News A Syrian rebel support group has threatened to blow up the Atomium in Brussels

A plot to attack the Belgian capital stokes fears Europe will targeted by radicalised fighters returning from Syria. Charlotte McDonald-Gibson reports from Brussels

Report: The Love of Houses by Vivien Greene

HOUSES: the word to me has the same valued and beloved sound as the word "home''. Home means one's loved place; houses embraces many loved places.

Football: The pride and the precipice

Journey through football: From a club on the brink of oblivion to another on the coat-tails of a rich future

Football: Players' union opposes United's Antwerp deal

THE Professional Footballers' Association will attempt to block Manchester United's "feeder club" deal with Royal Antwerp. Gordon Taylor, the PFA's chief executive, says he will complain to the European Commission, world governing body Fifa and Uefa.

Football: United's Antwerp deal

MANCHESTER UNITED signed a co-operation deal with Antwerp, of the Belgian Second Division, yesterday to swap loan players on a regular basis, but United denied the agreement amounted to a takeover of one of Belgium's oldest clubs.

Eco-terrorists declare war on Belgium's burger bars

AFTER an arson attack laid waste a branch of McDonald's in Antwerp recently, Belgian animal rights activists put out a statement ending with the following threat: "We don't sit still, action speaks louder than words!!"

Basketball: Nemeth's overseas players problem

IF YOU want to play for England, play abroad. The squad for the European Championship games against Denmark, Spain and Ukraine this month confirms that English fans no longer have the opportunity to watch the best English players.

Fashion: Tall talent in a flat land

Belgian menswear designers are flexing their moules, and the world is watching.

Football: Antwerp nursery for Old Trafford

MANCHESTER UNITED are signing a feeder deal with the Belgian club, Royal Antwerp, to groom their stars of the future. United have struck up an agreement with Antwerp to loan young players and use the club as a way round United's problems of signing the best teenage talent from around the world.

Arts: Bewitched by a magical singer

She looks like Elizabeth Montgomery and sounds like Joni Mitchell. But the diminutive Dar Williams is her own woman

Football: Haan leaves Anderlecht

ARIE HAAN, Anderlecht's Dutch coach, left by mutual consent yesterday following the club's dreadful start to the Belgian season. The move follows Wednesday's 2-0 home Uefa Cup first-round first-leg defeat by the Swiss side, Grasshopper Zurich.

meet your dressmaker

From the moment Ann Demeulemeester's first samples went on sale, back in 1982, Shadia Wazni has been her most faithful customer. But the two have never met - until Tamsin Blanchard introduced them. Photographs by Adrian Wilson

FASHION: FIVE EXCITING BELGIANS

Forget all the boring jokes - Belgium's avant-garde designers have been world leaders since the early Eighties. Now a second wave of trend-setters is about to hit our shores. Tamsin Blanchard reports

TECHNOFILE: PRO LIFE, PRO CHOICE

You get plenty of icons, fly-throughs, landscapes and imaginary buildings in multimedia, but you very rarely get human interest. A dramatic exception was Steve Hart's A Bronx Family, whose subjects generated more human interest than any family could bear. With the subtitle "The Impact of Aids", it could hardly be otherwise, though. No such expectations are raised by a disc produced by a group of academics at Carnegie Mellon University, and weightily entitled The Issue of Abortion in America (Routledge, Windows and Macintosh, pounds 40). But in its simple video testimonies, from 10 women who had to make decisions about continuing pregnancies or terminating them, it embraces more human life than a whole season of Winfrey or Springer.

People In Fashion: Fashion's coming home

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Surreal life documentary

The hype is true, Armando Iannucci is arguably the funniest man in Britain. By James Rampton
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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker