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This one-hour show airs at 12 noon London time and includes analysis of the day’s news in Europe. This is also our drivetime show for the US East Coast.

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Michael Luhan of the OPCW discusses the first anniversary of a chemical-weapons attack in a Damascus suburb that left over a thousand civilians dead, we assess the ongoing investigation into war crimes in Sri Lanka, and assess McDonald’s cultural reach in Russia as several outlets in Moscow close their doors.

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726 21 Aug 2014
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Michael Luhan of the OPCW discusses the first anniversary of a chemical-weapons attack in a Damascus suburb that left over a thousand civilians dead, we assess the ongoing investigation into war crimes in Sri Lanka, and assess McDonald’s cultural reach in Russia as several outlets in Moscow close their doors.

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725 20 Aug 2014
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The latest following the reported execution of journalist James Foley by the Islamic State, we also go live to Gaza City as hostilities resume between Israel and Hamas, and assess the ongoing travails over the sale of New York’s storied Plaza Hotel.

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724 19 Aug 2014
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We assess the prospects for peace as a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel is extended by 24 hours, bring you the latest on the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, and hear the story of record-collector Zero Freitas – the saviour of vinyl in Brazil.

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723 18 Aug 2014
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The latest on conflicting reports from northern Iraq suggesting that Kurdish fighters have retaken a dam outside the city of Mosul from Islamic State militants, we hear from the streets of Recife as mourners pay their respects to late presidential contender Eduardo Campos, and a catch-up about this year's Green Man festival just held in mid Wales.

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722 15 Aug 2014
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The resignation of Iraq's prime minister, how Indians are celebrating Independence Day and the week in luxury.

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721 14 Aug 2014
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We discuss a new ceasefire in Gaza and ask how to balance economic recovery with security. Plus, we hear about anti-government protests in Pakistan and discuss the shock death of Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos.

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720 13 Aug 2014
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We discuss whether the US is about to launch a ground operation in Iraq, hear about Pope Francis’s trip to Asia, and catch a wave with Rotterdam’s new surf project.

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719 12 Aug 2014
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We ask whether eastern Ukraine is about to be invaded by Russia, hear why Egypt is turning towards that same eastern superpower rather than the US for international support and look back at the career of late actor Robin Williams.

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718 11 Aug 2014
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We ask Kurdistan’s high representative to the UK what kind of weapons the US might send to Iraq to help fight Islamist forces, discuss why Hillary Clinton is attacking Barack Obama’s foreign policy and hear why the Italian government is banning cruise ships from Venice.

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717 8 Aug 2014
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We discuss why the US has agreed to air strikes in Iraq, hear who is leading in this weekend’s Turkish elections, and review the front pages from North America.

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716 7 Aug 2014
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We ask whether the Palestinian Authority is really ready to govern Gaza, hear about two Khmer Rouge leaders who have been found guilty of war crimes, and review the day’s North American front pages.

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715 6 Aug 2014
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We discuss whether Russia will stop airlines from flying over Siberia, ask if there’s another mole in the US intelligence sector, and hear why Seoul may be sinking.

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