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RIGA (Reuters) - Latvia has granted citizenship to ballet great Mikhail Baryshnikov, who left more than 50 years ago when the Baltic country was still under the Soviet rule.

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - It took Brazilian artist Iaco one minute to whip out a can of spray paint and write "doria" seven times across a gray wall in Sao Paulo.

BOSTON (Reuters) - Social media company Instagram pulled photos by U.S. photographer Imogen Cunningham promoting an exhibit at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, saying they violated decency standards, even as parent company Facebook Inc faces criticism for users' live videos of murder.

MADRID (Reuters) - Eighty years after the bloody air raid on the Spanish town of Guernica that drove Pablo Picasso to paint a masterpiece, a new exhibition in Madrid highlights the enduring relevance of his depiction.

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A selection of artwork from Paris' world-renowned Louvre museum goes on display in Hong Kong on Wednesday, offering Chinese patrons a rare opportunity to view some of the institution's cultural treasures on their doorstep.

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LONDON (Reuters) - IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua weighed in more than four kgs heavier than challenger Wladamir Klitschko ahead of their title fight in London.

(Reuters) - The Cleveland Browns selected defensive end Myles Garrett with the first pick of the National Football League Draft in Philadelphia on Thursday before the Chicago Bears made a stunning call by trading up for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

STUTTGART, Germany (Reuters) - Former world number one Maria Sharapova cruised into the Stuttgart Grand Prix semi-finals on Friday, extending her winning comeback from a doping suspension with a smooth 6-3 6-4 victory over Estonian qualifier Anett Kontaveit.

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal survived a difficult start to see off Chung Hyeon of South Korea in straight sets and reach the semi-finals of the Barcelona Open for a 10th time on Friday.

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - McLaren's beleaguered engine partners Honda are talking to several teams about a possible supply for next season, the Japanese manufacturer's Formula One chief Yusuke Hasegawa said on Friday.

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China will begin construction of a permanent manned space station in 2019 after carrying out a successful in-orbit refueling from its Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft, officials leading the project said on Friday.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - NASA's Cassini spacecraft sent the closest-ever images of Saturn on Thursday after surviving its first plunge inside the planet's rings, the U.S. space agency said.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In what may be one of the most significant discoveries ever in archeology in the Americas, researchers on Wednesday said stone tools and broken mastodon bones unearthed in California show humans had reached the Americas by about 130,000 years ago, far earlier than previously known.

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - A stadium-sized pressure balloon launched by NASA in New Zealand began collecting data in near space on Wednesday, beginning a 100-day planned journey after several launch attempts were thwarted by storms and cyclones.

LONDON, (Reuters) - Scientists in the United States have developed a fluid-filled womb-like bag known as an extra-uterine support device that could transform care for extremely premature babies, significantly improving chances of survival.

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- Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore

Sydney Lyric Theatre, SydneyEven Australian Idol Paulini’s stellar voice can’t rescue this musical, which turns the Whitney Houston film into a glitzy but baffling spectacle for the stage

There’s a moment in The Bodyguard when even the most sceptical of romantics might swoon. In the midst of dangerous chaos unleashed during a concert, security man Frank Farmer – the strong, silent type fond of weighty stares – rescues pop star Rachel Marron. Sweeping her in his arms, he carries her to safety – and into his heart.

It was a classic scene in the 1992 blockbuster movie starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. Not so in this remake for the stage, conceived in London’s West End and now playing in Sydney with an Australian cast. Frank’s rescue is more effete than Herculean and the danger facing Rachel is so flaccid I missed it entirely. No amount of strobe lighting can save what must be this musical’s Big Moment.

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- Rowena Smith

Usher Hall, EdinburghEven with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra bulked up for the occasion, this was a reflective performance of the mass, at its most powerful in the quiet passages

Beethoven famously wished it to go “from the heart to the heart” but in truth it can be difficult to love the mighty edifice that is the Missa Solemnis.

There’s plenty to admire in its audacity of scale and breadth of ideas but even the greatest performances leave one with the nagging suspicion that the whole does not quite add up to the sum of its parts.

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- Michael Cragg

Also this week: Lady Gaga makes a welcome return to pop, while Stormzy inexplicably teams up with Linkin Park


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- Graeme Virtue

Barrowland Ballroom, GlasgowThe synthpop band’s Samuel T Herring was a joy to behold, throwing shapes including a robot move not busted since 2004

The fate of the furious: three years ago, Future Islands upended The David Letterman Show with a synthpop burlesque of such unexpected passion that it rocketed them on to a new, elevated career trajectory. The viral spike of that Seasons (Waiting on You) performance may have supercharged their profile, but the Baltimore-based trio already had three albums and years of road experience under their belt (literally, since Samuel T Herring remains one of the most committed shirt-tucked-in frontmen in rock).

Their new album, The Far Field, might sound a little cold laid out on a Spotify slab, but live Herring’s tireless graft pumps blood and thunder into their precise sonic template. For the most part, bandmates Gerrit Welmers (creator of glacial synth atmospherics) and William Cashion (restless, striving basslines) simply stay out of his way, which seems eminently sensible once Herring starts throwing spinning back-fists and impulsive karate kicks that resemble a collision of MMA and MDMA.

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- Flora Willson

Royal Festival Hall, LondonUshers in night-vision goggles and two terrifying blackouts enhance the enthralling soundworld of Haas’s In Vain

When London Sinfonietta gave the British premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas’s In Vain in 2013, the piece could already be branded a cult classic. Simon Rattle has called it “one of the only acknowledged masterpieces” of 21st-century music. That’s some reputation – one to threaten even the edgiest new music with premature ageing.

The Sinfonietta’s latest outing suggests we need not worry. An announcement that ushers were equipped with night-vision goggles was a reminder that this was no average night at the musical museum. Haas specifies lighting for performances, including two periods of total darkness. The first comes close to the work’s opening, where liquid, slithering strings and unearthly sustained notes seemed designed to disorientate. The subsequent rapid descent into blackness was simultaneously terrifying and exhilarating.

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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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