Last updated: 23 May, 2013

Obama to lift ban on sending Guantanamo inmates to Yemen

President Barack Obama said Thursday he would lift a moratorium on transferring Guantanamo Bay inmates to Yemen, as part of a new effort to finally close the war-on-terror camp in Cuba.

Obama said he would also appoint a new senior envoy in the State Department and Pentagon to oversee transfers and called on the Pentagon to designate a site on US soil to hold military tribunals for terror suspects.