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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

The bullring in Seville

A Spanish love affair

As a child, Wendy Salisbury was seduced by the excitement of the Costa Brava. As a teenager, she fell for a star bullfighter. Here, she explains her lifelong romance with all things Español

Feeling hot: from Africa to the Caribbean, or even closer to home, there's plenty of places that can deliver a warmer winter

Winter holidays: follow the sun

Whether you're mourning the summer we never had – or want to escape the big chill ahead – Chris Leadbeater has the hottest spots for winter holidays

Grand plan to solve euro crisis in doubt

A grand plan to resolve Europe's escalating debt crisis is once again in doubt after officials decided today that key parts of the package will not be ready in time for a leaders' summit tomorrow.

Ros with the singer Kyra Leroy in 1954

Edmundo Ros: Bandleader who brought Latin-American
music to London in the Forties

In the 1940s Edmundo Ros, who has died aged 100, introduced UK audiences to Latin-American music and through his initiative, mambos, sambas and rumbas became part of the standard repertoire of dance bands.

Sarkozy and Merkel must present an image of happy togetherness

Europe's political differences – a very personal matter

National leaders need to be friends to deal with the euro crisis but sometimes carefully hidden emotions burst out. Peter Popham probes the real relationships at the top of the European family

Former footballer strikes a blow for overseas investors

Now there's a way to take on dodgy developers, cartel lawyers and disappearing deposits, writes Richard Way

Julian Knight: A creaking tax system puts our reputation at stake

How well the tax system works is probably as good an indication as any to a nation's stability and strength.

British couple killed in flood

An elderly British couple were swept to their deaths in a flash flood while holidaying in Spain.

Baldini builds bridges on Roma return

Franco Baldini, Fabio Capello's closest adviser, oversees his first match since returning to Serie A as general manager of Roma when Palermo visit the Stadio Olimpico tomorrow.

James Lawton: For the good of the old game, it's simply got to be All Black

Back in Johannesburg last year it became so vital for football that Spain won the World Cup.

Italy vs France: Silvio Berlusconi frustrates French push on ECB and the bailout fund

Italy and Spain – not France and Germany – are the new obstacles to a "big bazooka" solution to the eurozone debt crisis, French sources insisted yesterday.

Troops set to return from Libya

British troops involved in operations against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's regime are poised to return home after the former Libyan dictator was captured and killed.

After 43 years of bloodshed, Eta agrees to lay down its weapons

Basque separatists choose to end armed struggle following high-profile global peace conference

Maturing Mario happy in Manchester (unless it's wet) and excited by derby

Volatile Italian says this year we are seeing 'the real Balotelli' – hence the goals. But will he play against United?

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