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Trump to host Thai junta chief at White House next week

Washington - US President Donald Trump will host Thai junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha at the White House next Tuesday, in a personal coup for a Thai autocrat who was shunned by Barack Obama's administration for his regime's poor rights record.

Crime jumped 15% in biggest US cities last year: FBI

Washington - Violent crime jumped nearly 15 percent in America's biggest cities last year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced Monday, amid an increase in murders in large cities ravaged by gangs.

Trump to host Thai PM on October 3: White House

Washington - US President Donald Trump will host Thai junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha at the White House on October 3 as the pair seek to enhance warming ties and cooperation.

Trump tweets about 'destroyed' Puerto Rico after criticism

Washington - President Donald Trump acknowledged late Monday that Puerto Rico was "in deep trouble," after facing blistering criticism for focusing much of his attention on a bitter feud with NFL players instead of the devastated US territory.

White House slaps critics on Puerto Rico hurricane response

Washington - The White House on Monday batted back allegations that Donald Trump is not focused on the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, which has been clobbered by a series of deadly hurricanes.

Seoul urges US to avoid 'further escalation' with N. Korea

Washington - South Korea urged the United States to help dial down tensions with the North on Monday, after Pyongyang accused President Donald Trump of declaring war.

In first, woman becomes US Marine Corps infantry officer

Washington - A female US Marine on Monday became the first woman to complete the Corps' notoriously rigorous training course for infantry officers.

Israel builds settlements 'at high rate': UN

New York - Israel continues to build settlements "at a high rate," the UN envoy for the Middle East said Monday, in defiance of Security Council demands for an end to the expansion of Jewish outposts.

U.S. must embrace mobile payments: Interview with an innovator Special

Last year the number of mobile payments processed in China was 50 times greater than the number processed in the U.S. To change this, the company Omnyway wants to disrupt the payments status quo. We spoke with the company's CMO.

New US travel restrictions are still 'Muslim ban': rights groups

Washington - US rights groups on Monday pledged to keep fighting the new, open-ended version of President Donald Trump's controversial travel restrictions, insisting they remain a disguised Muslim ban.

North Korea says Trump has declared war

New York - North Korea's foreign minister on Monday accused US President Donald Trump of declaring war against his country and said Pyongyang was ready to defend itself by shooting down US bombers.

Estranged husband of Clinton aide gets 21 months for sexting teen

New York - Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former US congressman and estranged husband of one of Hillary Clinton's closest aides, was sentenced to 21 months in prison on Monday for sexting a school girl.

Trump says NFL barbs about patriotism, not race

Washington - US President Donald Trump denied stoking racial tensions Monday, insisting his charged comments that prompted a wave of symbolic protests by NFL players were about patriotism.

North Korea says Trump has declared war on his country

New York - North Korea's foreign minister accused US President Donald Trump on Monday of declaring war on his country and warned that Pyongyang would defend itself by shooting down US bombers.

Essential Science: World Wide Web reveals protein secrets

What can the structure of the World Wide Web tell scientists about protein structures? Quite a bit according to Ohio State University researchers. The scientists have discovered molecular 'add-ons' that customize key protein interfaces.

Internet of Things grows, as does cycbersecurity risks

The latest Verizon's State of the Market: Internet of Things report highlights a series of cybersecurity concerns as more and more devices become connected.

Obama personally warned Zuckberberg over fake news: report

Washington - Former US President Barack Obama personally urged Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to counter the rise of fake news on the social network during a meeting held shortly after last year's election, the Washington Post reported Sunday.

Kushner used personal email for WH business: reports

Washington - Jared Kushner used a personal email account to communicate with White House aides in his capacity as a senior adviser to his father-in-law US President Donald Trump, according to reports.

North Korea, Venezuela, Chad among 8 countries on new US travel ban

Washington - President Donald Trump issued a new open-ended travel ban on Sunday that saw North Korea, Venezuela and Chad among a list of eight countries cited for poor security and lack of cooperation with US authorities.

NFL controversy has 'nothing to do with race,' Trump says

Washington - President Donald Trump insisted Sunday that an intensifying feud with National Football League players who won't stand during the US national anthem to draw attention to social injustice, has "nothing to do with race.
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