Thai hostages freed from Gaza
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by Monocle
15h ago
Thailand’s deputy prime minister visits Israel after 17 Thai hostages are freed by Hamas – but several remain in Gaza. Plus: Australia bans the Nazi salute and closing arguments are due to begin in the high-profile trial of 16 pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information ..read more
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The Modi-Bibi bromance: why India’s PM is backing Israel
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by Monocle
2d ago
Hamas and Israel suggest that they are willing to extend the four-day truce agreement, which saw dozens of Israeli hostages freed from Gaza in exchange for 117 Palestinian prisoners. Plus: why Narendra Modi is behind India’s public embrace of Israel, a report from the Finland-Russia border and The Booker Prize 2023 goes to ‘Prophet Song’ by Irish author Paul Lynch.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information ..read more
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The Israel-Hamas truce begins
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by Monocle
5d ago
Israel prepares to receive its first group of freed hostages. Plus: the feud dividing Taiwan’s opposition, a closer look at the Barclay family’s bid to regain control of UK newspaper ‘The Telegraph’ and the latest business news. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information ..read more
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The rise of the Netherlands’ far-right Party for Freedom
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by Monocle
6d ago
The far-right Party for Freedom, led by anti-Islam populist Geert Wilders, is set to become the largest grouping in the Dutch parliament. Plus: can Joe Biden take credit for a truce agreement between Israel and Hamas? And The Global Countdown heads to the Pacific. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information ..read more
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Israel and Hamas agree a temporary truce. What next?
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by Monocle
1w ago
Hamas has agreed to release 50 hostages being held in Gaza during a four-day pause in fighting. Plus: tensions rise between Seoul and Pyongyang after North Korea launches a spy satellite and John F Kennedy’s presidential library marks 60 years since his assassination. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information ..read more
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Are Israel and Hamas approaching a truce?
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by Monocle
1w ago
Israel and Hamas militants are said to be close to agreeing a temporary truce in Gaza. We ask SOAS’s Lina Khatib what both sides want from negotiations. Plus: Washington’s defence chief announces a $100m (€91,000) military aid package for Ukraine, candidates register for Taiwan’s presidential election and the nominees for the 2023 European Film Awards.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information ..read more
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Can Javier Milei fix Argentina’s economic woes?
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by Monocle
1w ago
Monocle’s Alex de Royere and Fernando Augusto Pacheco discuss what the victory of right-wing libertarian Javier Milei in Argentina’s presidential election means for the country and the region. Plus: Arab leaders meet in Beijing, Microsoft hires OpenAI’s Sam Altman and we reflect on the life of former first lady Rosalynn Carter. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information ..read more
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Can Israel’s raid on Al-Shifa hospital be justified?
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by Monocle
1w ago
Israeli forces claim to have found Hamas tunnels beneath Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza. Plus: a leading English-language Argentinian newspaper says a government led by right-wing firebrand Javier Milei “would pose a grave threat to democratic coexistence” in the country. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information ..read more
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Xi and Biden meet in San Francisco
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by Monocle
1w ago
As Presidents Biden and Xi meet for their first face-to-face talks in a year, we look at the key issues left out of discussions. Plus: the UN Security Council calls for humanitarian pauses in Gaza and thousands gather in Lisbon for Europe’s largest technology conference. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information ..read more
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The International Committee of the Red Cross’s Gaza response
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by Monocle
2w ago
As concern grows over Gaza’s biggest hospital, we hear from Matthew Morris of the International Committee of the Red Cross about the organisation’s humanitarian response in the region. Plus: protestors rally against Pedro Sánchez’s amnesty deal in Spain, Donald Trump’s latest legal woes and entertainment news. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information ..read more
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