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Dozens dead in Bangladesh bus crash

At least 32 people killed after two buses collide in Natore, 220km from capital Dhaka.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/10/dozens-dead-bangladesh-bus-crash-2014102017735558902.html
 
Jokowi sworn in as Indonesia leader

Joko Widodo, the charismatic outsider who won Indonesia's presidency, made a call for national reconciliation and unity as he was sworn in.

Popularly known as Jokowi, the 53-year-old took the oath of office at a ceremony held at parliament in Jakarta.

He was then cheered through the streets as he made his way on a horse-drawn carriage to the state palace.

The former Jakarta governor is the first president not to have come from the military or political elite.

Elected in July, the former furniture exporter and son of a carpenter now leads the world's third-largest democracy, with a population of about 250 million people.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott were among those who attended the inauguration.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29684776
 
India's ruling BJP party wins key polls

India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has scored a major victory in key assembly elections in the country’s two northern and western states, boosting the prime minister’s popularity.
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/10/20/382933/indias-ruling-bjp-party-wins-key-polls/
 
Kerry seeks Asia support in fight against ISIS

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday visited Indonesia, home to the world's biggest Muslim population, to press Southeast Asian nations to step up efforts in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group.

Kerry was among foreign dignitaries in Jakarta for the inauguration of President Joko Widodo, a former furniture exporter who is the first leader of the world's third-biggest democracy to come from outside the political and military elites.

During his one-day visit, the top U.S. diplomat was set to use a series of bilateral meetings to urge Widodo, known by his nickname Jokowi, and other Southeast Asian leaders to take more action against the growing threat from ISIS, officials said.

ISIS's militant appeal is fanning fears that it could serve as a potent new rallying cry for extremists in the region, who had been largely brought to heel following deadly attacks.

A senior State Department official said discussions on combating ISIS would be "at the top of the list" during the meetings.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/asia/2014/10/20/Kerry-seeks-southeast-Asia-against-ISIS.html
 
2 Japanese ministers quit over scandals

Two of Japan’s five female cabinet members have resigned over allegations involving the misuse of election campaign funds as well as violating electoral regulations.

The country’s new Industry and Trade Minister Yuko Obuchi quit on Monday over charges of manipulating political campaign funds, followed by Justice Minister Midori Matsushima, who resigned after being accused of violating national electoral laws by handing out paper fans to voters.

Obuchi was questioned by opposition party members in parliament last week and apologized for funding irregularities, though she refused to acknowledge the allegations leveled against her by opposition Democratic Party members.

Forty-year-old Obuchi, the daughter of a former prime minister and regarded as a future candidate to become Japan’s first female premier, told a news conference she was resigning amid allegations that her support groups manipulated political funds.

The scandals are widely considered as the biggest setback to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe since he took office in 2012.
Obuchi and Matsushima were among the five women appointed by Abe in a cabinet reshuffle in September as part of a bid to enhance his popularity and demonstrate his commitment to nominating female appointees in line with his “Abenomics” strategy to revive the country’s economy
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/10/20/382927/2-japanese-ministers-quit-over-scandals/
 
Hong Kong leader blames 'external forces'

Leung does not identify countries allegedly behind pro-democracy protests, as political crisis shows no sign of abating.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/10/hong-kong-leader-blames-external-forces-2014102023256228387.html
 
Australia's asylum-seeker policies challenged

Controversial government policies challenged in Canberra and Brisbane courts, with both hearings seen as test cases.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/10/australia-asylum-seeker-policies-challenged-2014101455311796404.html
 
North Korea leader Kim Jong-un 'appears in public'

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has made his first public appearance since 3 September, the country's official news agency says.

The KCNA agency said on Tuesday that Mr Kim "gave field guidance" at a newly built scientists' residential district.

Rodong Sinmun daily newspaper carried several photographs of Mr Kim using a walking stick as he inspected the site.

The absence of the 32-year-old leader had prompted a flurry of speculation about his health.

Some observers said Mr Kim could be suffering from gout or problems in his hip joint. Others even questioned if he remained in control of the state.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29608096
 
Hong Kong police clear protest sites

Operation under way for second day at main protest site that was occupied by pro-democracy demonstrators for two weeks.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/10/hong-kong-police-clear-protest-sites-2014101425712416520.html
 
Car bomb hits foreign convoy in Afghan capital, one killed

A suicide car bomber rammed a foreign convoy along a major road out of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul early on Monday, killing at least one person, authorities said.

Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the attack on the Jalalabad Road, a main thoroughfare with a U.S. military base and a housing compound for U.N. and other international contractors and aid workers.
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/asia/2014/10/13/Car-bomb-hits-foreign-convoy-in-Afghan-capital-one-killed.html