Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, March 13

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TEHRAN -- The Iranian foreign minister said on Sunday Tehran and Washington have reached an agreement on the exchange of prisoners over the past few days, while Washington rejected the comment, according to media reports.

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks in a live televised interview, saying if everything goes on well on the side of the Americans, the prisoner swap will be done in the coming days, according to Iran's official news agency IRNA. (Iran-U.S.-Prisoner swap)

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RIYADH -- Saudi Arabian 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, fully owned by the kingdom's Public Investment Fund (PIF), is expected to add 20 billion U.S. dollars to non-oil GDP growth and create more than 200,000 direct and indirect jobs, the SPA said in a report. (Saudi Arabia-Riyadh Air-New airline)

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STOCKHOLM -- A Swedish expert rebutted the claim made by U.S. and German media that a non-state actor was responsible for last September's Nord Stream gas pipeline explosions.

On Tuesday, the New York Times has cited new intelligence suggesting that a pro-Ukrainian group carried out the attack on the Nord Stream gas pipelines. However, the paper failed to identify a source for the claim that a rented yacht was used to perpetrate the act. (Sweden-Nord Stream-Expert)

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

The 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) Enditem

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