First Thing: US and Iran expected to complete $6bn prisoner swap deal


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Good morning. The US and Iran are expected to pull off a controversial prisoner swap today involving the unfreezing by the Biden administration of $6bn (£4.8bn) of Iranian oil money held in South Korea since 2018. Tehran and Washington are due to swap five prisoners each, including the conservationist Morad Tahbaz, a British-American citizen. In an elaborate and delicate diplomatic deal, months in the making, the five Americans are due to be flown from Tehran to Qatar before transferring to flights to Washington. Republicans and some former Iranian political detainees have accused Joe Biden of striking a deal with the...