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March 2009

Getting away from it all: In our new series on outposts at the far corners of the globe we test the waters and uncover the opportunities in the South Atlantic.

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Asia briefing

North Korea's election (no great surprises expected), Malaysia's big river clean-up, and mixed feelings over Tokyo's plans to spruce up the Kabukicho district

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Culture briefing

Film: A war-time Danish thriller and Pete Postlewaite in a climate change drama-doc. Books: A Bosnian refugee's memoir of being a teenager in Britain and a troubled love story played out in rural Dorset, plus a true account…

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Oceania briefing

Syndey's new take on speed dating - it involves tightrope-walking and clowning - plus witchcraft in Papua New Guinea, and political isolation in Fuji.

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Good buy to Berlin

While Berlin Mitte may have become a victim of its own popularity, stray off the well-trodden tourist route and you’ll find the charming back street of Gipsstrasse. Full of independent shops, ateliers, galleries and cafés…

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Africa/Middle East briefing

A fitness centre in Iraq? Entrepreneurial folly or viable business adventure? Ibrahim Abdullatif has no doubts: “Iraqi Kurdistan is the place to invest,” says the 31-year-old businessman who has opened the Fitness Health…

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Make it better

Akershus University Hospital was created by CF Møller on the principle that good design makes you feel better. Well lit and easy to navigate, it is fitted with bespoke, locally crafted furniture, and state-of-the-art hea…

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Defence briefing

The conventional wisdom is that under the Obama administration, the transatlantic relationship will flourish anew, along with a substantial improvement of French-US relations. On 3 April, the 60th Anniversary Summit of Nato…

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Architecture/design briefing

Japanese architect Yasuhiro Yamashita talks us through his aluminium housing project, plus a new landmark in Ljubljana and the traditional Japanese *washi* paper finding new markets.

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Lords of the skies

In 2007, the Brazilian government launched a crack down on the drug gangs in Rio’s slums and thousands were killed. Now the city’s civil police have a new weapon: the ‘Huey II’ helicopter gunship. Monocle looks at the use…

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Fashion briefing

The new shoemaker with old-fashioned values, hand-embroidered dresses from Mexico and Peru, a new take on desert boots, and Adidas's latest diffusion.

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Show the world

Our new series, national icons, is about people who rise above politics to become symbols of a country’s strengths. First we meet May Arida who has kept Lebanon’s Baalbek festival alive despite wars and threats. She also…

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Intelligent fashion

The transition from winter to spring wardrobe should be a reasonable and seamless exercise. But the stripping of layers can throw up all kinds of insecurities. Monocle creates six looks for easy seasonal switch.

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The next Shanghai

Kunming is an unpolluted, diverse city that offers a high quality of life. Infrastructure projects, including new train routes and an international airport, are providing links with south Asia, boosting trade. It’s even…

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Show must go on

Taking place in the shadow of a retail slowdown, this year’s Pitti Immagine Uomo nevertheless managed to have an air of solidarity and optimism – the bright and playful clothing on show bucking the usual greys and neutrals…

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Two-wheel deal

The car industry is in global disarray. So can the makers of affordable, greener scooters overtake the punch-drunk auto makers? At Honda’s HQ they are planning a two-wheeled revolution.

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Watch word

Due to scheduling conflict, the watch season started a bit earlier in Geneva. The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) is a grand tour of blue-chip brands and this year saw an august upstart in the form of…

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