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US Military Changes Rules on Terrorism Trials

U.S. military officials have announced changes to military trials of terrorism suspects being held at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Air Force Brigadier General Thomas Hemingway said Wednesday the so-called "improvements" will bring the process closer to the American judge-and-jury system.

He said the presiding officer at the trial will function more like a judge than under the previous system, and other officers will act like a jury.

Some human rights groups rejected the changes for not going far enough, noting there is still no option for appeal to an independent court.

U.S. military officials have filed charges against four detainees at Guantanamo, where more than 500 terror suspects are being held.

Meantime Center for Constitutional Rights said some prisoners have launched a hunger strike to protest their conditions.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.