US President Barack Obama has made another push for Congress to close the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba.
President Obama says he is determined to see the closure of the facility and the transfer of its 91 detainees before he leaves office.
Mr Obama first announced his plan to close the prison in the 2008 election, which has been subject to controversy because of the use of torture on inmates, and today said that it was time to “close this chapter”.
The Bush administration opened the facility in 2002, following the 9/11 attacks, to hold terror suspects.
Cruz fires top staffer after promoting false story
US Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has fired a member of staff for promoting a false story about fellow candidate Marco Rubio’s commitment to the Bible, labelling it “a grave error”. Sacked spokesman Rick Tyler has apologised for misunderstanding a video in which Mr Rubio commented on a Cruz staffer’s Bible. The Republican primary continues in Nevada today, with frontrunner Donald Trump hoping to claim a third consecutive victory. Former candidate Jeb Bush ended his campaign on the weekend following a disappointing finish on Sunday’s South Carolina primary.
Syrian regime to end combat operations
The Syrian government has said it will cease combat operations under terms of a truce plan with the United States and Russia, but reserves the right to retaliate if the agreement is breached. The government accepted a negotiated ceasefire on Tuesday, which is expected to be effective by midnight Friday local time. Opposition groups are yet to set their own conditions, but have also approved the deal.
Egyptian government reassures toddler’s family
Egyptian officials have reassured the family members of a toddler sentenced to life in prison that the he will not be arrested. Ahmed Mansour Qorany Sharara was one of 115 people found guilty by the military court of killing three people and destroying both private and public property at a protest in 2014, when he was just 16 months old. His father, Mansour Qoramy Sharara, returned home from Fayyoum after evading authorities for almost 18 months. The government has claimed the charges were a case of mistaken identity. – Compiled from web sources by Ben Rochlin and Ashleigh Cant
Screen shot of President Barack Obama from the White House’s official Twitter feed.