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As Azerbaijan warms up to host the inaugural European Games this summer, we discuss the conviction of a leading rights defender there. Plus we hear about new ‘country’ Liberland – proclaimed independent by a Czech national – between Serbia and Croatia and the latest business stories from Bloomberg News, plus a look ahead to luxury event DeLux15 in Sydney.

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897 17 Apr 2015
00:29:53

Friday 17 April: 

As Azerbaijan warms up to host the inaugural European Games this summer, we discuss the conviction of a leading rights defender there. Plus we hear about new ‘country’ Liberland – proclaimed independent by a Czech national – between Serbia and Croatia and the latest business stories from Bloomberg News, plus a look ahead to luxury event DeLux15 in Sydney.

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896 16 Apr 2015
29:52:00

Thursday 16 April: 

As representatives of Libya’s rival parliaments meet for UN-brokered peace talks, we ask what chances there are for solving the crisis of governance in the broken North African state. Plus we ask why Japan is scrambling fighter jets at near-unprecedented levels, hear about Norway’s plan to switch off FM radio and leaf through the North American front pages.

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895 15 Apr 2015
00:29:56

Wednesday 15 April: 

We discuss the G7 foreign ministers meeting in Lübeck to discuss the world’s conflicts and America’s planned removal of Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism and ask whether our skies are safer. Plus we hear about Moomins on the Riviera and leaf through the Latin American front pages.

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894 14 Apr 2015
00:29:08

Tuesday 14 April: 

With Japan and South Korea holding the first high-level security talks for more than five years, we discuss the meeting’s significance. We also hear about US concerns over Russia lifting a ban on delivering a defence missile system to Iran and get a taster from Salone del Mobile in Milan.

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893 13 Apr 2015
00:29:56

Monday 13 April: 

With Hillary Clinton finally making her bid for the presidency official, we look at how the face of American politics might be about to change. We also look at Sudan as it goes to the polls, a meeting between the Russian and Palestinian leaders and Tyler Brûlé at the Salone del Mobile.

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892 10 Apr 2015
00:30:00

Friday 10 April: 

We discuss the ongoing thaw in US-Cuba relations after their foreign ministers meet and their leaders prepare to mingle at the Summit of the Americas. Plus we discuss the latest criticisms of China’s land reclamation in the South China Sea, leaf through the day’s South American papers and round up the latest business stories from Bloomberg News.

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891 9 Apr 2015
00:29:20

Thursday 9 April: 

With India’s Narendra Modi on a three-nation economic charm offensive, we ask what’s to come from the prime minister’s international jaunt. We also discuss the controversial rise of a nationalist political leader in Ukraine's military and a family rift rocking France’s far right. Plus it's big business but how fashionable can so-called 'athleisure' wear really be?

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890 8 Apr 2015
00:30:00

Wednesday 8 April: 

Could an agreement between Turkey and Iran lead to an end to Yemen’s crisis? We also look at Irish business concerns over a possible UK exit from the EU and Tyler Brûlé reports on an epic new retail behemoth in Bangkok.

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889 7 Apr 2015
00:30:00

Tuesday 7 April: 

As Kenyans prepare to march in a mass demand for greater national security we look at the local reaction to this week's devastating attack. We also hear about a controversial new anti-terror law in Malaysia, plans for a new international aviation hub in Shanghai and the curious case of politicised coffee in Finland.

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888 6 Apr 2015
00:30:53

Monday 6 April: 

The fate of two Australians facing execution in Indonesia now looks all but certain after today’s court ruling; we discuss what happens next. We also look at what was behind a tide of anti-Islamic protests in Australia at the weekend and what prompted calorie counting at the FBI's headquarters.

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887 3 Apr 2015
00:30:00

Friday 3 April: 

After a preliminary deal on Iran's nuclear programme is finally reached, we discuss its contents and possible consequences. We also explore the key points of contention in the run-up to Poland's presidential election in May and look forward to a new play co-written by Davie Bowie, set to debut in New York.

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886 2 Apr 2015
00:29:52

Thursday 2 April: 

As Yemen's second city looks set to fall to Houthi rebels, we ask if Saudi-led strikes against the fighters have fallen short. Plus we report the latest from Kenya after Islamist militants attack a university campus, ask why Pakistan may buy submarines from China and leaf through the South American papers.

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