News Japan PM Abe's ruling bloc on track for big win in election: TV exit polls 2017-10-22T09:29:03.000000000-04:00 TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc was headed for a big win in Sunday's election, bolstering his chance of becoming the nation's longest serving premier and potentially reenergising his push to revise the pacifist constitution. Senate's McConnell says tax bill should be revenue neutral 2017-10-22T09:27:16.000000000-04:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday he has not abandoned his longtime goal of making sure any tax cuts are revenue neutral, saying the growth estimates in the Republican tax reform plan will offset the cuts. Spain urges Catalonia secessionists to obey Madrid 2017-10-22T09:19:01.000000000-04:00 BARCELONA (Reuters) - The Spanish government has urged Catalonians to accept direct control from Madrid and ignore instructions from the restive region's secessionist leadership once it has been removed from power. Trump video played at hurricane relief concert 2017-10-22T08:57:37.000000000-04:00 (Reuters) - In a rare show of unity, U.S. President Donald Trump praised all five of his living predecessors on Saturday, thanking them in a video for their work helping to raise funds to aid victims of recent hurricanes. Catalonia's leaders fight off direct rule from Madrid 2017-10-22T07:31:46.000000000-04:00 MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Catalonia's leaders said on Saturday they would not accept direct rule imposed on the region by the Spanish government, as a political crisis that has rattled the economy and raised fears of prolonged unrest showed no signs of easing. Baseball: Astros reach World Series after Game 7 win over Yankees 2017-10-22T07:21:57.000000000-04:00 (Reuters) - The Houston Astros reached Major League Baseball's World Series for the first time since 2005 after beating the New York Yankees 4-0 in Game Seven of the American League Championship Series on Saturday. Japan voters to deliver verdict on PM Abe's nearly five-year rule 2017-10-22T06:26:26.000000000-04:00 TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese voters deliver their verdict on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's nearly five years in power in an election on Sunday that could give him the clout to push ahead with his cherished goal of revising the post-war, pacifist constitution. U.S.-backed militias seize key oil field in east Syria: SDF 2017-10-22T06:25:34.000000000-04:00 BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S.-backed militias said they captured Syria's largest oil field on Sunday, pressing their assault against Islamic State in the east of the country. Exclusive: Returning Rohingya may lose land, crops under Myanmar plans 2017-10-22T05:31:48.000000000-04:00 SITTWE, Myanmar (Reuters) - Rohingya Muslims who return to Myanmar after fleeing to Bangladesh are unlikely to be able to reclaim their land, and may find their crops have been harvested and sold by the government, according to officials and plans seen by Reuters. Fierce firefight as Philippines' toughest urban war down to last building 2017-10-22T04:00:18.000000000-04:00 MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Philippine troops were locked in an intense urban firefight on Sunday with the last remnants of a pro-Islamic state alliance, as the army sought to declare an end to the country's biggest internal security crisis in years.