Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Feb. 13

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MANILA -- Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Thursday that no more joint military exercises between the Philippines and the United States will be conducted once the Visiting Forces Agreement is terminated in August this year.

"Once the termination is final, we will cease to have exercises with them (Americans)," Lorenzana in a statement after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered to officially notify the U.S. government that Manila wants to end the accord. (Philippines-US-Military Ties)

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MOSCOW -- A Moscow district court on Thursday fined Twitter and Facebook for 4 million rubles (62,960 U.S. dollars) each for failing to move the databases of Russian users to Russia, TASS news agency said.

Russian legislation requires Internet service providers to store and process personal data of Russians on the territory of Russia. (Russia-Facebook-Twitter)

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LONDON -- Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid resigned Thursday as Prime Minister Boris Johnson reshuffled his cabinet.

Javid, scheduled to deliver his post-Brexit budget next month, had been expected to keep his job. But media reports claimed he quit after a row with Johnson during a meeting Thursday at 10 Downing Street. (UK-Exchequer Chancellor-Resignation)

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DAMASCUS -- The Syrian government on Thursday recognized the Armenian Genocide as being committed by the Ottoman government in the early 20th century, as Syria's relations with Turkey have hit a new low.

The Syrian government's recognition was announced by the parliament which also condemned "any attempt to deny this crime and distort the historical fact." (Syria-Turkey-Armenian Genocide) Enditem

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