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December 2017/ January 2018

Christmas special. Lula's comeback – exclusive interview. And we name our winning soft power nation.

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Tokyo to Sendai: Discover a hidden gem of the north

Combining nature, architecture, historical sites and traditional craft, Sendai is an unsung destination barely 90 minutes by Tohoku Shinkansen bullet train from Tokyo. Having sampled the best of the Japanese capital, ven…

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Editor's letter

Time for a new bureau, we thought. But with so many great places to choose from, where would prove to be the perfect fit? It’s been a tough decision process but now our editor in chief can reveal the city that’s won us over…

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The opener

Fear of a mirthless retail future, media in Marrakech, pigeons in Aarhus and the FCC in HK: an appealing assortment from all corners of the world.

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Read on

With Finland’s love of libraries well established, we head to a Helsinki haunt that typifies the country’s bookish ways.

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'Tis the season

Once a twinkle in Hong Kong’s eye, its festive obsession has grown into an all-out spectacle.

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Rock solid

For Lebanese rockers Mashrou’ Leila, a trusted crew is vital to make sure their music is heard over the controversy.

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Love story

Lorin Stein, critic and editor, on his default setting – reading – and why he’s more committed to ‘The Paris Review’ than ever.

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The vision thing

From a state-of-the-art concert hall to an international court and the murkiest waters of diplomacy, we meet the leaders who trust their instincts in tricky times.

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Reversal of fortune

The former Brazilian president was a phenomenon before his fall from grace. But with elections approaching, is there one more twist in the tale of Lula?

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Diplomacy briefing

Checking in with the ambassador in Rome, why Japan is looking to Latin America and the art of the ambassadorial Christmas card.

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Cities briefing

Zürich is considering artificial islands to house its growing population and there’s a global push to unearth forgotten rivers.

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High minded

Perched above the clouds, tiny San Marino has no airport or railway station but it does have 17 centuries of national history. With its bird’s-eye view of the world, its aloof attitude to foreign affairs is understandable…

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Rolling in the aisles

For the world’s biggest trolley-maker, online retail isn’t a problem – it’s a challenge. Meet Wanzl, a company that knows what direction it’s heading in.

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