#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 15, 2017

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Hello!

How's Wednesday, Rappler readers?

The year-long frenzy of activity as part of the Philippines' chairmanship of the ASEAN came to an end Tuesday night, November 14, with the leaders of the 10-nation bloc signing a declaration to protect migrant workers' rights. The landmark summit also closes the year-long celebration of the group's 50th year.

Security and the economy were the main topics of discussion at the ASEAN Summit. The bloc, along with its dialogue partners, aims to work on major trade issues, such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, as well as the looming threat of a belligerent North Korea.

Meanwhile, Australia becomes the latest country to take a step towards marriage equality, as results of a non-binding referendum showed that its citizens favor same-sex marriage. It is now up to the parliament to enact a law to make it official.

These stories, and more, in today's wRap.

ASEAN leaders sign commitment protecting migrant workers

Southeast Asian leaders closed their 31st ASEAN Summit, which coincides with the golden anniversary of the community, by signing the “ASEAN Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers” on Tuesday, November 14.

Exhausted Duterte ends yearlong ASEAN hosting

At the ASEAN Summit closing ceremony, Duterte symbolically turned over the chairmanship role to Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Singapore will formally assume the ASEAN chairmanship in January 2018.

Australians say 'yes' to gay marriage

Australians voted in favor of allowing same-sex couples to marry, official results showed Wednesday, November 15, sending the task of legalizing marriage equality to a deeply divided parliament.

East Asia Summit: 'Unprecedented sense of crisis' over North Korea

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday, November 14, said world leaders belonging to the East Asia Summit “shared an unprecedented sense of crisis” over North Korea’s continued provocations and recent missile tests.

What ASEAN Summit world leaders said on human rights, PH drug war

President Rodrigo Duterte has consistently responded with threats to concerns expressed about human rights violations in his war on drugs. But this does not stop several world leaders from raising this issue during the 31st ASEAN Summit.

Trudeau says ‘now theoretically possible to get back’ Canada trash in PH

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it is now possible for his country to bring back 103 container vans of trash illegally shipped to the Philippines. But the world leader did not make a full commitment to remove the garbage out of the country yet.

ASEAN Music Festival canceled as people faint from overcrowding

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Music Festival held at Ayala Triangle, Makati on Tuesday night, November 14, was canceled due to overcrowding. Makati police chief Senior Superintendent Gerardo Umayao told Rappler that the event was canceled because "people began passing out."

Top photo: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hands the symbolic gavel to Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during the turnover ceremony of the ASEAN Chairmanship, at the closing ceremony of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits in Manila, November 14, 2017. Pool photo

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