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Tapies next to one of his pieces during an exhibition of his work in Madrid in 2004

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Sergio Ramos was sent off late in the game

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Neymar curls the ball into the top corner

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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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Album: La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall, Dinastia Borgia (Alia Vox)

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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

Barcelona is to become the first major Spanish city to ban the use of face-covering Islamic veils in municipal buildings.

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.

Kinder form of bullfighting proposed to avoid ban

Bullfighting in Catalonia has about as good a chance of survival as a 1,000lb bull in a ring, but amid the on-going parliamentary battle over a regional corrida ban, one party is still charging hard.

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