Xinhua World News Roundup at 0030 GMT, March 13

Xinhua World News Roundup at 0030 GMT, March 13

TEHRAN – Iran’s foreign minister said on Sunday that Tehran and Washington have reached an agreement on a prisoner exchange in recent days, while Washington rejected the comment, according to media reports.

Speaking in a live television interview, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said that if all goes well on the American side, the prisoner exchange will take place in the coming days, according to Iran’s official news agency IRNA. (Iran-USA-Prisoner Exchange)

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RIYADH – Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud announced on Sunday the launch of a new national airline, Riyadh Air, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The airline, which is wholly owned by the kingdom’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), is expected to add US$20 billion to non-oil GDP growth and create more than 200,000 direct and indirect jobs, SPA said in a report. (Saudi Arabia-Riyadh Air-New Airline)

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STOCKHOLM – A Swedish expert refuted the claim by American and German media that a non-state actor was responsible for the Nord Stream gas pipeline explosions last September.

On Tuesday, the New York Times cited new intelligence indicating that a pro-Ukrainian group carried out the attack on the Nord Stream gas pipelines. However, the paper was unable to identify a source for the claim that a chartered yacht was used to carry out the deed. (Sweden-Nord Stream-Expert)

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YAOUNDE – Voting for Senate elections is underway in Cameroon, officials said on Sunday.

Voting, which began on Sunday morning in 198 polling stations in ten regions of the country, will continue until 6:00 p.m. local time. (Cameroon Senate Elections)






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