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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.

US releases five Guantanamo inmates to Kazakhstan

Washington - The United States has sent five detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay to Kazakhstan, marking a renewed push by President Barack Obama to close the controversial jail.

Four Afghan Guantanamo detainees repatriated: Pentagon

Washington - Four Afghans held for more than a decade at Guantanamo Bay have been sent home, the Pentagon said Saturday, edging President Barack Obama closer toward his goal of closing the controversial US military jail.

Obama blasts Guantanamo provisions as he signs defense bill

Washington - President Barack Obama signed into law America's annual defense policy bill, but he blasted provisions that ensure the Guantanamo Bay prison will stay open for now.

Ex-Guantanamo inmates leave hospital in Uruguay

Montevideo - Six former Guantanamo inmates being resettled in Uruguay have left hospital and been taken to a house where they will adjust to their new lives in South America, the labor union hosting them said Thursday.

Obama closer to closing Guantanamo, but hurdles remain

Washington - The White House is inching closer to its goal of closing the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay -- home to some of the men subjected to brutal CIA interrogations.

Ex-Guantanamo inmates to move into Uruguay house

Montevideo - Five of the six former Guantanamo inmates being resettled in Uruguay will likely move into a house in the capital Montevideo on Wednesday, according to the labor union providing the lodging.

Ex-Guantanamo inmates still hospitalized in Uruguay

Montevideo - Six former Guantanamo inmates were still hospitalized Tuesday after being transferred to Uruguay, where they are due to be resettled, ending more than a decade in detention.

After Guantanamo, ex-inmates seek new lives in Uruguay

Montevideo - Six Guantanamo inmates transferred to Uruguay prepared Monday to begin new lives as free men after more than a decade in what one called a "black hole.

Six Guantanamo detainees resettled in Uruguay

Montevideo - Six men detained at Guantanamo for more than a decade have been resettled in Uruguay, as US President Barack Obama attempts to fulfill his long-delayed promise to close the US military prison.

Uruguay leader confirms Guantanamo deal, chides U.S. on Cuba

Montevideo - Uruguayan President Jose Mujica confirmed Friday that his country would take in six Guantanamo inmates, using the occasion to urge President Barack Obama to lift the U.S. embargo on Cuba.

EU Guantanamo delegation calls for flexible prison conditions

Washington - A delegation of five European officials recommended that inmates cleared for release from the US military detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, be jailed under more flexible conditions, an aide said.
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In this photo  reviewed by the U.S. military  a Guantanamo guard stands inside a doorway at Camp 6 d...
In this photo, reviewed by the U.S. military, a Guantanamo guard stands inside a doorway at Camp 6 detention facility at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba
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In this photo, reviewed by the U.S. military, a Guantanamo guard stands inside a doorway at Camp 6 detention facility at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba
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