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Baird meets with detained journalist's family; Fahmy in Cairo prison since Dec.

TORONTO - The family of an Egyptian-Canadian journalist held in a Cairo prison for months and now standing trial say they've met with Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and were assured Canada will keep pressuring Egypt on the case. Mohamed Fahmy was working for satellite news broadcaster Al-Jazeera English when he was arrested on Dec. 29 along with his colleagues — Australian Peter Greste and Egyptian Baher Mohamed — and has been detained since then.

Canada urges 'expeditious' Egypt trial for Jazeera reporter

Canada on Thursday called for a "fair and expeditious" trial for a detained Canadian-Egyptian journalist, whose bail plea has been rejected by an Egyptian court. Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy is on trial with two other detained journalists from the Doha-based Al-Jazeera English for alleged links to the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood movement. "We made a request with respect to this individual getting a fair and expeditious trial and requested that humanitarian and medical needs be addressed," Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird told a Cairo new conference.

Canada urges 'expeditious' Egypt trial for Jazeera reporter

Canada on Thursday called for a "fair and expeditious" trial for a detained Canadian-Egyptian journalist, whose bail plea has been rejected by an Egyptian court. Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy is on trial with two other detained journalists from the Doha-based Al-Jazeera English for alleged links to the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood movement. "We made a request with respect to this individual getting a fair and expeditious trial and requested that humanitarian and medical needs be addressed," Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird told a Cairo new conference.

FX to bring "The Americans" back for a 3rd season

Los Angeles, Apr 17 (EFE).- "The Americans," named one of the 10 best television series of 2013 by the American Film Institute, or AFI, has been renewed for a third season, the FX network said. FX ordered 13 more episodes of the period drama about two Soviet spies posing as a middle-class American couple living in the Washington suburbs during the Cold War. The series, which stars Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich, is currently at the midpoint of season two.

Discovery exits Britain's Channel 5 bidding: sources

By Liana B. Baker and Karen Rebelo NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - Discovery Communications has dropped out of bidding to buy Britain's free-to-air Channel 5, according to two sources familiar with the matter. Discovery, which has been aggressively expanding outside of the United States in television, had been in talks with British Sky Broadcasting Group Plc over a possible joint bid, according to media reports.

S. Korea rescue for sinking ferry with 450 passengers

South Korea despatched coastguard vessels and helicopters Wednesday to rescue around 450 passengers -- mostly high school students -- on a ferry sinking off the southern coast, officials said. "The ship is taking in water and sinking," a coastguard spokesman told AFP by phone. "There are around 450 people on board and we have coastguard vessels, commercial ships in the area, as well as helicopters all engaged in the rescue operation," the spokesman said. Earlier reports had put the number of people on board at 350.

New York court advances lawsuit against Martha Stewart Living on pet products

By Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - A lawsuit claiming Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc tried to undercut a business partner's relationship with pet products retailer PetSmart Inc can proceed, a New York state judge ruled on Monday. Age Group Ltd in July 2009 entered into a four-year licensing agreement with Martha Stewart Living to market and sell Stewart-branded pet products. Four months later, Age Group and PetSmart struck a deal under which PetSmart would buy Stewart-branded pet products from Age Group.

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'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' sweeps MTV Movie Awards LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Young adult favorite "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" was voted 'movie of the year' and scooped top acting honors at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, reflecting the irreverent ceremony's appeal to young fans. The second installment of the hugely popular "Hunger Games" books beat out this year's Oscar best picture winner "12 Years a Slave" in online voting that continued through much of the show.

'Mad Men' premiere draws 2.3 million, lowest season debut since 2008

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Advertising drama "Mad Men," facing a night of stiff competition on cable television, drew 2.3 million viewers to the premiere of its seventh and final season, network AMC said on Monday. Sunday's hourlong episode was unable to match the 3.4 million that watched its sixth season premiere last year, according to data compiled by Nielsen and released by AMC.

Mickey Rooney's family buries hatchet in funeral row

Rival factions of Mickey Rooney's family struck a legal deal on Friday to resolve an unseemly row which had threatened to cloud funeral arrangements for the Hollywood legend. They went to court after disputes involving Rooney's estranged wife, some of his children and the conservator of his Estate flared up following the late actor's death on Sunday, aged 93. Rooney's eighth wife, Jan Chamberlin, had allegedly tried to move Rooney's corpse and wanted to organize his funeral at a cemetery plot purchased years earlier, next to a space for her.
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