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IKEA founder determined to keep company private

Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad is determined to keep the Swedish furniture giant off the stock exchange, he told AFP ahead of the inauguration Monday of a fellowship in honour of his late wife. Kamprad, 86, told AFP in an email he had “always believed that keeping (Ikea) in private hands…

Zambia court told HIV-positive prisoners denied access to drugs and food

Zambia’s High Court on Monday heard that HIV-positive prisoners were being denied access to life-prolonging drugs and a balanced diet, on the opening day of a landmark human rights case. Convicted prisoner George Mwanza has accused the authorities of violating his human rights and those of other HIV-positive inmates by…

Kate and Prince William expecting a baby

Prince William’s wife Catherine is expecting a baby and is in hospital suffering severe morning sickness, St James’s Palace announced on Monday. The royal family are “delighted” by the news of the baby, who would be the third in line to the British throne currently occupied by Queen Elizabeth II.…

European scientists: Venus may have active volcanoes

European scientists said on Monday they had found tantalising clues to back theories that Venus — Earth’s cursed sister — has active volcanoes. Mapping of the desolate surface of Venus shows the second planet from the Sun to be studded with more than a thousand volcanoes. Many astrophysicists believe these…

Arab League leader: Syria’s Assad may fall ‘anytime’

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime is in danger of collapse “anytime” as the opposition gains ground on the military and political fronts, Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi told AFP on Monday. “That could happen anytime,” the secretary general said in an exclusive interview. “Now they are fighting in Damascus,” and…

Energy watchdog: Clean energy ‘more urgent than ever’

The need for a more sustainable global energy system is more urgent than ever, energy watchdog, the International Energy Agency warned on Monday as UN climate talks went into a second week. “As international climate negotiators enter their second week of talks … in Doha, the need to rapidly transition…

British engineer who sent first text 20 years ago ‘amazed’ at changes

The British software engineer who sent the world’s first text message 20 years ago said on Monday that he is amazed at how the technology has developed. The engineer, Neil Papworth, was chosen by chance to send the message — which read “Merry Christmas” — to a director at British…

Pope to start tweeting just in time for Christmas

Pope Benedict XVI will join Twitter from December 12, with regular tweets in eight languages from the account @pontifex just in time for Christmas, the Vatican said on Monday. “The first tweets will be answers to questions sent to the pope on matters of faith. The public can start sending…

News Corp. to close iPad newspaper The Daily

Rupert Murdoch’s online subscription venture was losing $30m a year and failed to win enough subscribers.  Rupert Murdoch is to shut iPad newspaper The Daily from 15 December, admitting that it has failed to win enough subscribers to make the online subscription venture viable in its 21 months of life.…

UK military’s cybercrime unit to get ‘tier-one’ priority

Military to enlist private sector in developing advice service for individuals and companies whose computers come under attack The UK is to develop a new emergency response unit to help give individuals and companies instant advice when their computer systems and networks come under sustained attack. The proposal is one…

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