"I wish everyone a peaceful and positive conclusion to this situation,'' he wrote.
"Joko" would be awkward, and "Mr. Widodo or president Widodo" would sound strange, said the Indonesian president.
The students passionately explained why they had taken to the streets for more than three weeks to fight for greater democracy.
A wide chasm separates the protesters and the government, which has labelled their actions illegal.
Syrian President Bashar Assad is taking advantage of the US-led coalition's war against the Islamic State group.
Islamic State group fighters seized at least one cache of weapons airdropped by US-led coalition forces.
There are fears that these talks will fail as both sides seem unwilling to compromise .
Police officials say a bomb at an out-door market in the southern district of Abu Dashir, a mostly Shiite neighborhood.
China is so reticent on the issue that it has done nothing to publicise the long-term decline in its use of the death penalty.
David Shear, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia-Pacific Security Affairs would lead the US side.
The city's Beijing-backed leader won't be attending Tuesday evening's discussions.
Political funding scandals are a chronic problem in Japan and key factor behind the revolving-door politics of recent decades.
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's statement was the first time he has alleged foreign involvement in the unrest.
Widodo is the first Indonesian president not to come from the ranks of the country's established political, business and military elite.
Kerry led the U.S. delegation to the inauguration of new Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.
The worst political crisis in Hong Kong since Britain handed the free-wheeling city back to China in 1997 entered its fourth week.
A doctor at the hospital, who treated the boy, said he lost his entire right arm, which had to be amputated.
China's pollution is notorious following years of rapid economic development.
He said he was also seeking peace in Kashmir and his statements over Kashmir should not be misunderstood.
The call to Ban was part of Pakistan's attempts to raise the Kashmir issue on international forums.
Hong Kong's government had confirmed yesterday that it would open talks with student leaders on Tuesday.
Iran has proof that militants are entering the country from neighboring Pakistan to carry out attacks.
Hong Kong's 28,000 strong police force have been struggling to contain a youth-led movement.
Demonstrators are calling for Beijing to grant the former British colony full democracy and for Leung to resign.
Toll of those confirmed dead reaches 30
Key thoroughfares remain closed. Some protesters are digging in for the long haul at the main occupation zone, while others fight to retake ground lost to police.
Hundreds of protesters tried to break through police lines and they used open umbrellas to shield themselves from pepper spray.
Victims were standing on the grate while watching an outdoor performance by girls' band 4Minutes.
UN Chief said that Satyarthi and Yousafzai 'give hope to people around the world struggling against exploitation'.
The Haqqanis have been blamed for spectacular attacks on Afghan government and NATO targets across Afghanistan as well as for kidnappings and murders.
The recent real-life rape and murder of a girl on an overnight train in Thailand has focused national outrage on popular culture.
Public anger simmered over video showing police kicking a handcuffed protester on Wednesday night.
Officers wielding pepper spray tore down barricades protesters used as road blocks around the underpass.
The two Koreas traded gunfire Friday after South Korean activists floated anti-Pyongyang propaganda balloons across the border.
Dozens of police used electric saws and bolt cutters to dismantle the bamboo barriers that pro-democracy protesters had erected overnight.
The recent absence was, in part, "probably an attention-getting device and it certainly works," said an expert on Korea.