Obama's planned meeting with Philippines leader thrown into doubt

September 5, 2016 2:34 PM

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HANGZHOU, China/DAVAO CITY, Philippines U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday he was considering whether or not to meet his Filipino counterpart, Rodrigo Duterte, this week, amid alarm over the latter's campaign against illegal drugs in which thousands of people have died.

Speaking at a G20 meeting in China, and before traveling to Laos for a summit where he was due to hold talks with Duterte, Obama said he had asked his team to find out if "constructive, productive conversations" were possible.

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