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Jun 7, 2013

Tropical Storm Andrea weakens as swirls over Florida

MIAMI (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Andrea lost strength as it passed over northern Florida on Thursday evening and is forecast to drench much of the U.S. Southeast with heavy rain as it cuts across Georgia and swing up the Atlantic Coast, the National Hurricane Center said.

The season’s first Atlantic tropical storm had already spawned tornadoes in Florida and threatened to fuel more twisters on Thursday night, after making landfall over the Big Bend area where the Florida peninsula joins the mainland.

Jun 6, 2013

Tropical Storm Andrea bears down on Florida’s Gulf Coast

MIAMI, June 6 (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Andrea pelted
Florida’s northern Gulf Coast on Thursday and was forecast to
drench much of the U.S. Southeast as it cuts across Georgia and
up the Atlantic coast, the National Hurricane Center said.

The season’s first Atlantic tropical storm was churning in
the Gulf of Mexico, centered about 110 miles (180 km) west of
Tampa, Florida, the center said. Moving northeast, Andrea was
expected to make landfall on Thursday evening over the Big Bend
area, where the Florida Peninsula meets the Panhandle, a strip
of land between Alabama and Georgia to the north and the Gulf.

Jun 6, 2013

Tropical Storm Andrea heads for Florida’s Gulf Coast

MIAMI, June 6 (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Andrea took aim at
Florida’s northern Gulf Coast on Thursday and was forecast to
cut across Georgia and up the U.S. Atlantic coast, the U.S.
National Hurricane Center said.

The season’s first Atlantic tropical storm was churning in
the Gulf of Mexico, centered about 160 miles (225 km) west of
Tampa, Florida, the center said. Moving north-northeast, Andrea
was expected to make landfall later on Thursday over the Big
Bend area, where the Florida Peninsula meets the Panhandle.

May 24, 2013

Guantanamo prisoners tune in for Obama’s speech on their fate

MIAMI (Reuters) – Among those tuning in to President Barack Obama’s national security speech on Thursday were some prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, who rely on television broadcasts and newspapers for hints about their fate.

“Detainees follow all coverage of Guantanamo closely, including today’s speech, and the post-speech commentary, analysis and editorials,” said Navy Captain Robert Durand, a spokesman for the Guantanamo detention operation.

May 23, 2013

Repatriating detainees to Yemen key to closing Guantanamo

WASHINGTON/MIAMI (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s pledge on Thursday to lift a ban on transfers of detainees to Yemen from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, addresses one of the core obstacles to clearing out the detention camp.

Of the 86 detainees who have been cleared for transfer or release, 56 are from Yemen, where al Qaeda has a dangerous presence. There are 80 more prisoners who are not cleared and an unknown number of those are Yemeni as well.

May 23, 2013

U.S. military lawyers put more pressure on Guantanamo

MIAMI (Reuters) – Military and civilian lawyers for prisoners at the Guantanamo naval base urged U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to improve conditions for detainees, putting more pressure on the Obama administration to make good its promise to close the camp.

The plea from 18 lawyers representing “high-value” prisoners came before a speech by President Barack Obama on Thursday when he will address counterterrorism measures such as drone strikes and closing Guantanamo.

May 23, 2013

Military lawyers urge Hagel to improve Guantanamo conditions

MIAMI (Reuters) – Military and civilian lawyers for prisoners at the Guantanamo naval base urged U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to improve conditions for detainees, putting more pressure on the Obama administration to make good its promise to close the camp.

The plea from 18 lawyers representing “high-value” prisoners came before a speech by President Barack Obama on Thursday when he will address counterterrorism measures such as drone strikes and closing Guantanamo.

May 2, 2013

What options does Obama have to close Guantanamo?

By Susan Cornwell and Jane Sutton

(Reuters) – With his renewed vow to close the detention camp for foreign terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay, President Barack Obama has effectively assigned himself a list of possible ways to take the prison’s population down from 166 to zero.

Some would be more easily achieved than others.

In pledging to look again at an unfulfilled promise dating back to his first election campaign and early days in office in 2009, Obama made plain on Tuesday that it was untenable to keep the 11-year-old camp open.

Apr 29, 2013

American Medical Association questions Guantanamo force-feedings

MIAMI (Reuters) – The Navy sent extra medical personnel to the Guantanamo detention camp because of a growing hunger strike, and the American Medical Association questioned whether doctors were being asked to violate their ethics by force-feeding prisoners.

The reinforcements arrived at the weekend and included about 40 nurses, specialists and hospital corpsmen, who are trained to provide basic medical care, Army Lieutenant Colonel Samuel House, a spokesman for the detention camp said, said on Monday.

Apr 26, 2013

Analysis: In force-feeding detainees, Obama has courts on his side

WASHINGTON/MIAMI (Reuters) – As detainees at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, press ahead with a widening hunger strike nearly three months old, President Barack Obama has come under increasing criticism for his policy of force-feeding them.

But U.S. law is on his side, an analysis of court rulings shows.

Most U.S. judges who have examined forced feeding in prisons have concluded that the measure may violate the rights of inmates to control their own bodies and to privacy – rights rooted in the U.S. Constitution and in common law. But they have found that the needs of operating a prison are more important.

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      "I'm a correspondent in Miami. Since January 2002, I've made dozens of trips to the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval base to cover the detention operations and ongoing war crimes tribunals. I've covered hurricanes, crimes and corruption, elections and topics ranging from orange crop diseases to shark attacks. I joined Reuters in 1994 as a municipal bond and public finance reporter."
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