In a blow to U.S. military commissions trying Guantanamo Bay detainees, a U.S. appeals court on Friday overturned the conviction of a Yemeni man tied to al-Qaida. The court said the special military tribunal on the naval base did not have the authority to charge Ali Hamza al Bahlul with conspiracy — as it is not a crime under international law of war — and that the commissions themselves are in violation of the U.S. Constitution.
The relationship between Cuba and the U.S. continues to improve since an initial thaw late last year. Virginia Rep. Don Beyer recently returned from a trip to the island nation and spoke with WAMU 88.5 News about it.
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