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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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Thursday 3 December:

Will the Afghan Taliban commit to ending the country’s lengthy and bloody war? Plus: we look ahead to Venezuela’s parliamentary elections, examine the day’s business news and explore Taiwan’s pop-music charts.

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23703 Dec 2020
30 min

Thursday 3 December: 

Will the Afghan Taliban commit to ending the country’s lengthy and bloody war? Plus: we look ahead to Venezuela’s parliamentary elections, examine the day’s business news and explore Taiwan’s pop-music charts.

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23692 Dec 2020
30 min

Wednesday 2 December: 

We have the latest as the UK becomes the first country in the world to approve the use of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for widespread use. Plus: Hong Kong’s most prominent activist is jailed, Biden’s new American branding and Monocle’s Nic Monisse rounds up the week’s best urbanism stories.

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23681 Dec 2020
30 min

Tuesday 1 December: 

Are the UK and the European Union sleepwalking towards a no-deal Brexit? Plus, Janet Yellen is nominated as US treasury secretary, we review the Italian papers and Andrew Mueller reflects on the week’s cheerful news stories.

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236730 Nov 2020
30 min

Monday 30 November: 

The UN’s former deputy secretary-general Mark Malloch-Brown on the humanitarian crisis in northern Ethiopia. Plus: Brazil’s local elections, diplomacy in the western Balkans and the WHO’s chief scientist on coronavirus.

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236627 Nov 2020
30 min

Friday 27 November: 

Monocle’s Tyler Brûlé, Chris Cermak and Benno Zogg explore an EU row about whether ski resorts should open. Plus: an interview with the president of the Swiss Confederation, the top stories from Uruguay, and Fernando Augusto Pacheo reviews the printed press.

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236526 Nov 2020
30 min

Thursday 26 November: 

Can Seoul and Beijing help to build lasting peace on the Korean peninsula? Plus: why EU nations want to ban Turkey’s ‘Grey Wolves’; Andrew Mueller looks back on the colourful life of Diego Maradona; and Fernando Augusto Pacheco explores France’s music charts.

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236425 Nov 2020
30 min

Wednesday 25 November: 

Anthony Gardner, a former US ambassador to the European Union, tells us about Joe Biden’s foreign-policy intentions. Plus, the latest on Sweden’s response to coronavirus, the day’s business headlines and Monocle’s Fernando Augusto Pacheco on the Grammy Awards.

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236324 Nov 2020
30 min

Tuesday 24 November: 

Monocle’s Leila Molana-Allen offers a first-hand account of reporting from war-torn Yemen. Plus: Donald Trump accepts that the formal US political transition should begin, Dr Chris Smith has a vaccine roundup and Carlota Rebelo delves into the world of urbanism.

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236223 Nov 2020
30 min

Monday 23 November: 

Why are so many senior US Republicans still aligning themselves to Donald Trump? Plus: protests against racial violence in Brazil, China’s space ambitions and Andrew Mueller has the week’s positive news stories.

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236120 Nov 2020
30 min

Friday 20 November: 

The UN’s relief agency chief, Mark Lowcock, has the latest on Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis. Plus: Libya prepares to hold parliamentary elections, the day’s business news and Andrew Mueller reflects on the past seven days in the Monocle newsroom.

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236019 Nov 2020
30 min

Thursday 19 November: 

Will Donald Trump stand for the US presidency in 2024? Plus: Monocle's Lucinda Elliott takes us to Cuba, the latest business headlines from ‘Bloomberg’ and Paige Reynolds explores Moldova’s music charts.

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235918 Nov 2020
30 min

Wednesday 18 November: 

Could Vladimir Putin be preparing to step down? Plus: Donald Trump fires the man who vouched for the reliability of this month’s US election, the latest on the SpaceX mission and Nic Monisse’s urbanism roundup.

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235817 Nov 2020
30 min

Tuesday 17 November: 

Is Donald Trump preparing to withdraw US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan? Plus: the efficacy of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine, the latest on the Tokyo Games and Monocle’s Chiara Rimella rounds up the week's best cultural stories.

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235716 Nov 2020
30 min

Monday 16 November: 

How will Joe Biden attempt to bring coronavirus under control? Plus, Stefanie Bolzen of ‘Die Welt’ on Brexit negotiations, Oxford University’s Rana Mitter explains the significance of the world’s largest trading bloc, and Andrew Mueller rounds up the positive news.

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235613 Nov 2020
30 min

Friday 13 November: 

As Beijing congratulates Joe Biden on winning the US presidential election, we ask how long Donald Trump can keep denying his loss. Plus: why this weekend’s local elections in Brazil might not be good news for president Jair Bolsonaro, and what we’ve learned this week.

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