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PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — World leaders bowed and prayed Wednesday before the flag-draped casket containing the body of Nelson Mandela, having a final look at the anti-apartheid icon in the amphitheater where he was sworn in 19 years earlier as South Africa's first black president.
A new US congressional deal that could ease restrictions on releasing Guantanamo detainees doesn't go nearly far enough towards closing the controversial prison, defense lawyers and rights advocates said. The agreement, which must still be approved by House of Representatives and the Senate, "does not close Guantanamo or anything close," emphasized lawyer James Connell. Military lawyer Suzanne Lachelier, who has worked for years in the Cuba enclave, said closing the jail "will take more than the release of the prisoners who have been ruled 'transferable.'" "Those labeled 'high value detainees' would remain (in the jail), and Congress is unlikely to ever allow them to be transferred to the United States," she said.