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U.S. Swaps Prisoners With Iran

“An American graduate student who was held in an Iranian prison for more than three years was finally headed home Saturday after a prisoner swap between the two countries” writes Linda Givetash Is for nbcnews.com. The swap comes amid growing tensions between Iran and the U.S. and its allies in the Gulf.Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif posted on Twitter early Saturday ahead of the swap, and again after it was confirmed. Source: nbcnews.com

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Third Rwandan rebel ‘accepted’ in US refugee swap deal

“The Australian government has reportedly accepted a third Rwandan man who had been charged with murder as part of a refugee swap deal with the United States” writes Josh Taylor for theguardian.com. However, Guardian Australia revealed the national security committee of cabinet, of which Morrison was a member at the time, was briefed about all aspects of the refugee swap deal in later 2016, including regarding the Rwandan men. Source: theguardian.com

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Taliban returns American and Australian hostages as part of a prisoner swap after holding them for over 3 years

“AFP PHOTO / National Directorate of Security (NDS) The men released as part of the swap were senior members of the Al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network” writes Rosie Perper for businessinsider.com. An American and an Australian who were held by the Taliban in Afghanistan for over three years were freed on Tuesday as part of a prisoner swap. Source: businessinsider.com

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Afghanistan prisoner swap delayed, complicating efforts to restart talks with Taliban

“The exchange was long sought by U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who has been shuttling between Pakistan and Afghanistan for weeks to restart peace talks with the Taliban” writes Foreign Reporter Covering for washingtonpost.com. The swap would have freed two university professors in exchange for three high-profile militants linked to the Taliban.President Ashraf Ghani announced the deal on live television last week, saying it would help bring “peace and stability” to Afghanistan.A draft peace deal had included an agreement on the withdrawal of many American troops from Afghanistan in exchange…

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Markets News 

In swaps we trust? Disappearing dollars drive currency trading dependence

“It affected us in the FX swaps market a great deal” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. LONDON (Reuters) – As dollars dry up, global finance is growing increasingly dependent on opaque currency trading to keep cash flowing.Reflecting the increased reliance on currency markets to borrow dollars, FX swap volumes have grown to represent 49% of total currency trading, from 42% in 2013, Bank for International Settlements (BIS) figures from August show.”We have dollar liquidity that partly depends on (the) forex swap market, as we don’t have dollar deposits.Unlike regular…

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Crypto News 

Paxos Debuts Fiat Gateway With Binance Crypto Exchange as Its First Client

“Leading cryptocurrency exchange Binance became the first cryptocurrency exchange to implement the fiat gateway of stablecoin operator Paxos” writes Adrian Zmudzinski for cointelegraph.com. In addition to its Fiat Gateway, Paxos announced a second application programming interface (API) dubbed Stablecoin Swap that will allow 1:1 swaps between Paxos-based stablecoins.On Nov. 12, Paxos announced the launch of its Fiat Gateway, a service that allows its users to swap between dollars and stablecoins on a one-to-one basis. Source: cointelegraph.com

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Iran inks MOU with Russia, Kazakhstan for temporary imports of wheat

“TEHRAN- Iran signed a memorandum of understanding with Russia and Kazakhstan for temporary imports of wheat from those countries, Iranian deputy agriculture minister announced on Sunday” reports tehrantimes.com. The MOU with Russian and Kazakhstan is on temporary imports as well as transit and swap of wheat, Mehrfard said and added that wheat swap has been mentioned but details is not specified yet.As the capacity of Iran’s flour mill plants is two folds more than the domestic demand, temporary imports of wheat for flour production can be an advantage for the…

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Lithuania just changed its laws to allow for a possible three-way spy swap with Russia and Norway

“VILNIUS (Reuters) – Lithuania’s parliament passed legislation on Thursday that could pave the way for a possible three-way spy exchange between Russia, Norway and Lithuania” writes Andrius Sytas for businessinsider.com. Two Lithuanian citizens convicted of spying in Russia in 2016, Yevgeny Mataitis and Aristidas Tamosaitis, could be part of a swap, BNS said. Source: businessinsider.com

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