Ex-Trump aide Manafort to be arraigned in New York today Jun 27, 2019 0 681 12345 REUTERSNEW YORKPaul Manafort, the former campaign chairman for US President Donald Trump, will be arraigned on Thursday in a New York court in Manhattan on state criminal charges, after having been convicted last year on federal fraud charges.Manafort, 70, is scheduled to appear before Justice Maxwell Wiley of the state Supreme Court on Thursday at 2:15 p.m. EDT (1815 GMT), court spokesman Lucian Chalfen told Reuters.Manafort faces 16 felony charges brought by the Manhattan district attorney. The state charges include mortgage fraud, conspiracy and falsifying business records, and relate to alleged efforts by Manafort and others to obtain millions of dollars in loans on New York properties.Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance made the indictment public in March, on the same day Manafort was sentenced on federal crimes.Manafort is serving a 7-1/2-year federal sentence for tax fraud, bank fraud and other charges.Federal prosecutors accused him of hiding $16 million from US tax authorities that he earned as a consultant for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine, and then lying to banks to obtain $20 million in loans when the money dried up. The federal charges stemmed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.Manafort faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted on the top charges in the New York case. RELATED ARTICLES Photo of drowned migrant man, daughter fuels criticism of Trump Jun 27, 2019 0 2470 Cigarette, electrical fault ‘may have caused’ Notre-Dame fire Jun 27, 2019 0 355 Europeans on alert as heatwave intensifies Jun 27, 2019 0 364 Naked biker, topless sunbathers spark debate in Germany Berlin: German police cautioned a man riding naked on a moped while topless sunbathers sparked a row in Munich, as temperatures were to soar to record highs in several European countries on Wednesday. Police in .. Finland hopes to secure climate pledge Helsinki: Finland will use its turn in the EU presidency to seek a pledge that the bloc will produce net zero greenhouse emissions by 2050, Prime Minister Antti Rinne said on Wednesday. Several EU countries have signed up .. France demands G20 climate change action AFP Tokyo France wants the G20 to issue a statement committing to strong action on climate change and considers the issue a “red line”, President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday ahead of the summit. Macron was speaking .. Norway tycoon’s missing wife likely killed AFP Oslo The wife of a wealthy Norwegian businessman who disappeared nearly eight months ago was probably killed, with the murder made to look like a kidnapping, police said on Wednesday. Anne-Elisabeth Hagen, whose ..