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The Briefing

A pacy round-up of the day’s main news stories, anchored from London by a Monocle editor. The show features informed reporting, prescient business analysis and invaluable industry reports covering everything from technology to aviation and retail to media.

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We find out why British journalists have been accused of terrorist activities in Turkey, learn what led to Tokyo ditching its Olympic logo and talk to Monocle’s Josh Fehnert about ‘The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes’.

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994 1 Sep 2015
00:30:00

Tuesday 1 September: 

We find out why British journalists have been accused of terrorist activities in Turkey, learn what led to Tokyo ditching its Olympic logo and talk to Monocle’s Josh Fehnert about ‘The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes’.

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993 31 Aug 2015
00:29:32

Monday 31 August: 

We hear about the growing protests in Lebanon, learn why Malaysia’s prime minister has to answer how $700m got into his account and ask why China is getting into triathlons.

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992 28 Aug 2015
00:30:00

Friday 28 August: 

After 71 people are found dead in a lorry near Vienna and hundreds drown off the coast of Libya, we discuss the challenges facing European leaders in what’s become known as ‘the migrant crisis’. Plus, we hear from Greece as a poll suggests Syriza will be the biggest party after the elections set for September and Henry Rees-Sheridan reports from Eurobike, the world’s leading trade fair for the cycling industry.

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991 27 Aug 2015
00:30:00

Thursday 27 August: 

After two journalists are shot live on air in the US, we ask how one reports the story without glamorising the act. Plus, we find out why some analysts have suggested that Turkish nationals could be involved in last week’s Bangkok bombing. Also on the show: why does Panasonic want to stop making lithium-ion batteries in Beijing?

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990 26 Aug 2015
00:30:00

Wednesday 26 August: 

As the US and Turkey work through the fine print of a deal to include Turkey in the fight against Isis, our Istanbul bureau chief reflects on the extent of any agreement. We also look to Zimbabwe after President Mugabe gives a notably short state of the nation speech and fails to woo the opposition with his economic plan. Plus: business news from Bloomberg TV, the North American headlines and a taste of the French wine industry.

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989 25 Aug 2015
00:30:00

Tuesday 25 August: 

After North and South Korea agree to end a stand-off, we ask, could this really be the start of a new peace? As migrants take the Western Balkan route in the hope of reaching the presumed security of Europe, our correspondent in Belgrade talks us through Serbia’s stance towards refugees and asylum seekers. Also on the programme: the North American front pages, the business news from Bloomberg TV and a chat with Santa Claus

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988 24 Aug 2015
00:30:00

Monday 24 August: 

After a suspected terror attack is foiled in France, we discuss the response to the incident. Plus, after Britain reopens its embassy in Tehran we look at Iran’s relationship with western states following the recent nuclear deal. We also get the business news from Bloomberg TV and hear about crayfish season in Sweden.

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987 21 Aug 2015
00:30:00

Friday 21 August: 

After the prime minister’s resignation, we discuss what’s next for Greece. We also ask a former Australian foreign minister about his country's controversial asylum-seeker policies, as Europe is struggling to find a solution to the increasing migrant crisis. Plus: it might sound crazy but could the future of transport look like vacuum-compressed pneumatic tubes? As a pair of new agreements aims to see the concept under construction as soon as next year, we talk to one of the companies on board.

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986 20 Aug 2015
00:30:00

Thursday 20 August: 

We visit Bangkok as Thai police claim that 10 people may have been involved in the planning of this week’s bombing. We also turn to Ukraine and ask how much support the Moscow-based former prime minister could have as he forms an exiled government. Plus: we look at Japanese beer making its presence known in Burma.

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985 19 Aug 2015
00:30:00

Wednesday 19 August: 

As Bangkok’s shrine reopens after this week’s devastating bomb attack, we cross to the city as it begins to recover. We also look at the latest competition heating up among airlines throughout Asia Pacific and hear from our bureaux in Hong Kong and Tokyo. Plus: what is Italy’s top town for quality of life? According to one list, Bruneck. We hear from the town’s mayor.

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984 18 Aug 2015
00:30:00

Tuesday 18 August: 

As Bangkok gets to grips with its new reality after yesterday’s devastating bombing, we look at claims that the attacker was caught on video moments before the blast. We’re also in Turkey, where political deadlock looks set to continue with nationalists refusing to form a coalition. Plus: as Australia’s original TV studios in Sydney have been sold for an above-market price, we ask what’s next for the historic site.

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983 17 Aug 2015
00:30:00

Monday 17 August: 

As the Egyptian president says a series of new laws are aimed at countering the rising threat of terrorism, we ask whether they could also be used to silence those critical of the official regime. We also discuss Iowa’s State Fair, an irresistible honey pot for political preaching from just about any presidential hopeful. Plus: with on-demand options continuing to alter TV viewing habits, US networks are betting big on an inflating schedule of live programmes. Could it work?

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