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Moscow Drone Attacks, Palestinians Flee, L.A. Supermoon

Moscow Drone Attacks, Palestinians Flee, L.A. Supermoon

A plane flies past the "supermoon" over Los Angeles.

Emma Albright, Anne-Sophie Goninet, Valeria Berghinz and Katarzyna Skiba

👋 નમસ્તે*

Welcome to Tuesday, where Russia reports drone attacks on Moscow as Putin takes part in his first international event since the Wagner mutiny, thousands of Palestinians are fleeing the Jenin refugee camp, and enter Threads, Meta’s response to Twitter. Meanwhile, German daily Die Welt gets exclusive access to the production floor of the armament Rheinmetall factory, which is running at Cold War levels to supply Ukrainian forces.

[*Namaste - Gujarati, India]


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• Five people injured in Tel Aviv attack, thousands flee Jenin camp: At least five people were injured in a suspected car ramming attack in Tel Aviv in Israel, with local media reporting that the suspected attacker was shot and killed. Meanwhile, thousands of Palestinians have left Jenin refugee camp as Israel continues a major military operation in the occupied West Bank. At least 10 Palestinians have been killed in Jenin and one in Ramallah since the assault began early Monday.

• Drone attacks on Moscow airport, Putin to attend SCO summit: Russia said on Tuesday that Ukraine had attacked Moscow with at least five drones, forcing flights to be diverted from Vnukovo International Airport. Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to address the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit, his first international meeting since the Wagner mercenary group staged a mutiny in June. Also, this morning, Yelena Milashina, a well-known journalist for independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, was severely beaten, together with her lawyer, as they were on their way to the Chechen capital Grozny.

• Philadelphia shooting leaves four dead: Four people were shot dead in the city of Philadelphia, late on Monday. Two children were also injured in the attack. The suspected gunman, believed to be a 40-year-old male, is now in custody and his rifle and handgun have been recovered. The attack comes a day after two people were killed and 28 injured in a shooting attack in Baltimore, Maryland.

• Senegalese president says he won’t seek reelection: Senegal’s President Macky Sall declared Monday evening that he will not run for a third term in next year’s elections. Rumors he would try to extend his grip on power have fuelled protests and unrest several times since 2021, resulting in dozens killed.

• Turkey and Egypt appoint ambassadors to restore diplomatic ties: Turkey and Egypt have appointed ambassadors to restore full diplomatic relations between the two countries. Relations between Cairo and Ankara were severed in 2013 after current Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi led a coup to remove then-President Mohamed Morsi.

• Fund for French police officer who killed Nahel M. tops $1 million: A collection for the French policeman who sparked nationwide riots by killing a teenager during a traffic stop has been growing, prompting outrage among politicians and activists. Set up by Jean Messiha, a former adviser to the French far-right politician Marine Le Pen, the appeal on GoFundMe has raised 1 million euros ($1.5 million). In contrast, 349,065 euros ($380,000) have been collected to support the victim’s family.

• Facebook to launch Twitter rival: Facebook owner Meta is launching its new app to rival Twitter, and says it will go live on Thursday. The app, called Threads, is available for pre-order on the Apple App Store and will be linked to Instagram. The move is the latest in a rivalry between Meta boss Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter owner Elon Musk.


Tel Aviv-based, Hebrew-language daily Haaretz features Israel’s large-scale military operation in the occupied West Bank on its Tuesday front page, displaying a photo of clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians in the city of Jenin. The land-and-air raid — one of the biggest West Bank incursions in 20 years — has killed at least 10 Palestinians in Jenin and one in Ramallah.


330 meters

There’s a new tallest building in Japan: Tokyo has unveiled its 330-meter (1,083-ft) tall Azabudai Hills Mori JP Tower, part of the capital city’s ambitious “urban village” that looks to revitalize the surrounding neighborhood. The multi-purpose skyscraper is set to host branded hotel residences, office spaces, a university medical center, retail shops, restaurants, and the largest international school in central Tokyo.


Blitz build: How Germany's Rheinmetall is cranking up 24/7 production to arm Ukraine

Marder infantry fighting vehicles, Leopard 2 tanks, thousands and thousands of rounds of ammunition: the armament company Rheinmetall is running flat-out, around-the-clock to supply Ukrainian forces. For the first time, Die Welt was granted access to the production floor at the Rheinmetall factory, which is churning out arms as quickly as it did during the depths of the Cold War.

🛠️ A former Bundeswehr Marder armored personnel carrier is being given a new life in Hangar 391. The carrier and its fellow brothers-in-arms had been taken out of service, abandoned and left to rust and rot. But the retired warrior has to undergo one more mission — Ukraine is in dire need of armored personnel carriers. That's why armament tank specialists at German arms manufacturer Rheinmetall are taking the carriers apart, piece-by-piece, replacing rubber seals, sanding rusted parts down and replacing optical equipment and gun barrels.

📈 No other German supplier has profited from the new conflict that has arisen within Europe as much as this company. Rheinmetall noted an 18% increase in orders in 2022 compared to the previous year, and the company expects double-digit growth over the coming years. This is not only due to the war in Ukraine, but also the rearmament of the Bundeswehr.

🇩🇪 It seems that, here in Unterlüss at least, nothing is left of the once palpable hesitancy of the German people, so clearly felt during the early months of the war. The company's message seems clear: armament production in Germany may have long been in a peaceful slumber, but its old capabilities are still here and can be woken up and put to work more easily than critics thought. The war in Ukraine has awoken a slumbering giant.

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“If Mr. Scholz finds it necessary to speak to Satan, he should do so.”

— Asked by Die Welt about German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s recent statement that he wanted to restart dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukraine’s chief of Security Oleksiy Danilov did not mince his words. “What happened in Kramatorsk is further proof that Putin is a terrorist. What crazy person bombs a cafe with children and innocent civilians sitting there?” In the exclusive interview with the Berlin-based daily, Danilov also asked the West to provide more weapons, and explained why the head of the Wagner mercenary outfit, Yevgeny Prighozhin, still represented a threat for Putin, even exiled in Belarus.

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Gaza Fighting Resumes, Quick COP28 Deal Signed, Longest Hit Song

Palestinians inspect damages after an Israeli airstrike destroyed a house in Rafah, southern Gaza, as hostilities resume after a week-long truce between Hamas and Israel.

Emma Albright & Valeria Berghinz

👋 Alò!*

Welcome to Friday, where fighting resumes in Gaza after the temporary ceasefire between Israel and Hamas expired, a COP28 deal is signed for a fund to pay for climate damage in poor countries and a rapper breaks a billboard record with a flute. Meanwhile, Mastercard is arriving in China following Xi Jinping’s “dinner diplomacy” last month in San Francisco, reports Chinese-language media The Initium.

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