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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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Monday 20 November:

We ask whether the collapse of Germany’s coalition talks signals the beginning of the end for Angela Merkel and what it will take to impeach Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe. Plus: why one of Salvador Dalí’s most famous pieces of art could be leaving the UK.

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157320 Nov 2017
30 min

Monday 20 November: 

We ask whether the collapse of Germany’s coalition talks signals the beginning of the end for Angela Merkel and what it will take to impeach Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe. Plus: why one of Salvador Dalí’s most famous pieces of art could be leaving the UK.

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157217 Nov 2017
30 min

Friday 17 November: 

We profile Zimbabwe’s sacked vice-president Emmanuel Mnangagwa and ask whether he will take over from Robert Mugabe. Plus: we look at the issues that are preventing progress on Brexit talks and discuss what the death of a top Sicilian crime boss means for the island’s mafia.

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157116 Nov 2017
30 min

Thursday 16 November: 

We ask whether Beijing’s leaders were aware that Zimbabwe’s generals were plotting to oust President Mugabe and why Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri has been invited to France. Plus: the 500-year-old painting sold for a record amount in New York.

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157015 Nov 2017
29 min

Wednesday 15 November: 

Monocle 24’s Zimbabwe-born Georgina Godwin and Africa expert Martin Plaut discuss the military takeover in the country – and ask what will become of Robert Mugabe. Plus: a special report on same-sex marriage in Australia and the major challenges facing the fashion industry.

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156914 Nov 2017
30 min

Tuesday 14 November: 

As Myanmar’s army says that it isn’t responsible for ethnic violence in the country, we examine the evidence. Meanwhile, Miranda Green from the ‘Financial Times’ explains the complexities of the EU Withdrawal Bill. Plus: Alexei Korolyov on Russian culture and why airports in the western Balkans have controversial names.

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156813 Nov 2017
29 min

Monday 13 November: 

Lebanon’s leader is to resign – but has he been told to do so after being held captive in Saudi Arabia? We also ask whether the UK government’s dithering over Brexit could lead to the collapse of divorce talks and tell you how cities should adapt to help people grow old gracefully.

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156710 Nov 2017
30 min

Friday 10 November: 

What does Donald Trump’s isolationist rhetoric mean for the rest of the world? We also discuss whether it’s possible to remove politics from media takeovers and why Finland is establishing an emergency hotline to Moscow.

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15669 Nov 2017
30 min

Thursday 9 November: 

We ask why Donald Trump has changed his tune on China and speculate as to whether Saudi Arabia will lift its blockade of Yemen to allow humanitarian aid to reach the conflict-torn country. Plus: Brussels’ preparations for the collapse of the UK’s government and San Francisco’s unique weather phenomenon.

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15658 Nov 2017
30 min

Wednesday 8 November: 

Tony Blair’s former spin doctor Lance Price and political journalist Terry Stiastny discuss the crisis facing the UK’s government. Plus: why Vladimir Putin is creating a special military unit to protect some of his key allies and Monocle’s Jamie Waters brings us the latest on developments at Vogue.

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15647 Nov 2017
30 min

Tuesday 7 November: 

As a local television station is attacked in Afghanistan, we discuss the threats facing journalists around the world. Meanwhile, we assess the Bolshevik Revolution’s legacy and speak to a veteran BBC correspondent about Ireland’s border crossings. Plus: could a fossil discovery in the UK help shed light on human history?

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15636 Nov 2017
30 min

Monday 6 November: 

Monocle’s Business editor, Matt Alagiah, tells us what a huge leak of financial documents reveals about offshore tax havens. We’ll also discuss a dramatic weekend in the Middle East and Australia's dual-citizenship saga. Plus: why are we so fascinated by border crossings?

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15623 Nov 2017
30 min

Friday 3 November: 

President Trump shows up in Hawaii, Berlusconi returns to Italian politics and tourists are heading back to Egypt. Plus: Singapore Airlines attempts to out-do its competitors in the interior-design stakes.

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15612 Nov 2017
30 min

Thursday 2 November: 

Does the ousted Catalan leader intend to stay in Belgium? We discuss allegations of sleaze in the UK’s parliament and ask what it could mean for the ruling party. Plus: we delve into the newly released Bin Laden files and discuss Korean noir.

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15601 Nov 2017
30 min

Wednesday 1 November: 

New York attack: we have an update from our bureau chief in the city, review the North American papers and speak to a terrorism expert about the latest developments. Plus: we discuss Turkey’s move to a presidential system and Christopher Bailey’s departure from Burberry.

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155931 Oct 2017
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Tuesday 31 October: 

What impact could Brexit have on the UK's financial services? We're also in Brussels for a live update on the whereabouts of Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont; then there’s an exclusive review of the iPhone X and a discussion on the Balkans failing to kick its cigarette habit.

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