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Tamaya House, a screen painting; Japan, Edo period, late AD 1770s or early 1780s attributed to Utagawa Toyoharu as The British Museum is set to hold an exhibition on the subject of sex in Japanese art.

British Museum to host exhibition about sex in Japanese art

The British Museum is set to hold an exhibition on the subject of sex in Japanese art.

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Barcelona forward nets three times in 4-0 friendly win over Guatemala

Javier Mascherano tries to return to the field of play after the incident
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A worker at a banana plantation in Santa Marta, Colombia

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Montenegro’s Mirko Vucinic (left) and Stevan Jovetic

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A local council in Canada spred chicken droppings in an attempt to drive away homeless people

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City manager 'deeply sorry' for ploy

Brazil striker Neymar

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The five-time world champions slip to an all-time low

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Striker joins from Atletico Madrid on five-year deal

Maria Sharapova at the French Open

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The defending champions saw her match hit by the weather

Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao heads for moneybags Monaco in £51m deal – despite tax glitch

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Tottenham target Barcelona star David Villa and Porto striker Jackson Martinez as Andre Villas-Boas looks to splash out £45m

Andre Villas-Boas wants to bring in two strikers over the summer

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