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Calm Before Storm As Cairo Braces For Rival Protests

AL AHRAM (Egypt), BBC (UK)


CAIRO – As the calm reigns over Tahrir square, cyber activists are multiplying their calls for Tuesday’s protests that will start at 4 P.M. in Cairo and later in other cities, according to tweets under the hashtag #Tuesday’s_mobilization.

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Protesters in front of the presidential palace. Photo Gigi Ibrahim

Al Ahram newspaper announced that two protests are expected on Tuesday: pro-Morsi supporters who will demonstrate in front of the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Mokkatam suburb, southeast of Cairo, and anti-Morsi protestors who will demonstrate in Tahrir square and around the presidential palace against the constitutional referendum.

It is now confirmed that the referendum will take place next Saturday. On Monday night, the State Council announced that judges had finally agreed to supervise the voting process. However, their acceptance is under five conditions, according to Al Ahram: providing protection for voting offices, banning any electoral publicity outside voting offices, protecting the lives of judges who will supervise the referendum, protecting the headquarters of the high commission of referendum supervision and putting an end to the siege around the Constitutional Court.

At least nine people were hurt early on Tuesday when petrol bombs were thrown and shots fired at opposition demonstrators camping in Tahrir Square, reports the BBC. The attackers have yet to be identified.

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Italian Coffee, Full Circle: Starbucks Marks Five Years In Italy

It has been five years since Starbucks first opened in Milan, where the company's CEO first got the idea that the world wanted quality coffee. Today they set their sights not on retreat but expansion. The path ahead in this mecca for "caffé" for the Seattle-based coffee shop is a rosy one.

A photograph of customers and staff inside of the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Milan

October 3, 2019: Customers line up to order drinks at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Milan

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Nicola Grolla

MILAN — It's been five years since Starbucks' debut in Italy, and there is still a line to enter the Reserve Roastery. Inside the former Post Office building in Milan, the brand is celebrating an important anniversary, which tastes like 100% Arabica coffee, and a bet won: they have managed to sell coffee to Italians. Not just any coffee, but a flat white.

This is perhaps the greatest achievement in the company's partnership with the Percassi Group, which is responsible for developing a network that will reach 37 or 38 stores by the end of the year (the next eagerly awaited stop: Naples).

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In the meantime, to celebrate, a rich schedule of events has kicked off (until Oct. 1st). On the program are tastings, workshops, blues concerts and events during Milan Fashion Week. It's all organized to give an idea of the connection achieved between Italy and the American brand.

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