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Hong Kong Students, Officials Talk But Don't Agree
Associated Press
HONG KONG, Oct 21: Hong Kong student leaders and government officials held talks Tuesday to end pro-democracy protests now in their fourth week even as the city´s Beijing-backed leader reaffirmed his unwillingness to compromise on the activists´ key demand.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying told reporters that the government won´t let the public nominate candidates to run in inaugural direct elections to succeed him in 2017, as demanded by thousands of protesters camping out on main streets across the city. But he added that there´s room to discuss how to form a key 1,200-member committee that would pick candidates.
Bombings Kill 9 People In Iraqi Capital
BAGHDAD, Oct 21:  Iraqi officials say two separate bombings have killed nine people in Baghdad, the latest victims in near-daily attacks that have targeted the country´s capital.

Police officials say a bomb at an out-door market in the southern district of Abu Dashir, a mostly Shiite neighborhood, killed four people and wounded nine on Tuesday.
Pakistan Pulls Anti-government TV Channel Off Air
Associated Press
ISLAMABAD, Oct 21: An anti-government TV news channel in Pakistan was taken off air for 15 days after a high court ruled that the broadcaster was "maligning" the country´s judiciary, the country´s media regulation authority said.

The closure is apparently linked to the infighting among Pakistan´s numerous media outlets over their coverage of the two-month-long anti-government protests demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif step down over alleged election fraud.
Bus Collision In Bangladesh Kills At Least 20
Associated Press
DHAKA, Bangladesh, Oct 20:  Two passenger buses collided head-on in northwestern Bangladesh on Monday afternoon, killing at least 20 people and injuring 25 others, an official said.

The crash happened on a major regional highway in Natore district, top local government official Mashiur Rahman said. It´s about 160 kilometers (100 miles) northwest of Dhaka.
Bodies Of 7 Women Found In US State
Associated Press
GARY, Indiana, Oct 20: The bodies of seven women have now been found in Indiana state after a man confessed to killing one woman who was found strangled at a motel and leading investigators to least three other bodies, authorities said Monday.

The coroner´s office said three of the bodies were found Sunday night at two locations in Gary, in addition to the four bodies found earlier over the weekend. The coroner´s office called the new deaths homicides, with one victim strangled and unspecified injuries for the other two women.
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