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Mons is embracing the future as it prepares for its role as next year’s European Capital of Culture, but it’s also steeped in intriguing history. Philip Sweeney explores its two sides

Marina Ginesta: Socialist activist whose photograph became one of the most memorable images of the Spanish Civil War

When Marina Ginesta heard on 18 July 1936 that the Spanish military had risen against the country's democratically elected government, her first thought was that the army's rebellion was to stop the People's Olympiad, the alternative Olympic Games in Barcelona planned in protest against those held in Nazi Germany in the same summer. "We had no idea what was really happening, we were that innocent," Ginesta, then a member of Spain's Socialist Youth movement and helping to organise the Olympiad, recalled.

Syria report: One is reminded of Nazi Germany

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Thai anti-government protesters march as part of their ongoing rallies in downtown Bangkok

Thailand declares state of emergency in bid to quell Bangkok protests

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Security officials cordon off the site of a suicide blast in Rawalpini where 13 people died. The Pakistani military launched air strikes against suspected Taliban hideouts on the Afghan border, on the night of the 21 January.

Pakistani fighter jets bomb Taliban hideouts and kill 25, after string of attacks

Residents claim that civillians were among those who died

A French soldier looks on as the body of a lynched Muslim man is burned by a crowd, in Bangui; the EU has decided to send out troops to help stabilise the country

EU to deploy 500 troops in Central African Republic following ‘genocide’ warning

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Pakistani security officials inspect the site of a suicide bomb attack in Rawalpindi, on Monday.

Second Taliban bomb in two days kills at least 13 at Rawalpindi army base

The suicide bomb comes after a blast killed 20 troops on Sunday

Robert Fisk: Egyptians – or 98.1% of them – carry on a proud tradition

This is such stuff as dreams are made on, enough to banish any nightmares troubling the sleep of Egypt’s army commander, General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi

Twenty soldiers were killed in the bomb blast in Bannu

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Blast is latest setback in Pakistan's fight against insurgency in north-west

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A sports stadium in Mogadishu became a key base for al-Shabaab in Somalia as their influence expanded across eastern Africa. Photographer Johnnie Shand Kydd visited the arena after it was reclaimed by African Union forces

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The Fateful Year: England 1914, By Mark Bostridge: Book review - a landscape filled with strikes, spy fever and Suffragettes

A book that assesses the state of the nation as it stood on the brink of the Great War

Hiroo Onoda: Military officer who refused to believe that Japan had lost the Second World War and stayed in the jungle for 29 years

Hiroo Onoda was a former Japanese intelligence officer, an imperial soldier for whom absolute loyalty and devotion to Emperor Hirohito and his country were paramount in his philosophy, so much so that he refused to surrender following Japan’s defeat in 1945. He remained hidden for another 29 years.

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