Obama cancels meeting with ‘colorful ’ Philippine president, who now expresses regret

September 6, 2016 4:52 AM

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HANGZHOU, China — After being called an obscenity by the president of the Philippines, President Obama canceled a meeting with the leader that had been scheduled for Tuesday.

President Rodrigo Duterte had threatened to curse out Obama if he raised the issue of extrajudicial killings by Philippine authorities in a sweeping crackdown on drug trafficking. Speaking to reporters, Duterte, who took office in June, said the Philippines is a "sovereign state and we have long cea...

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