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Obama makes Gitmo releases before Trump takes power

President Obama has committed to transferring prisoners from Guantanamo before leaving office on Friday. Credit: PA

Oman has announced it has given "temporary residency" to 10 prisoners released from Guantanamo Bay as Barack Obama continues his push to shrink the prison's population before leaving the White House.

President Obama pledged to shut the base down at the controversial Cuba-based US military prison when he campaigned for the presidency in 2008.

He last secured the release of prisoners in August 2016 before Oman's foreign ministry confirmed the latest transfer in a statement.

To meet a request by the US government to assist in settling the issue of the detainees at Guantanamo, out of consideration of their humanitarian situation, 10 people released from that prison arrived in the Sultanate of Oman for a temporary residency.

– Oman's foreign ministry

The outgoing president's declared commitment to transfers from 'Gitmo' earlier this month remains in direct opposition to his successor, who tweeted:


Russian hacking of US should be considered 'act of war'

John McCain has scheduled a hearing on foreign cyber threats. Credit: AP

Alleged Russian hacking of the US should be considered "an act of war", Republican Senator John McCain has said.

Mr McCain said a lot more needs to be done in response to the hacks, saying America needs to make sure there is a price to pay.

The former presidential candidate made the remarks after President Barack Obama's administration unleashed a string of sanctions and ordered that 35 Russians be expelled from the US amid allegations of Russian meddling in the American presidential election.

"When you attack a country, it's an act of war," Mr McCain said on a visit to Kiev.

"And so we have to make sure that there is a price to pay, so that we can perhaps persuade the Russians to stop these kind of attacks on our very fundamentals of democracy."

Mr McCain said it was possible to impose many sanctions on Russia, including financial institutions, individuals and organisations.

He has scheduled a hearing for Thursday on foreign cyber threats.

Trump praises 'very smart' Putin after diplomat decision

Donald Trump has appeared to praise President Vladimir Putin for not expelling US diplomats from Russia.

Hours after Mr Putin said he would not retaliate to Barack Obama's decision to throw 35 Russian officials out of the US over allegations of hacking, Mr Trump tweeted: "Great move on delay (by V. Putin) - I always knew he was very smart!"

'This is just typical Putin having a good time'

President Vladimir Putin was expected to expel dozens of diplomats today in response to President Barack Obama throwing 35 Russian officials out of the US over allegations of hacking.

But despite calls for action from his own foreign ministry, he said he would not stoop to the level of the Americans and that he would work to restore relations once Donald Trump is in the White House.

US foreign policy analyst James Jeffrey told ITV News: "This is just typical Putin having a good time."

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