News Seoul considers unilateral sanctions against North Korea 2017-10-18T05:17:24.000000000-04:00 SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea is considering levying its own sanctions on North Korea as the isolated state ramps up tension with its missile and nuclear provocations, the South's vice foreign minister said on Wednesday, but no decision had been made yet. U.S. wants evidence over detained staff to end Turkey visa dispute 2017-10-18T05:15:47.000000000-04:00 ANKARA (Reuters) - A U.S. delegation has asked Turkey for information and evidence regarding consular staff whose detention has led to a diplomatic rift and suspension of visa services, private HaberTurk television channel reported on Wednesday. China's Xi lays out vision for 'new era' led by 'still stronger' Communist Party 2017-10-18T05:10:54.000000000-04:00 BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping opened a critical Communist Party Congress on Wednesday with a pledge to build a "modern socialist country" for a "new era" that will be proudly Chinese and steadfastly ruled by the party but open to the world. Pakistani Taliban suicide bomber rams police truck, kills seven 2017-10-18T04:40:17.000000000-04:00 QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - A Pakistani Taliban suicide bomber rammed a car into a police truck in the southwestern city of Quetta on Wednesday, killing at least seven people, police said. Smugglers offer new routes to Europe for jobless Tunisians 2017-10-18T04:17:03.000000000-04:00 OFF THE TUNISIAN COAST (Reuters) - Tunisian smugglers are offering migrants seeking a fresh start in Europe a new route from Africa to Italy. George Saunders' 'Lincoln in the Bardo' wins 2017 Man Booker prize 2017-10-18T03:13:52.000000000-04:00 LONDON (Reuters) - American author George Saunders has won the 2017 Man Booker Prize, a high-profile literary award, for his first novel, "Lincoln in the Bardo," - a fictional account of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln burying his young son. China's Xi pledges to build 'modern socialist country' 2017-10-18T02:34:15.000000000-04:00 BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping opened a critical Communist Party Congress on Wednesday with a pledge to build a "modern socialist country" that will never copy the political systems of others and will remain open to the world. Defeat of Islamic State in Raqqa may herald wider struggle for U.S. 2017-10-18T01:59:30.000000000-04:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The defeat of Islamic State in its de facto capital Raqqa may only be the start of a wider struggle by the United States to contain any insurgency launched by the militant group and to stabilize the region, as Washington grapples with defining a comprehensive strategy in Sy... George Saunders' 'Lincoln in the Bardo' wins 2017 Man Booker prize 2017-10-18T01:37:49.000000000-04:00 LONDON (Reuters) - American author George Saunders has won the 2017 Man Booker Prize, a high-profile literary award, for his first novel, "Lincoln in the Bardo," - a fictional account of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln burying his young son. U.S. senators reach bipartisan deal on Obamacare, Trump indicates support 2017-10-18T01:15:43.000000000-04:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. senators on Tuesday reached a bipartisan agreement to shore up Obamacare for two years by reviving federal subsidies for health insurers that President Donald Trump planned to scrap, and the president indicated his support for the plan.