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Founder of Afghan Haqqani network dies

KABUL: Jalaluddin Haqqani, founder of the Haqqani network, one of the most powerful groups in the Afghan insurgency, has died after a long illness. Haqqani, who founded the network in the 1970s, relinquished operational leadership of the group some years ago to his son Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is now deputy leader of the Afghan Taliban. Haqqani rose to prominence as a guerrilla leader in the US-backed campaign against Soviet forces occupying Afghanistan but later allied himself with the Taliban, fighting American troops…

Papa John’s founder accuses CEO’s team of misconduct

NEW YORK: Papa John’s International Inc founder John Schnatter, who is trying to regain control of the pizza chain after resigning as chairman in July, accused Chief Executive Officer Steve Ritchie’s “inner circle” of sexual misconduct, an allegation the company denied on Tuesday. In a letter to franchisees on Monday and published on Schnatter’s website savepapajohns.com, Schnatter said Papa John’s human resources department had evidence of harassment and intimidation but he did not provide evidence himself. “Once…

Facebook founder grilled over asking for allowing posts that deny Holocaust

WASHINGTON: Facebook found itself embroiled anew in controversy Thursday after chief executive Mark Zuckerberg argued the leading social network should not filter out posts denying the Holocaust. The comments by Zuckerberg drew fierce criticism and appeared to undermine Facebook's latest effort to root out hate speech, violence and misinformation on its platform. In an interview with tech website Recode on Wednesday, Zuckerberg said that while Facebook was dedicated to stopping the spread of fake news, it would not filter…

Toys R Us founder dies as iconic retail chain folds

LOS ANGELES: The founder of the embattled Toys R Us chain of children's stores died on Thursday, a week after the company announced the end of its operations in the United States. "There have been many sad moments for Toys R Us in recent weeks, and none more heartbreaking than today's news about the passing of our beloved founder, Charles Lazarus, after a period of declining health," it said in a statement. Lazarus, who was 94, had long since given up day-to-day running of the company he founded in 1948 as a small…

Founder of web browser Opera says worried about online privacy

LISBON: People should worry about online data collection by technology companies because it gives them unparalleled insight into users lives, the creator of one of the biggest web browsers, Opera, said on Thursday. Jon von Tetzchner said the situation was already comparable to George Orwell’s dystopian novel ‘1984’, since “everyone is being followed and everyone’s information is being collected”. Lack of awareness of the amount of data harvested is “a perfect storm of a really bad idea,” he told Reuters at the Web…

Wikipedia founder aims to ‘fix the news’ with collaborative website

WASHINGTON: Jimmy Wales, the founder of online encyclopedia Wikipedia, has launched a website aimed at countering the spread of fake news by bringing together professional journalists and a community of volunteers and supporters to produce news articles. The new platform, called Wikitribune, will be free to access and carry no advertising, instead relying on its readers to fund it, while the accuracy of news reports will be easily verifiable as source material will be published, Wales said. "The news is broken, but…

Pakistani digital rights activist clinches Dutch Human Rights award

Founder of Pakistan's Digital Rights Foundation Nighat Dad has been awarded the Government of Netherlands' Human Rights Tulip award 2016. Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders will present her with the prize on 10th December, Human Rights Day, in The Hague, said a statement released by the government. "Human rights defenders are modern-day heroes," said the minister. "Despite the many threats she has received, Nighat Dad continues to fight to improve adherence to human rights in Pakistan in a unique and innovative way.…