**Tax Vote Delay Raises Fiscal Uncertainty**
The top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives says it is now up to President Barack Obama to work with the Senate's leader on a plan to avert a year-end crisis that analysts say could plunge the economy into recession.
House Speaker John Boehner issued the statement late Thursday, shortly after House Republican leaders abruptly put off a vote on his proposal that would have let tax rates rise for those earning $1 million or more. Boehner said he did not have enough support to pass the measure, although earlier in the day he had predicted victory.
A vote would have been largely symbolic. Leaders in the Democratic-controlled Senate said Boehner's plan had no chance of passing in that chamber.
Also, President Barack Obama, who wants a tax break extended only up to the $400,000 income level, had vowed to veto the measure even if both houses of Congress passed it.
Senate Democrats have already passed a bill that raises taxes on income higher than $250,000. They have said this is the plan they want from Boehner in the House.
It is unlikely that there will be any more House action until lawmakers return from their break for the December 25 Christmas holiday.
Earlier in the week, the president said he and Boehner were relatively close to an agreement on a compromise to avert what Washington is calling a "fiscal cliff" -- $500 billion in mandated spending cuts and tax increases that would affect almost all American workers starting January 1.
**WHO: Malaria Still Poses Threat **
The World Health Organization says that despite great progress in treating and preventing malaria in many affected countries over the past decade, a shortage of funds could lead to a resurgence of the disease.
The WHO's new annual report on malaria says global support for the fight against malaria has stalled in the past year after a rapid expansion between 2004 and 2009. The report issued this week says that as a result, the delivery of insecticide-treated mosquito nets delivered to endemic countries in sub-Saharan Africa dropped by more than one-half over the past two years -- from 145 million in 2010 to 66 million in 2012.
Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo are the hardest hit countries in that region. India is the most affected country in Asia.
WHO official Richard Cidulskis says an estimated 1.1 million deaths from malaria have been averted in 10 most affected countries in Africa. He said another 50 countries are on track to reduce malaria incidence by 75 percent by 2015.
But he says a decrease in funds for medication, nets and other means of fighting the disease could lead to its renewed spread.