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Colombia asked to take in Guantanamo detainees

Colombia confirmed Thursday that the United States had asked it to take in inmates from the Guantanamo Bay prison for terror suspects. It did so after news reports in Uruguay said that that country, Brazil and Colombia had been approached by the Americans. "The government has listened to this request carefully from the United States," said Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin. But Colombia has yet to study the request in detail, she said. Earlier this week Uruguay said it would take in five detainees from Guantanamo as refugees.

Obama urges Guantanamo closure this year, shift from 'permanent war footing'

By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama told Americans on Tuesday that 2014 should be the year to finally close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay as the United States winds down its military role in Afghanistan and shifts away from a "permanent war footing."

Expert panel mulls release for Guantanamo detainee

One of the very first Guantanamo detainees -- still classified as among the most dangerous -- testified Tuesday to an expert panel that could ultimately see him freed, as efforts intensify to close the controversial jail. Yemeni Abdel Malik Wahab al Rahabi, 34, appeared frail and serious in a white prison tunic during the 19-minute hearing in Guantanamo of the "Periodic Review Board."

Slovakia to take in three more Guantanamo detainees

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Slovakia will take in three detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, the central European country's interior ministry said on Friday. The European Union and NATO member first accepted three Guantanamo prisoners in 2010 and the ministry said the latest transfer is a continuation of an EU-U.S. agreement aimed at helping President Barack Obama close the controversial prison.

Obama calls on Congress to do more on Guantanamo Bay

HONOLULU (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday gave credit to Congress for relaxing restrictions on transferring detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the custody of foreign governments but said lawmakers need to go further. After signing the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2014, Obama noted that Congress retained regulations that prevent the transfer of prisoners to American soil, where they could be tried in federal court.

Congress passes defense spending bill

A sweeping defense bill that authorizes Pentagon spending passed Congress late Thursday, assuring funding through 2014 while easing detainee transfers from Guantanamo and cracking down on sexual assault in the military. The compromise legislation, which passed 84-15 with broad bipartisan support, allocates some $552.1 billion for military spending on bases and equipment as well as troop training and resources, and allows for a one percent raise in military salaries.

US transfers 2 Guantanamo detainees to Sudan

The United States announced Wednesday it had transferred two Sudanese detainees from Guantanamo to their home country, its second release this week as President Barack Obama works to close the prison. Noor Uthman Muhammed, 51, and Ibrahim Othman Ibrahim Idris, 52, were the last Sudanese prisoners at the US naval base in Cuba, a US defense official told AFP. They were both considered by the US military to be members of Al-Qaeda and were sent to Guantanamo in 2002.

US transfers 2 Guantanamo detainees to Sudan

The United States announced Wednesday it had transferred two Sudanese detainees from Guantanamo to their home country, as President Barack Obama seeks to meet his vow to close the prison. "The United States coordinated with the Government of Sudan regarding appropriate security measures and to ensure that these transfers are consistent with our humane treatment policy," a Pentagon statement said, noting that 158 prisoners now remain at Guantanamo. oh/mdl

US transfers 2 Guantanamo detainees to Sudan

The United States announced Wednesday it had transferred two Sudanese detainees from Guantanamo to their home country, as President Barack Obama seeks to meet his vow to close the prison. "The United States coordinated with the Government of Sudan regarding appropriate security measures and to ensure that these transfers are consistent with our humane treatment policy," a Pentagon statement said, noting that 158 prisoners now remain at Guantanamo. oh/mdl

US transfers two Guantanamo detainees to Saudi Arabia

The Pentagon said Monday the United States had transferred two Guantanamo detainees to Saudi Arabia, bringing the total number of inmates remaining at the US prison in Cuba to 160. After a "comprehensive review" of their cases, Saad Muhammad Husayn Qahtani and Hamood Abdulla Hamood were "designated for transfer by consensus of the six departments and agencies comprising the task force," said a statement by Pentagon spokesman Todd Breasseale.
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