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Lest anyone underestimate the emotional power that languages can hold over people, they need only look at the violence and anger stoked in Ukraine by a national argument over "mere" words.

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Ukraine police tackle protests over Russian language law

Anger at bill boosting the status of Russian speakers in the former Soviet republic

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Steven Gerrard’s flashes of quality were nowhere near enough for England

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Two decades of agony – England’s penalty shootout woes since 1990

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