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Obama: Africa is continent 'on the move'

President Obama said that Africa is a continent "on the move" highlighting increasing incomes, an expanding middle class and job creation.

He was speaking at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit today in the Kenya capital Nairobi.

He arrived in the country on Friday and it is his first visit to the country of his father's birth since becoming president.


White House finalising plan to close Guantanamo Bay prison

The White House has confirmed that it is in the final stages of drafting a plan to close the US prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

White House is in the final stages of plans to close the prison. Credit: Reuters/Bob Strong

The announcement was made by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, who confirmed that plans to "safely and responsibly close the prison at Guantanamo Bay" were currently being drafted.

Mr Earnest said closing Guantanamo Bay prison remains a priority and it is a waste to spend more than $100 million per year on a prison holding only 116 detainees. He said terrorists also use Guantanamo Bay as a recruiting tool.

President Obama had promised to close the prison since his first day in office, but has suffered setbacks in Congress.

Earnest said the president has decided to veto a defence spending bill now being negotiated if it includes provisions that would make it harder to close the prison.

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