Nov. 29, 2018

REUTERS

President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty on Thursday to making false statements in connection with the federal investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. election, according to a court hearing.

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he had not ruled out granting a pardon to his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who has pleaded guilty to a range of federal charges from money laundering to unregistered lobbying.

Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday was nominated as expected by fellow Democrats to be speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, but her level of support may fall short of what she needs for a sure win in January's election for the top job in the chamber.

The U.S. Senate voted to advance a resolution to end military support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen's civil war, setting the stage for a possible final vote on the measure within days.

The United States sent two Navy ships through the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday in the third such operation this year, as the U.S. military increases the frequency of transits through the strategic waterway despite opposition from China.

The United States on Thursday displayed pieces of what it said were Iranian weapons deployed to militants in Yemen and Afghanistan, a tactic by President Donald Trump's administration to pressure Tehran to curb its regional activities.

A flight carrying British academic Matthew Hedges landed at London Heathrow airport on Tuesday morning, a day after he was pardoned in the United Arab Emirates from a life sentence for spying.

The Trump administration is considering new background checks and other restrictions on Chinese students in the United States over growing espionage concerns, U.S. officials and congressional sources said.

U.S. consumer spending increased by the most in seven months in October, but underlying price pressures slowed, with an inflation measure tracked by the Federal Reserve posting its smallest annual increase since February.

Police raided six Deutsche Bank offices in and around Frankfurt on Thursday over money laundering allegations linked to the "Panama Papers", the public prosecutor's office in Germany's financial capital said.

Contracts to buy previously owned U.S. homes fell 2.6 % in October, the National Association of Realtors said on Thursday.

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Tijuana's authorities are increasingly concerned about the spread of diseases in the city, as 5,000 members of the migrant "caravan" camp in temporary shelters, awaiting the chance to apply for asylum in the United States. The government of Baja California - the state in which the Mexican border city lies - has treated hundreds of migrants for respiratory infections and other ailments.

At least 10 people were killed after a massive blast outside a British security company's compound in Kabul late Wednesday, officials said, with the attack claimed by the Taliban in the latest violence to target the Afghan capital.

Magnus Carlsen of Norway defeated American challenger Fabiano Caruana to retain his World Champion Chess title.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan said his political party and the nation's powerful military are "all on one page" in wanting to mend ties with arch-rival India.

Negotiators from Iran, Russia and Turkey met in Kazakhstan's capital Astana on Wednesday for two days of talks aiming to preserve a fragile 10-week-old truce in northern Syria, the Kazakh foreign ministry said.

Italy on Wednesday adopted far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's tough anti-migrant and security decree, despite fierce criticism from the left.

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called Wednesday for the country to boost its naval forces as a deterrent against its enemies and hailed the deployment of new ships.

An imprisoned murderer is being investigated after confessing to 90 killings across four decades in the US. The FBI believe Samuel Little, who is 78, may be among the most prolific serial killers in US criminal history. State and federal agencies are now working to match his confessions with the deaths of dozens of women across the country from 1970 to 2005. Investigators say they have already linked him to 34 murders and are working to corroborate many others.

BBC

South Korea's top court has ordered a Japanese firm to compensate Koreans it used as forced labor in World War Two.

Life expectancy in the US has dropped once again, thanks in part to rising suicide and drug overdose rates, according to new government reports. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found nearly 70,000 more Americans died in 2017 than 2016, with rising rates of death among 25- to 44-year-olds. The suicide rate is also the highest it has been in decades.

A court in the United States has sentenced the former head of Venezuela's treasury, Alejandro Andrade, to 10 years in prison for money laundering and taking $1bn in bribes in exchange for offering access to preferential foreign currency exchange rates.

Salome Zurabishvili has won Georgia's presidential election, becoming the first woman to hold the office.

WND

Many of the estimated 6,000 migrants from Central America living in a makeshift shelter in Tijuana, Mexico, are preparing to return home, expressing regret for making the arduous journey.

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