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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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