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March 2010

Why the world needs a more agile approach to disaster relief and the people who can help shape a rapid reaction force.

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Dream team

Israel’s National Search and Rescue Unit, made up entirely of volunteers, is always one of the first teams to arrive in major disasters, including the earthquake in Haiti.

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Culture Briefing

Film reviews for Lion's Den and Lebanon, our picks of books and music releases and culture "czar" Robert Bound's column.

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Ivory power

Côte d’Ivoire are seen as Africa’s best chance for World Cup glory. The secret to their prowess is the ASEC Mimosas academy, which not only trains, but also educates young Ivorians – the best of whom have gone on to become…

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All grown up

It used to be known for its trashy urban landscape but now Brisbane is showing the world that this 1980s child has come of age. Its young generation of architects is transforming the skyline with elegant buildings – and…

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Architecture/Design Briefing

The redesign for the Flemish Parliament in Brussels, a new collection from furniture designer Gesa Hansen, plus a Japanese architect who relocates neglected rural buildings to a new life in the city.

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Europe Briefing

Sweden cracks down on "sickies", Hungary's and Slovakia's war of words, and Paris trials electric-car sharing.

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Fashion Briefing

Deceased vintage denim brand The Stronghold is resurrected in Los Angeles, new collections are launched by Gloverall, Yuketen and Pedro García, and we ask Lindberg's CEO about its new luxury sunglasses range.

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Pitti party

Buyers braved the cold to make it to this season’s Pitti Uomo menswear show, with numbers up on last year. A sense of calm about the future was reflected in the relaxed fit of items on show.

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Asia Briefing

Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's Me and My Motorcade, Taiwanese and Chinese students rise above old rivalries, and Dehli's High Court turns digital.

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It's that time again

There was a sense of optimism at this year’s Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie as Swiss watchmakers predicted a return to sunnier economic climes and unveiled a host of high-end timepieces to underline their bul…

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Oceania Briefing

An Australian town with new-found pilgrim pulling power, French Polynesia the rebellion, Australian students get wily, and the next Guantánamo.

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Nature's teachings

Dai Nippon Printing’s new training centre, by architect Kenya Ishihara, was designed to inspire its employees. With a spa and views of Mount Fuji, it seems more like a retreat than a place of work but with this incentive…

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Inventory No. 31

From headphones to vegetable juice, here’s Monocle’s run-down of the latest essentials for every part of your life.

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Defence Briefing

Vietnam orders $1,8bn worth of submarines to keep up with the neighbours, Peru gets kitted out to deal with a guerilla resurgence and Russian upgrades its stealth bombers.

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Law of attraction

Law firms aren’t usually known for innovative interior design but there is nothing stuffy about this Stockholm office. Colour, bespoke furniture and unusual materials help create a perfectly judged space, while respecting…

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Dream a little dream

In the second of our series on niche airlines, we take a trip on one of two planes – one red, one blue – run by the tiny, but ambitious, Fuji Dream Airlines.

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Lost and found

Thanks to a strong leader, oil discoveries, new direct flights to Europe and a prime-time drama set in St John’s, it’s boom time for this Canadian province, leading everyone from Norwegian engineers to New York art direc…

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Good morning

It’s one of the most important meals of the day and a morning ritual we’re never willing to sacrifice. Whether it’s a croissant or miso soup, a hearty breakfast and a punchy coffee will perk you up for the day. We’ve rou…

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Walk this way

Now that spring’s in the air again it’s time to lighten up with crisp cotton shirts, jackets and cardigans for a stroll around Tokyo’s back streets.

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No dilly Dalian

Offering an alternative lifestyle to Shanghai and Beijing, Dalian is a vibrant student city with an easier pace of life. You might not have heard of it but this is one of the world’s biggest outsourcing centres.

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