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AMSTERDAM/ROME (Reuters) - Two stolen Vincent Van Gogh paintings worth millions of euros were found in an Italian country house belonging to an alleged mafia drug smuggler, police said on Friday, 14 years after they disappeared in a daring heist in Amsterdam.

VENICE, Calif. (Reuters) - The Mosaic Tile House in Venice stands as a monument to two decades of artistic collaboration between Cheri Pann and husband Gonzalo Duran.

KIEV (Reuters) - For two Ukrainian artists seeking to portray the civil conflict in their country, paint and canvas were not enough and they chose to make pictures and sculptures out of the materials of war: bullets, shell cases and shrapnel.

(Reuters) - Sotheby's on Monday previewed the contemporary art collection of late rock star David Bowie at their gallery headquarters in New York ahead of its auction in November.

ANTWERP, Belgium (Reuters) - Europe’s second-biggest port has cut a distinct new shape into its skyline.

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CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - England's Justin Rose struck the first shot of the 41st Ryder Cup on a chilly Friday, finding the fairway off the tee at the par-four opening hole to launch the morning's foursomes matches before the U.S. took early control.

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada may have captured the World Cup of Hockey in dramatic fashion this week on home soil but the tournament failed to generate much buzz and will need time to reclaim the stature it once enjoyed.

(Reuters) - Just one week into his retirement from the NBA, Kevin Garnett has received offers to join the coaching ranks from the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers. Garnett, who ended his career last week after 21 seasons in the league, made an appearance at Clippers' practise on Thursday and offered on-court instruction to the team that impressed head coach Doc Rivers.

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic no longer sees winning grand slam titles or staying top of the men’s ATP rankings as a priority in his tennis career, Serbia’s world number one said on Friday.

(Reuters) - Houston Texans All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt underwent back surgery on Thursday and is expected to miss the remainder of the season, the NFL reported on its website. Watt was placed on the injured reserve on Wednesday after re-injuring his back during last week's loss to New England.

Science News

BERLIN (Reuters) - The Rosetta spacecraft ended its historic mission on Friday, crashing on the surface of the dusty, icy comet it has spent 12 years chasing in a hunt that has provided insight into the early days of the solar system and captured the public's imagination.

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (Reuters) - SpaceX is developing a massive rocket and capsule to transport large numbers of people and cargo to Mars with the ultimate goal of colonizing the planet, company chief and tech billionaire Elon Musk said on Tuesday.

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists in the United States have successfully treated broken spines and skulls in animals using 3D-printed synthetic bone, opening the possibility of future personalized bone implants for humans to fix dental, spinal other bone injuries.

(Reuters) - Astronomers on Monday said they have spotted evidence of water vapor plumes rising from Jupiter's moon Europa, a finding that might make it easier to learn whether life exists in the warm, salty ocean hidden beneath its icy surface.

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists in Britain have found a new link between the diversity of bacteria in human poo - the human fecal microbiome - and levels of harmful types of body fat.

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- Martin Kettle

Royal Festival Hall, LondonEsa-Pekka Salonen’s readings of Oedipus Rex and the Symphony of Psalms were thrilling while Peter Sellars’s staging of the opera-oratorio was deft

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Stravinsky survey came to a close in a concert labelled Tragedy. It’s obvious why the tag applies to the first half’s opera-oratorio Oedipus Rex; less clear in the case of the radiantly austere Symphony of Psalms in the second. The two pieces have plenty of other links, however: both in Latin, both choral, both monumental (though in different ways), both marked by Stravinsky’s re-embrace of religion, and both written in 1926-30 as his neoclassicism evolved in new ways.

Related: Facing the music: Esa-Pekka Salonen

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- Michael Cragg

Featuring Lil Wayne, Q-Tip, Tweet and others, Solange Knowles embraces empowerment, independence and healing with joyous brilliance

Alongside regular collaborator Dev Hynes and the likes of Kelani and How To Dress Well, Solange Knowles has carved out an interesting position for herself on the periphery of the pop/R&B mainstream. She’s a brilliant, constantly evolving pop star who you sense could dash out a hit at the drop of a hat, but there’s an artful, keening single-mindedness at the core of what she does that means she rarely appears to be chasing chart success.

The densely layered, 21-track A Seat at the Table – her first full album since 2008 – doesn’t really change that. Even Losing You, the crowning glory of 2012’s Hynes co-produced True EP, has a sonic restlessness to it that makes it hard to pin down, while that sound – a sort of amalgam of late-80s pop and low-slung R&B – has since cropped up on albums by the likes of Carly Rae Jepsen. As Bustle pointed out, though Solange didn’t appear on sister Beyoncé’s Lemonade album, her influence is everywhere.

Related: Solange Knowles: Dev Hynes's wizard beats suit my stubbornness but I'm no hipster

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- Sam Wolfson

Meanwhile, Leonard Cohen is reliably magisterial and Green Day are Still Breathing...just about

TRACK OF THE WEEK

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- Tim Ashley

Wigmore Hall, LondonThe Croatian countertenor’s strutting reappraisals of long-lost Neapolitan composers ranged from showy party pieces to moments of introverted simplicity

In the early 18th century, Naples was the operatic capital of Europe, attracting composers not only from Italy but from the whole continent to write for the army of castrati that populated the city’s stages. Many of the musicians who worked there have slipped from view over time, but their achievements were surveyed by countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic in a Wigmore recital of extraordinary beauty with Il Pomo d’Oro and their harpsichordist-conductor Maxim Emelyanychev.

Cencic combines flamboyance with great intelligence. The man who struts his stuff in dazzling platform gear – skin-tight white trousers and an elaborate brocade jacket – has rescued many Neapolitan composers from obscurity, and single-handedly forced a reappraisal of the music of Leonardo Vinci, whom Handel regarded as a rival. More to the point, he possesses one of the truly great voices, dark in tone and astoundingly agile, enabling him to tackle his chosen repertory with formidable grace and bravura.

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- Rian Evans

Wales Millennium Centre, CardiffA high-spirited cast reprise the classic musical with mischief and crowdpleasing comedy, backed by a luxuriant orchestra intent on enjoying themselves

Another op’nin’, another show …” Welsh National Opera has taken on Jo Davies’s staging that Opera North premiered just a year ago, but Cole Porter’s take on The Taming of the Shrew was a shoo-in for WNO’s Shakespeare-themed autumn season and a suitable antidote to its earlier Macbeth and The Merchant of Venice.

Sam and Bella Spewack’s book, with their deft winding of Kate and Petruchio’s love-hate relationship into the post-divorce spats and subsequent reconciliation of director/actor Fred Graham and leading lady Lilli Vanessi, makes this a musical with high energy and spirits to match and Quirijn de Lang and Jeni Bern reprise their Opera North success in these roles.

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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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