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

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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.

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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.

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