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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Business briefing

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

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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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Travel briefing

New York hardly needs more “up-and- coming” neighbourhoods or “hip” hotels. But with Seattle-based Ace Hotel Group’s revitalisation of the Breslin Hotel on 29th and Broadway, a forgotten district just north of Madison…

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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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Power Stations

‘Magic walls’ and ‘QVR’ are in the lexicon this year for TV anchors covering the US election. Monocle looks at the networks’ top 10 secret weapons in the battle to report the winners and losers of the big day.

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Pipe dreams

In the far north of Canada the frontier lifestyle is still alive and kicking – and nowhere more so than in Yellowknife. First they struck gold, then diamonds, and now there’s gas. But today those frontier folk are just as…

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Light bulb moment

In our regular series looking at people’s working lives, we enter the world of Katie Paterson, a 27-year-old artist who brings ideas of the universe to life. One of her witty installations involves calling a mobile phone…

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Town crier

The ‘Rutland Herald’ is the second-largest daily paper in Vermont and the oldest family-owned newspaper in continuous operation in the US. Over the years it has grown more liberal and, in 2001, won a Pulitzer prize for its…

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To russia with love

Following this summer’s Georgian war, breakaway territory Abkhazia has been recognised as independent by Russia and Nicaragua. Limited diplomatic credibility hasn’t stopped it wanting the trappings of statehood: it hopes…

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Culture briefing

Films: An animated documentary about the Lebanon war, and a Russian émigré junkie in London. Books: Taschen's depiction of Soviet chic, a comic strip treatment of a nourish New York tale and a childhood memoir of Argenti…

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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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