U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the news media on the airport tarmac about the federal conviction of his former presidential campaign chairman Paul Manafort as the president arrives for a campaign event in Charleston, West Virginia, U.S. August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Reuters: Trump, White House deny wrongdoing after Cohen plea deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House pushed back forcefully on Wednesday against suggestions that a plea deal struck by President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen implicated Trump in a crime.

“As the president has said, we’ve stated many times, he did nothing wrong. There are no charges against him,” press secretary Sarah Sanders said at a White House briefing. “Just because Michael Cohen made a plea deal doesn’t mean that that implicates the president on anything.”

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MIDDLE EAST

Yemen war: More than eight million on verge of starvation.

US ready to drive Iranian oil exports to zero, says US national security adviser.

Bolton: US to act ‘very strongly’ if Syria uses chemical arms. US, UK, France vow to punish Syria for chemical attacks.

Syria jihadist chief warns Idlib rebels against talks with regime.

250,000 Syrians may flee to Turkey from Idlib: Turkish intelligence.

Russia says over 63,000 troops have fought in Syria.

Saudi Arabia ‘seeks death penalty’ for female activist.

Gaza running out of fuel, medicine: UN.

Israel approves plans for 1,000 settlement homes.

ASIA

US, China talks raise optimism on eve of new trade tariffs.

Afghanistan will not attend peace talks with Taliban in Moscow. Afghanistan ‘will not attend’ Russia-led peace talks.

Kashmir protests: Violence mars Eid celebrations.

Malcolm Turnbull: PM battles cabinet rebellion over leadership. Party rebels push Australian PM for second leadership vote. Australia: Second challenge planned for PM Malcolm Turnbull.

Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi defends policies towards Rohingya.

Indonesian Buddhist woman imprisoned after complaining mosque is too loud.

Nepal urged to repeal new law over press freedom concerns.

AFRICA

C.Africa armed groups present peace demands to AU panel.

Zimbabwe’s top court hears poll challenge.

Tanker missing off the coast of Gabon.

South Africa’s land expropriation could trigger default, warns agricultural bank.

Migrants storm Morocco-Spain border fence, seven police injured.

Chris Martin and Damon Albarn campaign to free Uganda’s Bobi Wine.

EUROPE

Nato-Russia: Putin and Nato trade barbs over troops.

Putin: US establishment behind ‘senseless’ Russian sanctions, meeting with Trump ‘useful’.

US imposes new sanctions on Russian shipping firms.

Russia stockpiles gold as Washington prepares to pile on new sanctions.

Kremlin rejects any compensation to Baltic states for alleged ‘Soviet occupation’.

Row deepens over alleged police brutality at Bucharest protest.

Rejected asylum seekers denied food in Hungary: HRW.

Sweden rape: Most convicted attackers foreign-born, says TV.

Germany ‘unlikely to prosecute’ Nazi guard deported from US.

AMERICAS

Trump says ex-lawyer’s hush payments ‘not even a campaign violation’.

Michael Cohen: Trump ex-lawyer ‘happy’ to aid Russia probe.

Duncan Hunter, GOP lawmaker and Marine vet, indicted on corruption charges.

US Fed warns of ‘consequential’ risk from escalating trade wars.

Venezuela: New currency fails to curb hyperinflation.

Venezuelan migrants targeted in Brazil.

Canada general to lead new NATO mission in Iraq.

Rare hurricane warning as Hawaii braces for major storm.

Wildfires cloud Western skies with dangerous smoke, haze.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

IS chief Baghdadi urges ‘jihad’ in purported new recording.

Syria’s al-Qaida leader vows to fight on in Idlib.

US military airstrike in Somalia against al-Shabab kills 2.

Germany detains man suspected of planning terror attack.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Wall St. end mixed as S&P marks longest bull run. S&P 500 share index notches up record-breaking winning streak.

Oil jumps 3 percent on big U.S. crude draw, Iran sanctions.

Exclusive: Aramco listing plan halted, oil giant disbands advisors – sources. Biggest public listing in history put on hold over valuation fears .

Facebook, Twitter remove accounts linked to Iran, Russia.

Cargo ships to test shorter route through Arctic opened by melting ice.

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