Canada: Detention of 2 in Egypt Mars Relations
Foreign Minister John Baird said Tuesday that he told his Egyptian counterpart that in “no uncertain terms” it is unacceptable. He said Canada’s prime minister has directed that all resources be brought to bear to secure their release. John Greyson, a filmmaker and professor, and Tarek Loubani, a physician, have been held without charges since mid-August and were ordered detained for another 45 days on the weekend. The men say they were observing an anti-government demonstration Aug. 16 when Loubani heeded a call for a doctor and began treating wounded demonstrators while Greyson recorded the unrest on video. The pair released a statement on Saturday saying they’ve been beaten and subjected to degrading treatment. “It is simply unacceptable that Canadians can be held this long with no specific charges, no specific evidence,” Baird said. Baird said he told the new Egyptian foreign minister that it was “a significant problem in our bilateral relations.” Baird said he “didn’t’ see any light at the end of the tunnel” despite holding what he called a productive meeting with his Egyptian counterpart on Friday. He said the Canadian government is taking both a political and judicial approach to securing their release. “The government, at the prime minister’s direction, has been engaged in a big way to secure the release of these two Canadians,” Baird said. “I don’t want to up the rhetoric that would impede their expeditious release. I would just say we’re having strong discussions with the Egyptian authorities on this.” Join the Discussion You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
7event By Shaun Al-Shatti @shaunalshatti on Oct 2 2013, 6:06p 7 WSOF Less than a year into its existence, World Series of Fighting is taking the next step towards global expansion. The promotion announced its acquisition of Canada’s Aggression Fighting Championship on Wednesday. AFC, which has staged 29 events since its inception in 2009 and been home to several current UFC fighters including Jesse Ronson and Sarah Kaufman , is expected to re-launch as World Series of Fighting Canada on December 7, 2013 with a show at Vancouver’s PNE Agrodome . Light heavyweight bruisers Anthony Johnson (15-4) and Mike Kyle (20-10-1, 2 NC) have been tapped to headline the event, which will also feature a rescheduled middleweight tourney bout between Elvis Mutapcic (13-2) and Jesse Taylor (26-9). “The launch of World Series of Fighting Canada is an incredibly exciting announcement for our promotion,” WSOF President Ray Sefo said in a statement. “From the beginning, we have maintained our desire to bring our elite-level mixed martial arts action to Canada and the great MMA fans that live there, as well as markets around the globe. We embrace this new division of our company that will allow us to make great strides into Canada, which has long proven to have one of the most passionate and knowledgeable MMA fan bases in the world.” As with prior events, WSOF 7 will air live on NBC Sports Network. In addition to the two announced bouts, promotion officials vowed to line WSOF 7’s card with “some of Canada’s brightest prospects.” “This is an incredible opportunity for us to showcase our Canadian fighters on a massive platform with NBC Sports Network as well as other network partners,” said WSOF Canada COO Darren Owen. “Our fans will be getting the chance to see world-class MMA fights, and they will be able to enjoy exciting events across our great country. We couldn’t be more excited for both our fighters and fight fans across Canada. We are thrilled to become part something as big as the World Series of Fighting Canada.” Latest From MMA Warehouse