Salma Hayek visits Lebanon to launch film 'The Prophet'

Mexican and American actress Salma Hayek sits in front of the statue of Lebanese-American poet Khalil Gibran during her visit to his museum in the northeast mountain town of Bcharre, Lebanon, Sunday, April 26, 2015. Hayek visited her ancestral homeland Lebanon to launch her latest film "The Prophet," a screen adaptation of the book by the same name written nearly a century ago by the famed Lebanese-American poet and philosopher Gibran. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)BCHARRE, Lebanon (AP) — Salma Hayek is in Lebanon, her first visit to her ancestral homeland, to launch "The Prophet," an animated feature film she co-produced.

Turkish Cypriots elect new leader for breakaway enclave

Turkish Cypriot independant candidate for the presidential elections, Mustafa Akinci, and his wife Meral (R) arrive with their family at a polling station on April 26, 2015 in the northern part of NicosiaTurkish Cypriots voted in a new leader Sunday, with challenger Mustafa Akinci beating incumbent Dervis Eroglu in a run-off poll that could accelerate UN-backed efforts to reunify the long-divided island. Akinci, a former mayor of Nicosia in the breakaway Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and vocal advocate of reconciliation with the internationally recognised government, had won 60.4 percent of votes with 678 of 693 ballot boxes counted, organisers said. Celebrations began soon after results were announced at Akinci's office in north Nicosia, a few hundred metres (yards) from a UN-controlled buffer zone that separates the Turkish and Greek Cypriot sides of Europe's last divided capital. Voters streamed steadily into polling stations in Nicosia from early morning, many bringing their children along to share the experience.

Official: Palestinian operatives helped free Syria hostages

JERUSALEM (AP) — A top Palestinian intelligence official has provided first details of the release of two Swedish hostages held in Syria for 17 months, saying the captors drove them to a pre-arranged drop-off point, pushed them out of the car and sped off.
Chelsea's title bid on hold, Everton overpower United

Arsenal's defender Hector Bellerin (L) vies with Chelsea's defender John Terry during the English Premier League football match at the Emirates Stadium in London on April 26, 2015Chelsea will have to keep the champagne on ice for at least a week after their seemingly inevitable progress towards the Premier League title was checked by a goalless draw away to Arsenal on Sunday. Had they beaten their London rivals at the Emirates Stadium, Jose Mourinho's men would have travelled to Leicester City on Wednesday knowing that victory over the resurgent Foxes would have been enough to secure Chelsea's first English title since 2010. Sunday's fiery clash ended with Arsenal going level on points with second-placed Manchester City, with both clubs 10 points adrift of Chelsea, who like the Gunners have five league matches left to play this season.

Man driving motorhome leads Alaska State Troopers on a chase

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man sought on a felony arrest warrant used a motorhome to unsuccessfully escape Alaska State Troopers.

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