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.
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US Vice President Joe Biden warned China on Thursday against escalating a dispute over an East China Sea air zone, adding that regional peace and stability were in Beijing's interests. China's controversial move last month to declare an "air defence identification zone" (ADIZ) -- which includes islands disputed with Japan -- has "caused significant apprehension in the region", Biden told a group of 60 American business leaders Thursday morning. "As China's economy grows, its stake in regional peace and stability will continue to grow as well, because it has so much more to lose," he added. "That's why China will bear increasing responsibility to contribute positively to peace and security."