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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 discuss the diplomatic intrigue surrounding Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei’s UK visa, our man in Istanbul talks through the week’s top Turkish stories, Imke Henkel explains a journalistic treason case in Germany and Ben Page details the week in statistics.

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972 31 Jul 2015
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Friday 31 July: 

We discuss the diplomatic intrigue surrounding Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei’s UK visa, our man in Istanbul talks through the week’s top Turkish stories, Imke Henkel explains a journalistic treason case in Germany and Ben Page details the week in statistics.

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971 30 Jul 2015
00:30:00

Thursday 30 July: 

We discuss the future of Syriza, investigate new clues in the hunt for flight MH370 and focus on pétanque's bid to get Olympic recognition.

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970 29 Jul 2015
00:30:00

Wednesday 29 July: 

We discuss Turkey’s attacks on the PKK, explore the aftermath of a Finnish politician’s controversial remarks and look at a planned multibillion-dollar facelift for New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Plus: Monocle’s fashion director talks Alexander Wang and Hermès.

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969 28 Jul 2015
00:30:00

Tuesday 28 July: 

We discuss today’s Nato meeting and Barack Obama’s speech at the African Union headquarters, focus on today’s top luxury and technology news and find out why the Swiss raided a French lake to help thirsty cows.

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968 27 Jul 2015
00:30:00

Monday 27 July: 

We discuss the latest news from Turkey, analyse Russia’s strategy in the Kuril Islands and review the newly unveiled Tokyo 2020 Olympics logo.

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967 24 Jul 2015
00:30:00

Friday 24 July: 

After initial reluctance to take on the Islamic State, Turkey is now set to co-operate with the US as it launches a series of airstrikes. We hear how the powerful pro-Israel lobby in the US hopes to derail the nuclear deal with Iran. Plus, one of the biggest media stories of the year: we’ll hear from the Nikkei after the company’s surprise purchase of the ‘Financial Times’.

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966 23 Jul 2015
00:30:00

Thursday 23 July: 

We discuss the reopening of Aden’s international airport as pro-government forces take back the last remaining stronghold from Houthi rebels. We also look at cities across Russia that are dependent on just one industry and talk about Japan’s ongoing love affair with its convenience stores. Plus: America’s network home for TV classics wants a younger audience but will its ambitious makeover be a success?

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965 22 Jul 2015
00:30:00

Wednesday 22 July: 

As rebels in east Ukraine agree to reduce weapons after talks between the government and Russian representatives, we ask whether it will have an impact on the ongoing conflict. We’re also in Australia, where a series of arrests at racist protests has prompted well-known musicians to ban their songs from being used by the far-right group. Plus: why are French tobacco companies toying with the nation’s speed cameras?

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964 21 Jul 2015
00:30:00

Tuesday 21 July: 

As Burundi heads to the polls today amid reports of gunfire and explosions, we ask whether a third term for the country’s president is all but certain. We’re also in China, where a former presidential aide has been arrested as part of the nation’s crackdown on corruption. Plus: a new film is breaking records in India – but it’s not from Bollywood.

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963 20 Jul 2015
00:30:00

Monday 20 July: 

Russia is planning a new reserve armed force. But with debt doubling in the past five years, is an economic nosedive on the horizon? And in Australia, the house speaker is in hot water after chartering a AU$5,000 helicopter ride to attend a party fundraiser. Plus, we survey Spain’s abandoned airports before looking at Lithuania’s disappearing Communist-era monuments.

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962 17 Jul 2015
00:30:00

Friday 17 July: 

We discuss the Chinese view on Japanese military doctrine, review the day’s Turkish news with our Istanbul bureau chief, talk tourism with the high commissioner for Brand Spain and ask why Shinzo Abe is scrapping Zaha Hadid’s Tokyo Olympic stadium design.

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961 16 Jul 2015
00:30:00

Thursday 16 July: 

We discuss Japanese defence policy, reactions to Angela Merkel’s handling of the Greek debt crisis and the planning of Shanghai Disneyland. Plus: we take a look at the world’s largest sauna.

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