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LONDON (Reuters) - A group of Britain's most successful contemporary artists has donated valuable works to sell at a charity auction for the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire, which killed about 80 people at a London social housing block in June.

LONDON (Reuters) - "The Pink Raj", an intense pink diamond described by experts as the world's largest, is expected to fetch up to $30 million when it is auctioned in Geneva next month.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The last privately owned Leonardo da Vinci painting and one of fewer than 20 by the Renaissance artist known to still exist is hitting the auction block, Christie's announced on Tuesday.

PARIS (Reuters) - Some of Pablo Picasso's greatest works go on display in Paris this week, in an exhibition that charts a pivotal year in which he cemented his status as a titan of 20th-century art.

PARIS (Reuters) - When Israel's envoy told UNESCO delegates last July that fixing the plumbing in his toilet was more important than their latest ruling, it highlighted how fractious geopolitics are paralyzing the workings of the agency.

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(Reuters) - The NFL said on Friday it has no plans to mandate players stand for the U.S. national anthem, but will rather present a possible solution on how to end the controversial protests when it meets with team owners next week.

PARIS (Reuters) - Former FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke has denied receiving "undue advantages" from Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the chief executive of Qatar's beIN Media and president of Paris St Germain, after Swiss prosecutors opened a criminal investigation.

(Reuters) - Bruce Arena resigned as manager of the U.S. men's national team on Friday after failing to qualify the squad for the World Cup finals in Russia next year.

(The Sports Xchange) - Addison Russell had two hits and four RBIs as the Chicago Cubs scored four runs off Max Scherzer in the fifth inning to beat the Washington Nationals 9-8 on Thursday in the fifth and deciding game of their National League Division Series.

(The Sports Xchange) - Quarterback Carson Wentz threw three touchdown passes as the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Carolina Panthers 28-23 in a match-up of NFC division leaders at Bank of America Stadium on Thursday.

Science News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The massive brooding stone figures peering from Easter Island's hillsides are emblematic of the enigmatic people who once thrived on the dot of land in the middle of the Pacific. New genetic research only deepens the mystery around these people.

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Europe launched the sixth of its Sentinel Earth observation satellites on Friday as part of the multi-billion-euro Copernicus program to monitor volcanic ash and ultraviolet radiation.

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - An asteroid the size of a school bus flew remarkably near Earth on Thursday, providing scientists with an opportunity to test the warning systems that would kick in if a space collision was coming.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan on Tuesday launched a fourth satellite for a new high-precision global positioning system (GPS) it hopes will encourage new businesses and help spur economic growth.

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis will get closer to the heavens this month when he puts in a call to the International Space Station.

Movie Reviews

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CD Reviews

- Robin Denselow

Union Chapel, London Greeted like superstars, the folk sensations delivered big-hearted tales of fascism-fighters and homesick trawlermen – rounded off with a spot of George Formby

The Young’uns have become heroes of the English folk scene by returning to basics, but in bravely contemporary style. Sean Cooney, David Eagle and Michael Hughes ambled on stage as if they were back at the Stockton-on-Tees folk club, where they acquired what they called “the worst name in folk music” 14 years ago. Now they launched into a gutsy a cappella treatment of Cable Street, a new song by Cooney telling the true story of a 16-year-old Stockton boy who helped in blocking a fascist rally in London’s East End in 1936. The audience welcomed them as if they were pop superstars.

In an era of folk big bands and virtuoso instrumentalists, they have succeeded by providing a reminder of the power of unaccompanied harmony singing. And they are helped by Cooney’s skill in treating today’s bleak issues by telling true stories of individual triumph. Eight of his defiant but heartwarming songs from their new album Strangers were performed here.

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- Sarah Morgan

Also this week: Collective X bring a Funkadelic-style political vibe, while J Balvin teams up with Beyoncé for a Latin antidote to this horrific world

TRACK OF THE WEEK

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- Laura Barton

Walter Kerr theatre, New YorkThe rock superstar kicks off a four-month residency with two spellbinding hours of stories, reimagined hits and a dissection of his own legend

The audience is in a state of high anticipation; the air charged, the voices high among a flurry of sharp blazers, strong perfume and expensive hair. As yet, however, no one is entirely sure quite what they are anticipating. Until now, Springsteen on Broadway – the singer’s four-month residency at the 975-seat Walter Kerr theatre – has been a mysterious proposition.

Still, there are clues: the stage has been styled in a mode we might call “Starbucks industrial” – painted black brick, wreaths of cable, glowering factory lights, alongside flight cases, grand piano, microphone. The implication is clear: this will be no high-spangled production, but something stripped-back, unadorned, unflinching.

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- Dave Simpson

(Matador)

Although the pairing of these two wonderfully languid singer-songwriters could have ended up too hazy, their mutually dreamy, drawling styles complement each other perfectly. The way their guitars jangle and chime together reflects a longstanding friendship. They sing on each other’s old songs: Barnett’s Outta the Woodwork or a joyously upbeat version of Vile’s Blue Cheese. They turn in a harmony-soaked take on Belly’s Untogether and Barnett leads a Crazy Horse-style blast through her wife Jen Cloher’s Fear Is Like a Forest.

Five new original songs showcase a similar kooky charm as they rattle through random subjects. Vile sings about decibel-induced hearing impairment in six-minute opening duet Over Everything, while the pair drawlingly celebrate their long-distance bond in Continental Breakfast (“I cherish my intercontinental friendships”). Laughter in the studio punctuates songs that sound as much of a delight to record as they do to listen to: Lotta Sea Lice is at least the sum of its two talented parts.

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- Ben Beaumont-Thomas

(Atlantic

On the two tracks bookending this album, Radric Davis’s fifth full-length since leaving jail in May 2016, the Atlantan rapper introspectively dwells on prison life and the loss of friends to crime – then spends the other 15 driving fast cars, getting “addicted to Franklins”, and being frequently fellated. Gucci’s vocal cadence – either deadpan helplessness in the face of gratification, or sarcastic bafflement as to why he would resist it – gives every track charisma, and he creates some nagging hooks, particularly on the hilarious Money Make Ya Handsome, an anthem for self-aware sugar daddies. But with little to no actual wordplay to his boasts, the materialism gets a little wearing, and he embarrasses himself with Tone It Down, a cheap knock-off of Drake’s Portland. Nicki Minaj is the best of the A-list guests, delivering imperial subliminal disses on Make Love, where even rudimentary metaphors – Nokias, tinned fruit – cut deep.

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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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