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5 things you need to know this morning: Feb. 2, 2023

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. Young Iranian couple jailed for 10 years for video of them dancing in street

A young Iranian couple with a large online following is facing a decade in prison after posting a video of them dancing in the street. The video shows them dancing by Tehran’s Azadi (Freedom) Tower. They were reportedly convicted for promoting corruption, prostitution and propaganda.

2. New photo released of suspect in CBC producer’s death

Police have released a new surveillance image of the suspect believed to be responsible for the death of longtime CBC producer Michael Finlay. Finlay was randomly assaulted in Toronto on Jan. 24 and died on Tuesday from “medical complications” from the attack. The incident has not yet been deemed a homicide, as an autopsy will have to be conducted prior to such a designation being made.

3. Australia removing monarchy from its bank notes

Australia’s central bank said on Thursday that its new $5 bill would not feature an image of King Charles. Instead, it will feature an Indigenous design. The new king is still expected to appear on coins that currently bear the image of the late Queen Elizabeth II. The $5 bill was Australia’s only remaining bank note to still feature an image of the monarch.

4. Couple abandons ticketless baby at airport

This can only be described as a shocking move. A couple abandoned their baby at an airport check-in desk in Tel Aviv, Israel on Tuesday after arriving without a ticket for the infant. The unidentified pair were checking in for a Ryanair flight to Belgium. When it came to light that the baby needed a ticket that it did not have, the couple reportedly left to board the flight with the child still sitting at the check-in counter.

5. European Central Bank hikes rates, vows ‘we are not done’

The European Central Bank raised its interest rate again on Thursday. The Frankfurt-based bank raised its key benchmarks by half a percentage point, which follows in the footsteps of another half-point hike in December. ECB President Christine Lagarde said that this won’t be the final hike as the bank tries to subdue inflation. “We know that we have ground to cover,” she said. “We know that we are not done.”

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