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VENICE, Italy - 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?

SANAA, Yemen - The Yemeni president on Tuesday dismissed the Cabinet, firing the prime minister for the first time in two years, while partially reversing an earlier decision to lift fuel subsidies in a bid to end a standoff with Shiite rebels holding anti-government protests across the country.

Paramedics handle numerous weekend assaults
paNOW Staff

Parkland Ambulance paramedics responded to 94 incidents over the long-weekend.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Thirty-two teens escaped from a youth detention centre in Nashville by crawling under a weak spot in a fence late Monday, and 10 of them were still on the run Tuesday, a spokesman said.

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. - Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is scheduled to appear in court for a change-of-plea hearing on drug-related charges he faces from a traffic stop in March.

Irsay was due to appear in a Hamilton County court in Noblesville on Tuesday morning.

The 55-year-old Irsay has pleaded not guilty to charges of driving while intoxicated and driving with a Schedule I or II controlled substance in his body.

PYONGYANG, Korea, Democratic People's Republic Of - It's a hot, sunny morning at the newly refurbished Sosan Football Stadium in Pyongyang. Two women's soccer teams head to the sidelines of the artificial turf, leaving only a row of archers to continue their practice before several senior sports ministry officials. So sure are they of their aim — or, perhaps, so impromptu is the decision to have them shoot here — that there are no barriers behind the targets, posted on simple squares of straw.

The archers have a lot of responsibility on their shoulders.

YANGON, Myanmar - A dethroned 16-year-old beauty queen from Myanmar said Tuesday she won't return her bejeweled $100,000 crown until pageant organizers apologize for calling her a liar and a thief.

May Myat Noe — the country's first winner of an international beauty contest — lashed back at her accusers at a tightly packed news conference.

She said representatives of the Miss Asia Pacific World pageant lied about her age — saying she was 18 instead of 16 — and tried to pressure her into getting plastic surgery "from head to toe."

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - A top Saudi security official said Tuesday that police had arrested 88 men suspected of being part of an al-Qaida cell that was plotting attacks inside and outside of the kingdom.

Interior Ministry spokesman Mansour al-Turki did not give any details about the alleged plots, but said 59 of men arrested had previously served prison sentences for similar offences.

MOGADISHU, Somalia - Al-Shabab's top leader was travelling in one of two vehicles hit Monday night in a U.S. military strike, a member of the Somali Islamic extremist group said Tuesday.

The spokesman would not say whether al-Shabab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane was among the six militants killed.

The two vehicles were heading toward the coastal town of Barawe, al-Shabab's main base, when they were hit, Abu Mohammed told The Associated Press.

LONDON - U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said Tuesday it was inappropriate to throw the full weight of the law at a couple who took their ill 5-year-old child to Spain in hope of getting a revolutionary type of radiation therapy for a brain tumour.

Clegg did not claim to be speaking for the government, and said it was up to police and prosecutors to decide how to proceed.

Clegg told the BBC his "heart goes out" to Brett and Naghemeh King.

Youth charged in apartment building fire
paNOW Staff

A youth has been charged following a multi-agency investigation into an Aug. 26 fire.

On that evening just before 10 p.m. police were called to a fire in the Hilltop Towers apartment building. Although it only caused minimal damage, police were called to investigate due to recent arson activity in the building.

The Forensic Identification Section, the Criminal Investigation Division and Fire Investigators joined forces to look into the fire and through the investigation a suspect was identified.

KIEV, Ukraine - Russian military forces have been spotted in both major rebel-held cities in eastern Ukraine, an official said Tuesday, prompting Ukraine to declare that it now has to fight the Russian army, not just the separatists.

The statement on the Russians by Col. Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine's National Security Council, came after the country's defence minister said Ukraine's armed forces are expanding their strategy from just fighting separatists to facing the Russian army in a war that could cost "tens of thousands" of lives.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Delta Air Lines flight from New York to West Palm Beach, Florida, was diverted to Jacksonville because of a dispute between passengers over a reclining seat.

Jacksonville station News 4 Jax (http://bit.ly/1qX1NjG ) reports that Delta says the flight was diverted Monday night.

Passenger Aaron Klipin told the station a woman sitting next to him got into an argument with a passenger behind her. The woman was trying to recline her seat while the other passenger was trying to sleep.

Textbooks to technology: inside the changing classroom
By Deborah Shawcross paNOW Staff

Elementary students and teachers are back in the school this week and while some things don't change, typical school supplies in the classroom have come a long way from simple pencils and notebooks.

Grade 7 and 8 teacher Matthew Bresciani says students are bringing their own electronic devices, like phones and schools are providing tablets as well.

Back-to-school time has police watching the speedometer
paNOW Staff

It’s that time of year again when kids are up early and making their way to school.

This means more pedestrians will be packing the streets and sidewalks during the morning commute.

With this in mind Prince Albert Police Service are reminding motorists to be aware of these children. Starting Tuesday, all posted school speed zone will be in effect at 30km/hr. To make sure this is followed police will be monitoring all school zones within City limits.

By Chelsea Laskowski paNOW Staff

A Prince Albert judge has ruled a man with a criminal history that includes four sexual assaults, does not belong in jail for life. However, he is now considered a dangerous offender.

Marius Alfred Fontaine was 18 before he developed a long criminal record.

A left-leaning think-tank was targeted by the Canada Revenue Agency for a political-activities audit last fall partly because the research and education material on its website appears to be 'biased' and 'one-sided.'

LOS ANGELES - The FBI said it was addressing allegations that online accounts of several celebrities, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, had been hacked, leading to the posting of their nude photographs online.

The agency did not say Monday what actions it was taking to investigate who was responsible for posting naked photos of Lawrence and other stars. Apple said Monday it was looking into whether its online photo-sharing service had been hacked to obtain the intimate images.

EL-ARISH, Egypt - A roadside bomb exploded Tuesday near an armoured police vehicle travelling in Egypt's restive Sinai Peninsula, killing 11 police officers, including a senior official, security and medical officials said.

The bomb appeared to have been detonated by remote control and it went off as the police vehicle was driving through the village of el-Wefaq near the Egyptian border with the Gaza Strip, security officials said.

WASHINGTON - Singer Chris Brown is expected to appear in a District of Columbia court for what would be a third attempt at a plea deal to resolve an assault case.

According to court filings, Brown is scheduled to appear in D.C. Superior Court on Tuesday at 9 a.m. A hearing originally scheduled for Friday was postponed.

U.S. Attorney spokesman Bill Miller declined to comment on the case.

DAKAR, Senegal - Food in countries hit by Ebola is getting more expensive and will become scarcer because many farmers won't be able to access fields, a U.N. food agency warned Tuesday.

MONTREAL - A powerful former construction magnate could finally take the stand when Quebec's corruption inquiry returns today from its summer break.

Tony Accurso, once the owner of several influential construction companies, is due to appear before the Charbonneau Commission.

Accurso had argued testifying at the inquiry would jeopardize his right to a fair trial in pending criminal proceedings.

The Supreme Court of Canada dismissed the request last month.

NATO sees Estonia and its sister Baltic states — in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s backyard — as its new front line.

EDMONTON - Powel Crosley was lost after his wife died of a rare form of ovarian cancer.

But he felt compelled to carry on her fight somehow against the disease and to help find a treatment for others — so he went back to school.

The 60-year-old, whose long grey hair is often pulled back in a ponytail, stands out as the oldest student in most of his classes at the University of Alberta, where he has been enrolled as an undergrad student since 2010. At times, he has been mistaken for a professor.