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Democrats want to ban sending more terror suspects to Guantanamo

Washington - Democrats on the House Armed Service Committee are attempting to stop the Trump administration from detaining any new terror suspects at the prison facility in Guantanamo Bay Cuba.

Top US court upholds indefinite detention of Yemeni at Guantanamo

Washington - The US Supreme Court on Monday upheld the detention of a Yemeni prisoner held without charge or trial for 17 years at an American military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Commander of Guantanamo prison removed

Washington - The commander of the US prison at Guantanamo, where 40 "war on terror" detainees are still held after 17 years, has been fired for "loss of confidence," the military said Monday.

Canadian ex-Guantanamo detainee completely free: court

Montr - A Canadian judge lifted Monday all remaining restrictions on former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr, who had been the US detention center in Cuba's youngest prisoner after his 2002 capture in Afghanistan.

Canada judge refuses to ease former Guantanamo detainee's bail conditions

Ottawa - A Canadian judge on Friday denied former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr's request to ease his bail conditions while he appeals US war crimes convictions.

At Guantanamo, prisoners watch parade of US military guards go by

Fpo - Nearly 17 years since the first inmates arrived at Guantanamo Bay, the hastily constructed temporary detention center has morphed into a maximum-security prison that could exist for decades to come.

New chief judge for 9/11 case at Guantanamo

Washington - Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has instructed military judge Douglas Watkins to oversee court proceedings for 9/11 suspects imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, the Pentagon said Friday.Watkins, a US army colonel, replaces now-retired colonel James Pohl.

US could send Islamic State 'Beatles', others to Guantanamo: report

Washington - The Trump administration is considering sending some captured Islamic State fighters, including the two "Beatles," British citizens who took part in beheadings, to the military-run prison in Guantanamo, Cuba, NBC reported Thursday.

Guantanamo geriatrics? Detainee population quietly ages

Washington - They arrived at Guantanamo Bay as young men, captured on the battlefields of Afghanistan and elsewhere early in America's war on terror, following the September 11, 2001 attacks.

In first under Trump, Guantanamo Bay inmate transferred

Apo - A Saudi inmate from Guantanamo Bay has arrived back in the kingdom after the Pentagon said it was transferring him to his homeland, the first such move under President Donald Trump.

Guantanamo inmate transferred to Saudi Arabia: Pentagon

Washington - A Guantanamo Bay inmate who pleaded guilty to helping plan a 2002 attack on a French oil tanker has been transferred to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

Guantanamo could take two dozen new inmates: US admiral

Washington - The Guantanamo Bay detention center could easily accommodate "a couple dozen" more inmates should the Trump administration decide to send new prisoners to the much-maligned facility, a top US officer said Monday.

Guantanamo trial of Cole bombing suspect halted

Washington - The Guantanamo trial of the chief suspect in the deadly 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen was shut down Friday as defense lawyers refused to return to the case, Pentagon officials said.

Eyeing IS, Trump opens new chapter for Guantanamo

Washington - President Donald Trump's decision to keep Guantanamo Bay open marks the start of a new chapter for the prison, and highlights the administration's intentions for captured Islamic State jihadists.

Trump vows to keep Guantanamo Bay prison open

Washington - US President Donald Trump announced Tuesday he would keep Guantanamo Bay open, breaking from his predecessor Barack Obama's lengthy and ultimately failed efforts to shutter the maligned detention facility.

Guantanamo prisoners sue Trump alleging anti-Muslim bias

Washington - Eleven detainees at the US military's Guantanamo Bay prison sued President Donald Trump Thursday saying they were being illegally held on the basis of being Muslims.

Pentagon chief Mattis visits Guantanamo Bay

Washington - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis made an unannounced visit to the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay on Thursday, the Pentagon said, marking his first such visit there.

A different Guantanamo: Detainee art on display in NY

New York - The art is striking -- a miniature three-masted ship in cardboard, with bits of T-shirt for the sails and threads from a prayer cap for ropes. A picture of a huge mosque at water's edge. A shadowy and faceless Statue of Liberty.

US general freed from confinement at Guantanamo

Washington - A US Marine general who had been sentenced to confinement on the Guantanamo Bay naval base was freed Friday, two days after he had been found in contempt of military court.

Guantanamo judge orders US general's detention for contempt

Washington - A Guantanamo Bay military judge sentenced a US general to three weeks' confinement after finding him in contempt of court Wednesday, the latest setback to hit the base's much-criticized military tribunals.

Canada apologizes, pays damages to former Guantanamo detainee

Montr - The Canadian government on Friday issued an official apology and paid damages to a former Guantanamo detainee who was captured in Afghanistan at the age of 15 and had pleaded guilty to killing a US soldier.

Top US justice officials to visit Guantanamo

Washington - The top US justice officials are to visit the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on Friday amid signs the Trump administration may use it to house new "war on terror" detainees.

Canada to award millions to former Guantanamo inmate: reports

Montr - Canada is set to apologize and award millions of dollars of compensation to a former Guantanamo detainee who was captured in Afghanistan at the age of 15 and pleaded guilty to killing a US soldier, reports said Tuesday.

Ghana court rules transfer of ex-Guantanamo detainees unconstitutional

Accra - Ghana's Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the transfer of two former Guantanamo Bay detainees to the country was unconstitutional without parliamentary approval.

US court blocks release of Guantanamo force-feeding videos

Washington - A US federal appeals court on Friday blocked the release of videos showing a prisoner being force-fed at the Guantanamo prison in Cuba, citing national security.

Plenty of room for 'bad dudes' at Guantanamo

Guant - It's been almost a decade since the last detainee landed at Guantanamo Bay. Most of the jail's camps are now mothballed and the inmate population is down to just 41.

Guantanamo war court resumes under President Trump

Guant - They spent seven years locked up under George W. Bush, then eight more under Barack Obama -- yet the five alleged terrorist plotters were convicted of nothing.

Four Yemenis freed from Guantanamo arrive in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh - Four Yemenis released from the US prison at Guantanamo Bay arrived Thursday in Saudi Arabia to a tearful reunion with relatives, after the White House rejected Donald Trump's call for a freeze on transfers.

Ex-Guantanamo detainee ends hunger strike, to leave Uruguay: activists

Montevideo - A former Guantanamo inmate resettled in Uruguay who went on hunger strike to demand relocation to another country has dropped his protest after receiving an offer, activists said Saturday.

Freed 'Guantanamo Diary' author forgives US jailers

Nouakchott - A former Guantanamo Bay detainee from Mauritania who wrote a best-selling book about his experiences said Saturday he forgives those who tortured and detained him without trial for 14 years.
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