo Sumaya, 60-years-old sits in front of his house in the slum "Smokey Mountain" in Manila, Philippines. Just a few miles from the gleaming venue hosting President Barack Obama and other world leaders sits Manila's slum of slums on a mountain of trash, a potent reminder of the dilemmas that haunt the free trade and globalization agenda promoted by groups like the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. (AP Photo/Lino Escandor II)

    Behind pomp of APEC summit, crushing poverty endures

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Just a few miles from the gleaming venue hosting President Barack Obama and other world leaders sits Manila’s slum of slums on a mountain of trash, a potent reminder to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation bloc that the globalization agenda it promotes has left many behind.

  • Police form a barricade as they attempt to stop protesters marching towards the venue hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Manila, Philippines Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015.  Leaders from 21 countries and self-governing territories are gathering in Manila for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. The meeting's official agenda is focused on trade, business and economic issues but terrorism, South China Sea disputes and climate change are also set to be in focus. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

    APEC leaders: Urgent need to cooperate against terrorism

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Asia-Pacific leaders called Thursday for increased international cooperation in the fight against terrorism as they held annual talks overshadowed by the Paris attacks.

  • President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference with Philippines' President Benigno Aquino III in Manila, Philippines, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, ahead of the start of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Obama says GOP incitement on Syria refugees ‘needs to stop’

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — President Barack Obama is accusing Republicans who oppose allowing Syrian refugees into the U.S. of being scared of widows and orphans. He says the political posturing “needs to stop.”

  • China's President Xi Jinping walks to his car wearing a flower garland gift after his arrival for the the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Manila, Philippines Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

    Paris attacks, South China Sea draw focus at APEC talks

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday sought to reassure regional economic and political leaders that his government will keep the world’s No. 2 economy growing.