Kenya imposes world’s toughest law against plastic bags

NAIROBI, (Reuters) – Kenyans producing, selling or even using plastic bags will risk imprisonment of up to four years or fines of $40,000 from yesterday, as the world’s toughest law aimed at reducing plastic pollution came into effect.

Thousands driven from homes, 6 dead, as Harvey hammers Houston

Disbelief in Houston (Reuters photo)   HOUSTON,  (Reuters) – Historic flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey killed at least six people in Texas and was expected to drive 30,000 from their homes, as officials on Monday warned that floodwaters would likely rise in the coming days as the storm hovers over the U.S.

Guatemala president defiant over U.N. anti-graft unit head expulsion

Demonstrators protest against Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales in front of the National Palace in Guatemala City, Guatemala, August 27, 2017.Fabricio Alonzo (Reuters photo) GUATEMALA CITY,  (Reu-ters) – Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales yesterday appeared to defy a court ruling that he not expel the head of an influential U.N.

Trump slaps sanctions on Venezuela; Maduro sees effort to force default

CARACAS/WASHINGTON/,  (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order that prohibits dealings in new debt from the Venezuelan government or its state oil company yesterday in an effort to halt financing that the White House said fuels President Nicolas Maduro’s “dictatorship.” Maduro, who has frequently blamed the United States for waging an “economic war” on Venezuela, said the United States was seeking to force Venezuela to default — but he said it would not succeed.

Harvey roars toward Texas as Category 4 hurricane

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, (Reuters) – The eye of Hurricane Harvey began to push onto the Texas coast yesterday bringing with it winds of up to 156 miles per hour and 13-foot ocean surges as the most powerful storm in over a decade bore down on the mainland United States.

Samsung leader Jay Y. Lee given 5-year jail sentence for bribery

(Reuters) – The billionaire head of South Korea’s Samsung Group, Jay Y. Lee, was sentenced to five years in jail for bribery on Friday in a watershed for the country’s decades-long economic order dominated by powerful, family-run conglomerates.

Indian protests after “godman” convicted of rape kill at least 29

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh   PANCHKULA, India,  (Reuters) – Violent protests erupted in India’s Haryana state on Friday, killing at least 29 people, after a court convicted a self-styled “godman” of raping two women, angering thousands of his supporters who said he was innocent, the state chief minister said.

Thailand’s ousted PM Yingluck has fled abroad – sources

Yingluck Shinawatra   BANGKOK,  (Reuters) – Ousted Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has fled the country ahead of a verdict against her in a negligence trial brought by the junta that overthrew her, sources close to the Shinawatra family said on Friday.

D.C. judge approves gov’t warrant for data from anti-Trump website

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – A District of Columbia Superior Court judge yesterday approved a government warrant seeking data from an anti-Trump website related to Inauguration Day protests, but he added protections to safeguard “innocent users.” Chief Judge Robert Morin said DreamHost, a Los Angeles-based web-hosting company, must turn over data about visitors to the website, which is a home to political activists who organized protests at the time of Donald Trump’s inauguration as U.S.

Guatemalan prosecutors to probe parties over campaign financing

MEXICO CITY,  (Reuters) – Guatemala’s attorney general and a United Nations-backed anti-corruption body will investigate the nation’s political parties on suspicion of illegal campaign financing during the 2015 presidential election campaign, the groups said on Thursday.

Indian court’s privacy ruling is blow to government

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI,  (Reuters) – India’s top court unanimously ruled yesterday that individual privacy is a fundamental right, a verdict that will impact everything from the way companies handle personal data to the roll-out of the world’s largest biometric ID card programme.

Harvard researchers say Exxon misled public on climate science

NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Two Harvard University researchers said in a study published yesterday they had collected data proving that Exxon Mobil Corp made “explicit factual misrepresentations” in newspaper ads it purchased to convey its views on the oil industry and climate science.