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Trump denies any ties to Cohen’s crimes
WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Thursday said he never told his private lawyer Michael Cohen to break the law and denied any ties to his crimes, a day after Cohen was sentenced to prison on charges that included hush money payments to women ahead of the 2016 presidential election. “Cohen was guilty on many charges unrelated to me,” Trump said in a series of Twitter posts, adding that Cohen wanted “to embarrass the preside
 
 
Melania thanks US service members for their efforts
HAMPTON: Melania Trump made history Wednesday by flying in a V-22 Osprey aircraft and onto the deck of an aircraft carrier. The White House says it’s the first time a first lady has flown in an Osprey. The tiltrotor aircraft takes off and lands vertically. Melania flew from Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington to Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia, and onto the deck of the USS George HW Bush and back. She later
   
2 technicians die at Antarctica research station
WASHINGTON: Two technicians performing maintenance at a US research station in Antarctica died on Wednesday while working on a building that houses a generator for a nearby radio transmitter, the National Science Foundation (NSF) said. The pair, both employed as subcontractors at the NSF-managed McMurdo Station in Antarctica, were found unconscious on the floor of the building after a helicopter pilot flying over the area saw what
 
 
Didn’t discuss border wall with Trump: Mexico president
MEXICO CITY: Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Thursday that he did not discuss the US administration’s proposed border wall when he spoke with President Donald Trump this week about migration. “We have not discussed that issue, in any conversation.... It was a respectful and friendly conversation,” Lopez Obrador told reporters following a tweet in which the US president said a new trade deal with Mexico and
   
Venezuela’s ex-oil minister dies in prison
CARACAS: Former Venezuelan oil minister Nelson Martinez, imprisoned over corruption allegations, died on Wednesday of health complications, the prosecutor’s office said. Martinez, who also served as president of state oil firm PDVSA, was arrested on Nov.30 last year, four days after President Nicolas Maduro removed him from his position. “Nelson Martinez was suffering from a serious chronic illness whose progression aggravated
 
 
Record number of journalists behind bars: Report
NEW YORK: A near-record number of journalists around the world are behind bars for their work, including two Reuters reporters whose imprisonment in Myanmar has drawn international criticism, according to a report released on Thursday. There were 251 journalists jailed for doing their jobs as of Dec.1, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said in an annual study. For the third consecutive year, more than half are in Turkey,
   
Maduro sees US behind a plot to assassinate him
CARACAS: Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro lashed out Wednesday at what he said was a plot to assassinate him directed by the White House − and involving the right-wing governments of Colombia and Brazil. Maduro accused US National Security Advisor John Bolton of personally directing a plan to sow chaos on Venezuelan soil, with the aim of overthrowing his socialist government. The Venezuelan leader told foreign correspondents
 
 
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