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Obama to resume trials for Guantanamo detainees

8 March 2011 Last updated at 07:04 GMT

In an apparent policy U-turn, American President Barack Obama has approved the resumption of military trials for detainees at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

It ends a two year ban and comes as a further acknowledgement that the facility President Obama vowed to close within a year of taking office will operate for some time to come.

But at the same time, the president has said he still believes in trying terror suspects in US federal courts and remains committed to closing Guantanamo eventually.

The BBC's Washington Correspondent Andrew North reports.