News Iran's Guards flex muscle in Middle East despite Trump warning 2017-10-20T09:48:29.000000000-04:00 BEIRUT (Reuters) - A week after U.S. President Donald Trump delivered a blistering speech about Iran's Revolutionary Guards, the most powerful military and economic force in the Islamic Republic has shown it has no intention of curbing its activities in the Middle East. Britain's May wins Brexit reprieve, faces tough weeks ahead 2017-10-20T09:42:10.000000000-04:00 BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May won a modest reprieve in stalled Brexit talks on Friday, with European Union leaders signaling their readiness to move the negotiations forward in the coming months. Trump launches petition against NFL players' anthem protests 2017-10-20T09:27:27.000000000-04:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has stepped up the pressure on the National Football League over protests by its players during the national anthem by launching a petition and asking his supporters to show their patriotism by backing it. Trump tax cuts gain momentum as Rand Paul goes 'all in' 2017-10-20T09:06:33.000000000-04:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican senator Rand Paul on Friday appeared to back the Trump administration's sweeping tax cut plan, saying he was "all in" for massive tax cuts even as the Senate passed a key budget measure without his support one day earlier. Spain plans new elections in Catalonia to end independence bid: opposition 2017-10-20T08:55:38.000000000-04:00 MADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish government has secured opposition support for dissolving Catalonia's parliament and holding new elections there in January in its bid to defuse the regional government's push for independence. No trade talks but May wins gesture, warm words at EU summit 2017-10-20T08:19:12.000000000-04:00 BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU leaders shunned Theresa May's summit plea to negotiate a post-Brexit trade deal on Friday but sweetened the pill for the fragile British prime minister with warm words and a gesture toward future talks. In Kuroda's face - researchers find ways to predict central bank changes 2017-10-20T08:15:58.000000000-04:00 TOKYO (Reuters) - For decades, economists have tried to guess central bank policy direction by studying subtle changes in official language -- now, researchers are finding new clues on policy, not in the words of central banker but in their faces. Having nuclear weapons 'matter of life and death' for North Korea: RIA 2017-10-20T08:13:06.000000000-04:00 MOSCOW (Reuters) - Pyongyang does not plan to hold any talks with Washington about its nuclear program, a senior North Korean diplomat said on Friday, saying that possessing nuclear weapons was a matter of life and death for North Korea, the RIA news agency reported. Trump sees momentum for tax cuts after Senate OKs budget 2017-10-20T08:03:28.000000000-04:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday signaled optimism for the passage of Republicans' sweeping tax cut plan, saying a key senator who rejected the party's budget blueprint a day earlier would back the proposed tax measure when it comes up for a vote. Spain plans to force Catalonia into January elections: opposition 2017-10-20T07:57:59.000000000-04:00 MADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish government has secured opposition support to dissolve Catalonia's parliament and hold new elections there in January in an effort to defuse the regional government's push for independence.