Actor Who Played King Leonidas Will Carry Olympic Torch for Sparta

ATHENS – No word on whether he will yell “This is Sparta!” but Scottish actor Gerard Butler, who famously played King Leonidas in the film 300, showcasing the 480 B.C. Battle of Thermopylae, will be in Sparta March 14 as a torchbearer for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Speaking to state-run broadcaster ERT, Mayor Petros Doukas said the actor will also be in the city in June to attend the celebrations for the 2,500 years anniversary of the battle where the 300 Spartans died, holding back the hordes of Persia to buy time for Greece to rally.

The movie is based on the 1998 comic series of the same name by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley, that presents a fictionalized retelling of the battle, for entertainment purposes, while retaining many of the historical facts. Guests will also include the film’s Italian producer Gianni Nunnari.


ROME (AP) — Sixty-four people were missing in the Mediterranean Sea and several were rescued after their ship wrecked off Italy's southern coast Monday, United Nations' agencies said in a statement.

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NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.


Wellness, Longevity, Gastronomy at Navarino Challenge 2024

ATHENS – The sports tourism and wellness event Navarino Challenge returns for its 12th year, October 18-20 at Costa Navarino and Pylos.

WASHINGTON  — A new Biden administration policy announced Tuesday will give roughly half a million immigrants who are married to American citizens but lack legal status in the United States a pathway to citizenship for them and their children.

FENTON, Mich. — With much of the Midwest and the Northeast broiling — or about to broil — in extreme summer heat this week, meteorologists are talking about heat waves and heat domes.

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