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2 Canadians released from in Egyptian prison after Canada warns detention would mar relations

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    These undated family handout photos show John Greyson, a filmmaker and professor, left, and Tarek Loubani, a physician. Canada's Foreign Affairs department said late Saturday Oct. 5, 2013 the two Canadians held without charges for the past several weeks in Egypt have been released from prison. (AP Photo/Loubani and Greyson family) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - This undated file family photo provided by Cecilia Greyson shows Canadian filmmaker John Greyson, who has been in detention in Egypt since his arrest on Aug. 16, 2013 in Cairo. Canada's Foreign Affairs department said late Saturday Oct. 5, 2013 two Canadians, Greyson and Tarek Loubani, a physician and professor, held without charges for the past several weeks in Egypt have been released from prison. (AP Photo/Courtesy Cecilia Greyson, File) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - This undated family photo shows Canadian doctor Tarek Loubani, who has been in detention in Egypt since his arrest on Aug. 16, 2013 in Cairo. Canada's Foreign Affairs department said late Saturday Oct. 5, 2013 two Canadians, Loubani and John Greyson, a filmmaker and professor, held without charges for the past several weeks in Egypt have been released from prison. (AP Photo/Loubani family photo, File) (The Associated Press)

Canada's Foreign Affairs department said late Saturday two Canadians held without charges for the past several weeks in Egypt have been released from prison.

Lynne Yelich, a Canadian minister of consular affairs, said Canada welcomes the decision to release John Greyson, a filmmaker and professor, and Tarek Loubani, a physician.

The pair has been held without charges since mid-August. 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 a week ago saying they were beaten and subjected to degrading treatment. Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird warned Egypt that the detention was a significant threat to relations between the two countries.

"Minister Baird and I were in contact with senior Egyptian officials on numerous occasions concerning this case, and the Embassy of Canada to Egypt worked tirelessly to secure their release," Yelich said in a statement.

The statement said Canadian officials are facilitating the departure of Loubani and Greyson from Egypt, and will continue to offer consular services to them.

Yelich also expressed appreciation to Egyptian authorities for providing consular access to the Canadians during their detainment.