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The Briefing

A pacy round-up of the day’s main news stories, anchored from London by a Monocle editor. The show features informed reporting, prescient business analysis and invaluable industry reports covering everything from technology to aviation and retail to media.

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Friday 23 June:

Why four Arab nations want Al Jazeera shut down, the latest on South Korea’s corruption saga and what happens when you give a dog some beer (note: from London's first bar for pooches).

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146723 Jun 2017
30 min

Friday 23 June: 

Why four Arab nations want Al Jazeera shut down, the latest on South Korea’s corruption saga and what happens when you give a dog some beer (note: from London's first bar for pooches).

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146622 Jun 2017
30 min

Thursday 22 June: 

We ask how long much longer Isis can last in Mosul. Plus: UK prime minister Theresa May tries to convince EU leaders that Brexit talks can go on as planned despite her election disaster and Paris Fashion Week gets underway.

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146521 Jun 2017
30 min

Wednesday 21 June: 

We get the latest from France, where four ministers have resigned this week. Plus: the lessons that Belgian intelligence officers should learn from yesterday’s bomb attack and a new announcement on the fate of Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market.

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146420 Jun 2017
30 min

Tuesday 20 June: 

As the European Court of Human Rights condemns the so-called “gay propaganda” law in Russia, we discuss the ruling’s implications. Plus: new products revealed at the Paris Air Show and the day’s top business news.

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146319 Jun 2017
30 min

Monday 19 June: 

We get the reaction to the latest terror attack to hit London. Meanwhile, a US coalition fighter downs a Syrian jet for the first time during the conflict. Plus: we flick through some of the pages of Monocle’s July/August issue.

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146216 Jun 2017
30 min

Friday 16 June: 

As the US vice-president retains an outside lawyer following a widening investigation into the Trump administration’s ties with Russia, we explain the latest. Plus: our correspondent in Belgrade on Serbia’s new female (and gay) prime minister and Monocle’s Chris Lord on why the US is searching for the Turkish president’s bodyguards.

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146115 Jun 2017
30 min

Thursday 15 June: 

Why is Donald Trump is being investigated for possible obstruction of justice? Plus: we’re in Brussels to get the EU’s view on Brexit negotiations and how has Nintendo managed to make such an extraordinary comeback?

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146014 Jun 2017
30 min

Wednesday 14 June: 

France’s president says he’s open to the idea of the UK remaining in the EU. But where does the UK stand on it? We’ll also discuss the effectiveness of political and economic sanctions, as well as some major developments from the fashion world.

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145913 Jun 2017
30 min

Tuesday 13 June: 

As Panama cuts ties with Taiwan in favour of China, we ask what the island nation can do to find more international support. Plus: the view from Brussels on political turbulence in the UK and the day's main business headlines.

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145812 Jun 2017
30 min

Monday 12 June: 

What impact might the outcome of last week’s UK general election have on Brexit negotiations? Plus: we discuss whether Finland’s government is on the brink of collapse and explore Barcelona’s difficult relationship with tourism.

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14579 Jun 2017
30 min

Friday 9 June: 

The UK’s voters have had their say but it’s still not clear what that means for the future of the country. With no overall winner Steve Bloomfield is joined by Monocle’s Andrew Tuck, journalist Terry Stiastny, Brexit adviser Renaud Thillaye and Politico’s Harry Cooper to discuss what happens next.

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14568 Jun 2017
30 min

Thursday 8 June: 

As the UK heads to the polls today for a third successive summer, our editor Andrew Tuck looks through the day’s front pages as we take the temperature of a tiring campaign. We also preview the senate hearing of former FBI director James Comey and examine the new counter-terrorism task force launched by France’s Emmanuel Macron.

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14557 Jun 2017
30 min

Wednesday 7 June: 

We ask what former FBI director James Comey will reveal when he appears before the US Senate and explain why numbers matter in the UK’s general election. Plus: do the descriptions on wine bottles make the plonk taste any better?

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14546 Jun 2017
30 min

Tuesday 6 June: 

The UK’s former ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Sir William Patey, explains the deepening diplomatic crisis in the Gulf region and we look at why Germany is moving its aircraft and military personnel out of Turkey’s Incirlik air base. Plus: we discuss Denmark’s plans to abolish its old blasphemy laws.

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14535 Jun 2017
30 min

Monday 5 June: 

We ask what lessons the UK can learn from France’s response to terrorism and whether more can be done to punish countries that fuel extremism. Plus: we hear from a former national security advisor to the Australian government.

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