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Welcome to Tuesday, where the Israeli army intensifies its offensive on southern Gaza as the UN warns there is no “safe” place left for Palestinian refugees there, Ukraine’s President Volodomyr Zelensky is set to address U.S. senators to plead for more funding and gold has never been this expensive. Meanwhile, Frédéric Schaeffer, in French business daily Les Echos, reports from China on Starbucks’s hefty ambitions for the country’s burgeoning coffee market.
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• Israel intensifies bombardment of southern Gaza, Jabalia camp encircled: The Israeli army says it has encircled the Jabalia refugee camp after destroying what it referred to as “terrorist infrastructure,” as it presses ahead with its offensive of the southern Gaza Strip. Breaking with its long-held apolitical approach, the International Committee of the Red Cross posted a video of its chief, Mirjana Spoljaric, denouncing the “moral failure” of the international community in Gaza, and urging all sides to “deescalate” and find a “political” solution.
• Zelensky to make case for Ukraine funding to U.S. senators: Ukraine’s President Volodomyr Zelensky will address U.S. senators via secure video on Tuesday to make his case about why fresh military funds are needed to help Ukraine fight Russia. This comes as the White House is pressuring Congress to pass a supplemental aid package of nearly $106 billion for the wars in Ukraine, Israel and other security needs, and as U.S. officials have warned that all resources available for Kyiv will be exhausted by the end of the year. For more on Zelensky’s current struggles, read this recent article by Ukrainska Pravda translated from Ukrainian by Worldcrunch.
• Record number of fossil fuel lobbyists at COP28: As climate activists are staging several small protests at the COP28 climate summit to demand an end to the use of fossil fuels, an analysis by the Kick Big Polluters Out (KBPO) coalition has revealed that a record number of fossil fuels delegates are attending this year's UN climate talks. The report suggests that 2,456 representatives of the coal, oil and gas industries have been registered for the COP28 — a number that has quadrupled since last year.
• New Zealanders protest new government’s Indigenous policies: Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in Wellington on Tuesday to express opposition to the new government's plans to reverse policies that boosted Indigenous rights. The protests coincided with the opening of New Zealand's 54th parliament, following elections in October that saw the election of a new right-leaning government.
• Death toll of Mount Merapi eruption rises to 13, 10 still missing: Rescuers have found two more bodies on the slopes of Indonesia’s Mount Merapi volcano that erupted over the weekend, bringing the death toll to 13. About 75 hikers were caught by a surprise eruption, most of whom have been evacuated. Search efforts for the 10 other missing hikers have resumed on Tuesday after being paused due to a second eruption on Monday.
• Military drone accident kills 85 civilians in Nigeria: Nigeria’s President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has ordered an investigation on Tuesday after emergency officials revealed a Nigerian army drone accidentally killed at least 85 civilians gathered for a Muslim festival in a village in northwest Kaduna State over the weekend.
• GTA 6 trailer leaked: U.S. video game publisher Rockstar released a trailer for its much-hyped game Grand Theft Auto 6 a day earlier, after low-quality footage was leaked online. Fans of the street-chase-robbery-brawl galore will have to wait a little while still: GTA 6 isn’t due for release before 2025.
“Inconceivable,” titles Lisbon-based daily i. “This country is not for babies” the newspaper writes, citing Portugal’s latest demographic data that included 41,000 more deaths than births across the country last year.
On Monday the price of gold hit an all-time high, jumping 3% to reach a height of $2,135 per ounce. The peak in prices was raised by expectations that interest rates would be cut among investors, geopolitical tensions and a weak dollar.
A gigantic and multi-faceted new location near Shanghai epitomizes the American giant's ambition to quench China's growing but still-nascent thirst for coffee, reports Frédéric Schaeffer in French business daily Les Echos.
🇨🇳 The “China Coffee Innovation Park” in Kunshan is a symbol of Starbucks’s hefty ambitions in China — it plans to open a location in the country every nine hours between now and 2025. The aim is to have more than 9,000 shops in 300 Chinese cities by then, compared with 6,500 today. “The 9,000 stores are just a milestone,” said Laxman Narasimhan, the company's new boss, who rushed to China at the end of May in the wake of his appointment.
☕ Starbucks opened its first café in Beijing's financial district in January 1999, but the battle for coffee dominance is now being waged in Shanghai. The financial metropolis prides itself on being the coffee capital of the world, with more than 8,500 coffee shops, the highest number in the world. By comparison, Tokyo and London have around 3,500 and New York fewer than 2,000. Two new cafés open every day in this megalopolis of 24 million inhabitants, according to Xu Jian, a researcher at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
📈 At this stage, coffee is still mainly a beverage for elite dwellers of China's megacities, who are aged between 20 and 40, have degrees and high incomes, and are predominantly women. But the beverage is poised for an image makeover. “While developing the habit of drinking coffee, consumers are constantly increasing the frequency with which they consume it, so that coffee is gradually moving from being a 'trendy' drink to an everyday beverage,” notes Deloitte in a study published in 2021.
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— Philippe Lazzarine, head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees in Gaza, has released a safety warning as Israeli bombardment intensifies around Khan Younis, Gaza’s second largest city. Many displaced Palestinians had fled to Khan Younis seeking shelter.
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