On New Zealand Herald Focus this morning - Laos Prime Minster Thongloun Sisoulith has welcomed leaders at the opening of the ASEAN summit and Prime Minister John Key is set to meet Barack Obama for talks.

The Frenchwoman who received the world's first partial face transplant has died from cancer, 11 years after the surgery.

And New Zealand is bracing itself for a return to wintery weather, more snow and strong winds is making its way up the South Island.