News 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. Japan's Abe to push pacifist constitution reform after strong election win 2017-10-23T01:20:27.000000000-04:00 TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, buoyed by a huge election win for lawmakers who favor revising Japan's post-war, pacifist constitution, is likely to push towards his long-held goal but will need to convince a divided public to succeed. 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. Macri's coalition sweeps Argentina's mid-term vote 2017-10-22T23:10:40.000000000-04:00 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. 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. Abe to push reform of Japan's pacifist constitution after election win 2017-10-22T18:43:54.000000000-04:00 TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc scored a big win in Sunday's election, bolstering his chance of becoming the nation's longest-serving premier and re-energizing his push to revise the pacifist constitution. Spain urges Catalonia secessionists to obey Madrid 2017-10-22T18:15:16.000000000-04:00 BARCELONA (Reuters) - The Spanish government has urged Catalans to accept Madrid's decision to dismiss their secessionist leadership and to take control of the restive region, as the nation's biggest political crisis in decades enters a decisive week. Top Senate Republican, White House, aim for tax bill by year-end 2017-10-22T17:00:15.000000000-04:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. Senate Republican and the White House budget director said on Sunday they hoped for action on a Republican tax reform package by the end of the year, while keeping their options open on how to pay for sweeping tax cuts.