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White House finishing latest plan for closing Guantanamo

The US administration is in the "final stages" of drafting its latest plan to close the prison holding terrorism detainees at Guantanamo Bay, a White House spokesman said.

President Barack Obama's efforts to shut the prison have been stymied by opponents in Congress for years.

Press secretary Josh Earnest said closing Guantanamo remains a priority and it is a waste to spend more than 100 million dollars per year on a prison holding only 116 detainees. He said terrorists also use Guantanamo Bay as a recruiting tool.

Mr Earnest said the president has decided to veto a defence spending bill now being negotiated in Congress if it includes provisions that would make it harder to close the prison.

But Mr Obama has failed to carry out similar veto threats in the past.

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