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Sets the agenda in Asia and considers what’s been dominating the day in Europe and North America. The programme is sometimes co-hosted out of our Toronto and New York bureaux and features regular interviews with special guests both there and across the Americas, as well as experts and analysts at our studios in London.

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With Sweden intercepting two Russian fighter jets this week, we ask whether it's mere chest-thumping or a symbol of rising tension. And in El Salvador, the beatification of an archbishop is digging a deeper divide in the conflict-prone nation. Plus as the Eurovision final draws ever closer, we hit the play button (and the stop button, too) on the some of the finalists.

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920 22 May 2015
01:00:00

Friday 22 May: 

With Sweden intercepting two Russian fighter jets this week, we ask whether it's mere chest-thumping or a symbol of rising tension. And in El Salvador, the beatification of an archbishop is digging a deeper divide in the conflict-prone nation. Plus as the Eurovision final draws ever closer, we hit the play button (and the stop button, too) on the some of the finalists.

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919 21 May 2015
01:00:00

Thursday 21 May: 

After the Syrian city of Palmyra, a Unesco World Heritage site, falls to Isis, we ask why it’s been targeted. We also discuss press freedom in Brazil, get a taste of mezcal and speak to writer Katrine Marçal about her new book.

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918 20 May 2015
01:00:00

Wednesday 20 May: 

With news that US police will be discouraged from using militarised equipment, we weigh up whether humvees and tanks were ever a good idea for community law enforcement. We also take a look at the strike against tax increases in Spain and talk to author Kate Andersen Brower about her new book on the inner workings of the White House.

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917 19 May 2015
01:00:00

Tuesday 19 May: 

With an admittedly silly controversy engulfing Jeb Bush, we ask why the US political press is so fascinated by the spectre of socialism. We also look ahead to our Transport Survey in the upcoming issue and Liam Aldous tells us how the Spanish election is being fought in the back of taxis.

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916 18 May 2015
01:00:00

Monday 18 May: 

As a British naval serviceman blows the whistle on lackadaisical security at the UK’s nuclear-submarine base, we ask whether he’s raised valid points. Meanwhile in the US, ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos is in a spot of bother over donations to the Clintons – but is anyone all that concerned?

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915 15 May 2015
01:00:00

Friday 15 May: 

With Japan holding its first defence expo, Andrew Mueller and Emma Nelson check in with the Maritime Systems and Technology exhibition. Plus, Martin Weiss from Austria’s foreign ministry discusses Conchita Wurst and the importance of ‘soft power’.

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914 14 May 2015
00:59:30

Thursday 14 May: 

Unrest continues to ripple throughout Burundi as the president returns to the country; we discuss the recent coup. In the US we chat to a former NSA official about a new bill that could make eavesdropping a little more difficult. Plus: Pulitzer prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler on his new wartime novel.

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913 13 May 2015
00:58:58

Wednesday 13 May: 

After efforts to pass a controversial “fast track” authority failed, the US president isn’t finding many friends on either side; Emma Nelson and Nancy Durham cross to Sasha Issenberg in Washington DC to find out more. We also discuss the increasing unrest in Macedonia and gay-pedestrian crossings in Vienna.

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912 12 May 2015
00:58:59

Tuesday 12 May: 

Cuba libres all round as the French president completes his charm offensive in Havana; Andrew Mueller and Dominic Reynolds analyse Franco-Cuban relations. We also discuss how Shell is first in line as an estimated 20 per cent of the world's untapped oil is thought to be up for grabs in the Arctic. Plus: a look-ahead to the Cannes Film Festival.

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911 11 May 2015
00:55:01

Monday 11 May: 

In the aftermath of the UK’s surprise election result, is the political left in need of a makeover? We also analyse the fact that South Africa's Democratic Alliance party has a new leader – and for the first time he's not white. Plus: is Starbucks in the midst of an identity crisis?

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910 8 May 2015
00:58:49

Friday 8 May: 

We discuss the UK election results and John Everard reviews the Asian newspapers.

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909 7 May 2015
00:55:36

Thursday 7 May: 

We examine the reactions to Israel’s new coalition government, a Chilean way of dealing with corruption and a look into how American newsrooms have changed over the years.

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