Benedict XVI has left the Vatican for the last time as pope, flying by helicopter to the Vatican's vacation retreat.
George: Don't waste time unless US will provide billions USD to aid Laos. Those South East Asian countries only know $$$$$$. No money no kiss. Philippine is a vivid example. People always think Philippine must stand in US side to contain China in SCS, particularly, US used her sphere of influence to help Philippine to win the tribunal arbitration case. But now Philippine is wiling to talk to China directly about the SCS and likely to put the result of arbitration aside as China always proposed. This is mainly because US unable to provide billions USD to help Philippine but China will.