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Australian impression­ist painting unveiled for first time in 130 years

Sunlight at the Camp, an oil painting by influentia­l Australian impression­ist Arthur Streeton in 1894 that has not been seen by the public for 130 years, has gone on show in Melbourne before its auction in Sydney later this month. The artwork depicting Sydney Harbour is expected to fetch up to $1.5 million.

In memoriam

Guadeloupe­an author Maryse Condé, who wrote more than 20 novels on slavery and colonialis­m in Africa and the Caribbean and is the sole winner of the New Academy prize in literature, has died aged 90; U.S. writer John Barth, known for his comic novels and metafictio­nal stories such as Giles Goat-Boy and The Sot-Weed Factor, age 93; U.S. actor and comedian Joe Flaherty, best known for his roles on Freaks and Geeks and the sketch comedy series SCTV, at age 82.

Ukrainian sculptor receives high honor in the UK

Alex Lidagovsky, a Ukrainian sculptor who fled to the UK after his studio in Kyiv was destroyed at the start of the Russian invasion, has been accepted into the Royal Society of British Artists. The artist said the honorary membership of the RBA, which showcases its members’ work annually at the Mall Galleries in London, was an exciting and unexpected surprise, which will give him “the chance to stay true to myself and my profession and continue to fight for my country, Ukraine.”

K-pop star and actor break up after fan backlash

Karina, of the K-pop girl group Aespa, and actor Lee Jae-wook have confirmed their separation after going public five weeks ago. The announceme­nt had sparked a backlash from fans of the K-pop star, accusing her of “betrayal” and prompting her to issue an official apology.

April Fool’s article on Afrobeats star Davido backfires

Nigerian Afrobeats star Davido said he was suing media platforms over a false news report published on April Fool’s Day, which alleged that the artist had been arrested in Kenya after cocaine was found on his private jet. The 31-yearold called the article “extremely irresponsi­ble” and said he had “never been arrested by anyone in any country for any crime.”

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