Russia

Kremlin confirms email

The Kremlin on Wednesday confirmed that President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer reached out to them during the 2016 presidential campaign, seeking help for a business project in Russia. In a statement to the House Intelligence Committee, Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen said Monday the president’s company pursued a project in Moscow during the Republican primary. He said the plan was abandoned for various reasons. President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters in Moscow on Wednesday that they received Cohen’s email and that the Kremlin did not reply to it.

Poland

Trains collide; 21 injured

A passenger train hit a cargo train at a railway station Wednesday evening in northern Poland, injuring 21 people but causing no deaths, authorities said. Pawel Fratczak, spokesman for national firefighters, said there were no fatalities, but that among the injured were four children who were taken to hospital, one of them by a helicopter. Seven of the passenger train’s 11 carriages derailed in the collision, which occurred before 10 p.m. in the town of Smetowo Graniczne.

MEXICO

Two tropical storms form

Tropical Storm Lidia formed off Mexico’s Pacific coast Wednesday as authorities warned the Baja California Peninsula to prepare for high winds, heavy rain and a dangerous storm surge along a shore that includes the twin resort cities of Los Cabos. A new tropical storm, Irma, also formed far out in the eastern Atlantic but forecasters said it did not pose an immediate threat to land.

Israel

Leader blames ‘fake news’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has lashed out at the “fake news industry” over media coverage of investigations into corruption allegations. Addressing a rally of his Likud party supporters Wednesday, Netanyahu also criticized the weekly protests held outside the attorney general’s home demanding he be indicted. Police have questioned Netanyahu over allegations he received gifts from Hollywood and business figures. A separate probe is looking into secret talks with the publisher of a major Israeli newspaper in which Netanyahu allegedly requested positive coverage in exchange for reining in a free pro-Netanyahu daily.

Compiled from wire reports