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November 2008

New designs on diplomacy: A special report on how diplomatic territory is being redefined and redesigned in Washington, Harare and Kathmandu.

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Americas briefing

"Style Leader" Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez dresses down, trams roll in to LA, and eight Barack Obamas run for elections in Brazil.

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Well stacked

A Buenos Aires bookshop with the largest collection of photography books in South Africa.

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On the edge

Five years ago, one of Khabarovsk’s main exports was its women, who went to work as prostitutes in Japan. Today, the Russian city is booming, thanks to its natural resources. But can this city, closer to Beijing than Moscow…

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National Pride

Security concerns- and a lack of imagination - have been responsible for the emergence of the bunker-style embassy building. But it doesn't have to be that way. Monocle surveys the designs a nation can be proud of, and…

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Asia briefing

India's prime minster, Manmohan Singh, and his Motorcade, North Korea opens up to Chinese tourists, and Malaysia's most controversial blogs.

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Fashion briefing

Peru meets Norway in Arne & Carlos's knits, a one-brand campaign to make Canada stylish, and Lodger's managing director gives his take on the future of shoe-shopping.

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International briefing

Tapping into renewable energy in the Rift Valley, military news, and trouble for the US Navy's submarines.

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Arty party

Everybody who is anybody in the world of architecture goes to the Venice Biennale. So why were there so few good ideas this time?

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Space station

Retired architect Shigemi Asano teamed up with Tezuka Architects to create a home that marries modernity with local tradition. Inside, Asano has stripped it of all but the most essential of belongings, leaving the views of…

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Building divisions

It’s 70 years since the death of Atatürk, founder of the Turkish Republic. But the fate of the Atatürk Cultural Centre has hung in the balance until recently, coming to symbolise the struggle between the secular state and…

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Inventory

A few of our favourite things, including a new mobile phone by Bic and a waste disposal unit by Loofen. Plus, where to find the best room in the best ryokan at the foot of Mount Fuji.

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Press for change

Mauricio Funes has given up his career as a TV journalist in a bid to become president of El Salvador. Ahead in the polls, he’s the new face of the FMLN, the former left-wing guerrilla group. Would victory see him join the…

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Straat wise

Antwerp scores highest in the ‘most attractive and interesting city in Belgium’ category. Maybe it has something to do with the dock-lined River Scheldt that gives towering container ships access to the Port of Antwerp –…

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Harboured dreams

Italy’s Trieste, population 208,552, has ambitions to return to its former glory as a wealthy trading port, luring start-ups with its enviable location and high quality of life (you’re more likely to live to 100 in Trieste…

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Battle lines

Manufacturers of equipment used by Nato forces have experienced a surge in demand and profits since the September 11 attacks. We look at what a German soldier in Afghanistan is given as standard kit, from high-tech night…

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Balagne region

Pine-fringed beaches, rocky outcrops and Italian food and architecture define northern Corsica’s coast. We suggest you make Calvi your first port of call and base of operations on your island property prospectus.

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Track race

In the next two years, Spain aims to have the world’s largest high-speed network. Monocle meets the man in charge, then heads off to the Berlin rail trade fair, where the Russian market is causing all the excitement.

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My last meal: Prêt à manger

Fashion designer Jean Touitou enjoys good food and eating in down-to-earth settings. For his ‘last meal’ he has chosen Maisen, a tonkatsu restaurant on a quiet back street in Tokyo’s Jingumae district.

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Business briefing

India's venture into olive-growing,frontiers funds, and the rise of sportswear brand Li Ning.

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Expo. 18: Sumo

The ancient art of sumo has been under threat in recent years from the dwindling numbers of homegrown wrestlers, match-fixing allegations, bullying and doping scandals. But fresh leadership in the Japan Sumo Association…

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