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Indonesia to probe Google over alleged unpaid tax bill

September 17, 2016

Indonesia said Thursday it would launch investigations into Google after the technology giant allegedly refused to cooperate with the country's tax department, an official said.

Google has denied the allegations, declaring it had paid all taxes in Indonesia since opening its Jakarta offices in 2011.

The government has repeatedly asserted the California-based company had outstanding tax issues to resolve.

Muhammad Haniv, a senior official with Jakarta's tax office, said Google had refused a request to allow tax officials to examine its financial statements.

"We are now elevating this to an investigation, because they refused to be examined. This could be classified as a criminal offence," Haniv told AFP, adding Google generates tens of millions in advertising revenue but contributed little in tax.

In a statement Jason Tedjasukmana, the head of corporate communications for Google Indonesia, said the company had always worked closely with the government and had "complied by paying all taxes which apply in Indonesia".

Jakarta has also applied pressure to other foreign tech behemoths such as Facebook and Yahoo over their tax arrangements inside Indonesia.

Global tech businesses have flooded Indonesia in recent years to capitalise on the exploding number of internet users in the Southeast Asian nation, which has an enormous youth population adept at using smartphones.

A third of Indonesia's 255 million have access to the internet but analysts say that number is likely to increase as connectivity improves across the sprawling archipelago.


Russian pranksters call heads of WADA, U.S. anti-doping agency

July 23, 2016

Russian media published on Friday calls by two comedians to the heads of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) pretending to be Ukrainian Sports Minister Ihor Zhdanov.

Pranksters Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov separately called WADA President Craig Reedie and USADA chief executive Travis Tygart, according to recordings published online by Sputnik, a Russian state-owned news agency.

Sputnik said the two callers "managed to trick" the two anti-doping...

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UK soccer fans tweet US politician who shares manager's name

June 4, 2016

A Philadelphia politician and the manager of an English soccer team might seem impossible to confuse, except that they're both named Darrell Clarke.

Fans of the Bristol Rovers have been bombarding the president of Philadelphia's city council on Twitter for months, expressing frustration at losses and offering support for a job well done.

The Bristol Post reports the English Clarke shuns social media, but fans of the team in the third tier of English soccer needed a way to vent on Twitter. So th...

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Student group wants UC chancellor to quit over PR spending

April 17, 2016

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — The association that represents 240,000 University of California students statewide is calling for the head of the UC Davis to step down over the school's public relations spending to clean up the university's online image.

The UC Student Association voted Friday to seek Chancellor Linda Katehi's ouster, joining seven state lawmakers and student protesters who say she must go, The Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/1VwDOfR) reported Saturday.

The demands came after the newspap...

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19-yr-old Florida man, first time player wins, $2M Powerball

January 18, 2016

Lottery officials say a 19-year-old central Florida man and first time lottery player used the numbers off someone else's unpurchased Powerball ticket to win $2 million.

Frederick Walker said there was already a completed play slip at the Sav-A-Ton in Lake Mary where he purchased his ticket and decided to try his hand using those numbers.

"When I heard about the billion dollar Powerball jackpot, I decided to try my luck and buy a ticket," Walker told the lottery.

He matched five numbers in Wedne...

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