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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Two paintings by Vincent Van Gogh were unveiled, barely damaged, at an Amsterdam museum on Tuesday, 14 years after they were stolen in a mafia heist.

LONDON (Reuters) - An ancient Assyrian winged bull sculpture destroyed by Islamic State fighters in 2015 is to be remade from empty Iraqi date syrup cans and displayed in Trafalgar Square in London.

LONDON (Reuters) - From lavish clocks to marble top tables, more than 700 lots including art, silver pieces and furniture belonging to late businessman and collector Robert de Balkany will go under the hammer this week at an auction in London.

(The March 20 story deletes reference to precise sum contributed by denominations and use of titanium bolts)

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (Reuters) - Guests began arriving at the Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem on Monday, the quirky guesthouse created by British street artist Banksy that stands a few feet away from Israel's towering security barrier in the occupied West Bank.

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel won the Australian Grand Prix for Ferrari on Sunday to dash Mercedes' hopes of extending their dominance into a fourth successive season of Formula One.

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Mercedes' three-year domination of Formula One looked on shaky ground on Sunday as the Silver Arrows' confidence was rocked by Ferrari pace and a Sebastian Vettel victory in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - In a sign of how far McLaren have fallen, a retirement for Fernando Alonso and a last-place finish for team mate Stoffel Vandoorne exceeded expectations for the embattled team at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Sunday.

(Reuters) - Roger Federer continued his impressive 2017 campaign with a straight-sets, second-round victory at the Miami Open in Florida on Saturday.

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spaniard Alejandro Valverde sealed a second Tour of Catalonia title in style by claiming the seventh stage on Sunday to finish one minute and three seconds ahead of compatriot Alberto Contador in the general classification.

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Two spacewalking astronauts ventured outside the International Space Station on Friday for a 6-1/2-hour spacewalk, the first of three to prepare the orbiting laboratory for future commercial space taxis and to tackle maintenance chores, NASA TV showed.

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have found a way to power an experimental kind of electronic skin using solar energy in a further step towards the development of prosthetic limbs or robots with a sense of touch.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Space Systems/Loral is suing rival Orbital ATK over an alleged theft of proprietary data and business plans for an in-space satellite servicing technology, according to a complaint filed on Thursday.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some of the best-known dinosaurs, like Tyrannosaurus rex and Brontosaurus, may be headed for a divorce due to irreconcilable differences.

KOUROU, French Guiana (Reuters) - Brazil is developing technology to send domestically-made satellites into space with its own rockets by the end of the decade, aerospace executives and officials said ahead of the launch of the nation's first defense and communications satellite.

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- Andrew Clements

Wigmore Hall, LondonIntense performances – by the Calder Quartet, BCMG and Adès himself – featured the composers works alongside influences such as Kurtág and Janáček

The Wigmore Hall’s Xenakis day last month concentrated exclusively on the works of the Greek composer. But the latest of its contemporary music events set Thomas Adès’s music in a much wider context, putting it alongside works by composers whom he admires and who have influenced him. After a lunchtime concert that had included Adès’s Piano Quintet and his second string quartet, The Four Quarters, together with piano duets by Walton and Lutosławski, the evening concert, featuring the Calder Quartet and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, with Adès himself and Nicolas Hodges sharing pianistic duties, added pieces by Kurtág, Janáček and Gerald Barry to the portrait too.

There were just two of Adès’s own works. The bright, brash Concerto Conciso, which he wrote for BCMG in 1997, packs three movements into just eight minutes of brittle polyrhythms, while his first quartet, Arcadiana, now more than 20 years old, still serves as a perfect demonstration of how he can weave a whole tapestry of musical and extra-musical allusions into his works yet create something that is utterly distinctive and entirely his own.

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- Caroline Sullivan

O2 Arena, LondonDate night is sold out for the UK garage pioneer who proves he has moved beyond Bo’ Selecta! with humility and DJing ability

It’s date night at the O2: thousands of long-established – by the look of things – couples are gearing up for a Saturday night with the man who could well have provided the playlist for their first kisses. As with half the shows on Craig David’s first arena tour in 15 years, this one is sold out, and, throughout, there’s a sense of release for both fans and David himself. As he advances from the back of the stage in a white tracksuit, a wave of emotion breaks: the crowd are on their feet, singing an album track with him, and David gazes back, a mixture of chastened Romeo and reinvigorated popster-about-town.

Having illustrated the maxim about pride coming before a fall, he’s a different person these days. His way back from the ignominy of collapsing sales and merciless mockery on the Noughties sketch show Bo’ Selecta! has been a one-step-at-a-time affair, helped along by a second career as a DJ under the moniker TS5; there’s humility now where once there was arrogance. Moistly emerging from the triple-whammy opener of Ain’t Giving Up, What’s Your Flava and Fill Me In – the latter two buoyant reminders that he helped to establish UK garage – he repeatedly says: “Thank you so much,” and seems to mean it. “One minute I was up here,” – he reaches over his head as his band revs up the 2002 single Rise & Fall – “and the next I was down here”, pointing to the floor. “But to be onstage at the O2 16 years later, performing this song … ”

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- Kitty Empire

(Island)

Billed as “A Playlist by October Firm”, these 22 tracks of new music from Drake and guests reflect the desire of a big hitter – who “keeps the lights on in the building” (Can’t Have Everything) – to put out an album without industry song and dance. Cohesion is not vital, so grime MCs such as Skepta (Skepta Interlude), UK “road rap” proponents like Giggs (duetting on No Long Talk, grandstanding on KMT) and a South African producer called Black Coffee on the excellent Get It Together (feat Jorja Smith) sit alongside sweeter-sounding tropical pop cuts. Quite what Nelson Mandela has to do with Madiba Riddim, an archetypal Drake rhyme about not trusting anyone, is a moot point though. By definition, More Life has sprawl in-built, so judicious use of the skip function is required, but this is high-quality filler.

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- Dave Gelly

(Basho)

You haven’t heard what the saxophone is capable of until you’ve heard a mixed bunch of them – from tiny sopranino to monster bass – in the hands of nine virtuosi, playing compositions by Andy Scott. Jazz is just one ingredient in a style that also ranges freely through modern classical and world music. Of all wind instruments, the saxophone has the most flexible, almost human, tone of voice, and it’s Scott’s mastery of this that makes these 12 pieces so appealing. The variety of sound and mood is astonishing. Until fairly recently, the saxophone was excluded from music academies as a barbarous American novelty. It’s good to remind them of that at moments like this.

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- Kitty Empire

(ADA/Warner Music)The Reid brothers’ first album since 1998 contains old and new songs and moments of pure bliss

There is guitar music driven by testosterone and showboating, and then there is rock’n’roll made by anaemic runts with a sneer. If you are at all receptive to passive-aggressive siren songs, you’ll have heard of Scotland’s Jesus and Mary Chain.

A pair of dyspeptic brothers (and a supporting cast of long-suffering helpmeets), their misanthropic sulking has always been offset by their sweet tooth – and their jelly legs in the face of girls. After a noisy run in the late 80s and early to mid-90s, when the Mary Chain graduated from being the darlings of the UK music press to transatlantic alt rock lodestones, their last studio album was 1998’s appallingly named Munki. Even by the Mary Chain’s declining standards, it was merely all right and the band split acrimoniously in 1999.

Related: The Jesus and Mary Chain: ‘Pop is dreadful. Switch on a radio, I guarantee it’ll be garbage’

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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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