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The group's final communique, which is expected to come out Saturday, is most likely going to express ASEAN's support for an air and naval navigation freedom but might stop short of mentioning China in name.
Mukherjee, told AFP: "I hope he pays homage and apologises for the killings." Reports in British newspapers say he will stop short of an apology, but will leave a message of condolence in a visitor's book and express regret for the loss of life.
Rick Perry that signal support for his bid to succeed Kay Bailey Hutchison but stop short of a full-throated endorsement.
He added: "I am disappointed that the proposal stop short of legally obliging supermarkets to pay a fair price for milk.
That would flood parts of the town already hit by the industrial waste last Monday, but stop short of the next town to the north.