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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Muhammad Ali's 1974 WBC heavyweight championship boxing belt and a handwritten letter about his conversion to Islam are among items that will hit the auction block in September, in the biggest such sale since Ali's death in June.

Like many other young artists her age, 16-year-old Robaba Mohammadi dreams of holding international art exhibitions.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A picture is worth a thousand words - or at least that is the philosophy behind a New York clinic that is creating Zika-inspired art to raise awareness about the virus.

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Rapping, drunkenness and "Star Wars" are some of the twists given to William Shakespeare's plays at the Edinburgh festival this year, marking the 400th anniversary of his death.

Rio de Janeiro (Reuters) - The portraits of all 10 members of the first Olympic refugee team now have a permanent place on the streets of Rio de Janeiro.

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(Reuters) - U.S. Soccer handed goalkeeper Hope Solo a six-month ban from internationals on Wednesday after she branded opponents Sweden "a bunch of cowards" at this month's Rio Olympics.

(Reuters) - U.S. Olympic swimmer Jimmy Feigen apologized on Wednesday for omitting key details when he told Rio de Janeiro police this month that he and fellow swimmers had been held up at gunpoint.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Roger Federer, who is sidelined for the rest of the year, said on Wednesday he plans to return to competition in Australia in January at the Hopman Cup and the Australian Open.

(Reuters) - World number one Jason Day and second-ranked Dustin Johnson launch their title bids at The Barclays on Thursday amid longer-term hopes of securing the PGA Tour's season-ending FedExCup and Player of the Year honors.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Yulia Efimova, who won two Olympic silver medals this month after being cleared to compete in Rio following a doping ban, has compared swimming in the Games to being at war.

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(Reuters) - Scientists have discovered a planet that appears to be similar to Earth circling the star closest to the sun, potentially a major step in the quest to find out if life exists elsewhere in the universe, research published on Wednesday showed.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has showed off its first images of a rover it plans to sent to Mars in mid-2020, which is designed to explore the planet surface for three months, state media said, the latest aim of China's ambitious space program.

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A test has been developed that could help diagnose bacterial infections including meningitis in minutes, but it could take several years before a cheap testing device is available to developing countries, scientists said on Wednesday.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - NASA scientists are putting the finishing touches on a spacecraft designed to rendezvous with Asteroid Bennu in 2018 to find clues about the origins of life.

(Reuters) - Two NASA astronauts completed a six-hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Friday to install a parking spot for upcoming commercial space taxis, which will end U.S. reliance on Russia for rides to the orbiting outpost.

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Tamar Halperin(Neue Meister)

When Erik Satie’s friends entered his apartment after the composer died in 1925, they were shocked by the chaos they found there. Not only did the debris include a huge collection of umbrellas, but two grand pianos, piled one on top of the other. The musical equivalent of the image of those instruments, the sound of one keyboard dubbed on to a recording of another, was the starting point for pianist and harpsichordist Tamar Halperin’s 150th-birthday tribute to Satie. It is, she says, an attempt to reflect the ways in which Satie’s music connected with and influenced so many different areas of 20th-century culture, and how it blurred the boundaries between musical styles, classical and popular.

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- Kate Molleson

Usher Hall, EdinburghThe mid-west orchestra returned to the European stage with a thrilling new edge, while violinist Pekka Kuusisto proved he’s a rare performer for our times

Two years ago, the Minnesota Orchestra emerged from a bitter lockout, during which its music director, Osmo Vänskä, resigned in protest. (He was later rehired.) Now here they all are, touring Europe again, and that plush, super-charged Minnesota sound is back with a new edge of tenacity. They played Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony as if it were a resounding declaration, and Vänskä took big pride in those classic ringing trumpets, sleek winds and gloriously bottom-heavy strings. The match here has always been thrilling – the conductor’s dynamism on the podium plus the powerful engine of this band – and now there seems something irrepressibly triumphant about it. Sibelius’s brooding tone poem Pohjola’s Daughter opened the concert and the surging energy was immense.

Also tremendously moving was the performance of Sibelius’s Violin Concerto by Pekka Kuusisto. His account was questioning and troubled: the opening phrase unfolded as if in mid-conversation, cadenzas were cracked and exploratory, the slow movement was plain and the finale unruly. Kuusisto made no pretence that the concerto should sound safe – in fact, he made it sound downright vulnerable, a brave antithesis to the romantic showpiece it often becomes. As an encore, he played a sad Swedish folk tune called We Sold Our Homes, with Vänskä duetting on clarinet and the orchestra humming the harmonies. He spoke of the lockout and about global homelessness and migration. Here is a classical performer who genuinely connects what goes on inside the concert hall with the world outside – and that makes him a rare and important performer for our times.

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- Robin Denselow

Cecil Sharp House, LondonThe celebrated Québécois quartet mixed politics, French-Canadian history and traditional tunes in a rousing, classy set

Canadian band Le Vent du Nord have become heroes for many Québécois by mixing politics with good-time traditional music.It is a tricky balance, but this jovial quartet of multi-instrumentalists combine skilful playing and humour with reminders of their roots. They speak English, but their music, whether traditional or self-composed, is sung in French.

Their set at Cecil Sharp House began with a folk song from their latest album, Têtu, before easing into the first of their history lessons, Confédération, an upbeat story about French-speaking Canadians who have forgotten their roots.

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- Michael John White

From the classical archive, 15 March 1982: Sir András Schiff returns to the Proms next week to perform Beethoven. How did we review the pianist performing the same composer nearly 35 years ago at the beginning of his career?

No-one who heard Andras Schiff’s Sunday afternoon piano recital at the Queen Elizabeth Hall could have left the hall cold to the sheer radiance of his technique, which was constantly a joy to hear, if not always to see.

In performance, Schiff presents a curious physical response to the music. When he pours up the tempo or dynamic after a diminution in either, he draws his whole body up from the keyboard and down on to the next chord with a characteristically precise but somehow graceless articulation of movement.

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- Imogen Tilden

Little Glemham, SuffolkBlowzabella and Sam Kelly contributed energetic headline sets to a low-key festival that is thriving under the irreverent guidance of the Young’uns

It was a weekend of murders, morris dancing and mighty winds, all of them on stage, not all of them planned. Strong gusts in this eastern corner of Suffolk closed the main stage for several hours on Saturday afternoon, but the musicians were simply relocated, and the (morris) dancing and demonstrations continued in and out of the dance tent. Five years young, FolkEast feels more like a very English village fete than a festival, with the good humour and unpretentiousness of its patrons, the Young’uns, the guiding vibe.

“You know the main stage has reopened? – I’m just a bloke with a guitar,” says Chris Wood, whose wry tales of 21st-century life pack out – to his apparent surprise – the Broad Roots tent. Self-deprecation too from Sam Carter, another bloke with a guitar whose set included “possibly the most middle-class breakup song ever” – We Never Made It to the Lakes – and “a nice cheery hanging ballad with a singalong chorus”.

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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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North Coast Bass Association (NCBA) to Host Second Annual Event September 3-4 The Erie Sports Commission is pleased to announce North Coast...

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