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Attacks On Afghan Checkpoints Kill 4 Troops
Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct 20: Officials say insurgents have attacked several army checkpoints in eastern and southern Afghanistan, killing at least four troops and wounding several people.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, which happened Sunday, but the Taliban have stepped up assaults on Afghan and NATO forces ahead of the pullout of most foreign combat troops by the end of the year.
Joko Widodo Sworn In As Indonesia's New President
Associated Press
JAKARTA, Indonesia, Oct 20: Joko Widodo completed a journey from riverside shack to presidential palace on Monday, cheered through the streets following his inauguration by tens of thousands of ordinary Indonesians in a reminder to the opposition-controlled parliament of the strong grass-roots support that swept him to power.

The 53-year-old must make tough decisions to stand a chance of boosting economic growth in Indonesia, a sprawling nation of 250 million people. Fears that any reforms he tries to enact could be blocked by a hostile opposition led by the Suharto-era general he defeated in July´s election have seen the rupiah weaken and stock market fall in recent weeks.
Japan's Trade Minister Quits Over Funding Scandal
Associated Press
TOKYO, Oct 20: Japan´s trade minister resigned Monday and reports said the justice minister would also quit amid allegations of misuse of campaign funds, in the biggest setbacks so far for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe´s conservative administration.

Yuko Obuchi, daughter of a former prime minister and a rising star in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, resigned as trade minister, saying she needed to focus on an investigation into discrepancies in accounting for election funds. She did not acknowledge any wrongdoing.
Nepal To End Rescue Operation On Trekking Route
Associated Press
KATMANDU, Nepal, Oct 20: Nepal was wrapping up rescue operations in its northern mountains Monday, saying all the hikers believed to be stranded on a trekking route by a series of blizzards and avalanches that left dozens of others dead have been rescued and are safe.

The last flights by rescue helicopters in Mustang, Manang and Dolpa districts will be Monday, said Yadav Koirala of Nepal´s Disaster Management Division. All the casualties were in those three districts, located northwest of the capital, Katmandu.
Indian Ruling BJP Set For Big Gains In State Polls
Associated Press
NEW DELHI, Oct 19: Prime Minister Narendra Modi´s political party was poised to make huge election gains Sunday in two Indian states, according to partial results.

The Bharatiya Janata Party was leading in both Haryana and Maharashtra, where the financial capital of Mumbai is located. If the BJP´s leads are confirmed by final results later Sunday, Modi would gain support in pushing through promised economic reforms.
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