News Japan's Abe to push pacifist constitution reform after strong election win 2017-10-23T03:45:00.000000000-04:00 TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, buoyed by a huge election win for lawmakers who favor revising Japan's post-war, pacifist constitution, signaled a push towards his long-held goal on Monday but will need to convince a divided public to succeed. Typhoon leaves flooding, four dead in Japan before moving out to sea 2017-10-23T03:41:29.000000000-04:00 TOKYO (Reuters) - A rapidly weakening typhoon Lan made landfall in Japan on Monday, setting off landslides and flooding that prompted evacuation orders for tens of thousands of people, but then headed out to sea after largely sparing the capital, Tokyo. EU will lose credibility if it tolerates direct rule of Catalonia by Madrid: regional official 2017-10-23T03:20:53.000000000-04:00 LONDON (Reuters) - The European Union will lose credibility if it lets Madrid impose direct rule on Catalonia, and only the Catalan people have the right to change the regional institutions, Catalonia's foreign affairs spokesman said on Monday. U.S. Midwest oil refiners boost output, cut region's dependence on Gulf Coast 2017-10-23T03:18:51.000000000-04:00 NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. refineries from Ohio to Minnesota are capitalizing on access to cheap crude from Western Canada and North Dakota oilfields, helping their region break a historic dependence on fuel from the Gulf Coast while redrawing oil trade maps. Macri's coalition sweeps Argentina's mid-term vote 2017-10-23T02:55:10.000000000-04:00 BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Candidates allied with Argentine President Mauricio Macri enjoyed sweeping victories in Sunday's mid-term election, strengthening his position in Congress while dimming prospects for a political comeback by his predecessor Cristina Fernandez. Indonesia seeks answer to why U.S. blocked military chief's travel 2017-10-23T01:58:32.000000000-04:00 JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia on Monday said it was still awaiting a detailed explanation why the United States barred its military chief from traveling to the U.S., despite having a visa and an official invitation, although it had accepted an official apology. Africa eyes senior Trump envoy visit for U.S. policy hints 2017-10-23T01:06:03.000000000-04:00 ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley arrived in Ethiopia on Monday, among the first visits to Africa by a senior member of President Donald Trump's administration that diplomats hope will shed light on his plans to engage with the continent. Defense chief Mattis in Asia, will discuss North Korea crisis with allies 2017-10-23T00:36:22.000000000-04:00 CLARK FREEPORT ZONE, Philippines (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he would talk with Asian allies about North Korea and the crisis caused by Pyongyang's "reckless" provocations, as he kicked off a week-long trip to the region on Monday to meet defense chiefs in the Philippines. Typhoon Lan heads out to sea, leaves three dead and flooding 2017-10-23T00:31:02.000000000-04:00 TOKYO (Reuters) - A rapidly weakening typhoon Lan made landfall in Japan on Monday, setting off landslides and flooding that prompted evacuation orders for tens of thousands of people, but then headed out to sea after largely sparing the capital, Tokyo. Go home, Tillerson tells Iranian-backed militias in Iraq 2017-10-22T21:14:43.000000000-04:00 RIYADH/DOHA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday it was time for Iranian-backed militias and their Iranian advisers who helped Iraq defeat Islamic State to "go home", after a rare joint meeting with the leaders of Iraq and Saudi Arabia.