World Briefs: Trump denies posing as his own publicist

Trump denies posing as his own publicist

WASHINGTON • Mr Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has denied that he has repeatedly posed as his own publicist, after The Washington Post reported that he had done so for decades. The newspaper obtained a recording from 1991 in which someone who identified himself as John Miller returned a call from a reporter from People magazine covering Mr Trump's love life.

The Post said the voice is Mr Trump's and that reporters and editors covering his early career often got calls from his Manhattan office with a "John Miller" or "John Barron" on the line.


Indian spiritual leader dies in car crash

MONTREAL • Baba Hardev Singh, the leader of the Sant Nirankari Mission, an Indian spiritual movement with 10-15 million followers, died in a car crash on Friday. Mr Singh was travelling in a car from New York to Montreal with his two sons-in-law and one other person when the driver lost control and the vehicle overturned, according to the Zee News website.

Abe may delay tax hike scheduled for next year TOKYO • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to postpone a sales tax hike scheduled for next April, judging that the increase could hurt the economy. Mr Abe has already informed government officials that he plans to delay the hike, which would have raised the levy from 8 per cent to 10 per cent, for the second time, the Nikkei business daily said.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 15, 2016, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe