News Spain urges Catalonia secessionists to obey Madrid 2017-10-22T07:32:12.000000000-04:00 BARCELONA (Reuters) - The Spanish government has urged Catalonians to accept direct control from Madrid and ignore instructions from the restive region's secessionist leadership once it has been removed from power. Catalonia's leaders fight off direct rule from Madrid 2017-10-22T07:31:46.000000000-04:00 MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Catalonia's leaders said on Saturday they would not accept direct rule imposed on the region by the Spanish government, as a political crisis that has rattled the economy and raised fears of prolonged unrest showed no signs of easing. Japan PM Abe's ruling bloc on track for big win in election: TV exit polls 2017-10-22T07:25:30.000000000-04:00 TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition was on track for a big win in Sunday's election, media exit polls showed, potentially reenergizing a push towards his cherished goal of revising the post-war, pacifist constitution. Baseball: Astros reach World Series after Game 7 win over Yankees 2017-10-22T07:21:57.000000000-04:00 (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. Japan voters to deliver verdict on PM Abe's nearly five-year rule 2017-10-22T06:26:26.000000000-04:00 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. U.S.-backed militias seize key oil field in east Syria: SDF 2017-10-22T06:25:34.000000000-04:00 BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S.-backed militias said they captured Syria's largest oil field on Sunday, pressing their assault against Islamic State in the east of the country. Exclusive: Returning Rohingya may lose land, crops under Myanmar plans 2017-10-22T05:31:48.000000000-04:00 SITTWE, Myanmar (Reuters) - Rohingya Muslims who return to Myanmar after fleeing to Bangladesh are unlikely to be able to reclaim their land, and may find their crops have been harvested and sold by the government, according to officials and plans seen by Reuters. Trump video played at hurricane relief concert 2017-10-22T04:44:01.000000000-04:00 (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. 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. 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.