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NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the world's most popular museums, will start charging a fixed admission fee for out-of-state visitors rather than urge they pay a suggested donation, museum officials announced on Thursday.

COTONOU, BENIN (Reuters) - Hundreds of Beninois marked National Voodoo Day, celebrating the once-banned religion on Wednesday with a series of ceremonies across the country.

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Rio de Janeiro's opulent Municipal Theatre has gone quiet this year as months of unpaid wages emptied its calendar of major works and pushed many ballerinas and opera singers into poverty.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A small shop in the heart of Jerusalem's walled Old City offers Christian pilgrims indelible memories of their visit to the holy city: tattoos with religious designs unchanged for centuries.

LONDON (Reuters) - A previously unseen series of illustrated Christmas letters written by the author J.R.R Tolkien to his children, featuring Santa Claus and his helper Polar Bear, are to go on show next year.

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LANSING, Mich. (Reuters) - A coach who sent dozens of young girls for treatment to USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, who pleaded guilty to molesting female athletes, told the disgraced physicians on Wednesday to "go to hell" for his crimes.

SEOUL (Reuters) - The two Koreas will field a combined women's ice hockey team and march together under one flag at next month's Winter Olympics in the South, Seoul said on Wednesday, after a new round of talks amid a thaw in cross-border ties.

(Reuters) - Verizon Communications has renewed its deal with the National Basketball Association for two years, allowing users to live-stream games on its Yahoo platform and mobile devices and access out-of market live games.

LONDON (Reuters) - Premier League Bournemouth were dumped out of the FA Cup after an embarrassing 3-0 third-round replay defeat by third tier Wigan Athletic on Wednesday.

(Reuters) - Spaniard Carlos Sainz stretched his Dakar Rally lead to more than an hour on Wednesday after organizers rescinded a 10-minute penalty imposed earlier in the week for an incident with a quadbike.

Science News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - There's not a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. There's an iridescent dinosaur.

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A fossilized dinosaur tail discovered in Morocco will be auctioned on Tuesday night in Mexico to raise funds for the reconstruction of thousands of schools damaged by two earthquakes that struck the Latin American nation in September.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists using images from an orbiting NASA spacecraft have detected eight sites where huge ice deposits near the Martian surface are exposed on steep slopes, a potential source of water that could help sustain future human outposts.

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India launched its 100th satellite on Friday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to project the country as a global low-cost provider of services in space.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In sandstone next to the high tide mark at the edge of Bass Strait in southeastern Australia, scientists have unearthed fossils of a two-legged, turkey-sized, plant-eating dinosaur apparently swept away in a large, powerful ancient river.

Movie Reviews

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- John Fordham

Pizza Express Jazz Club, LondonClowes and her skilful quartet combined the intricacies of their current My Iris album with exhilarating and darkly funky new work that recalls the work of Weather Report

Trish Clowes was a long way even from being born when the “third stream” jazz/classical movement was in its heyday in the 1960s, with its purist-populist fights as to whether jazz could mean a thing if it hadn’t always got that swing.

But the tenaciously inquisitive British saxophonist/composer’s work often resembles the third stream in suggesting contemporary classical’s knotty melodies and fickle rhythms, while superimposing parallel worlds of jazz improvisation that can be seamlessly swing-like and sleek. The 21st-century difference is that melting contrasting styles into one is now a norm, not a shock, and audiences are open to the outcomes. At Soho’s Pizza Express Jazz Club, Clowes and her skilful quartet reworked the intricate music from last year’s My Iris album, but also unveiled darkly funky new work that bears an increasingly punchy resemblance to the music of the jazz-fusion band Weather Report.

Related: Trish Clowes: My Iris review – an awesome foursome

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- Dave Simpson

Key Club, LeedsThe LA band are on feelgood form as they field requests for the Spice Girls and dangle from the venue’s piping

‘Aw, wassup, Leeds? We’re the Bronx, from Los Angeles, in the United States,” yells gruff-voiced frontman Matt Caughthran, for the benefit of anyone who thought the City of Angels was in Yorkshire. Forty-two years after the first Ramones album, their high-octane punk-rock still reverberates through bands such as this one, now in their 16th year and on a mission to bring punk into the 21st century. Their opening salvo of rama-lama punk gives way to bubblegum thrash, furious hardcore, along with hard and classic rock. There is no place in tonight’s set list for anything by their alter ego band, Mariachi El Bronx, but it seems significant that they sport moustaches as well as punk tattoos.

Otherwise, no wheels are being reinvented, but the entertaining, shaven-headed Caughthran seems to see everything as another means to have some fun. A pipe above the stage means he can dangle from it. It’s Tuesday, so he leads a chant of: “Fuck Tuesday!” When he asks for requests and fields a comical barrage of demands for Spice Girls songs, he joins in the banter: “You guys have such terrible taste in music.”

Related: The Bronx: how punk rock went mariachi

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- Erica Jeal

Barbican, LondonWith Stravinsky and Schoenberg among its composers, Simon Rattle made a convincing case for this stirring collaborative work

This was the UK premiere of The Genesis Suite – on paper, perhaps the most fascinating musical work you’ve never heard of. Imagine a musical game of consequences, played in 1945, started off by Schoenberg and finished by Stravinsky. Both were among the many composers who had fled Nazi Europe for the US. The lucky ones found that there was money to be made in Hollywood, but many others were broke and unable to get commissions. And so composer Nathaniel Shilkret, himself a second-generation Jewish immigrant, took a break from writing film scores to plan a collaborative seven-part work with two benevolent purposes – on one hand, to galvanise American morale with a stirring musical work accompanying a narration of the book of Genesis, on the other, to provide refugee composers with paid work. The remaining four composers to comprise this magnificent seven were Alexandre Tansman, Darius Milhaud, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Ernst Toch.

Shilkret had no illusions that he was putting together a great work of art – and he wasn’t

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- Brian Logan

Soho theatre, London Pop legends in their own minds, this swaggering five-piece retool Whitney and Beyoncé songs in a smart, uplifting knees-up

The conceit of drag girlband Denim’s show World Tour is that they’re performing it on stage at Wembley. Its achievement is to convince you that, were they to do so, they wouldn’t look out of place. They may not be performing to the 12,000 people they envisage in their heads, but they make Soho Theatre sound like that way, with this cheeky, characterful and vocally accomplished hour-long gig.

At the beginning, the five-piece seem too big for Soho’s main house. But then, that’s the joke: their swagger and stadium-pop touches are setting up a punchline to come. And you soon realise that only frontwoman Glamrou La Denim (Amrou Al-Kadhi) is outre in the conventional drag manner, and even her camp theatrics come with political edge. Her opening gag, singing the words “Alan Ayckbourn” in the style of a muezzin, are a mere palate cleanser for the solo routine mid-show, a sharp-clawed attack on attitudes to queer identity. It’s striking how transgressive this feels, as Glamrou retools Whitney Houston’s So Emotional into a cri de coeur.

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- Anna Livsey

Enmore theatre, Sydney Solána Rowe didn’t disappoint after a year of nods from Solange, Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar

2017 was a massive year for Solána Rowe, better known as the singer SZA. After almost quitting music and procrastinating so heavily that her record company confiscated her hard drive, her debut album, Ctrl, was finally released in June. It was worth the wait.

The album, an intimate and funny mix of R&B, hip-hop and soul, has been a phenomenal commercial and critical success, finishing the year among many “best album” lists (including ours) and seeing two of its singles certified gold.

Related: SZA: Control review – dreamy and delicious insights into vulnerability

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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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