Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Silicon Valley, California. Facebook has confirmed it plans to create hundreds of new jobs in Ireland next year. Photograph: Suzanne Lynch

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People walk past a house with billboards displaying portrait of incumbent Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh in Djibouti. Photograph: AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINASIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images Facebook: in the High Court. Photograph:  SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images

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