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Sergio Ramos was sent off late in the game

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Brazil striker Neymar scored a sublime opening goal as he inspired Santos to an exciting 3-1 victory over Japan's Kashiwa Reysol in a Club World Cup semi-final in Toyota today.

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Messi is the only player to have scored more league goals for Barcelona this season than Fabregas

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Josep-Anton Fernàndez: Like Britain's hunting ban, this is a battle of cultures in society

The pro-Catalan side demands rights, the pro-Spanish side appeals to symbols like the bullfight and football

Catalonia bans bullfighting

Spain's Catalonia region outlawed bullfighting today, becoming the country's first mainland region to do so after a heated debate that put animal rights against the idea of preserving a pillar of traditional culture.

Barcelona is first Spanish city to ban burka

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The Last Patriarch by Najat El Hachmi, trans Peter Bush

Chapter 46 of this novel of 77 short chapters ends with the narrator's father, Mimoun, hurling a knife at his daughter and smashing a plate against the wall: "Fragments of glass rained down". Chapter 47 opens "It was fun going all over the place with Father." The juxtaposition catches the book's disconcerting tone. Though family life consists of rape, domestic violence, attempted murder and suicide, drunken abuse, hidden secrets and false accusations, the tone is light and matter-of-fact. Najat El Hachmi has a great eye for the comic in the disasters of everyday life.

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