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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa is escorted by police after posting bail in Pasig Regional Trial Court in Pasig City, Philippines, March 29, 2019. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez/File Photo

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By Karen Lema

MANILA (Reuters) -Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa used her new prominence to criticise Facebook (NASDAQ:) as a threat to democracy, saying the social media giant fails to protect against the spread of hate and disinformation and is “biased against facts”.

The veteran journalist and head of Philippine news site Rappler told Reuters in an interview after winning the award that Facebook’s

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The logo of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency is shown in the lobby of the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia March 3, 2005. REUTERS/Jason Reed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Central Intelligence Agency said on Thursday it has created a new group to focus solely on China and the national security challenges it poses, calling it the most important threat the United States faces.

The China Mission Center was formed “to address the global challenge posed by the People’s Republic of China that cuts across all of the Agency’s mission areas,” the CIA said in a statement.

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis speaks at a parliamentary session in Prague, Czech Republic, June 3, 2021. REUTERS/David W Cerny

By Jason Hovet

PRAGUE (Reuters) – The Czech government has ditched a long tradition of frugality over the last few years by piling tax cuts and wage hikes on top of pandemic spending, putting the country’s debt on course to hit critical levels much faster than anyone expected.

That leaves an unenviable challenge for whichever party wins this weekend’s national election in the Czech Republic.

The Czech Finance Ministry forecasts public debt will hit 43.5% of

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© Reuters. Las Vegas Sands Could be Sinking

Las Vegas Sands (NYSE:) is an integrated resorts developer.

A typical resort developed by the company includes accommodation, gambling activities, retail, entertainment, and more.

Las Vegas Sands’ key markets include Nevada, Macau, and Singapore. I am bearish on the stock. (See Las Vegas Sands stock charts on TipRanks)

Recent Performance

The stock is one of the worst-performing on the year-to-date, with a drawdown of more than 34%.

Las Vegas Sands has a history of underperforming the S&P 500, but recent performance has been subdued. Catalysts include lower casino traffic, gambling and leverage

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Vials with a sticker reading, “COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only” and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Johnson & Johnson logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

(Reuters) -The European Union’s drug regulator on Friday identified a possible link between rare cases of blood clotting in deep veins with Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:)’s COVID-19 vaccine and recommended the condition be listed as a side-effect of the shot.

The European Medicines Agency also recommended that immune thrombocytopenia (ITP), a bleeding disorder caused by the body mistakenly attacking platelets,

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Visitors walk past a wall with a map showing the species of peony in Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) countries, at horticultural exhibition Beijing Expo 2019, in Beijing, China April 29, 2019. Picture taken April 29, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

By David Stanway

SHANGHAI (Reuters) -China’s vast Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is in danger of losing momentum as opposition in targeted countries rises and debts mount, paving the way for rival schemes to squeeze Beijing out, a new study showed on Wednesday.

President Xi Jinping launched BRI in 2013, aiming to harness China’s strengths in financing and

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