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VENICE WATCH: Editor honored; surreal Swede shines

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 11:44 AM

VENICE, Italy (AP) — The Venice Film Festival is bringing 11 days of red carpet premieres, innovative movies and Hollywood glamour to the Italian city. Here's what has been catching the eye of The Associated Press.

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HONOREE SCHOONMAKER TALKS SCORSESE

The Venice Film Festival celebrated what has been called the "hidden art" of film editing on Tuesday, bestowing a Golden Lion for career achievement on Martin Scorsese's longtime collaborator Thelma Schoonmaker.


Ontario police: Bieber charged with assault

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 11:38 AM

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian police say pop star Justin Bieber has been charged with dangerous driving and assault after a collision between a minivan and an ATV led to a physical altercation in southwestern Ontario.

Ontario Provincial Police say Tuesday that the incident happened Friday afternoon near Bieber's hometown of Stratford and that he was released on a promise to appear in court Sept. 29.


Ontario police: Bieber charged with assault

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 11:38 AM

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian pop star Justin Bieber faces new charges after police said Tuesday he was arrested for dangerous driving and assault following a collision between a minivan and an ATV that led to a physical altercation in southwestern Ontario.

Ontario Provincial Police said the incident happened Friday afternoon near Bieber's hometown of Stratford and that he was released on a promise to appear in court Sept. 29. They said the driver of the ATV and an occupant of the minivan "engaged in a physical altercation."


Sudan government closes Iranian cultural centers

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 11:24 AM

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan announced Tuesday it closed the Iranian cultural center in the capital and other branches, saying the establishment violated its mandate and became a social and ideological threat to the largely Sunni country.

The official statement by Foreign Ministry spokesman Youssef al-Kordofani came a day after local media reported the Iranian center was shut in the capital, Khartoum.


Political skills above language for EU's Tusk

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 11:04 AM

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Donald Tusk's English is shaky, his French nonexistent, and his nation — Poland — has only sat at the EU table since 2004.

No matter. European Union leaders instead focused on his talents — a rare political acumen and a pro-European bent — before unanimously naming the Polish prime minister to one of the bloc's top leadership posts.


Ukraine economy at risk, may need another bailout

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 10:32 AM

BRUSSELS (AP) — While Ukraine's leaders are trying to win the war against Russian-backed separatists in the east, they appear to be losing the battle to resurrect the country's battered economy.

Ukraine might need billions in additional support if the fighting between the military and the separatists in the country's east persists through next year, the International Monetary Fund warned Tuesday. Only covering the shortfall in the central bank's reserves would require an additional $19 billion by the end of 2015, the fund said.


AP Interview: Iran says it disrupts nuclear plots

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 10:19 AM

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has disrupted plots by foreign spies to recruit its nuclear experts and stopped sabotage attempts through faulty foreign equipment supplied for its facilities, the deputy head of the Islamic Republic's nuclear department told The Associated Press.


Saudi executes 4 people for drug smuggling

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 10:03 AM

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday that it executed another four people it says were found guilty of trying to illegally smuggle large quantities of pills and hashish into the kingdom.

That brings to 45 the number of people executed this year in Saudi Arabia, according to an Associated Press tally. Thirty of those were executed over the past four weeks alone.


Versatile Viggo speaks French in 'Far From Men'

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 09:49 AM

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Is there a language Viggo Mortensen doesn't speak?

The multilingual Danish-American actor has performed in everything from English to Elvish. Now he tackles French — as well the power of silence — in Venice Film Festival entry "Far From Men," a stark story about two men, a schoolteacher and a murderer, caught up in Algeria's war for independence.

Mortensen also learned some Arabic for the film by French director David Oelhoffen. So how many tongues has he used onscreen?


Ukraine says Russian forces are in major rebel cities

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 09:37 AM

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian official says Russian military forces have been spotted in both of the major cities held by rebels in eastern Ukraine.

And that has prompted Ukraine to declare that it now has to fight the Russian army -- not just the pro-Russian separatists -- in a war that Ukraine's defense minister says could cost "tens of thousands" of lives.


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