The Morning Dispatch: A State-Backed Hijacking

Happy Monday! After a relaxing week off, Declan is back to remind you all that this is a Chicago Cubs newsletter—not a St. Louis Cardinals one—and that the Cubs just won two of three games in St. Louis this weekend. (Andrew suggests that’s big talk from a team that’s still two games back in the NL Central.)

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • Iranian parliament speaker Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf said Sunday that the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency will no longer be allowed to monitor Iran’s nuclear sites after a three-month agreement expired over the weekend.

  • The Biden administration moved on Saturday to grant 18 months of Temporary Protected Status to approximately 150,000 Haitians living in the U.S. illegally. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas justified the deportations pause in a press release over the weekend: “Haiti is currently experiencing serious security concerns, social unrest, an increase in human rights abuses, crippling poverty, and lack of basic resources, which are exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

  • Belarusian dictator Aleksandr Lukashenko ordered a fighter jet to intercept a Ryanair flight traveling from Greece to Lithuania on Sunday and force it to land in Minsk so that Belarusian forces could detain an opposition journalist, Roman Protasevich, who was aboard.

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