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Obama vows to bring Guantanamo population under 100

Manila - US President Barack Obama on Thursday vowed to press ahead with vexed efforts to close the controversial military prison at Guantanamo Bay, saying the number of inmates may soon be lower than 100.

U.S. transfers five Guantanamo detainees to UAE: Pentagon

Washington - The United States has transferred five detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the United Arab Emirates, the Pentagon said, another step in a long-delayed plan to close the controversial military prison.

Pentagon to unveil Guantanamo closure plan

Washington - The Pentagon is poised to release a much-anticipated report on shutting down Guantanamo Bay, even as Congress battles to block the transfer of the military prison inmates from Cuba to US soil.

White House hints at controversial move to close Gitmo

Washington - The White House said Thursday that if Congress blocks new plans to close the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison, President Barack Obama may resort to a controversial executive order to get the job done.

New commander takes over at Guantanamo

Washington - A new commander took charge at Guantanamo, the US prison for terror suspects that President Barack Obama has tried in vain to close.The new boss is Navy Rear Adm.

Last UK resident imprisoned in Guantanamo returns home

Westerham - The last British resident detained in Guantanamo Bay flew back to London on Friday following his release after over 13 years at the top-security US military jail in Cuba.

US repatriates Guantanamo detainee to Mauritania

Washington - A Mauritanian detainee at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Ahmed Ould Abdel Aziz, has been repatriated after 13 years behind bars, the Pentagon said Thursday, as Washington pursues efforts to close the facility.

Last UK resident to be freed from Guantanamo after 13 years

London - Shaker Aamer, the last British resident held at Guantanamo Bay, is to be released by US authorities to Britain after over 13 years at the military prison, officials said Friday.

'Bin Laden bodyguard' transferred out of Guantanamo

Washington - A Saudi Arabian detainee said by the US military to have been a bodyguard for Osama bin Laden has been repatriated from Guantanamo Bay after more than a decade behind bars, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

Guantanamo pilgrims hope pope will help close U.S. base

Holgu - Cubans from Guantanamo province said Monday they hope Pope Francis's visit to Cuba will help bring an end to the US naval base and detention center at Guantanamo Bay.

Dutch not open yet to U.S. request on Guantanamo inmates

Den Haag - The Netherlands will only consider a US request to take in two detainees from Guantanamo Bay once Washington has taken "meaningful steps" to close the notorious military jail, the Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said Monday.

Half of Guantanamo inmates need indefinite lockup: Pentagon chief

Washington - About half the detainees at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba need to be locked up "indefinitely," Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday.

White House officials still plan to close Guantanamo Bay prison

Washington - Existing prison facilities at Leavenworth, Kan., and Charleston, S.C., are possible locations for where overseas terror suspects may be imprisoned at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, when that prison closes sometime next year.

Obama to take last shot at closing Gitmo

Washington - After embarrassing false starts, Barack Obama is making a final push to close Guantanamo prison, but to fulfill that glaringly incomplete campaign promise he faces unpalatable compromises and internal resistance.

Two ex-Guantanamo inmates charged with 'terrorism' in Belgium

Brussels - Two former inmates at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay have been arrested in Belgium on charges of belonging to a group suspected of recruiting jihadists for Syria, prosecutors said Friday.

White House finalizing plan to close Guantanamo prison

Washington - The White House is in the "final stages" of a plan to close the contentious Guantanamo Bay detention facility and submit it for review by lawmakers, spokesman Josh Earnest said Wednesday.

US transfers six Guantanamo detainees to Oman

Washington - Washington has transferred six inmates from its Guantanamo Bay prison to Oman, the Pentagon said Saturday, as part of a drive by President Barack Obama to close the controversial jail.

Former Guantanamo inmate marries in Uruguay

Montevideo - A former Guantanamo inmate who resettled late last year in Uruguay tied the knot on Friday with a woman he met in his adopted homeland, local media reported.

Ex-Guantanamo inmates end U.S. embassy protest in Uruguay

Montevideo - Former Guantanamo inmates who have been resettled in Uruguay ended a three-week protest outside the U.S. embassy Tuesday after reaching a deal with the South American country's government for economic support.

Ex-Guantanamo inmate Omar Khadr released on bail

Ottawa - A Canadian appellate court released former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr on bail Thursday, rejecting the government's attempt to keep him in prison while he fights a US conviction for murdering an American soldier.

Guantanamo ex-inmates demand housing, payment from U.S.

Montevideo - Four former Guantanamo inmates living free in Uruguay since December are demanding financial compensation and housing from the U.S. government for their nearly 13 years in captivity.

Guantanamo ex-inmate granted bail in Canada, May release likely

Ottawa - A Canadian court on Friday granted bail to former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr, who was 15 when he was captured on an Afghan battlefield in 2002 and sent to the US jail in Cuba.The Canadian government, however, said it would appeal the bail decision....

UN to give houses to ex-Guantanamo inmates in Uruguay

Montevideo - The United Nations refugee agency will provide homes to six former detainees of the US military prison in Guantanamo who have struggled to resettle in Uruguay, the country's president said.

US Army charges ex-POW Bergdahl with desertion

Washington - The US soldier who was held by insurgents for five years after disappearing from his post in Afghanistan has been charged with desertion and "misbehavior before the enemy," officers said.

UN expert refused access to U.S. federal jails and Guantanamo

Washington - Juan Mendez, a UN expert on torture has been refused access both to Guantanamo Bay facilities but also to U.S. federal prisons. Mendez has discussed access to the prisons for two years now with U.S. authorities.

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Guantanamo torture cases

Washington - The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear appeals Monday about the alleged mistreatment of Guantanamo Bay detainees, barring the release of images and preventing a Syrian man from suing the government for alleged torture.

Ex-Guantanamo inmate asks Argentina to take in others

Montevideo - A former Guantanamo inmate resettled in Uruguay after staging a hunger strike appealed Thursday to neighboring Argentina to take in other prisoners from the controversial US military detention center.

Court clash over female guards at Guantanamo

Fort George G Meade - Barring female guards from handling inmates at the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay poses a "risk" to the soldiers working there, the commander of a top-secret prison unit said.

Inmate's Guantanamo diary to be released

London - The first memoir by a current inmate detailing life inside Guantanamo is to be released next week following a six-year legal fight to declassify the manuscript, extracts of which appeared in The Guardian on Saturday.

U.S. sends five Guantanamo prisoners to Oman, Estonia

Washington - The United States has transferred five men from its Guantanamo Bay prison, the Pentagon said Wednesday, in a renewed push by President Barack Obama toward closing the controversial jail.
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