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Millions ready for 'Mad Men' final season

Pour a large Old Fashioned and pull up an Eames chair: after countless cocktails, numerous infidelities and a litany of sexist jokes, hit US television drama "Mad Men" is finally drawing to a close. The mid-century morality tale, admired almost as much for its achingly cool depiction of 1960s fashion and furniture as for its superb writing and acting, enters its seventh and final season on Sunday.

Comic Colbert to succeed US late-night icon Letterman

Comic Stephen Colbert will succeed TV icon David Letterman as host of the "Late Show" next year, CBS said Thursday, the latest move in a changing of America's late-night old guard. The announcement came after Letterman said he will step down next year, and follows the departure of rival veteran Jay Leno as host of "The Tonight Show." Colbert, 49, who has presented the award-winning "The Colbert Report" satirical, fake news show since 2005, paid tribute to Letterman as a model late-night host.

Canadian journalist held in Egypt calls his trial 'a joke'

CAIRO - An Egyptian-Canadian journalist who has spent more than 100 days in a Cairo prison told a court Thursday that his trial was "a joke" as the judge presiding over the case dismissed a key part of the prosecution's evidence. Shouting from behind the bars of a cage in which he and his co-accused colleagues were kept, Mohamed Fahmy said he didn't understand the reason for the trial, which marks what's thought to be the first time journalists have been charged with terrorism-related offences in Egypt.

CBC cuts 657 jobs and slashes $130 million from its budget

TORONTO - The CBC is slashing 657 full-time positions over two years and will no longer pursue broadcast rights to professional sports as it grapples with a budget shortfall it blamed on poor TV ratings, a softened advertising market and stiff competition from private rival networks. The public broadcaster announced a swath of cuts Thursday that will shave $130 million from its 2014-15 budget while gutting CBC Sports and reducing local news coverage.

Comic Colbert to succeed US late-night icon Letterman

Comic Stephen Colbert will succeed TV icon David Letterman as host of the "Late Show" next year, CBS said Thursday, the latest move in a changing of America's late-night old guard. The announcement came after Letterman said he will step down next year, and follows the departure of rival veteran Jay Leno as host of "The Tonight Show." Colbert, 49, who has presented the award-winning The Colbert Report satirical show since 2005, paid tribute to Letterman as a model that other late-night hosts look up to.

Al-Jazeera journalists back in Cairo court

A Canadian-Egyptian journalist for Al-Jazeera English on trial in Egypt pleaded for his release Thursday, as the prosecution submitted footage and pictures as evidence in the unprecedented trial of reporters. Three detained journalists with the Qatar-based broadcaster and 17 others are on trial for alleged links to the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood movement. The three have been in detention for more than 100 days, despite an international outcry and amid fears of a crackdown on the media after the army overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July.

Al-Jazeera journalists back in Cairo court

A Canadian-Egyptian journalist for Al-Jazeera English being tried in Egypt pleaded for his release Thursday, as the prosecution in an unprecedented trial of reporters submitted footage and pictures as evidence. Three detained journalists with the Qatar-based broadcaster and 17 others people are on trial for alleged links to the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood movement.

Mickey Rooney's wife, estate tussle over actor's remains

By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The estranged wife of actor Mickey Rooney and his estate are locked in a legal tussle over the remains of the late Hollywood movie star, who left an estate of only $18,000, according to court documents. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Steele will decide at a hearing on Friday whether Rooney's remains will be released from an area mortuary to his wife, Janice Rooney, or to his conservator.

Al-Jazeera journalists back in Cairo court

A Canadian-Egyptian Al-Jazeera journalist on trial in Egypt pleaded for his release Thursday, as the prosecution in the unprecedented trial of reporters submitted footage and pictures as evidence. Three detained journalists with the Qatar-based broadcaster and 17 others people are on trial for alleged links to the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood movement. They have been in detention for more than 100 days, despite an international outcry and amid fears of a crackdown on the media following the army's overthrow of Egypt's Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July.

Al-Jazeera journalists back in Cairo court

Three Al-Jazeera journalists were back in court Thursday over their alleged links with the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood, with Amnesty International denouncing their detention of more than 100 days. The hearing is the fifth in a trial which has sparked an international outcry and fuelled fears of a media crackdown by the military-installed authorities since the army deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July.
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