Nuclear sanctions lifted as Iran, U.S. agree on prisoner swap

January 17, 2016 3:48 AM

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VIENNA/WASHINGTON Iran emerged from years of economic isolation on Saturday when world powers lifted crippling sanctions against the Islamic Republic in return for Tehran complying with a deal to curb its nuclear ambitions.

In a dramatic move scheduled to coincide with the scrapping of the sanctions, Tehran also announced the release of five Americans including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian as part of a prisoner swap with the United States.

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