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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 23 April:

We discuss the ways in which French president Emmanuel Macron is trying to establish himself on the world stage and look at what Australia’s banking commission has revealed about the country’s financial services. Plus: Monocle’s brand-new guide to Beirut and why tourism is booming in the Balkans.

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168323 Apr 2018
30 min

Monday 23 April: 

We discuss the ways in which French president Emmanuel Macron is trying to establish himself on the world stage and look at what Australia’s banking commission has revealed about the country’s financial services. Plus: Monocle’s brand-new guide to Beirut and why tourism is booming in the Balkans.

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168220 Apr 2018
30 min

Friday 20 April: 

We get the latest in the changing relationship between North and South Korea, examine Donald Trump’s attempt to boost weapons exports and visit to Salone del Mobile in Milan.

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168119 Apr 2018
30 min

Thursday 19 April: 

Monocle’s Asia editor at large, Kenji Hall, explains Donald Trump’s relationship with Japan’s Shinzo Abe. Plus: Chinese military drills in the Taiwan Strait, a closer look at Austria’s imperial past and why Denmark wants ‘hygge’ recognised by the UN.

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168018 Apr 2018
30 min

Wednesday 18 April: 

What do we know about the director of the CIA’s meeting with Kim Jong-un? We also ask what a freeze in EU enlargement could mean for the Balkans and discuss Apple’s plans for a news-subscription service. Plus: Monocle’s Jamie Waters tells us why Saudi Arabia is embracing fashion.

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167917 Apr 2018
30 min

Tuesday 17 April: 

We find out what domestic challenges are facing the French president Emmanuel Macron, look at why China’s economy is growing and ask whether South Africa is booming following the departure of Jacob Zuma. Plus: the latest from Salone del Mobile Milano.

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167816 Apr 2018
30 min

Monday 16 April: 

We find out what James Comey’s first sit-down interview reveals about Donald Trump’s presidency and ask whether Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe is preparing to resign. Plus: Nasa begins its hunt to find new Earth-like worlds.

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167713 Apr 2018
30 min

Friday 13 April: 

Could Russia and the US wage war over Syria? We also examine China's plans to boost its navy and take a closer look at Melbourne's plans to build a multibillion dollar airport link. Plus: why is homesickness giving Belgium's armed forces a major headache?

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167612 Apr 2018
30 min

Thursday 12 April: 

We ask whether the UK government’s need for allies be clouding its decision-making when it comes to Syria and examine the deterioration in bilateral ties between Australia and China. Plus: why are leading Brazilian politicians changing their names?

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167511 Apr 2018
30 min

Wednesday 11 April: 

We ask if Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will attempt to regulate the social network and whether the media has an obsession with young, ambitious politicians. Plus: censorship in Hungary and how Belgrade has commemorated the world’s first cosmonaut.

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167410 Apr 2018
30 min

Tuesday 10 April: 

Syria expert Paul Rogers tells us how the US might respond to an alleged chemical attack outside Damascus. Plus: we profile the world's youngest national leader and respond to reports that a Pacific island might be thinking about hosting the might of China's army.

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16739 Apr 2018
30 min

Monday 9 April: 

We ask who is responsible for the military strike on a Syrian airbase and, after a disastrous poll puts him on par with the predecessor he ousted, whether Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull is feeling the heat. Plus: how Japan is tackling its problem with overhead electricity cables.

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16726 Apr 2018
30 min

Friday 6 April: 

We ask whether the US can win its trade war with China and get the latest from Brazil as a judge orders the country’s former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, to turn himself in. Plus: Italian newspapers and the launch of a Europe-wide political party.

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16715 Apr 2018
30 min

Thursday 5 April: 

We ask whether former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will be able to contest October’s elections, examine Emmanuel Macron’s attempts to reshape France’s parliament and look at Saudi Arabia’s plans to attract tourists. Plus: does satire influence our view of real-life politics?

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16704 Apr 2018
26 min

Wednesday 4 April: 

We ask what to expect from Italy’s coalition talks, why US sitcoms aren’t afraid to confront politically sensitive topics and whether the Mona Lisa should go on tour. Plus: South America’s front pages.

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16693 Apr 2018
30 min

Tuesday 3 April: 

We ask if French president Emmanuel Macron can take on the country’s powerful unions and look at the circumstances that prompted Donald Trump to invite Vladimir Putin to the White House. Plus: what should we know about the merry-go-round at some of the world’s biggest fashion houses?

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