Hours after taking office on Jan. 20, US President Barack Obama ordered military prosecutors in the Guantanamo war crimes tribunals to ask for a 120-day halt in all pending cases. Military judges were expected to rule on the request on Jan. 21 at the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, an official involved in the trials said. The request would halt proceedings in 21 pending cases, including the death penalty case against five Guantanamo prisoners accused of plotting the Sept. 11 hijacked plane attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people. (Reuters)

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