News Fierce firefight as Philippines' toughest urban war down to last building 2017-10-22T04:00:18.000000000-04:00 MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Philippine troops were locked in an intense urban firefight on Sunday with the last remnants of a pro-Islamic state alliance, as the army sought to declare an end to the country's biggest internal security crisis in years. U.S.-backed militias seize key oil field in east Syria: SDF 2017-10-22T03:51:38.000000000-04:00 BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S.-backed militias said they captured a major oil field in Deir al-Zor province on Sunday, pressing their offensive against Islamic State fighters in eastern Syria. Japan voters to deliver verdict on PM Abe's nearly five-year rule 2017-10-22T03:39:46.000000000-04:00 TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese voters deliver their verdict on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's nearly five years in power in an election on Sunday that could give him the clout to push ahead with his cherished goal of revising the post-war, pacifist constitution. Baseball: Astros reach World Series after Game 7 win over Yankees 2017-10-22T03:23:44.000000000-04:00 (Reuters) - The Houston Astros reached Major League Baseball's World Series for the first time since 2005 after beating the New York Yankees 4-0 in Game Seven of the American League Championship Series on Saturday. Trump defends tweets as key to White House victory 2017-10-22T02:01:45.000000000-04:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump defended his regular use of social media, especially Twitter, and said he may not have won the White House without it. Trump video played at hurricane relief concert 2017-10-22T01:48:12.000000000-04:00 (Reuters) - In a rare show of unity, U.S. President Donald Trump praised all five of his living predecessors on Saturday, thanking them in a video for their work helping to raise funds to aid victims of recent hurricanes. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says would travel to North Korea: NYT 2017-10-22T01:39:45.000000000-04:00 NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said he would be willing to travel to North Korea on behalf of the Trump administration to help diffuse rising tensions, The New York Times reported on its website on Sunday. Macri coalition may win Argentina's 'Big Five' districts in Sunday mid-term 2017-10-22T01:11:45.000000000-04:00 BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Allies of Argentina's business-friendly President Mauricio Macri could sweep the country's "Big Five" voting districts in Sunday's congressional election, neutering the opposition and advancing his chances of being re-elected in 2019. For some Chinese dissidents, party congress means a paid 'vacation' 2017-10-21T23:33:13.000000000-04:00 BEIJING (Reuters) - Hu Jia, a well-known Chinese dissident who lives in Beijing, says he had hoped to go to the southeastern city of Xiamen for his government-sponsored holiday, but state security officials said no. U.S. warns public about attacks on energy, industrial firms 2017-10-21T17:18:51.000000000-04:00 (Reuters) - The U.S government issued a rare public warning that sophisticated hackers are targeting energy and industrial firms, the latest sign that cyber attacks present an increasing threat to the power industry and other public infrastructure.