Obama: '2014 is the year to close Guantanamo Bay'

President Barack Obama has said that 2014 is the year to close the controversial US prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a senior administration official told reporters before his State of the Union address.

Obama will not announce his plans for future U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan and will not mention the Keystone XL oil pipeline during his address, the officials said.

Obama giving his speech. Credit: White House

Obama's administration faces decisions on troops and on whether or not to approve the pipeline from Canada this year.

Obama will say he wants to work with Congress to win broad bipartisan support to pass measures that would give him fast-track authority to enact free trade pacts, the White House said.

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Obama vows 'year of action' to tackle inequality

President Barack Obama has pledged that 2014 will be a "year of action" to tackle economic inequality, in his annual State of the Union address.