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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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Tuesday 30 August:

The trial of suspended Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff enters its second day. Plus: Kenyan police thwart a suspected Isis cell, Tunisia’s new government cuts staff from its state airline and Greece’s government upsets the media as it announces a controversial policy to crackdown on corruption.

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125430 Aug 2016
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Tuesday 30 August: 

The trial of suspended Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff enters its second day. Plus: Kenyan police thwart a suspected Isis cell, Tunisia’s new government cuts staff from its state airline and Greece’s government upsets the media as it announces a controversial policy to crackdown on corruption.

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125329 Aug 2016
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Monday 29 August: 

We head to Madrid to ask whether a resolution to Spain’s political deadlock is imminent and cross to Canberra to check out Australia’s new crop of senators, who are back at school learning the intricacies of the nation’s political system. Plus: the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff and why some bad 3D has left Chinese film-goers feeling sick.

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125226 Aug 2016
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Friday 26 August: 

We discuss Syria’s civil war, take a look at Norway’s plans for a border fence and get the latest technology industry news. Plus: we look back at the life of pioneering French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel.

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125125 Aug 2016
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Thursday 25 August: 

We discuss Italy’s deadly earthquake, check out Colombia’s landmark peace deal with Farc rebels and talk French presidential politics. Plus: the least favoured words in the English language.

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125024 Aug 2016
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Wednesday 24 August: 

We discuss Joe Biden’s visit to Turkey, analyse China’s Hollywood ambitions and ask why London wants a “Night Czar”. Plus: we quiz Midori House’s Australians on their vocabulary as the Australian National Dictionary gets revised for the first time since 1988.

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124923 Aug 2016
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Tuesday 23 August: 

We discuss the Iran-Russia relationship after Tehran ends Moscow’s access to its airbases and profile Nicolas Sarkozy as the former French president prepares for another tilt at his nation’s top office. We also explore what the defence pact between Finland and the US might look like. Plus: after disgraced US swimmer Ryan Lochte loses lucrative deals with Speedo, Ralph Lauren and others we ponder the perils of big sporting sponsorships.

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124822 Aug 2016
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Monday 22 August: 

As more than 50 people are killed in a suicide bombing in Turkey, we ask how the already crisis-hit country will respond. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of US troops are participating in military exercises with South Korea but the North is not impressed. Plus: as the Rio Olympic Games wraps up, we look back at the highs and lows.

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124719 Aug 2016
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Friday 19 August: 

We ask whether Russia’s role in Syria makes domestic terror attacks more likely and if Gawker will be missed as it announces that its news operation is closing down. Plus: five of Monocle’s highlights from the Rio Olympic Games.

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124618 Aug 2016
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Thursday 18 August: 

We ask if relations between Turkey and Germany have reached rock bottom and discuss whether Donald Trump is deliberately sabotaging his campaign because he doesn’t want to be president. Plus: an Olympic round-up as the competition reaches its climax.

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124517 Aug 2016
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Wednesday 17 August: 

We speak to a Republican spokesman as Donald Trump overhauls his campaign team, find out whether Ford has developed a driverless car that can be mass-produced within a few years and get the latest from the Rio Olympic Games.

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124416 Aug 2016
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Tuesday 16 August: 

As Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric takes a fearfully Cold War tone, we ask what it all means for Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers. Plus: Australia cites national security in its diplomatic wrangling with China and we learn how to craft speedy swimwear and, more importantly, how to wear it.

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124315 Aug 2016
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Monday 15 August: 

We cross to our correspondent as Libya warns Italy of a potential terror threat and Milan goes on high alert. Meanwhile in Kiev, as Donald Trump attempts to hose down allegations of questionable payments to his campaign manager, we ask an MP how bad corruption really is in post-revolution Ukraine. Plus: Rio’s refugee team and other news from the Olympic Games.

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124212 Aug 2016
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Friday 12 August: 

We discuss who was behind the attacks on tourist areas in Thailand and talk to a man who advises doctors in Syria about the use of chemical weapons. Plus: Fiji declares a national holiday after the country wins its first ever Olympic medal.

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124111 Aug 2016
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Thursday 11 August: 

We ask if we should take Russia’s claim that Ukraine is meddling in Crimea seriously and discuss whether technology problems at Delta Air Lines have damaged the company’s reputation. Plus: we hear from Monocle’s man in Zurich, Daniel Giacopelli.

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124010 Aug 2016
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Wednesday 10 August: 

We speak to an expert on US gun law about the meaning of Donald Trump’s recent comments on the Second Amendment. Plus: we ask whether Spain has resolved its political impasse and get the latest on the Rio Olympic Games.

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