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FIGUERAS, Spain (Reuters) - Forensic scientists and legal experts began taking DNA samples from the embalmed body of Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali on Thursday to try to resolve a paternity claim.

LONDON (Reuters) - A sold-out performance of Shakespeare's "Richard III" was set go ahead on Wednesday despite attempts to stop the play taking place at the final resting place of the last English king to die in battle.

WINCHESTER, England (Reuters) - The Bank of England unveiled its first plastic 10 pound note on Tuesday, which features 19th century British novelist Jane Austen and will be available to the public from September.

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish police recovered three of five paintings by Irish-born artist Francis Bacon that were stolen from a Madrid home in 2015, they said on Wednesday.

MADRID (Reuters) - A woman whose paternity suit has prompted a Spanish court to order the exhumation of surrealist artist Salvador Dali's body said she was simply seeking the truth about her family.

Sports News

SOUTHPORT, England (Reuters) - American Matt Kuchar bogeyed the 18th hold to slip back to third place at the British Open as joint leaders Jordan Spieth and Brooks Koepka prepared for a Friday afternoon round in challenging conditions.

SALON-DE-PROVENCE, France (Reuters) - Edvald Boasson Hagen ended a run of near misses to take stage 19 of the Tour de France on Friday, on a trouble-free day for race leader Chris Froome who moved to the brink of overall victory.

SALON-DE-PROVENCE, France (Reuters) - Only 22 km realistically stands between Chris Froome and a third consecutive Tour de France triumph but the British rider says he cannot rest easy.

LONDON (Reuters) - A slow puncture caused Sebastian Vettel's dramatic penultimate lap tyre blowout at last weekend's British Grand Prix, Pirelli said on Friday.

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - The world swimming championships will usher in a new era following the retirement of American great Michael Phelps when eight days of racing commence at Budapest's Duna Arena on Sunday.

Science News

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk on Thursday said he had received "verbal" approval to start building an ultra-high-speed underground transport system linking New York and Washington that would cut travel time between the cities to about half an hour.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A bag used by U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong to bring the first samples of moon dust back to Earth was sold to an anonymous bidder for $1.8 million at an auction in New York on Thursday marking the 48th anniversary of the first moon landing.

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Axheads and grinding stones from a cave in Australia's far north suggest humans arrived on the continent about 65,000 years ago, or 18,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to research published on Thursday.

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Detailed sea-floor maps made during the unsuccessful search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, released by Australia on Wednesday, could help increase the knowledge of rich fisheries and the prehistoric movement of the earth's southern continents.

LONDON (Reuters) - Line up Usain Bolt at the starting blocks with a Tyrannosaurus rex and the dinosaur would be left behind in the sprinter's dust, according to computer-assisted research that turns long-held assumptions on their head.

Movie Reviews

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- Paul Lester

Is the rapper once banned from the UK for homophobic lyrics now coming out? Either way, this heavenly hip-hop record visits multicoloured corners of his mind

Like a lot of great artists, Tyler, the Creator is hard to figure out, especially regarding how much of a character he’s been playing on his records. On Bastard – his 2009 debut, an online release made when he was 18 that is too musically accomplished and lyrically lacerating to dismiss as a mixtape – he set a mischievous, even malevolent, tone with songs about rape and mutilation that dared listeners to wonder how fictional a creation the rapper was. His albums since – Goblin (2011), Wolf (2013) and Cherry Bomb (2015) – have mixed piteous confessions with homicidal obscenities, but always with the arch tone of a detached observer. That Tyler has established himself as a video director (not to mention festival entrepreneur, and photobook and media app creator) has furthered the sense of a renaissance man amusing himself before making the inevitable move to something grownup, like making movies.

But Flower Boy – promoted in the weeks since it leaked as Scum Fuck Flower Boy – doesn’t seem like the work of someone treating music as a trifle. In fact, it feels like a statement, even a concept, an impression enhanced by reports that Flower Boy marks Tyler’s coming out.

Related: Tyler, the Creator on being banned from the UK: 'I'm being treated like a terrorist'

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- Luke Holland

Also this week: Lana Del Rey goes dark and downbeat, while Rag’n’Bone Man aims for Radio X


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- Fiona Maddocks

Royal Albert Hall; Cadogan Hall, LondonThe political message was loud and clear, the music-making astonishing, in a bold opening salvo of Proms concerts

Politics jostled its way to the front of the arena on day one of the 2017 BBC Proms. Usually it sneaks in late, amid the flag-waving, speechifying and Land-of-Hope-and-Glorying of the Last Night. Until then, in the intervening eight weeks, that coveted spot is occupied by regular prommers (standing tickets still only £6 a night). When these stalwarts chant, in well-drilled unison, the sum they raised for musical charities last year – a princely £116,000 – you know the Proms has begun. Occasionally spotted off-season at other concert halls, they are as much an institution as the Proms themselves. They deserve their own review.

Yet this year, David Pickard’s second as Proms director, was a bottom-to-top helter-skelter from the start. In one sense it was all about encores. By the first interval of the first night, the Proms had its first news headline. The young Russian-German pianist Igor Levit, wearing his EU lapel pin, played Beethoven’s Ode to Joy in Liszt’s well-modulated transcription, an anthem of unity whether in Europe or beyond, including cold war Germany (and 1970s Rhodesia, by the way).

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- Harriet Gibsone

With a sunnier sound, a social conscience and a determined smile on her face, Del Rey is moving on from the darkness she’s inhabited in the past

Lana Del Rey is smiling on the cover of her new album. Quite the radical move considering her default expression has ranged from seductive glower to wounded pout. Such is her brand loyalty to pained poise and misery, the joyful precision on Del Rey’s 2017’s face seems almost ironic. According to a recent interview with NME, however, the smile is symbolic of a new artistic chapter. It was her goal, she says, for this album to mark a “moving-on-ness from wherever that other place was that Honeymoon and Ultraviolence came from. I loved those records, but I felt a little stuck in the same spot.”

For those who haven’t paid attention to Del Rey’s career since its first flourish – the sighing, sorrow-drenched Video Games – the Californian artist’s music has remained locked within a small range of emotions, most of which revolve around awful men (often elderly bikers or gangsters) doing awful things and Del Rey remaining belligerently in love with them. However, the world has changed considerably since 2015’s Honeymoon, and, much like Katy Perry’s ambition to make “purposeful pop”, Del Rey has decided to puncture her long-running narrative and reflect the troubled times we are in.

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- Leslie Felperin

Photographer Mick Rock was a friend to the stars – David Bowie, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop among them – and the engaging chronicler of an era

There is a complex algorithm that applies to bio-documentaries about photographers. It has to do with the ratio to which the work itself is compelling and important on strictly aesthetic grounds in relation to how interesting the artist is, squared by the significance of his or her subject matter over the long haul. Therefore, any photography-centred movie will be intrinsically more interesting if the snapper specialised in portraits and snaps of famous people, which means this cinematic tribute to Mick Rock has a built-in advantage from the off. 

A laid-back charmer who came of age in the 1960s and almost stumbled into photography by shooting his girlfriends and then got a gig shooting the iconic album cover shot for Syd Barrett’s solo album, Rock (that really is his name) rose up through the ranks and became good friends with and semi-official photographer to David Bowie, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and others. Rock’s the one who shot Bowie fellating Mick Ronson’s guitar, for instance. Later, he composed the dramatic cover for Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. 

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Book Reviews

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE CONFESSION, by John Grisham2. WORTH DYING FOR, by Lee Child3. AMERICAN ASSASSIN, by Vince Flynn4. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson5. SIDE JOBS, by Jim Butcher

Top 5 at a Glance1. LIFE, by Keith Richards with James Fox2. BROKE, by Glenn Beck and Kevin Balfe3. EARTH (THE BOOK), by Jon Stewart and others4. THE LAST BOY, by Jane Leavy5. AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARK TWAIN, VOL. 1, by Mark Twain

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson3. THE FINKLER QUESTION, by Howard Jacobson4. LITTLE BEE, by Chris Cleave5. CUTTING FOR STONE, by Abraham Verghese

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE LOST SYMBOL, by Dan Brown2. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson3. THE RECKLESS BRIDE, by Stephanie Laurens4. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson5. 61 HOURS, by Lee Child

Top 5 at a Glance1. EAT, PRAY, LOVE, by Elizabeth Gilbert2. INSIDE OF A DOG, by Alexandra Horowitz3. STONES INTO SCHOOLS, by Greg Mortenson4. THE GLASS CASTLE, by Jeannette Walls5. THREE CUPS OF TEA, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

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