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Guantanamo Bay closure options weighed up by Obama

The White House is considering a "wide array" of options for closing Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba.

White House weighing up Guantanamo Bay closure options Credit: Reuters

The best route for closing the prison would be winning congressional approval to do so, spokesman Josh Earnest said.

But President Barack Obama, who has repeatedly pledged to close the prison, has faced opposition from congressional Republicans who passed laws blocking any move to transfer Guantanamo inmates to prisons in the United States.

Asked if Obama would consider taking executive action to close the prison if Congress blocks him, Mr Earnest said: "The president and his team are always considering a wide array of options.

"But the fact is the best way for us to do this is for members of Congress of both parties to work effectively with the administration".

The White House said last month that it would soon be sending a plan to Congress to close the prison.

Burnham: Corbyn win means 'giving up on election'

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Andy Burnham has warned Labour supporters that electing Jeremy Corbyn as leader would mean "giving up" on winning the next election.

The shadow health secretary's intervention came with the left-winger embroiled in yet another row over past comments- this time for suggesting it was a "tragedy" Osama bin Laden was killed by the United States.

Burnham said he was the only candidate capable of getting the Labour party back into power in 2020:

I want to make a direct appeal to those members and supporters who are thinking of voting for Jeremy, or who are still undecided. I know you are unhappy with politics as usual and you have a desperate desire for big changes. I understand that and share that desire for change. Under my leadership, we will fight the next election on a radical manifesto, with bold ideas such as integrating the NHS and social care and renationalising the railways.

– Andy Burnham

In a bid to appeal to Corbyn supporters, he added: "Don't give up on wanting to see big changes, but don't give up on winning either."

'Hundreds of thousands' sign up to Ashley Madison website

People flock to the infidelity dating site, even after hackers leaked details of millions of users. Credit: PA

Hundreds of thousands of people signed up for infidelity website Ashley Madison in the last week, even after hackers leaked data about millions of its clients, the parent company Avid Life said today.

Recent media reports predicting the imminent demise of Ashley Madison are greatly exaggerated. Despite having our business and customers attacked, we are growing."

– Statement from Avid Life

Earlier this month, hackers released Ashley Madison customer data after demanding the site be shut down. A second data dump contained thousands of emails and other company documents.

The company also hit back at reports that the site had few genuine female users, saying internal data released by hackers had been analysed incorrectly.

"Last week alone, women sent more than 2.8 million messages within our platform," Avid Life said, adding that 87,596 women had also signed up for Ashley Madison last week.

On Friday Chief Executive Officer Noel Biderman had left the company by mutual agreement.

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President Obama to run wild with Bear Grylls in Alaska

The president will join the survival expert to see the impact of climate change first hand. Credit: Reuters/PA

Barack Obama is to venture into the Alaskan wilderness with British survival expert Bear Grylls to explore the impact of climate change on the environment for a television programme, it has been announced.

The special edition of Running Wild with Bear Grylls will be broadcast later this year on NBC.

President Obama will meet with Grylls while visiting Alaska to observe the effects of climate change on the area. The two will then come together in the Alaskan Wilderness.

President Obama will become the first US president to receive a crash course in survival techniques from Bear Grylls. The visit will be taped and aired on NBC later this year.

– NBC statement

Located on the northwest tip of America, Alaska is known for its icy terrain, mountains and freezing temperatures.

Grylls, who has served with the SAS and wrestled sharks and alligators, has taken a string of celebrities on one-on-one adventures to test their survival skills on the series.

So far, actresses Kate Winslet and Kate Hudson and Magic Mike star Channing Tatum have all taken part in the show.

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