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At least 54 dead after Russian trawler sinks

MOSCOW - At least 54 crew on a Russian fishing trawler died and 15 were missing after it sank in freezing waters off the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Western Pacific Ocean late on Wednesday, officials in the area said.

Al Jazeera television journalists Mohamed Fahmy (R) and Baher Mohamed speak to the media outside of a court in Cairo, March 19, 2015. REUTERS/Shadi Bushra

Government refuses Fahmy's passport application

The federal government has denied Mohamed Fahmy's request for a passport, despite its repeated calls for the Canadian journalist's freedom as he goes through an internationally criticized retrial in Egypt.

New marine mammal legislation, and its impact on Marineland and Niagara Falls, was discussed at Queen's Park Tuesday. A new bill which could affect the park, banning the acquisition or breeding of killer whales, received its second reading. PHOTO: Mike DiBattista / Niagara Falls Review

Queen's Park discusses marine mammal bill

A proposed bill which would overhaul Ontario's marine mammal industry received a second hearing at the legislature Tuesday, along with an impassioned plea from Parkdale-High Park MPP Cheri DiNovo that "it's incumbent upon us to do something better" for animals like Marineland's killer whale Kiska.

Minister of National Defence Jason Kenney is presented with a replica of a C-17 Globemaster during a ceremony at CFB Trenton, March 30, 2015. (JEROME LESSARD/QMI Agency)

Cost of anti-ISIS mission to be least $528M

Canada's decision to extend its military mission against Islamic State forces by another year means the total cost of the operation will be at least $528 million, Defense Minister Jason Kenney said on Wednesday.