President Trump’s longtime attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty in federal court on Thursday to lying about a Trump Tower project in Moscow. Cohen said he lied ‘out of loyalty’ to Trump. Cohen’s statement about the Moscow project directly contradicts Trump’s account. Cohen’s statement was part of a new plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller.
The head office and other Deutsche Bank locations in Frankfurt, Germany were raided by 170 police officers and tax investigators on Thursday in a money laundering probe. The raid targeted two Deutsche Bank employees and others who remain unidentified. The probe is related to the 2016 Panama Papers money laundering investigation.
Following a naval clash between Russia and Ukraine over the weekend, President canceled a planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump’s decision also followed his longtime personal lawyer’s guilty plea to lying to Congress about developments in Russia. The meeting was set to take place in two days at the G20 summit.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will likely miss the start of the G20 summit in Argentina after her flight was landed unexpectedly due to technical problems. Merkel will fly to Buenos Aires on a commercial flight on Friday with a smaller delegation. The G20 summit begins on Friday amid global dissatisfaction with President Trump’s trade policies.
Seven men were convicted of the 2016 murder of Honduran indigenous environmentalist Berta Caceres on Thursday. The eighth defendant in the case was cleared and freed. The court found the murder was carried out by executives of the Agua Zarca dam company Desa due to financial losses related to protests organized by Caceres.
Over 200 runners were disqualified from the Shenzhen half marathon in China after the discovery of widespread cheating. It was found that 258 runners took shortcuts while others ran for them in the race which took place on November 25th. The cheating was caught on traffic camera footage. Some runners were banned for life.
After a naval confrontation off Crimea with Russia, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko asked NATO to send ships to the Sea of Azov. At least 11 Russian vessels surrounded Ukraine’s two ships opening fire on Sunday. Russia announced on Wednesday it will send another advanced anti-aircraft system to the area. NATO expressed ‘full support’ for Ukraine.
A preliminary report was released on the October 29th Lion Air flight JT610 crash which killed 189 people. The report shows that the plane’s pilots fought against the aircraft’s automatic systems minutes before it crashed into the ocean. Investigators say the flight took off despite pilots’ awareness of various malfunctions which made the plane ‘unairworthy.’
According to a report by 150 experts climate change is already damaging people’s health. The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change says the health effects include dengue fever in tropics and deadly heatwaves in Europe. High temperatures damaged the ability to grow crops. The report highlights the lack of progress in preventing climate change.
He Jiankui the Chinese scientist who claims he created the world’s first genetically edited babies defended his work at a genome summit in Hong Kong. He announced the possibility of a third child being born following the twin girls born this month. The controversial gene editing program has been halted following international opposition.