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Guantanamo hunger strike largely over, U.S. says

Washington

Guantanamo hunger strike largely over

The U.S. military on Monday effectively pronounced the end of a mass hunger strike among detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba — a six-month protest that refocused global attention on the prison and pushed the Obama administration to revive the effort to shutter it. While about seven detainees at the prison have been on a strike for years, a larger protest had begun by early March and gained steam. At its peak, 106 of the 166 prisoners were listed as participants. But since Sept. 11, just 19 of the 164 detainees now at the base have been participating, a prison spokesman said Monday.

Oklahoma City

Adoptive parents get Cherokee child

A South Carolina couple who vowed last month to not leave Oklahoma unless they went home with a 4-year-old Cherokee girl they have been trying to adopt since her birth were given custody of the girl Monday night after the Oklahoma Supreme Court said it didn't have jurisdiction over the child. "She's safely in her parents' arms," said Jessica Munday, a spokeswoman for Matt and Melanie Capobianco of Charleston, S.C. The Capobiancos and the girl's biological father, Dusten Brown, had fought over custody of the girl for years.

South Korea

Nuclear gain seen for North Korea

North Korean scientists are able to build crucial equipment for uranium-based nuclear bombs on their own, cutting the need for imports that had been one of the few ways outsiders could monitor the country's secretive atomic work, according to evidence gathered by two American experts. Joshua Pollack, a Washington-based expert on nuclear proliferation, and Scott Kemp, an expert on centrifuge technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said material published in North Korean scientific publications and news media shows that Pyongyang is mastering domestic production of essential components for the gas centrifuges needed to make such bombs.

Elsewhere

Washington: Aaron Alexis, the Washington Navy Yard gunman, falsely reported that he had never been arrested or charged with any firearms offenses when he enlisted in the military, but nevertheless was granted a security clearance, Navy officials disclosed Monday. The disclosure is further evidence of how Alexis' violent and erratic behavior was overlooked or dismissed.

Cambodia: Ruling party lawmakers today extended Hun Sen's rule for another five years, renaming the strongman as prime minister in a parliamentary vote boycotted by the opposition, which alleges election fraud.

France: Nine people have been arrested in connection with the seizure this month of 2,900 pounds of cocaine with a value of $67 million that was on an Air France flight from Venezuela, officials said Monday.

Times wires

Guantanamo hunger strike largely over, U.S. says 09/23/13 [Last modified: Monday, September 23, 2013 11:15pm]

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