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Washington (United States) (AFP) - Two detainees were sent home to Algeria from the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay on Thursday, despite the prisoners' protests that they face persecution there. The Pentagon said Djamel Saiid Ali Ameziane and Bensayah Belkecem were transferred from the "war on terror" prison after a review "examined a number of factors, including security issues." "The United States coordinated with the government of Algeria to ensure these transfers took place with appropriate security and humane treatment assurances," it said. The transfers were the latest in a series stemming from President Barack Obama's much delayed efforts to meet his vow to finally shut down the US detention center in Cuba.
Costa do Sauipe (Brazil) (AFP) - Sao Paulo will host the opening match of the World Cup in June, despite a fatal accident meaning the venue will only be ready two months before kick-off, world governing body FIFA said Thursday. "We have received information it should be ready in mid-April," FIFA president Sepp Blatter told reporters at Friday's draw venue in Costa do Sauipe, north-eastern Brazil. "For the time being there is no Plan B," he added, though secretary general Jerome Valcke later urged caution ahead of tests rescheduled to late April. The fatal accident was the third to occur at World Cup venues in Brazil, which is racing against the clock to get 12 venues ready for an event that starts June 12.