ON AIR NOW

LISTEN NOW

Weather

cloudy-day
70°
Cloudy
H 76° L 63°
  • cloudy-day
    70°
    Current Conditions
    Cloudy. H 76° L 63°
  • cloudy-day
    69°
    Afternoon
    Cloudy. H 76° L 63°
  • cloudy-day
    65°
    Evening
    Mostly Cloudy. H 70° L 56°
LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

The latest newscast

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

The latest traffic report

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

The latest forecast

00:00 | 00:00

World
N. Korea, Marawi siege, sea feud top ASEAN summit worries
Close

N. Korea, Marawi siege, sea feud top ASEAN summit worries

N. Korea, Marawi siege, sea feud top ASEAN summit worries
Photo Credit: Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File
FILE - in this Aug. 29, 2017 file photo distributed on Aug. 30, 2017, by the North Korean government shows what was said to be the test launch of a Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile in Pyongyang, North Korea. Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will mark the 10-nation bloc's 50th anniversary for two days of summitry under security in Manila starting Monday to tackle a slew of security worries including recent militant siege in the Philippines, displaced Rohingya and the escalating North Korea threat. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)

N. Korea, Marawi siege, sea feud top ASEAN summit worries

Southeast Asia started banding its unwieldy cluster of fledgling democracies, monarchies and authoritarian regimes into an EU-like collective half a century ago, but the diverse region of 620 million people remains hampered by conflicts, poverty, human rights crises and other issues.

It has nevertheless evolved into an important arena of discourse, power plays and influence that gathers world leaders in annual summits.

Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will mark the 10-nation bloc's 50th anniversary with handshakes, unity photo-ops and pageantry in a gala dinner on Sunday. They'll gather for two days of summitry under tight security in Manila starting Monday and meet world leaders led by President Donald Trump to tackle a slew of security worries.

A list of the most pressing issues:

NORTH KOREA

Manila is the last stop on Trump's Asian swing where he's expected to lobby for more punitive action, including diplomatic sanctions, against Pyongyang over its nuclear program. He'll generally find a receptive audience, with the summit's foul-mouthed host, President Rodrigo Duterte, having called North Korea's leader a "crazy son of a bitch" with a "chubby face that looks kind" but who could wipe the region off the map with his "dangerous toys."

China, which wields considerable influence on ASEAN, will, however, be a tempering presence. It has called for dialogue with North Korea and urged the United States to tone down its rhetoric, arguing that sanctions alone cannot solve the impasse.

ASEAN leaders will likely stick to their expression of alarm over Pyongyang's ballistic missile and nuclear tests and press their call for North Korea to return to long-stalled denuclearization talks.

___

MUSLIM MILITANTS

The siege by pro-Islamic State group militants that left at least 1,172 combatants and civilians dead and left swaths of the southern Philippine city of Marawi in smoldering rubbles will be on every leader's mind in Manila.

Although Philippine troops have essentially crushed the five-month insurrection, the massive militant attack served as a reality check for governments of the new scale of havoc IS-aligned militants could wreak on urban areas.

Consequently, the main summit venue in a theater complex by Manila Bay has been placed in a security lockdown and declared a no-fly and no-sail zone. Nearly 60,000 police and military personnel will keep watch in Manila and Clark Freeport to the north where some of the leaders will land and senior diplomats are meeting.

Duterte plans to brief leaders on how Filipino forces quelled the siege. ASEAN states and their Asian and Western counterparts find a common interest in addressing the resurgent threat of terrorism and radicalization without much friction.

___

ROHINGYA DILEMMA

Alarm over violence in Myanmar's western Rakhine state that has forced more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh will likely stay off ASEAN's formal agenda and summit communique. That's because its member states, which include Myanmar, uphold a bedrock policy of non-interference in each other's domestic affairs.

While the policy has held back the regional group from taking a stronger and more relevant stance on such calamities in step with much of the international community, it has allowed ASEAN to endure as a club of nations with disparate backgrounds.

Individually, however, heads of state can raise concern and outrage over the Rohingya crisis during their so-called "retreat," a free-for-all but closed-door session. Malaysia, among others, is expected to push Myanmar to take stronger steps to address the humanitarian problem, which has caused many of the Rohingya to flee to its territory. Malaysia has also pushed the Philippine host to allow a stronger statement on the crisis, causing some tension.

"If it will be discussed, it will be up to Myanmar to raise the issue because this a domestic concern for them," said Robespierre Bolivar, spokesman of Manila's Department of Foreign Affairs.

___

SOUTH CHINA SEA

The leaders of China and ASEAN, which includes four member states directly involved in South China Sea territorial disputes, are expected to announce the start of negotiations on a so-called "code of conduct" in the contested waters based on a framework or outline that their foreign ministers endorsed in August.

Both sides would laud such progress, which China acquiesced to after the Philippines under Duterte backed down from being one of Beijing's most virulent U.S.-backed critics. Duterte pursued a policy of rapprochement with Beijing and has not immediately pushed for Chinese compliance with an arbitration ruling by a U.N.-aligned tribunal that invalidated China's expansive claims in the strategic waterway.

"There is more cooperative spirit in managing, in reducing the tensions there," Bolivar said.

ASEAN, however, has been dismissed as an ineffective broker largely because it tends to get paralyzed by indecision due to its consensual decision-making style when many of its member states are either aligned with China or the U.S. The two-page framework took 15 years to conclude and lacked key provisions, including a dispute-settlement mechanism, that China opposes.

"The biggest problem is our insistence that, for some reason, ASEAN has to solve this, which it's not equipped to do, and we shouldn't force it to," said Greg Poling, a Washington-based South China Sea expert.

Read More
VIEW COMMENTS

There are no comments yet. Be the first to post your thoughts. or Register.

The Latest Headlines You Need To Know

  • A U.S. Navy aircraft with 11 people on board has crashed into the Pacific Ocean, officials said Wednesday. >> Click here or scroll down for the latest updates  >> Read more trending news 
  • On every Thanksgiving, it’s always nice to take some time and think about what you and your family are thankful for in 2017 – but at the same time, we may as well try to figure how Turkey Day is playing in political circles as well. In terms of political news, reporters on Capitol Hill and Washington, D.C. are currently going through an almost never-ending avalanche of stories, erupting daily (or even hourly) in what seems to be a high rate of speed in this new social media atmosphere. Let’s take a look at a few things on this Thanksgiving 2017: 1. Roy Moore – Roy Moore might be thankful for a lot right now, mainly a number of men in high profile positions in the Congress and the news media who have been ensnared in the recent swarm of news about sex. The latest person to hit the news – and take the focus off of Moore – is Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), who had a nude photo of himself leaked on to social media by a woman he was once in a relationship with, which some say might be ‘revenge porn.’ No matter what the details might be of how this occurred, the Barton story is a reminder of the perfect piece of advice that my father gave as he dropped me off at the U.S. Capitol on my first day of work in 1980, when he told me that ‘They call it the House of Representatives for a reason” – members of Congress are no different from our neighbors and friends. Some are good. Some are bad. Some make bad choices along the way. Roy Moore is thankful for Al Franken, John Conyers, Joe Barton, Charlie Rose, and many others. Their stories keep Moore out of the headlines. So the count for today if I'm not mistaken is two more accusers against Al Franken, one more against John Conyers and a picture of Joe Barton's genitalia splashed across the Internet — Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) November 23, 2017 2. President Donald Trump. – Mr. Trump may be most thankful for political opponents like Hillary Clinton, who continues to be a Trump punching bag on Twitter. While many Inside the Beltway cringe at “Crooked Hillary” tweets, those missives continue to delight the President’s legions of fans, as it helps to keep the 2016 Democratic Presidential nominee in the news. (While Mr. Trump is probably also thankful for sports figures like Lavar Ball, Steph Curry, Richard Sherman, and others, I’ll stick to the political arena.) Over the last year, this President has proven himself to be very adept at verbally smacking people on Twitter – whether you think it’s right or wrong for Mr. Trump to be doing that isn’t the point. The longer that President Trump can keep Hillary Clinton in the news, the better for him, and maybe the better for the Republican Party. Donald Trump is thankful that Hillary Clinton is still around. Crooked Hillary Clinton is the worst (and biggest) loser of all time. She just can’t stop, which is so good for the Republican Party. Hillary, get on with your life and give it another try in three years! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2017 3. Tax lawyers and accountants. – Yes, Republicans say their tax reform plan will make the tax code simpler to deal with, and for some individuals, it would be easier to file your taxes under the plans envisioned in the House and Senate. But before you think that it’s going to change everything, a simple review of Congressional tax plans shows there will be plenty of work for people who need to explain the intricacies of the tax code, like tax lawyers and accountants. You don’t have to go very far into the GOP bills to feel confused about what’s being changed. Tax lawyers and accountants are thankful for the GOP tax reform bill. There will still be plenty of business for them, even if that bill becomes law. 4. Federal workers. All the talk for years from Republicans has been about making deep cuts in the budget of various federal agencies. On the campaign trail, President Trump promised much the same. But this first year of a combination of a GOP House & Senate, and the Trump Administration, produced almost nothing in terms of spending cuts and budget savings. Last week, the White House proposed $44 billion in (generic) budget savings to offset disaster aid for recent hurricanes – except it would come between 2025 and 2027, when Mr. Trump would be long gone from the White House. So, as they enjoy a big turkey dinner, federal workers can say ‘thanks’ that the Republican Congress and the President, as they really haven’t been able to wield a budget axe on the Executive Branch. Mr. Trump said before Thanksgiving that he would push for budget cuts in the next year. On Thanksgiving, President Trump visited a Coast Guard facility in Florida. Back in April, Mr. Trump wanted to cut over a billion from the Coast Guard budget. That didn’t make it through the Congress. Pres Trump to reporters 'Admin. Dept. heads will work next on spending cuts, welfare reform ('very shortly aftr taxes') & infrastructure' — AWPS NEWS llc (@AWPSNews) November 20, 2017 5. Politics at Thanksgiving. A year ago, the recent election of Donald Trump was a prime topic for many families, as a lot of Democratic voters were struggling to come to terms with President Trump’s election. Fast forward to Thanksgiving 2017, and it’s possible that a lot of those same people are still somewhat aggravated about the way things have gone in political circles after Mr. Trump’s first 10 months in office. And that leads me to believe that some of you will have a few things to say at the dinner table about President Trump, good and bad. Some will be saying “thanks” for the President – others, not so much. But it isn’t hard to argue over whether you should talk about politics at the table, eh? If you’re a republican having thanksgiving dinner with your democrat family, as you go around the table saying what you’re thankful for, I highly encourage you to say “the electoral college.” — Lord Single Malt (@Singlemaltfiend) November 22, 2017 My advice: Don't print anything out. Don't bring a chart to dinner. At Thanksgiving tell weird stories about when you were a kid to the kids and funny stories about loved ones no longer with us. Politics aren't that important. — Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) November 23, 2017
  • A man was fatally shot late Wednesday at an apartment complex on Lake Monroe, the Sanford Police Department said. Map: Rash of shootings in Sanford The shooting was reported at about 11:30 p.m. at The Overlook at Monroe apartments on West First Street west of North French Avenue, Sanford police spokesman Ronny Neal said. Antoine Haggins was sitting in his vehicle when two unknown men approached him, Neal said. One of them shot him and they both ran away, he said. Photos: Fatal shooting at Sanford apartment complex Watch footage of the shooting scene below: Read: 2 men lead Sanford police on chase Haggins was taken to a hospital, where he died. The shooting remains under investigation. Wednesday's shooting is the seventh shooting investigation and the second person killed in Sanford since October 28, police said. Read: Sanford woman accused of stalking boyfriend with GPS device #Breaking #Sanford #News Sanford Police investigating a shooting @the Overlook at Lake Monroe Apartment Complex.— Sanford Police (@SanfordPolice) November 23, 2017 Read: Police: Man escapes Sanford mental health facility, carjacks man at knifepoint No other details were given. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimeline at 407-423-8477. Read: Father of Sanford murder victim awaits justice almost 3 years later
  • We know you would much rather listen to News 96.5 WDBO all day, but sometimes you need to let your mind rest and watch a classic. We’ve assembled a list of classic Thanksgiving movies and television shows that will be (or should be) airing this Thanksgiving Day.  A must see for everyone is the Macy’s Thansgiving Day Parade which begins at 9 a.m. We poured though sites like TVGuide.com and  NewsObserver.com to compile a list of Thursday’s television marathons and where they will air below: The Simpsons (FXX, 8pm-12am)Friends (TBS, 1pm-6pm)Gilmore Girls (UP, 6am-12am)Chrisley Knows Best (USA, 6am-10:30pmLong Lost Family (TLC, 4pm-3am)Blue Bloods (ION, 11am-12am)South Park (Comedy Central, 6am-9pm)Dirty Jobs (Discovery, 9am-7pm)Duck Dynasty (FYI, 10am-4pm)Ozzy and Jack's World Detour (FYI, 5pm-4am)Live PD: Police Patrol (A&E, 2pm-4am)Forged in Fire (History, 7am-4am)Tanked (Animal Planet, 2pm-6am)Teen Titans Go! (Cartoon Network, 6am-3pm)The Andy Griffith Show (9 a.m. -2 p.m.) followed by M*A*S*H (TVLand, 11am-5pm)Forensic Files (HLN, 6pm-6am)The Three Stooges (IFC, 6am-6pm)Gone With the Wind (Sundance, 6am-12am)Running Wild With Bear Grylls (National Geographic, 12pm-3am) The Godfather and Godfather 2 run all day on AMC starting at 9 a.m.  Godfather 3 will air at 2 a.m. Friends (TBS 1 p.m.)  watch 10 Turkey Day episodes If your feeling nostalgic, VH1 will be showing classic throwbacks like Coming to America,  Grease,  Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and  Pretty Woman.  Click here for the schedule.  We didn’t forget the kiddos, FX is offering family-friendly films from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday.  See movies like, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs will be playing alongside  Despicable Me 2  and Minions. Furthermore FXX will be showing comedy classics like Anchorman 2 followed by The Simpsons marathon listed above.  A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving aired on ABC at 8 p.m. Wednesday. If you missed it click here to watch it on teachertube. Finally, you MUST revisit or see for the first time the classic Turkey’s Away episode from WKRP in Cincinatti that originally aired October 30, 1978.  Watch the entire episode on youtube by clicking here. You will surely Thank Yourself if you do. 
  • Orlando-area Democratic Congressman Darren Soto says the massive influx of Puerto Rican evacuees to Central Florida will have a long-term positive effect on the area’s growth, but there are many short-tern needs to be met. To date, 120 to 160 thousand Puerto Ricans have moved from the island to the US with many choosing to live in Central Florida.  Soto says the growth will eventually turn into more jobs for the area, but right now it’s stressing out budgets: school boards, cities and counties. Along with Republican Congressman Dennis Ross and Democratic Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy, Congressman Soto co-signed a letter requesting additional federal funds for HUD housing vouchers, Section 8 assistance in the short-term, and HUD dollars to build more affordable housing in the region. “In Central Florida, we have a need for higher paying jobs and affordable housing,” Soto tells News 96.5 WDBO in an exclusive interview.  “It’s what I hear everyday.” Soto says a lot of Puerto Ricans are getting jobs already. “That’s the positive,” he says.  “They’re getting jobs at the parks, at the hotels and so many different industries around here.  But we need to have long-term housing strategies in the process.” Soto says many hotels in Central Florida are helping the Hurricane Maria evacuees. “Particularly the 192 and I-4 corridor, they’ve really stepped up.  Some of our higher-end hotels, we really could use more help.  We need you.” But right now he’s focused on the medium and long-range solutions for the families who want to stay. “A lot of these folks - even though they’ll be working a full-time job or maybe their spouse is - they’re still going to need more apartments...and more affordable, single-family households,” he says.  “That will be a crunch if we don’t get our act together.  And while a lot of folks are talking about it, we need action.” Soto says anyone who touts him or herself as “pro economy” is going to want growth. “Growth is jobs in Central Florida,” he says.  “Because that’s what creates new small businesses that grow to new big businesses.  It requires more housing, but it’s gotta be done right.  We can’t have urban sprawl.” CLICK HERE to read the letter Soto and his colleagues sent to Chairman Frelinghuysen and Ranking Member Lowey in the House Appropriations Committee.  CLICK HERE to read the letter they sent to FEMA Administrator Brock Long.  They’re requesting the House and FEMA to fully fund the host-state agreement with Florida.  The FEMA/Host-State agreement provides direct reimbursement to the state of Florida for costs associated with evacuation and shelter support for Puerto Rican evacuees.