Fahmy’s announced retrial, Iran’s approaching nuclear agreement deadline and Australia’s leadership challenges were the focus of international coverage by Canadian media Monday.

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By Noel Fortner, for the International Reporting Bureau at Humber College

The fate jailed Egyptian-Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy, the approaching deadline for nuclear agreements with Iran and leadership challenges in Australia topped international coverage by Canadian media Monday. 

The decision by Egypt to retry Al-Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy was the front-page lead in The Globe and Mail. HeadlinedOttawa seeks answers on Fahmy retrial,” the story was reported by Gloria Galloway and Kim Mackrael in Ottawa with Tom Stevenson on the ground in Cairo. Nigeria’s fraught election process also ran prominently on the front page with a report by the newspaper’s Africa correspondent, Geoffrey York, under the headline “Election delay sparks fears over military—and democracy—in Nigeria.“

Shifting to Australia, The Globe continued its world coverage with a report from Rod McGuirk of the Associated Press that ran with the headline “PM Abbott survives leadership challenge.” The story ran on A9 without a graphic. The Globe rounded out its international coverage with a report under the headline “As nuclear deal nears, Israel voices concerns.” The story ran without an image on A9 and was written by Matthew Lee and David Rising, reporting from Munich. 


The Toronto Star launched its international coverage with a front page report from foreign affairs reporter Olivia Ward. The report, headlined “Canadian journalist faces new trial in Egypt,” detailed Fahmy’s pending retrial.

The Star shifted its coverage to Iran with Lee and Rising’s AP report, this time headlined “Iran says nuclear agreement is within reach.” The story ran on page A6 with an AFP/Getty image of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif. 

Switching to Australia, the Star ran a short column headlined “Australian PM Tony Abbott survives vote on leadership.” The story was penned by Rod McGuirk of AP, and did not feature an image.

The Star topped off its international coverage with a report co-written by Chris Kay and Emele Onu of Bloomberg that ran with the headline “Critics slam Nigerian vote delay.” The report ran on page A6 without a graphic. 

The National Post’s world coverage lead with a report by Joseph Brean on the departure for Cairo of London-based lawyer Amal Clooney. Headlined “Clooney heads to Egypt as end game nears for Fahmy,” the item was accompanied by a four-column AP photograph of the journalist’s lawyer. The unfolding crisis in Ukraine also featured on the front page, with a report on the departure for Canada of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Reported by Mike Blanchfield, the story ran under the headline “Merkel in Ottawa to brief PM on Ukraine.”

Inside, the Post carried a report on embattled Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, written by Jason Scott of Bloomberg News. It ran under the headline “Australian PM hurt by loss of support.” The report was published with a Getty image of the Australian leader and Minister of Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop. 

Returning to the Middle East, the Post ran an AP report under the headline “Nuclear agreement with Iran may be closer, despite opposition of Israel.” The report ran without a byline on page A7.

CTV kicked off its international coverage with a report from Sinan Salaheddin of AP, headlined “Baghdad suicide attack kills 15, injures 45.” The report ran with an AP image of Baghdad city workers cleaning debris out of the streets. Other international coverage included an AP report from Beijing on China’s continuing crackdown on corruption. The report, headlined “China executes mining tycoon for leading crime gang,” ran without a byline and featured and image of Liu Han, the former mining tycoon. 

For CBC’s The National, senior Washington correspondent Neil MacDonald analyzed growing tension between U.S. President Barrack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The report, titled “Frosty Friendship,” featured an interview with reporter Nathan Guttman of The Jewish Daily Forward. 

The CBC led its online world coverage with a report from Matt Kwong headlined “Twitter trolling victims at mercy of ‘daunting’ complaints system.” The story ran with YouTube/Twitter images of three women who “all endured varying degrees of online harassment.” 

The CBC continued its international coverage with a recap of the Grammys. The report ran without a byline and featured Reuters images of performances of the night.