News Japan voters to deliver verdict on PM Abe's nearly five-year rule 2017-10-21T22:36:52.000000000-04:00 TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese voters deliver their verdict on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's nearly five years in power in an election on Sunday that will determine if he has the clout to push ahead with his cherished goal of revising the post-war, pacifist constitution. 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. Catalonia's leaders fight off direct rule from Madrid 2017-10-21T16:57:22.000000000-04:00 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. Trump to release JFK files, subject to 'further information' 2017-10-21T16:02:51.000000000-04:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that, subject to receipt of further information, he planned to allow the opening of long-secret files on the November 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy due for release next week. Madrid to impose direct rule in Catalonia to quash independence bid 2017-10-21T15:31:15.000000000-04:00 MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - The Spanish government will impose direct rule on Catalonia, it said on Saturday, in an unprecedented move that brought thousands of people who voted for independence onto to the streets against what they called a "coup". Trump: Raqqa fall 'critical breakthrough', end of Islamic State in sight 2017-10-21T14:51:32.000000000-04:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday hailed the defeat of Islamic State fighters in their self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa as "a critical breakthrough" in a worldwide campaign against the militants. Spain to sack Catalan government in bid to end secessionist crisis 2017-10-21T13:04:11.000000000-04:00 MADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish government will sack Catalonia's secessionist leadership and force the region into a new election, it decided on Saturday, unprecedented steps it said were needed to prevent the region breaking away. Trump tax cut plan gains momentum after U.S. budget vote 2017-10-21T10:38:43.000000000-04:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's tax reform plans won partial support on Friday when Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul said he was "all in" for massive tax cuts, but the party was still far from united over how to achieve the main item on its domestic agenda. Spain will sack Catalan government, call regional election 2017-10-21T10:29:16.000000000-04:00 MADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish government decided on Saturday to sack the secessionist leadership of Catalonia and force the region into a new election, saying it had to take these unprecedented steps to prevent Catalan independence. Trump considers Fed's Powell, economist Taylor to lead central bank 2017-10-21T09:19:21.000000000-04:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is considering nominating Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell and Stanford University economist John Taylor for the central bank's top two jobs, in an apparent bid to reassure markets and appease conservatives hungry for change.