News In Kuroda's face - researchers find ways to predict central bank changes 2017-10-20T08:15:58.000000000-04:00 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. Having nuclear weapons 'matter of life and death' for North Korea: RIA 2017-10-20T08:13:06.000000000-04:00 MOSCOW (Reuters) - Pyongyang does not plan to hold any talks with Washington about its nuclear program, a senior North Korean diplomat said on Friday, saying that possessing nuclear weapons was a matter of life and death for North Korea, the RIA news agency reported. Trump sees momentum for tax cuts after Senate OKs budget 2017-10-20T08:03:28.000000000-04:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday signaled optimism for the passage of Republicans' sweeping tax cut plan, saying a key senator who rejected the party's budget blueprint a day earlier would back the proposed tax measure when it comes up for a vote. No trade talks but May wins gesture, warm words at EU summit 2017-10-20T08:02:16.000000000-04:00 BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU leaders shunned Theresa May's summit plea to negotiate a post-Brexit trade deal on Friday but sweetened the pill for the fragile British prime minister with warm words and a gesture toward future talks. Spain plans to force Catalonia into January elections: opposition 2017-10-20T07:57:59.000000000-04:00 MADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish government has secured opposition support to dissolve Catalonia's parliament and hold new elections there in January in an effort to defuse the regional government's push for independence. Trump pledges passage of tax cuts after Senate OKs budget 2017-10-20T07:51:06.000000000-04:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday signaled optimism for the passage of Republicans' sweeping tax cut plan, saying a key senator who rejected the party's budget blueprint a day earlier would back the proposed tax measure when it comes up for a vote. Low pay, no bonus: U.S. retailers struggle with hiring 2017-10-20T06:52:30.000000000-04:00 (Reuters) - U.S. retailers are finding it increasingly difficult to hire employees for stores and for middle and higher management as low pay and a feeling of uncertainty clouds the industry following a spate of bankruptcies and store closures. Short on staff: Nursing crisis strains U.S. hospitals 2017-10-20T06:50:06.000000000-04:00 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. Senate passes budget blueprint, key to Trump tax effort 2017-10-20T06:45:15.000000000-04:00 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. Fate of New Hampshire Indonesians goes before U.S. judge in Boston 2017-10-20T06:10:11.000000000-04:00 BOSTON (Reuters) - The case of 47 Indonesian Christians, who fled violence in that country two decades ago and now live illegally in New Hampshire, heads to Boston federal court on Friday, where a judge will weigh whether she can intervene in an immigration matter.