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Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • Iran’s Supreme National Security Council has rejected a draft agreement negotiated indirectly with the United States that would have restored a version of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, according to a spokesman for outgoing Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Incoming President Ebrahim Raisi intends to renegotiate the agreement once he takes office, but that process could take months. “If we don’t have a deal before a new government is formed, I think that would raise serious questions about how achievable it’s going to be,” a U.S. official toldAxios last month.

  • Protests in Iran’s Khuzestan province over water shortages are heading into their sixth day, with Al Arabiyar eporting the demonstration’s death toll has risen to five. 

  • Hundreds of Cuban demonstrators, including several high-profile artists and political dissidents, have been detained by the Cuban government and will likely face summary trials for alleged crimes committed during recent anti-government protests.

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