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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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Wednesday 24 May:

As the UK raises the terror threat to its highest level we look at the Libyan connection following Monday’s attack in Manchester. Plus: we assess the US president’s changing attitude towards Nato ahead of tomorrow’s summit and get a summary of the day’s business news.

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144524 May 2017
30 min

Wednesday 24 May: 

As the UK raises the terror threat to its highest level we look at the Libyan connection following Monday’s attack in Manchester. Plus: we assess the US president’s changing attitude towards Nato ahead of tomorrow’s summit and get a summary of the day’s business news.

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144423 May 2017
30 min

Tuesday 23 May: 

An attack on a pop concert in Manchester kills at least 22 people, Britain’s deadliest attack since the London bombings in 2005. Monocle’s editors and security experts join Steve Bloomfield for insight and analysis, and we cross to our features editor Chris Lord in Manchester.

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144322 May 2017
30 min

Monday 22 May: 

Can the so-called deal-maker president deliver during his trip to Israel? We review Donald Trump’s foreign visit. Plus: polls tighten ahead of the UK’s upcoming general election and Sydney’s epic urban-renewal project welcomes Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.

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144219 May 2017
30 min

Friday 19 May: 

Brazilians take to the streets after an incriminating recording of president Michel Temer emerges. Plus: Iranians head to the polls to choose the country’s next president and Japan’s government approves an abdication bill for emperor Akihito.

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144118 May 2017
30 min

Thursday 18 May: 

Why Brazil today finds itself in the middle of a new impeachment campaign. Plus: who is Robert Mueller – the man tasked with steering the US’s Russia investigation? And we learn how mobility will be at the heart of planning cities of the future.

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144017 May 2017
30 min

Wednesday 17 May: 

We discuss the ongoing dispute between president Donald Trump and former FBI director James Comey, look at the motives and future plans of whistleblower Chelsea Manning and hear from the Interzum interiors fair in Köln.

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143916 May 2017
30 min

Tuesday 16 May: 

We ask what the allegations of Donald Trump’s intelligence revelations to Russia will mean for its allies abroad and speculate on the agenda for today's meeting between the US president and his Turkish counterpart. Plus: the new smartphone from HTC that shows off the brand’s softer side.

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143815 May 2017
30 min

Monday 15 May: 

We look at the challenges facing Emmanuel Macron on his first day as the president of France and ask how the current political unease in the US is benefitting Russia. Plus: a recap of the Eurovision Song Contest with Fernando Augusto Pacheco.

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143712 May 2017
30 min

Friday 12 May: 

As Donald Trump’s crisis of contradictions over the Comey affair goes from bad to worse, we ask what it might take for the GOP to abandon his leadership. Plus: Emmanuel Macron’s anti-establishment party takes shape, film-maker François Ozon discusses the parallels between old and modern Europe and we hear from the executive director of Kyiv Pride ahead of the weekend’s Eurovision final.

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143611 May 2017
30 min

Thursday 11 May: 

As Republican House Oversight Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz calls for an official review of the president’s dismissal of the FBI director, we assess the continuing fallout in Washington. Plus: how uncertainty over Brexit is hurting European businesses, Germany’s debate over its so-called “leading culture”, and we cross to Kiev ahead of this weekend’s Eurovision final.

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143510 May 2017
30 min

Wednesday 10 May: 

We assess the aftermath of the US president’s stunning dismissal of FBI director James Comey. Plus: a shake-up of Australia’s media laws that could give Rupert Murdoch the chance to build another conservative television network and Coach’s $2.4bn deal to buy Kate Spade.

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14349 May 2017
30 min

Tuesday 9 May: 

A US senate group of 13 men (and zero women) will work on implementing Donald Trump’s Affordable Care Act but many fear the GOP’s approach will alienate party moderates and boost Democratic opposition. Plus: election day in South Korea comes to a close, Bill Clinton co-authors a mystery political thriller and a look at Madrid’s supersize casino development.

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14338 May 2017
30 min

Monday 8 May: 

What can the EU expect after Emmanuel Macron’s election victory in France? We cross to Brussels for analysis. Plus: the leader of Islamic State in Afghanistan is confirmed dead, Barack Obama touches down in Milan and are gender-neutral awards shows the way forward for the entertainment industry?

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14325 May 2017
30 min

Friday 5 May: 

We preview this weekend’s French election, hear about a show with a difference in Singapore and get the week’s big stories in facts and figures from Ipsos Mori’s Ben Page.

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14314 May 2017
30 min

Thursday 4 May: 

After an $8bn last-minute alteration, Donald Trump’s healthcare bill is again heading for a vote – but many Republicans remain unconvinced. Plus: a new report suggests the UK’s post-Brexit promise of cutting immigration could take many years to implement, a look at Apple’s quarterly results and why Chanel is holidaying at home for the cruise season.

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