News Moscow seeks support for Russia-Chinese roadmap on North Korea 2017-10-20T04:39:46.000000000-04:00 MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged world powers on Friday to get behind a joint Russian-Chinese roadmap for settling the crisis over North Korea's weapons program. Spanish government aims for January regional elections in Catalonia: PSOE 2017-10-20T04:14:54.000000000-04:00 MADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish government has agreed with the opposition Socialists (PSOE) to hold regional elections in January in Catalonia as part of the extraordinary package of measures to temporarily impose direct rule on the region, Socialist politician Carmen Calvo said in an interview on... Senate passes budget blueprint, key to Trump tax effort 2017-10-20T03:45:35.000000000-04:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's drive to overhaul the U.S. tax code cleared a critical hurdle on Thursday when the Senate approved a budget blueprint for the 2018 fiscal year that will pave the way for Republicans to pursue a tax-cut package without Democratic support. In Kuroda's face - researchers find ways to predict central bank changes 2017-10-20T02:28:27.000000000-04:00 TOKYO (Reuters) - For decades, economists have tried to guess central bank policy direction by studying subtle changes in official language -- now, researchers are finding new clues on policy, not in the words of central banker but in their faces. Amid South Korea freeze, China says cultural exchanges take the temperature 2017-10-20T02:12:13.000000000-04:00 BEIJING (Reuters) - Cultural exchanges between countries need to consider the "temperature" of popular opinion and how people feel about each other, a senior Chinese official said on Friday, amid a freeze in cultural ties with South Korea over an anti-missile system. U.S. Senate passes budget blueprint, key to Trump tax effort 2017-10-20T02:06:22.000000000-04:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's drive to overhaul the U.S. tax code cleared a critical hurdle on Thursday when the Senate approved a budget blueprint for the 2018 fiscal year that will pave the way for Republicans to pursue a tax-cut package without Democratic support. Short on staff: Nursing crisis strains U.S. hospitals 2017-10-20T01:11:40.000000000-04:00 MORGANTOWN, West Virginia (Reuters) - A shortage of nurses at U.S. hospitals hit West Virginia's Charleston Area Medical Center at the worst possible time. Dodgers beat Cubs in Game Five to reach World Series 2017-10-20T01:03:25.000000000-04:00 (Reuters) - The Los Angeles Dodgers are back in Major League Baseball's World Series for the first time since 1988 after beating the Chicago Cubs 11-1 on Thursday to clinch the National League Championship series 4-1. Nissan's inappropriate inspections started at least 20 years ago: NHK 2017-10-19T23:31:11.000000000-04:00 TOKYO (Reuters) - Inappropriate inspection practices at Nissan Motor Co Ltd had been going for at least 20 years, Japanese national broadcaster NHK reported on Friday, in a new revelation that could further roil Japan's second-biggest automaker. Japan's Emperor Akihito likely to abdicate at end-March 2019: Asahi 2017-10-19T23:01:26.000000000-04:00 TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Emperor Akihito is likely to abdicate at the end of March 2019 and Crown Prince Naruhito is expected to ascend the throne in April, the first abdication by a Japanese monarch in nearly two centuries, the Asahi newspaper reported on Friday.