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.