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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

A short stay in... Antwerp

Belgium is not boring, honest. Gareth Lloyd visited its second city and found a charming medieval haven, boasting 70 per cent of the world's diamond trade and 2,500 bars. Food, history, art and chocolates are all taken seriously, and, yes, it's even got a demure red-light district

Travel: Give me a break: Antwerp on pounds 250

It is noon on Friday and you are in central London in desperate need of a weekend getaway. Clare Thomson prescribes a Belgian break

Rewind: Video reviews

A Dance to the Music of Time (15), C4, pounds 19.99 This rich, though ridiculously condensed, adaptation of Anthony Powell's epic introduces 43 characters in the first two hours - a gallop through the music of time. Simon Russell Beale takes centre stage as Widmerpool. HHHH

Tennis: Rusedski left to rue lost opportunities

AS ONE door opened, another one closed. No sooner had Tim Henman ended his sequence of four first-round defeats than Greg Rusedski, the fourth seed and world No 5, dropped out of the Guardian Direct Cup in Battersea Park in his first match since winning the European Community Championship in Antwerp on Sunday. We should take his defeat last night by Germany's Marc-Kevin Goellner as a blip, particularly as Rusedski had two match points in the second set.

Basketball: Nemeth faces Belarus test

THE England coach, Laszlo Nemeth, will depend on key individuals producing outstanding performances in Minsk tonight, as England try to steer their European Championship challenge back on course against Belarus in the fourth game of their semi-final round group.

Tennis: Paulus pushes Novotna to the limit

TOP SEED Jana Novotna was taken the distance by Austria's Barbara Paulus yesterday before qualifying for the semi-finals of the Paris Indoor Open. Paulus had scored two wins in her three previous career matches with 29-year-old Novotna and again tested the Czech player.

Football: Clubs and agents accused of `slavery'

A leading Belgian law professor has accused football of "slavery" in the game's treatment of players from Eastern Europe.

Tricked, beaten and sold as a sex slave - the diary of Mia, aged 14

Trafficking of women from eastern Europe now rivals the international drug trade in scale, writes Katherine Butler in Antwerp

Deconstruction

Martin Margiela rips clothes apart at the seams - and then leaves the seams showing. Will his posh new label, Hermes, let him continue? Styling by Sophia Neophitou.

THOSE OTHER FLEMISH CITIES

One OF the advantages of such a small country as Belgium is that it never takes any time to get anywhere. If you find yourself tiring of the coachloads of tourists in Bruges, you can easily pop across to the other Flemish cities of Belgian Flanders which in many respects are equally intriguing, if not quite as picturesque.

Henman service back in groove

Tim Henman, giving one of his best performances of the year, beat the Romanian Adrian Voinea 6-1, 6-2 in the first round of the Italian Indoor Championships in Milan yesterday.

Tennis: Rios in almost flawless display

Marcelo Rios, the second seed, who is recovering from a leg injury, trounced the Romanian Adrian Voinea, 6-1, 6-4 in the first round of the European Community Championship in Antwerp yesterday.

Erratic Henman scrapes through

Tim Henman, the British No 1 who is battling to rediscover his best form, began the process by scrambling through 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 against Spain's Sergi Bruguera in the first round of the European Community Championship in Antwerp as the tournament lost its top seed, Goran Ivanisevic, and fourth seed, Boris Becker, to injury yesterday.

Operation Glory for the flying vet

Simon Turnbull talks to the brave runner with a real job on her hands

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