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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 21 September:

As US special counsel Robert Mueller asks the White House for documents relating to Donald Trump’s actions since taking office, we discuss the issue. Meanwhile, we ask whether French president Emmanuel Macron has an image problem. Plus: what should we know about the Pope’s film cameo?

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153121 Sep 2017
30 min

Thursday 21 September: 

As US special counsel Robert Mueller asks the White House for documents relating to Donald Trump’s actions since taking office, we discuss the issue. Meanwhile, we ask whether French president Emmanuel Macron has an image problem. Plus: what should we know about the Pope’s film cameo?

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153020 Sep 2017
30 min

Wednesday 20 September: 

We ask how Donald Trump’s “rogue” nations have responded to his criticism and whether Russia’s war games provide a rare opportunity to understand the country’s military ambitions. Plus: how is the UK’s Official Charts Company adapting to changes in music consumption?

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152919 Sep 2017
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Tuesday 19 September: 

Aung San Suu Kyi finally speaks out about violence in Myanmar, the Netherlands’ king speaks to his government – even though it doesn’t exist and Icelandair takes in-flight entertainment a bit too far.

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152818 Sep 2017
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Monday 18 September: 

We ask whether Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi can help stem violence in the country and if the UK’s foreign secretary is preparing to oust his boss. Plus: we look at how Germany has changed since reunification and discuss last night’s Emmy Awards.

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152715 Sep 2017
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Friday 15 September: 

We get South Korea’s reaction as its northern neighbour launches another missile, hear the latest political manoeuvre in the bid for Kurdish independence and ask: how do you book a festival headliner?

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152614 Sep 2017
30 min

Thursday 14 September: 

Trump and the Democrats are edging closer to a plan on what to do with children of illegal immigrants born in the US, but no one seems to be able to agree on what was agreed. We also assess Jean-Claude Juncker’s grand plan for Europe, discuss Hillary Clinton's new book and ask whether airlines are streamlining check-in for customer convenience or just to save money.

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152513 Sep 2017
31 min

Wednesday 13 September: 

We ask if the wind really is in Europe’s sails after Jean-Claude Juncker’s state of the union address. Plus: we take a tour of India with Shinzo Abe, ask how Saudi Arabia can sort out its PR problem and give Asia’s aviation news some airtime.

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152412 Sep 2017
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Tuesday 12 September: 

Kurds push harder for independence, Norway tries to work out what it loves more – liberal ideals or selling oil – and French workers are accused of being lazy by their own president. Plus: can horror films save cinema?

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152311 Sep 2017
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Monday 11 September: 

As Russia moves more than 12,000 troops into position for a major military exercise, we ask if there's cause for concern – or is this another propaganda war with the rest of Europe? Plus: who will get to play kingmaker in the Norwegian elections, the iPhone's 10th-birthday party and the latest from New York Fashion Week.

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15228 Sep 2017
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Friday 8 September: 

Why has Saudi Arabia decided to have a rethink of its ambitious economic reform plan? Plus: what Emmanuel Macron has achieved on his first state visit to Greece and a round-up of the week’s most fascinating facts and figures.

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15217 Sep 2017
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Thursday 7 September: 

The US has asked the UN to freeze the assets of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, Catalan MPs give the independence referendum the green light and we hear how Canada’s oldest retailer is finally expanding into Europe.

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15206 Sep 2017
31 min

Wednesday 6 September: 

A leaked Home Office document casts a light for the first time on the UK’s plans for EU migrants after Brexit, the Syrian army reaches the eastern city of Deir al-Zour and we also look at the Danish giant Lego, as it cuts 8 per cent of its global workforce. Plus: Nintendo's Mario is no longer a plumber.

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15195 Sep 2017
29 min

Tuesday 5 September: 

We get the latest on the joint investigation that uncovered a slush fund that handled $2.9bn from Azerbaijan. Plus: schedule changes at Hong Kong’s public broadcaster, Boeing wins its lengthy dispute with Airbus and we meet the organiser of this year’s Venice Film Festival.

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15184 Sep 2017
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Monday 4 September: 

As North Korea conducts its most powerful nuclear test yet, we assess how the international community is likely to respond. Meanwhile, Donald Trump decides to scrap DACA. Plus: Russia’s front pages and Matches Fashion.

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15171 Sep 2017
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Friday 1 September: 

As Farc gets a name change, we ask whether it will help its transition to Colombian civilian politics. Meanwhile, we discuss policy agreements between Kosovo and Serbia. Plus: we look at the soft power of sport and our friends at Ipsos Mori run through the week in numbers.

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