720

US Health Minister Resigns After Scandal Hits Him

New Delhi: President Donald Trump's embattled health minister has resigned, amid a scandal over his use of costly private jets for government travel.

"Secretary of Health and Human Services Thomas Price offered his resignation earlier today and the president accepted," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

For days Price has battled to keep a position he has held for less than eight months.

694

Islamic State Releases Purported New Audio Recording Of Its Chief

New Delhi: The Islamic State group has released what it claimed was a new audio recording of its chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in which he vows to continue fighting and applauds his extremists despite their loss of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

Mosul was liberated from IS extremist in July after a months-long operation by Iraqi forces, backed by US-led coalition.

683

Trump Proposes Biggest US Tax Reforms In Decades

New Delhi: US President Donald Trump has proposed the biggest US tax overhaul in three decades, offering to cut taxes for most Americans.

The proposal, which the Republican president said was aimed at helping working people, creating jobs and making the tax code more simple and fair, faces an uphill battle in Congress with Trump's own party divided and Democrats hostile.

The plan would lower corporate income tax rates, cut taxes for small businesses, reduce the top income tax rate for individuals and scrap some widely used tax breaks including one that benefits people in high-tax states dominated by Democrats.

662

Monk-Led Mob Targets Rohingya Refugees In Sri Lanka

New Delhi: Radical Buddhist monks attacked a United Nations safe house for Rohingya refugees near Colombo and forced authorities to relocate the group.

Saffron-robed Buddhist monks led a mob that broke down gates and entered the walled multi-storied compound as frightened refugees huddled together in upstairs rooms, a police official said.

"We have pushed back the mob and the refugees will be relocated in a safer place," the official said.

640

White House Dismisses North Korea`s Claim Of 'Declaring War'

New Delhi: North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong Ho said that US President Donald Trump had declared war on North Korea, a claim strongly refuted by White House.

Ri Yong Ho said a Twitter message by Trump on Saturday in which the president warned that the minister and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "won't be around much longer" if they acted on their threats amounted to a declaration of war.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders denied the United States had declared war, calling the suggestion "absurd".