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Two Guantanamo Bay inmates sent to Bosnia, Montenegro

Washington - The Pentagon on Thursday announced the transfer of another two inmates from the Guantanamo Bay military prison, bringing the controversial facility's remaining population down to 91.

10 Yemeni ex-Guantanamo inmates arrive in Oman: Ministry

Muscat - Ten former inmates at the US detention centre in Guantanamo Bay arrived in Oman Thursday for a "temporary stay" as Washington vies to close the notorious prison, Muscat's foreign ministry said.

Former Guantanamo inmates want to 'live normally' in Ghana

Accra - Two Yemeni men transferred from Guantanamo Bay to Ghana are looking to rebuild their lives and are not out to avenge their detention, they said in an interview broadcast late Monday.

Guantanamo Bay detainee repatriated to Saudi Arabia: Pentagon

Washington - A Guantanamo Bay inmate has been repatriated to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon announced Monday, bringing the remote military prison's remaining population down to 103.

Last Kuwaiti Guantanamo inmate returns home

Kuwait City - The last Kuwaiti prisoner in the US Guantanamo Bay prison returned home Saturday to a family reception after 14 years of detention, the head of a detainee group said.

Another inmate leaves Guantanamo as population slowly dwindles

Washington - The trickle of detainees leaving Guantanamo Bay continued Friday with the repatriation of a Kuwaiti man, as the general overseeing the military prison denied claims the Pentagon is stalling on shutting it down.

Two Guantanamo detainees transferred to Ghana: Pentagon

Washington - Two Guantanamo Bay detainees have been transferred from the US military prison to Ghana, the Pentagon said Wednesday, bringing the controversial facility's remaining population down to 105.

U.S. 'deserter' held by Afghan militants faces court

Washington - US army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who was held by insurgents in Afghanistan for five years before being freed in a prisoner swap, will appear in court Tuesday charged with desertion.

Obama reaffirms will to close terror 'magnet' Guantanamo

Washington - President Barack Obama reaffirmed on Friday his determination to close Guantanamo Bay, with backing from Congress or -- as a last resort -- by executive decree.

17 Guantanamo Bay detainees approved for transfer: US official

Washington - US Defense chief Ashton Carter has approved the transfer of 17 low-risk detainees from Guantanamo Bay, a senior defense official said Thursday, in a move that puts the military prison's population below 100.

US soldier held by Afghan militants to face court-martial

Washington - Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the US soldier held by Taliban-linked insurgents in Afghanistan for five years before being freed in a swap for Guantanamo Bay detainees, will face a court-martial for desertion, the Army said Monday.

Obama defends Gitmo closure as detainees return to fight

Washington - US President Barack Obama has vowed to push ahead with plans to close the Guantanamo Bay prison for terror suspects, despite evidence that a substantial number of former detainees have returned to the battlefield.

Shaker Aamer demands 'truth' on UK rendition role

London - A British resident held in Guantanamo for more than 13 years has called for transparency over Britain's role in the US rendition programme but has ruled out seeking criminal prosecution for British officials.

Case against '9/11 Five' tainted, attorney argues

Guant - The case against five men accused of plotting the September 11, 2001 attacks is tainted because President Barack Obama and other senior officials have already deemed them guilty, an attorney said.

The five men accused of planning 9/11

Guant - Here are short profiles of the five men accused of planning the September 11, 2001 attacks. They are being detained at the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

'9/11 Five' hearings stumble on female guard spat

Guant - The five men accused of plotting 9/11 appeared in a Guantanamo Bay military court Tuesday, but the murder of 3,000 people faded into the background as testimony focused on whether female guards should have been allowed to touch the detainees.

'9/11 Five' head back to court, though trial still distant

Guant - The five men accused of plotting the September 11, 2001 attacks -- including the alleged mastermind -- are this week due back in US military court, though their prospects for an actual trial remain elusive.

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.
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