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In Tax Shift, Facebook to Declare Ad Revenues Locally

Facebook, in a bow to transparency, has announced it plans to declare certain ad revenues in the country where they are made and not in Ireland, where it has a greater tax advantage.

The social networking giant said the move was in response to pressure from governments and policy makers for greater visibility into sales made in their countries.

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Philippines' Duterte Wins Extra Year of Martial Law Powers

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte won martial law powers across the southern third of the country for one more year on Wednesday to combat Islamic militants and leftist rebels, as Congress brushed aside fears of a looming dictatorship.

Duterte's request to extend martial law in the Mindanao region until December 31 next year and detain suspected rebels there without charge was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate and House of Representatives.

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US Wants $250 mn Cut to UN Budget

The United States is seeking a $250 million cut to the core budget of the United Nations for 2018-2019, on top of $200 million in savings already proposed by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, diplomats said Tuesday.

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Kim Vows to 'Win Victory In the Showdown' with US

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un vowed to "win victory in the showdown" against the US with his rapidly advancing nuclear arsenal, state media said Wednesday, after the country's latest missile test heightened global tensions.

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Israel Hits Gaza after Rocket Fire, Three Wounded

The Israeli air force hit the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Wednesday lightly wounding three people, after Palestinians fired at southern Israel, the military and Gaza security officials said.

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Erdogan Urges Recognition of Jerusalem as Palestinian Capital

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday urged the world to recognise occupied East Jerusalem as the "capital of Palestine", as Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas warned there could be no peace in the Middle East until such a move was made.

Erdogan opened in Istanbul an emergency summit of the world's main pan-Islamic body the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), seeking to marshal Muslim leaders towards a coordinated response to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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South Korean Leader Starts Fence-Mending Trip to China

South Korean President Moon Jae-In began his first state visit to China on Wednesday to soothe relations strained by the US deployment of an anti-missile system that has angered Beijing.

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Amnesty Condemns Death Sentence for Iran Academic

Human rights group Amnesty International said Tuesday that Iran's courts had "run roughshod over the rule of law" by confirming the death sentence of an academic accused of espionage during nuclear talks with world powers.

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Families of London Tower Fire Victims Call for Diverse Inquiry

Survivors and relatives of the 71 victims of London's Grenfell Tower fire on Tuesday delivered a petition to Prime Minister Theresa May demanding an "impartial" investigation with additional diverse panel members. 

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Trump Slams 'Fabricated Stories' of His Women Accusers

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday lashed out at the women who have accused him of sexual harassment, denouncing their "false accusations and fabricated stories," after several of them called for Congress to investigate him.

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