What's Next: June 16, 2018

Leaders of Mekong sub-region meet

The prime ministers of Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, as well as Myanmar's President, meet in Bangkok today for a summit, during which they will discuss sustainable cooperation and integration. The summit is held under the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy framework, which was established in 2003 and seeks to promote balanced development in the sub-region.

Tussle to be Colombia's next president

A former leftist guerilla and a market-friendly, US-educated lawyer are vying for Colombia's presidency tomorrow, offering starkly different visions for everything from implementing a peace deal to the future of one of Latin America's largest economies. Polls predict a victory for Mr Ivan Duque, 41, who studied at Georgetown University and wants to cut corporate taxes, over Mr Gustavo Petro, 58, who wants to redistribute land and cut oil dependency.

Eyes on World Cup Group C, D clashes

While the US Open golf and the pre-Wimbledon grass-court season are focal points this weekend, all eyes are on the World Cup in Russia. France, the 1998 champions, take on Australia in a Group C clash this evening (Singapore time), followed by Argentina v Iceland in Group D.

Tomorrow's games include Peru v Denmark, Croatia v Nigeria, Costa Rica v Serbia, and defending champions Germany v Mexico.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 16, 2018, with the headline 'What's Next'. Print Edition | Subscribe