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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.


Obama calls marriage ruling 'a victory for America'

US President Barack Obama called the same-sex marriage ruling "a victory for America."

"This morning the Supreme Court recognised that the Constitution guarantees marriage equality," Obama told journalists in the White House Rose Garden.

"In doing so they've reaffirmed that all Americans are entitled to the equal protection of the law, that all people should be treated equally regardless of who they are or who they love," he continued.

"This decision affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts - when all Americans are treated as equal we are all more free."

Obama hails same-sex marriage ruling as 'a big step'

President Barack Obama has called the US Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage "a big step in our march toward equality":

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