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CUENCA, Spain (Reuters) - Artist Ai Weiwei has reproduced scenes of his incarceration for a new art installation, a series of almost life-size dioramas - encased in steel boxes - showing his life in jail.

BAYREUTH, Germany - Security concerns after killings in Germany, coupled with Islamic elements in a new production of Richard Wagner's opera "Parsifal", created a nervous opening for the annual festival dedicated to the composer in Bayreuth on Monday.

ASHKELON, Israel (Reuters) - Philistines were no "philistines", say archaeologists who unearthed a 3,000-year-old cemetery in which members of the biblical nation were buried along with jewelry and perfumed oil.

Harry Potter fans can plunge into the magical world of wizards thanks to a touring exhibition dedicated to the film franchise opening in the Belgian capital. Visitors can experience first-hand what life at wizarding school Hogwarts is like by wandering through the Gryffindor's common room, strolling through the so-called Forbidden Forest or just by sitting in gamekeeper Hagrids' huge chair in the rustic-style hut. Peter Monballieu, press officer for the exhibition, says the show was a success ev

ZURICH (Reuters) - A rich trove of drawings by Alberto Giacometti and photographs of the renowned sculptor and artist has been lying in sealed storage cartons in a Swiss museum for more than two years due to a legal dispute over their rightful ownership.

Sports News

When it hosts the first-ever Olympics in South America, starting on Aug. 5, visitors will see a city whose stunning topography - stark, verdant mountains loom over packed and playful beaches - competes only with the drama of daily life here.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said a shadowy political plot had succeeded in unfairly stripping some Russian sportspeople of the right to compete at the Rio Olympics over doping allegations and promised to defend Russia's tarnished sporting reputation.

TORONTO (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic opened his North American hardcourt season with a 7-5 7-6(3) victory over Luxembourg's Gilles Mueller on Wednesday to reach the third round of the Rogers Cup.

LONDON (Reuters) - European Ryder Cup skipper Darren Clarke named Sam Torrance on Wednesday as his fifth vice-captain for September's match against the United States.

SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey (Reuters) - While many players bemoan the short turnaround between the British Open and PGA Championship, jammed closer together to accommodate the Rio Olympics golf tournament, the implacable Dustin Johnson just rolls on.

Science News

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Scientists have long wondered why Jupiter's upper atmosphere has temperatures similar to those of Earth, even though the biggest planet in the solar system is five times farther away from the sun.

(Reuters) - British physics professor Brian Cox taught students at St. Paul's Way Trust School in London on Tuesday how to create fire with methane gas.

LONDON (Reuters) - The heirs of Dolly the sheep are enjoying a healthy old age, proving cloned animals can live normal lives and offering reassurance to scientists hoping to use cloned cells in medicine.

SUCRE, Bolivia (Reuters) - A footprint measuring over a meter wide that was made by a meat-eating predator some 80 million years ago has been discovered in Bolivia, one of the largest of its kind ever found.

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists in Germany have discovered a bacteria hiding out in peoples' noses that produces an antibiotic compound that can kill several dangerous pathogens, including the superbug MRSA.

Movie Reviews

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CD Reviews

- Andrew Clements


The two instruments may be cornerstones of orchestral and chamber music, and both have such significant solo repertories of their own, but the music composed for violin and cello together remains inexplicably scanty.

Composers shy away from such an exposed medium, which gives them neither the option of writing a bravura showpiece for a solo instrument, or of taking refuge in the more complex textures that adding extra instruments would provide. Some are facing up to the challenge – both Jörg Widmann and Mark-Anthony Turnage have recently written duos, for instance – but when putting together programmes for a recital or a disc, the starting point remains the two 20th-century masterpieces for violin and cello, Zoltán Kodály’s Duo and Maurice Ravel’s Sonata.

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- Andrew Clements

Royal Albert Hall, LondonAnthony Payne’s 80th birthday commission is a substantial, beautifully crafted symphonic poem and choral work in the tradition of Bax and Bridge

Anthony Payne’s major orchestral works give the shape and direction to the whole of his career as a composer over the past 50 years. There have been four so far, and the Proms commission to mark his 80th birthday next week was intended to make it five, but what began as an idea for a symphonic poem transformed itself into a work for chorus and orchestra, the first that Payne has written.

In many ways, though, Of Land, Sea and Sky, which Andrew Davis introduced with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, is still very much a symphonic poem, though it is unmistakably a substantial choral piece, too. The texts that Payne sets – his own short poems – are never prescriptive but add an extra layer of commentary to what is already vividly depicted in the orchestra – a chain of six symphonic images, framed by a prelude and postlude, all drawing on Payne’s memories of natural illusions, whether taken from literature, painting or first-hand experience.

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- Dave Simpson

Brudenell Social Club, LeedsThe Cumbrian veterans turned down the volume and turned up the heat in a performance that revealed their edgier, muscular side

When Cumbrian-born quartet Wild Beasts first braved the boards a decade ago in towns such as Castleford and Wakefield, singer Hayden Thorpe would deliver lyrics such as “I swear by my own cock and balls” in an androgynous falsetto to anvil-faced audiences of disapproving Tetley bittermen. It’s a miracle the band got out alive, never mind built a career that has seen them develop from quirky, jokey art pop to lush, synthesiser-dominated epics and produce a Top 10 album, 2014’s Present Tense.

However, the first of two stiflingly hot shows in the town where they once lived suggests their early contrarian edge is back, if it ever went away. The first words Thorpe says to the crowd are: “Now I’m all fucked up, and I can’t stand up, so I’d better suck it up, like a tough guy would.” This isn’t a confession to overdoing it with the pre-gig sherry, but the opening line of Tough Guy, one of several new tunes from their forthcoming album Boy King that mark a giant shift – towards music that is sweeter yet much harder.

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- Betty Clarke

Ronnie Scott’s, LondonAppearing at the famous jazz club for the first time, a physically diminished Faithfull sat down, had a cup of tea and proved she is still a powerful performer

For more than 50 years, Marianne Faithfull’s blues have both obscured and informed her music. From her melancholy first single, the Jagger-Richards penned As Tears Go By, which launched her as the blue-eyed, flaxen-haired poster girl for sadness, through to the tremulous Rich Kid Blues, recorded when Faithfull was, ironically, destitute, unhappiness has stalked the 69-year-old with virulent ardour.

Related: Marianne Faithfull webchat – as it happened

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- Erica Jeal

Royal Albert Hall, LondonVladimir Jurowski oversaw a cerebral performance of the Ninth symphony, after the debut of Magnus Lindberg’s prequel Two Episodes

Who would dare write a prequel to Beethoven’s Ninth symphony? Magnus Lindberg, that’s who. Two Episodes, a BBC co-commission, is a 15-minute work intended to lead up to the symphony, to complement it and to reflect some of its details: if you like, it’s a musical Louvre pyramid.

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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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