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Hot News 16 August 2016
Fifteen prisoners from Guantanamo Bay are to be transferred to the United Arab Emirates, but how likely is it that President Obama can make good on his pledge to close the prison before leaving office? And, we visit the non-stop, 24/7 reading of the Iraq-Chilcot report that’s taking place at this year’s Edinburgh Festival.

Today’s main stories:  The Pentagon yesterday announced that they would be transferring fifteen Guantanamo Bay prisoners to the United Arab Emirates. With only sixty one prisoners remaining, could President Obama be one step closer to fulfilling his promise to close the US Military controlled prison in Cuba. We speak to Ibrahim Mohamoud from the UK human rights organization CAGE, and Elizabeth Beavers from Amnesty International.

At twelve volumes long, and a whopping two-point six million words, how long do you think it'd take to read the Chilcot-Iraq Enquiry in its entirety?  Well, there's a non-stop show at this year's Edinburgh festival fringe that hopes to find out the answer. We speak with the creator of the show Bob Slayer, and one of the many readers – former Scottish Socialist MSP Colin Fox.

You can find previous editions of World in Focus here.

Tune in to Radio Sputnik five days a week for Sputnik’s daily current affairs program, broadcasting live from Edinburgh Scotland, with Jack Foster and Carolyn Scott. 

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