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ASIA NEWS HIGHLIGHTS ON TUESDAY

+ UN 'expecting the worst' in Philippine typhoon toll

+ China wraps up key summit on economic reform

PHILIPPINES

-- The UN announces it will coordinate a massive appeal for aid as desperation builds in stricken Philippine towns, with the need for food, water and relief goods increasing following the devastation caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan (PHILIPPINES-WEATHER-TYPHOON)

CHINA

-- China's ruling Communist Party holds the fourth and final day of a key meeting on economic reforms (CHINA-POLITICS-ECONOMY)

-- OTHER AGENDA ITEMS --

AUSTRALIA

-- Opening of the 44th Parliament in Canberra, the first since Tony Abbott was elected Prime Minister in September (AUSTRALIA-POLITICS)

-- Cricket. Australia to name squad for first Ashes Test against England at 0145 GMT (CRICKET-AUS-ENG-ASHES,SQUAD)

BANGLADESH

-- Third day of a nationwide strike called by the opposition to pressure Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to quit and make way for polls under a caretaker government (BANGLADESH-UNREST-POLITICS-ELECTION)

-- Monitoring continued protests in garment manufacturing hubs over minimum wage negotiations (BANGLADESH-UNREST-TEXTILE-WAGE-LABOUR)

CAMBODIA

-- Monitoring border situation after the UN's top court ruled that most of the area around a flashpoint ancient temple on the Thai border belongs to Cambodia and that any Thai security forces there should leave (CAMBODIA-THAILAND)

INDIA

-- India makes a second attempt to raise the orbit of its Mars spacecraft around Earth, after a glitch led its engines to briefly fail (INDIA-MARS-SPACE)

-- Data for September industrial production expected at 1200 GMT (INDIA-ECONOMY-INDUSTRY)

-- Finance Minister P. Chidambaram addresses a conference on combating corruption and crime. At 0430 GMT (INDIA-POLITICS-ECONOMY)

-- Monitoring the final day of meetings at the ASEM conference of European and Asian foreign ministers (INDIA-DIPLOMACY)

-- Asia Society holds a panel in Mumbai on India's future growth, featuring billionaire Mukesh Ambani and other business leaders. From 1330 GMT (INDIA-ECONOMY)

INDONESIA

-- Central bank holds interest rate meeting. From 0400 GMT (INDONESIA-ECONOMY-BANK-RATE)

JAPAN

-- Japan's former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi speaks at the Japan National Press Club after stirring controversy over his U-turn on nuclear policy. As a retired conservative politician, he seeks to make post-Fukushima Japan free of nuclear power generation. At 0430 GMT (JAPAN-DISASTER-NUCLEAR-POLITICS)

-- US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew meets Japanese officials in Tokyo on the first leg of his Asian tour which will also take him to Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and China (JAPAN-US-ECONOMY-TREASURY)

MALDIVES

-- Monitoring a deepening constitutional crisis after presidential elections were stalled for the third time at the weekend (MALDIVES-POLITICS)

THAILAND

-- Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters remain in Bangkok after the senate unanimously rejects a controversial amnesty bill that could have allowed fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra to return (THAILAND-POLITICS-PROTEST-AMNESTY)

-- Monitoring border situation after the UN's top court ruled that most of the area around a flashpoint ancient temple on the Thai border belongs to Cambodia and that any Thai security forces there should leave (CAMBODIA-THAILAND)

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