#AceWorldNews – CUBA:Dec.31 – Two Tunisian and three Yemeni detainees were transferred from the US-run prison at Guantanamo Bay to Kazakhstan, AFP reported, citing a Pentagon statement.

The move is part of President Barack Obama’s effort to close the controversial military jail.

It was set up to detain terror suspects after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The transfer of the five detainees leaves 127 inmates still held at the prison, located at a US naval base in south-east Cuba.


#president-obama, #tunisian, #yemeni

LIBYA: ‘ Tunisia and Egypt’s Airports Cancel All Flights to Libya ‘

#AceWorldNews – LIBYA (Tripoli) – August 21 – Tunisia and Egypt’s Cairo airport cancelled all flights to Libya on Thursday, Reuters said.

Tunisian aviation officials gave no explanation, while Cairo airport authorities had cancelled flights to and from the neighbouring country for security reasons, according to Libyan news agency LANA.

The Libyan government said on Monday that unidentified war planes had attacked the positions of armed groups in Tripoli fighting with a rival faction.


#cairo, #egypt, #libya, #libyan, #tripoli, #tunisia, #tunisian

` Uruguayan President Jose Mujica Will Accept Six Detainees from Guantanamo Bay ‘

#AceWorldNews – URUGUAY – May 16 – Uruguayan President José Mujica said on Thursday that his nation will accept six detainees from the US prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The Obama administration should move fast, the Washington Post quoted Mujica as saying.

“It can’t be too long,” he said, adding that he only has a “few months of government left.” Uruguay will accept a group of Arabs who have been cleared for release but can’t return to their nations, either because of war, fear of torture or security concerns about their home countries.

The offer could free the last four Syrian detainees at Guantanamo Bay, a Palestinian and a Tunisian, the paper said.

The White House has long pledged to close the 12-year-old military facility.

Washington Post


#guantanomo-bay, #obama, #palestinian, #tunisian, #uruguay, #uruguayan, #washington

` Unidentified Gunmen have Kidnapped a ` Tunisian Diplomat ‘ in the ` Libyan ‘ capital of Tripoli ‘

#AceWorldNews – TRIPOLI – 22 March – Unidentified gunmen kidnapped a Tunisian diplomat in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Saturday, according to Tunisia’s foreign minister.

This is the latest in a long list of diplomatic abductions in the country; in January, a South Korean diplomat was kidnapped as he was leaving his office in Tripoli.

Five Egyptian diplomats were also briefly abducted.

Three years after the revolt against former leader Muammar Gaddafi, Libya is struggling to impose security as a melee of former rebels, Islamist militants, and ex-fighters refuse to disarm.


#egyptian, #islamist, #libya, #libyan, #muammar-gaddafi, #south-korean, #tripoli, #tunisian