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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

Hard-pressed Italians call for Church to lose €3bn tax benefit

As Italians grit their teeth against the coming economic austerity measures, the Catholic Church is being forced to defend the multibillion-euro tax breaks it enjoys on 100,000 properties.

Italian players stand firm with strike threat

The Italian players' association have warned they will strike unless a new collective contract is signed before the start of the Serie A season this weekend.

Talks continue over Spanish player strike

Spanish league players remain on strike after league officials and the players' union failed to reach an agreement to end the current work stoppage.

Thunderous send-off for Pope

More than a million pilgrims braved weekend temperatures edging towards 40 degrees, sleeping in the open air at Madrid's Cuatro Vientos airport before Sunday Mass, the high point and conclusion of a four-day visit to Spain by Pope Benedict XVI for World Youth Day.

Crises averted, Cameron is back on holiday

His holiday in Italy having been cut short by the riots, the Prime Minister is now enjoying a break in north Cornwall where he and his wife Samantha were photographed yesterday in the fishing village of Port Isaac, close to where their daughter Florence was born last year

Time to grab a Spanish bargain – but be careful

Desperate to lure foreign buyers back to its property market, Spain's government has cleaned up the buying process. Chiara Cavaglieri and Julian Knight report

Insider's Guide: Cantabria, Spain

For the third in our series of Insider's Guides, we head to Cantabria in Spain. Check out these recommendations from Andy McCulloch, regional operations manager at Casas Cantabricas (casas.co.uk), specialists in accommodation and touring holidays in northern Spain.

Echoes from the city of lost children

The Venetian writer Tiziano Scarpa can still hear the ghosts of Vivaldi's choir of orphaned girls, he tells Matthew Hoffman

Dickinson and Blair help Scotland hold off Italy

Scotland 23 Italy 12

The Big Six: Italian country inns

Cycling: I can win 2012 Tour de France then Olympic gold, says Wiggins

Briton believes he can double up next year – but first comes the Tour of Spain which starts today

Investors beg leaders to act as markets fall again

Stock markets around the world endured yet another day of turmoil yesterday, as fears about the global economy and the deteriorating sovereign debt crisis in the eurozone continued to unnerve investors.

No agreement in Spanish strike talks

Talks today between the Spanish Professional Footballers' Union (AFE) and the Spanish Football League (LFP) intended to avert a strike for the opening two rounds of the Primera Division have failed to find a resolution.

Roberto Martinez: 'I am grateful that destiny is taking me down there'

Spaniard, who began Swansea's resurrection, takes his Wigan side to South Wales with no regrets

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?