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- Friday prayers in Tehran resumed after a 20-month COVID hiatus. The mass prayers were hosted at Tehran University, marking a return to normalcy for the Islamic republic. Starting Saturday, Iranian government employees will not be allowed to return to work if they are unvaccinated. More than 120,000 Iranians have died of COVID-19.
- Melbourne residents celebrated their city's reopening by filling pubs and restaurants across the Australian city when lockdown ended at midnight last night. Melbourne had been locked down for 262 days over six separate lockdowns since March 2020, making it the city with the longest cumulative lockdown time in the world. Many businesses opened at midnight to celebrate the occasion.
- The Haitian gang leader suspected of kidnapping 17 missionaries has threatened to kill his hostages if his ransom demand of $1M per hostage is not met. Wilson Joseph of the 400 Mawozo Gang posted a video online yesterday, threatening to execute his hostages and making violent threats against the Haitian police. 16 of the hostages are Americans and one is Canadian.
- In a CNN town hall interview, President Biden said that the U.S. would defend Taiwan if it were attacked by China, departing from a long-held U.S. foreign policy position of "strategic ambiguity." The White House later issued a statement saying that the president was "not announcing any change in our policy and there is no change in our policy."
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