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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 22 October:

Has the US committed to defending Taiwan at all costs? Plus: we profile the hard-right French politician Éric Zemmour, find out why South Korea has joined the space race and reflect on the week’s stranger news stories.

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261522 Oct 2021
30 min

Friday 22 October: 

Has the US committed to defending Taiwan at all costs? Plus: we profile the hard-right French politician Éric Zemmour, find out why South Korea has joined the space race and reflect on the week’s stranger news stories.

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261421 Oct 2021
30 min

Thursday 21 October: 

Will greater vaccine equity help end the coronavirus pandemic? Plus: Donald Trump announces his plans to return to social media, the headlines from Latin America and Fernando Augusto Pacheco explores the UK’s pop charts.

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261320 Oct 2021
30 min

Wednesday 20 October: 

What should we know about North Korea’s new ballistic missile? Plus: English doctors warn the government that it needs a plan B to tackle coronavirus, the EU considers changing its fiscal rules and Brazil’s Globoplay arrives in Europe.

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261219 Oct 2021
30 min

Tuesday 19 October: 

Are leaders in Russia and Belarus intent on forming an ever-closer relationship? Plus: Monocle’s Dr Chris Smith on the so-called Delta Plus variant, an update on Italy’s local election results and Anna Brady has the very latest art-market news.

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261118 Oct 2021
30 min

Monday 18 October: 

What impact will the killing of David Amess have on the way that UK MPs operate? Plus, Barack Obama wades into Virginia’s governor race, we examine the significance of Kosovo’s local elections and David Whitehouse tells us about the first movie to be shot in orbit.

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261015 Oct 2021
30 min

Friday 15 October: 

We hear the latest from Brussels, as both the EU and the UK refuse to budge on their proposals to rework the Northern Ireland protocol. Plus: the day’s business headlines and an update on coalition talks in Germany.

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260914 Oct 2021
30 min

Thursday 14 October: 

We discuss a new advisory panel that the WHO says marks the final chance to discover the origins of coronavirus. Plus: we get a round-up of the latest urbanism news and countdown the pop charts in Nepal.

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260813 Oct 2021
30 min

Wednesday 13 October: 

The EU prepares to set out proposals to address the row with the UK about trade in Northern Ireland. Plus: Frieze Art Fair in London and Japan’s ruling party suggests increasing the country’s defence budget.

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260712 Oct 2021
30 min

Tuesday 12 October: 

A new report criticises the UK government’s response to the coronavirus-19 pandemic and Thailand announces that it will be reopening for tourists. Plus: the week’s biggest news from Latin America.

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260611 Oct 2021
30 min

Monday 11 October: 

We analyse the talks between the US and Taliban, conducted while Washington is desperate to get humanitarian aid into Afghanistan. Plus: with winter looming, can Russia help end Europe’s energy crisis?

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26058 Oct 2021
30 min

Friday 8 October: 

Are we witnessing the start of a new crisis in the Taiwan Strait? Plus: Monocle’s Mary Fitzgerald reports on Libya’s prospective presidential election, Armin Laschet prepares to step down as the head of Germany’s CDU and a round-up of the week’s stranger stories.

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26047 Oct 2021
30 min

Thursday 7 October: 

What will the world’s first malaria vaccine mean for Africa? Plus: Japan’s national election, a round-up of stories from Latin America and Fernando Augusto Pacheco travels to Austria for this week’s Global Countdown.

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26036 Oct 2021
30 min

Wednesday 6 October: 

The US and China meet to avert an international crisis over Taiwan. Plus: an update on Germany’s tricky coalition talks, the day’s business headlines and Frieze’s Nathan Clements-Gillespie previews this year’s showpiece.

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26025 Oct 2021
30 min

Tuesday 5 October: 

The US signals a hardline approach in trade relations with China. Plus: whistleblower allegations against Facebook, the papers and a Russian film crew’s quest to shoot the first feature-length movie in space.

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26014 Oct 2021
30 min

Monday 4 October: 

The UK army steps in amid the country’s fuel crisis. Plus: the U.S Supreme Court opens its new term, Israel’s “green pass” and a new season of ‘The Big Interview’.

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