Ripple effects of the Saudi-Iran rapprochement relieve some of the tensions of the ongoing war in Yemen. However, the conflicting inter-Yemeni positions remain unresolved and continue to cost lives.
Iran says "everything is ready" for a prisoner swap with the US. Washington denies Tehran's claim, labeling it a "cruel lie."
A controversial prisoner swap deal with Iran could go ahead under a Belgian court ruling. But the conditions attached mean the future of a Belgian aid worker remains unclear.
The exchange of US basketball star Brittney Griner for Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout reminded many Germans of events during the Cold War. The Glienicke Bridge near Berlin was a top spot for prisoner swaps.
Russia has released the US basketball player, who had been serving a 9-year sentence in a penal colony, in exchange for a notorious arms dealer. US President Biden has said Griner is "on her way home."
Moroccan prisoner of war, Brahim Saadoun, returned home on Saturday after Russia agreed to release 10 foreigners captured in Ukraine following a prisoner exchange brokered by Saudi Arabia.