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LONDON (Reuters) - The Old Vic theater in London said on Thursday it had received 20 separate allegations of inappropriate conduct by Kevin Spacey from 20 men who came into contact with him at the theater, or in connection with it, between 1995 and 2013.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Christ, "Salvator Mundi", sold for a record-smashing $450.3 million on Wednesday at Christie's, more than double the old price for any work of art at auction.

GENEVA (Reuters) - A large pink diamond, rare for its color and clarity, was among several major jewels that failed to sell on Wednesday at Sotheby's auction in Geneva.

PARIS (Reuters) - A golden laurel leaf cut from the crown of French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte will be auctioned near Paris on Sunday.

WARSAW (Reuters) - A deeply moving exhibition of archives documenting the life and annihilation of Jews by Nazi Germany in the Warsaw Ghetto during World War Two goes on public display in Poland on Thursday.

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PRAGUE/LONDON (Reuters) - Czech tennis player Jana Novotna, who won the 1998 Wimbledon championship after falling short in two previous finals, has died at the age of 49 after a long battle with cancer.

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar is urging the four countries imposing a diplomatic and trade boycott against it to allow their nationals to attend the World Cup in Doha in 2022, a senior Qatari organizer said on Monday.

LONDON (Reuters) - Beaten but exhilarated, Belgium's David Goffin believes his exceptional run at the ATP Finals has strengthened him for the last great challenge of his breakthrough season -- helping his country win the Davis Cup for the first time.

(Reuters) - The International Boxing Association's (AIBA) suspended president Wu Ching-kuo announced on Monday that he would step down from his post to "resolve the management issues" within the Olympic sport's governing body.

(The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Sunday's National Football League games:

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(Reuters) - U.S. regulators have approved the first digital pill with an embedded sensor to track if patients are taking their medication properly, marking a significant step forward in the convergence of healthcare and technology.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Oenophiles take note: 5980 BC was a very good year for wine.

LONDON (Reuters) - Sheep have been trained to recognize the faces of celebrities, including former U.S. President Barack Obama, by University of Cambridge scientists who hope it may help with understanding neurodegenerative diseases.

PARIS (Reuters) - A team of scientists who last week announced the discovery of a large void inside the Great Pyramid of Giza have created a virtual-reality tour that allows users to 'teleport' themselves inside the structure and explore its architecture.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists have identified a new species of great ape on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, finding that a small population of orangutans inhabiting its Batang Toru forest merits recognition as the third species of these shaggy reddish tree dwellers.

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- Robin Denselow

Shepherd’s Bush Empire, LondonFrom slavery to the civil rights struggle, Giddens’s material covers solemn material but her history lessons are thrilling and delivered with pure enjoyment

History is my biggest teacher,” says Rhiannon Giddens, introducing At the Purchaser’s Option, written after her research into slavery uncovered a chilling advert from the 1830s. It announced the sale of a “smart healthy Negro Wench”, and added, “she has a child about nine months old, which will be at the purchaser’s option”. Giddens transformed this bleak discovery into a furious cry of defiance, the most pained and powerful song of a triumphant and varied set.

After several years playing pre-war African-American string band music with the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, Giddens has expanded her range with dramatic results. Two years ago, her first solo album reworked songs by great women singers from Bessie Smith to Patsy Cline; this year’s Freedom Highway is dominated by her own material and its stories of the civil rights struggle.

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- Erica Jeal

Wilton’s Music Hall, LondonOperaGlass Works’ production of the Hogarth-inspired tale is direct and inventive, with an impressive cast relishing every arch, ironic word

If ever an opera belonged in Wilton’s Music Hall it is The Rake’s Progress. Stravinsky’s Hogarth-inspired work, in which the Devil draws lazy Tom Rakewell to the capital and the word “London” is rarely sung without a shudder of distrust, is right at home in this East End alleyway theatre, whose peeling layers of balcony stucco seem to reflect the way Stravinsky plundered previous centuries for his musical score.

It has been brought here by OperaGlass Works, the newest in a wave of tiny but ambitious outfits filling the gaps left by cut-down programming at the big opera companies. Corners have not been cut here. With a list of supporters that reads like a Who’s Who of the theatre world, Selina Cadell and Eliza Thompson have co-produced a staging that uses the limited space beautifully, moralising from under a delicately raised eyebrow.

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- Jonathan Bernstein

The 2017 AMAs promised to be political and empowering but – with a few exceptions – delivered the same old formula that feels less urgent than ever

“This year, perhaps more than any in recent history, we needed the power of music to help us escape the news of the day,” announced Jamie Foxx during the cold open to the 2017 American music awards, before introducing Pink and Kelly Clarkson’s somber rendition of R.E.M.’s Everybody Hurts. “We needed that power to help us heal from hurricanes, wildfires, hate, and hatred-fueled violence.”

On a night that celebrated the achievements of pioneers including Whitney Houston and Diana Ross, while conferring its awards upon a slew of young white men including Niall Horan, Shawn Mendes and the Chainsmokers, the 45th annual American music awards oscillated between rejecting and reaffirming 2017’s national political moment.

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- Jean Hannah Edelstein

The rapper’s hosting was a highlight of the season in an episode that addressed Al Franken, and gave us an unparalleled Thanksgiving parody anthem

Tonight, the show opens with the Mueller Files. Kate McKinnon is Julian Assange, patchy beard and all, creeping in a parking garage next to Mikey Day, as Trump Jr, shortly joined by Eric, played by Alex Moffat. “I told you to come alone,” says Assange. “Eric’s wife had to work so I have him for the day,” Jr explains.

“I look forward to working with you,” says Assange, “and I do mean you, not necessarily Eric.”

Related: As a comic, Al Franken joked about rape, sex robots and Afghan women

Related: Sarah Silverman: ‘Jokes I made 15 years ago I'd not make today’

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- Tim Ashley

Coliseum, LondonThe central relationship is compelling and there is some tremendous writing for the ENO chorus, but Muhly’s stylised opera lacks Hitchcockian suspense

Given its world premiere by English National Opera, Nico Muhly’s Marnie is drawn from Winston Graham’s 1961 novel of the same name, famously filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1964. The subject, Muhly argues, “screams out for operatic treatment”, and his heroine – a thief and liar acting out of compulsive responses to half-remembered childhood trauma – certainly has antecedents elsewhere. Muhly links her fear of sex and physical contact to Debussy’s Mélisande, who, like Marnie, is also trapped in a marriage with a potentially abusive man. There are also overtones of Emilia Marty in Janácek’s Makropoulos Case, who similarly changes her identity multiple times for the purposes of deception.

Muhly and his librettist Nicholas Wright follow the outlines of the novel rather than the film. Whereas Hitchcock relocated the drama to the US, they retain the original British setting – the grubbily monetarist home counties in the 1950s. We encounter characters that Hitchcock dropped, most crucially, perhaps, Mrs Rutland, the formidably manipulative mother of Marnie’s husband, Mark. Terry, Mark’s cousin in the book, has become his attractively dissolute brother. The operatic Marnie has no phobia of the colour red, and, as in Graham but not in Hitchcock, her mother dies before the truth about the past comes to light.

Related: Sex, sadism, blackmail: Nico Muhly on why Hitchcock's Marnie is an explosive heroine

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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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