Leon Fleisher: there’s much more to the US pianist’s career than tragedy | Classical music

Leon Fleisher: there’s much more to the US pianist’s career than tragedy | Classical music

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Some may be tempted to describe the career of Leon Fleisher, the American concert pianist who died in Baltimore this week aged 92, as a deeply poignant one, and even as a tragedy. But that would be a huge misreading of his story. Even so, there was indeed a tragic dimension to Fleisher’s long life.
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Gold hits new record high over $2,000 per ounce – business live | Business

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Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the world economy, the financial markets, the eurozone and business. The gold price has surged to new record highs this morning, amid anxiety over the Covid-19 pandemic, geopolitical jitters, and predictions that money-printing policies will drive inflation up. Gold smashed through $2,000 per ounce for the
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Who is Jonathan Swan, the reporter who grilled Trump? And what do kangaroos have to do with it? | Culture

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Michael, I couldn’t help but notice the reporter grilling president Donald Trump in the White House this week had a peculiar accent. Is he one of yours? Hi Matthew! Very perceptive of you. The Axios reporter with the furrowed brow and comically perplexed expression is Jonathan Swan, a former Sydney Morning Herald journalist. After making
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US announces highest-level visit to Taiwan in decades, risking China anger | US news

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A senior US official is to lead a delegation to Taiwan in the highest-level visit since 1979 to discuss the coronavirus pandemic and “celebrate the shared values” of the two democracies, a move likely to anger China. The US health secretary, Alex Azar, said he would be the first cabinet member to visit in six
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‘I’ve realised my dream’: Italy’s oldest graduate top of the class at 96 | World news

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Giuseppe Paternò set his sights on obtaining a university education as a child growing up in Sicily in the 1930s. Poverty, war and supporting a family got in the way. Now, at 96, he has achieved his goal, becoming Italy’s oldest graduate in the process. “I’ve finally realised my dream,” the former railway worker and
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‘Our identity has been robbed’: life in Kashmir after a year of crisis | World news

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For the past year, Fayaz Tilgami’s poetry has spoken of nothing but loss: a lost home, a lost language, a lost world. “We have lost our existence; it has been snatched from us,” said the 70-year-old Kashmiri poet, his voice heavy with sorrow. A year ago, on 5 August 2019, the Indian government, led by
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How the world is coping with coronavirus, six months on – podcast | News

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It’s six months since Covid-19 was registered as an urgent threat, and although the panic at the scenarios that filled imaginations in those first weeks – of millions of imminent deaths, medical systems buckling and food supplies running scarce – has largely abated, the virus has not. More than 200 days since coronavirus was first
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South Korea floods and landslides kill 14 after 42 days of rain | World news

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Fourteen people have been killed and more than 1,000 forced from their homes as 42 consecutive days of rain, South Korea’s longest monsoon in seven years, triggered floods and landslides. Heavy rain, which has also battered China, Thailand, Myanmar and India, inundated farmland and flooded parts of major highways and bridges in the capital, Seoul.
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Coronavirus live news: Trump pressed on false death rate claim as Europe faces second wave | World news

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8.38pm EDT 20:38 From Charlotte Graham-McLay, our correspondent in New Zealand: New Zealand’s unemployment rate fell in the three months to June 2020 to 4.0% from 4.2% in the previous quarter, a drop that shocked economists. But they’re warning that beyond that figure, the labour market is worsening due to the Covid-19 crisis. The country’s
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Throng of new penguin colonies in Antarctica spotted from space | Environment

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Satellite images have revealed 11 previously unknown emperor penguin colonies in Antarctica, boosting the number of known colonies of the imperilled birds by 20%. The discoveries were made by spotting the distinctive red-brown guano patches the birds leave on the ice. The finds were made possible by higher-resolution images from a new satellite, as previous
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