Thursday 27 January
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27 January 2022
Hear from our team in Kyiv and Monocle 24’s security correspondent as preparations continue for a possible military conflict with Russia. Plus: US supreme court justice Stephen Breyer is retiring and our weekly ‘Global Countdown’.
27 January 2022
Joe Biden has confirmed that he intends to honour his commitment to make an African-American woman his first nomination to the Supreme Court, to replace liberal justice Stephen Breyer. US analyst Julie Norman discusses Biden’s options.
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