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McAfee denies reports he was captured and says ‘double’ was arrested

Software pioneer on the run from Belize authorities writes on his blog that he remains at large and that a decoy was detained Fugitive software pioneer John McAfee has dismissed reports of his capture, claiming that it was in fact a double carrying a North Korean passport who was detained for “pre-planned…

BBC to adapt J.K. Rowling’s ‘Casual Vacancy’ for TV series

The first book for “grown-ups” by Harry Potter author JK Rowling is to be adapted into a television series, the BBC announced Monday. “The Casual Vacancy”, Rowling’s darkly comic novel set in a seemingly idyllic English village, was published in September and the TV version is set to air on…

Starbucks to slash paid lunch breaks and sick leave in UK

Coffee chain sparks fresh concern over business practices amid fears low-paid staff will bear cost of potentially increased tax bill Starbucks is cutting paid lunch breaks, sick leave and maternity benefits for thousands of British workers, sparking fresh anger over its business practices. On the day the House of Commons’…

Syrian foreign ministry spokesperson quits

Syrian foreign ministry spokesman Jihad Makdisi, a well-known advocate of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, has resigned and is headed for London, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday. “Makdisi was pressured by people inside the presidential palace, but not the president himself, to resign. He is now on…

Software ‘worm’ defaces Tumblr

A software “worm” evidently unleashed by hackers burrowed through Tumblr on Monday, defacing pages at the popular blogging platform with a vitriolic, expletive-laden message. A hacker group going by the acronym “GNAA” claimed responsibility for the diatribe, which dismissed most of what bloggers shared online as worthless. “We are aware…

‘Three Cups of Tea’ co-author committed suicide

The co-author of “Three Cups of Tea,” the best-selling but disputed tale of an American mountaineer who built schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan, committed suicide, officials said Monday. David Oliver Relin, 49, died November 15 as a result of “blunt force head injuries,” Tom Chappelle, a deputy medical examiner in…

New York Times offers buyouts to 30 newsroom journalists

The New York Times said Monday it was offering buyouts to 30 newsroom managers and other journalists as part of an ongoing cost-cutting drive in a difficult environment for the newspaper industry. “There is no getting around the hard news that the size of the newsroom staff must be reduced,”…

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.…

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