News brief: Big stories of the day

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Aug 22, 2018, 08:51 AM(IST)

File photo of US President Donald Trump. Photograph:( Reuters )

Cohen testifies Trump told him to commit a crime pleads guilty to eight criminal charges

President Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen, 51, pleaded guilty to eight criminal charges in federal court in Manhattan, including tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations.

Long-standing friendship with India: Chinese defence minister to PM Modi

Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe praised relations with India, describing them during a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a friendship dating back to ancient times, as relations between the two countries warm further. 

'Don't worry Kerala': AR Rehman changes lyrics of song mid-concert to show support to flood-hit state

The water levels may have receded in Kerala but the rehabilitation of lakhs will take time. Help and donations have been pouring in for the state from all across the word and music maestro AR Rehman decided to give assurance to the state in his own unique musical style.

Venezuela rocked by massive 7.3 earthquake sparking tsunami fears

A major earthquake of magnitude 7.3 struck Venezuela's eastern coast, home to largely poor fishing communities, on Tuesday afternoon, shaking buildings as far away as Colombian capital Bogota and knocking power out in parts of Trinidad.

Madonna defends her speech on Aretha Franklin

Pop star Madonna's tribute to late singer Aretha Franklin at MTV VMAs was termed as self-indulgent by many.  The award ceremony took place on Monday night and Madonna spoke about how Franklin inspired her to become a singer and the singer's speech received severe criticism on the Internet. 

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