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Edward Burra's paintings are eccentric, varied and bleak. Adrian Hamilton celebrates this most neglected of British artists at his first retrospective in 25 years

Italian bonds come under renewed pressure

The market continued to put pressure on Italy yesterday, with Rome's borrowing costs rising back to levels not since seen the European Central Bank (ECB) stepped in to support its bonds in August.

Garcia celebrating with the winner's trophy after the fourth and last stage of the Andalucia Masters on Sunday

Sergio Garcia pulls out of Shanghai

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Edward Burra: From Harlem to Hastings

Edward Burra's paintings are eccentric, varied and bleak. This most neglected of British artists is celebrated at the first retrospective in 25 years

The banking giant reported a better-than-expected increase in profits today

Banking giant Barclays reports 18% profit hike

Banking giant Barclays reported a better-than-expected increase in profits today as the group continued to run down its exposure to heavily indebted eurozone countries.

Stormy winds delay Transat Jacques Vabre start

Storm force winds have pinned the Transat Jacques Vabre competitors in Le Havre. Forecasts of up to 60 knots in the eastern North Atlantic have persuaded organisers to delay at least until Wednesday the start of the double-handed race to Costa Rica but a short, coastal prologue race was being staged at Sunday’s previously planned start time for the many thousands of spectators due to line the shore.

Guly double act for leaders spoils Boro's record

Southampton 3 Middlesbrough 0

Aviva Premiership round-up: Brown puts down Exeter uprising as Quins remain unbeaten

At the Twickenham Stoop yesterday, the full-back Mike Brown scored a second-half try that kept Harlequins unbeaten at the top of the Aviva Premiership, after Exeter had given them a rather nasty shock by coming from 9-0 down at half-time to lead. Quins won the match 19-13.

Spain's town hall meltdown

Cuts are now biting deep into civic life. One council has even bet its budget on the lottery

Ian Walker and team celebrate first points in Alicante

As Ian Walker and his Abu Dhabi team were celebrating the first points on the water of the Volvo round the world race the first big row was kicking off shoreside in Alicante.

Record interest rates put Italy back in line of fire

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Little Levante on top

The minnows have stormed above the Big Two to lead La Liga. Pete Jenson meets Spain's very own 'Crazy Gang'

Mallett opens door to job with England

Nick Mallett has thrown his hat into the ring for the England job – but the RFU will have to wait until June to secure his services.

Record borrowing costs put Italy at centre of crisis

Relief at European debt deal fades as Rome struggles at first test since Brussels summit

Grim data puts fundamentals in focus

The challenges facing European policymakers as they attempt to resolve the sovereign debt crisis were underscored by grim economic data yesterday, with Spanish unemployment spiralling to a 15-year high and French consumer spending falling by more than had been forecast.

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