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A 'Fraught Time' For Press Freedom In The Philippines

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte does not like the press. Stung by critical media reporting, he has in the past months called some of the country's largest media organizations "bullshit," "garbage," "son of a bitch." Journalists, he said, have no shame.

As the investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 election now carries on into 2018, special counsel Robert Mueller is keeping quiet on details.

But one thing does seem clear: A year after President Trump took office, the crime of foreign money laundering has become an important focus of the investigation.

Or, as Stephen K. Bannon purportedly told Michael Wolff in his bestselling book, Fire and Fury, "You realize where this is going... This is all about money laundering."

Here's what is known:

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On the first day as head of the United Nations — January 1, 2017 — Antonio Guterres pledged to make 2017 a year of peace.

But the year didn't turn out as he expected. In an informal address to member states at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, Guterres said "peace remains elusive" — and "in fundamental ways, the world has gone in reverse."

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