05/13/2022, 09.20
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U.S. funnels $ 150 million to ASEAN against Chinese influence

Todays headlines: North Korea in 15th missile launch of the year; Indian couple sues their son for not yet giving them a grandchild; Hun Sen almost hit by a shoe; Indonesia is imposing an export ban on palm oil; Qatar's emir makes a stop in Iran for nuclear deal.


The United States yesterday announced a series of cooperation measures with Asean in order to counter Chinese influence in the region. The programs, which will cost 0 million, will cover cooperation on maritime security, education, health, renewable energy and digital development.


A retired Cambodian military man threw a shoe at Prime Minister Hun Sen, who was visiting Washington. The premier, who has ruled Cambodia for 36 years by suppressing opposition, is in the United States for a summit between President Biden and Southeast Asian nations. The shoe did not hit Hun Sen, but the video went viral.


Indonesia seized 81,000 liters of cooking oil bound for East Timor. The Indonesian Trade Minister explained that a departing ship had failed to mention the presence in its cargo of quantities of raw palm oil, on which Jakarta has imposed an export ban.


Yesterday Pyongyang announced the first national lockdown admitting the presence of covid-19 in the country - and reporting 6 deaths today. It then launched three short-range ballistic missiles toward the Sea of Japan. It is the 15th launch this year but the first since Yoon Suk-yeol was sworn in as president in South Korea.


A couple in Uttarakhand, northern India, sued their son and wife for not giving them "a grandson to play with" after six years of marriage. Sanjeev and Sadhana Prasad claim they have spent all their savings on the marriage and education of their son Shrey Sagar, from whom they have demanded compensation of ,000 if a child is not born within a year.


Qatar's Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani met in Tehran with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Ebrahim Raisi in an effort to finalize the Iran nuclear deal.  Al-Thani arrived yesterday and is expected to leave for Europe at a later date. Iran in official statements did not mention the nuclear deal but only regional cooperation.


Kazakh President Tokaev arrived in Ankara for his first official visit, where he will hold a political and economic summit with Erdogan, participate in a business-forum and several meetings with Turkish businessmen. By not supporting Russia in the Ukrainian war, Kazakhstan can form a new axis with Turkey, according to many observers.

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