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Prisoners from Russia and Ukraine have been flown home as the two countries concluded a long-awaited exchange of detainees. The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has welcomed more than thirty former prisoners in Kiev. They include twenty-four sailors captured off the Crimean Peninsula last year, as well as the Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov. A Russian plane carrying prisoners released by Ukraine has arrived in Moscow. Jonah Fisher looks at the significance of the prisoner swap. Here in Ukraine, it will certainly be seen as a big win for the new President Volodymyr Zelensky. Certainly he is making this out to be a big win for him. The real significance is that this may remove a significant obstacle. It just might open up the possibility for face-to-face talks between President Zelensky of Ukraine and President Putin and a chance maybe to get onto substantive discussions about of course, the big issues between the two countries, the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Satellite images appeared to show an Iranian tanker, the Adrian Darya just two nautical miles outside the Syrian port of Tartus. The vessel was detained in July in Gibraltar accused of attempting to break an EU oil embargo on Syria. It was released after assurances that it would not travel there. The US national security adviser said anyone who still for the tanker was not going to Syria was in denial.
Several hundred activists have staged a sit-in on the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival in protest of the huge cruise ships they say are damaging the environment. Here is Mike Sanders. Climate change protesters have been camped out since Wednesday. They say the big cruise ships exacerbate global warming and erode the very foundations of Venice. Some six hundred of them pass through the lagoon every year. In June, a thirteen-deck liner crashed into a wharf on the Giudecca Canal. Venetians have taken to the streets in protest. The UN's cultural organization UNESCO has warned about the pressure tourism brings and the former Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli even suggested a ban. The city authorities need the trade, but want governments to help regulate it.
The BBC understands the British MPs have put together a team of lawyers to take the Prime Minister Boris Johnson to court if he disregards an impending law against a no-deal Brexit. Jessica Parker reports. A bill that could force the Prime Minister to ask the EU for a delay to Brexit is now set to become law. But according to the Daily Telegraph, Mr. Johnson has said that the new legislation obliged him in theory. The BBC understands that MPs, including rebel Tories, have lined up a legal team and that they are prepared if necessary to go to court in order to try and compel Mr. Johnson to seek a delay. Meanwhile, there appears to be disquiet within government ranks with a number of cabinet sources expressing significant concerns about Number 10's strategy in recent days.