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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

Kalashnikov with his creation, the most successful assault rifle ever made

Is Mikhail Kalashnikov in Hell? The man was confident he would not go there

World view: When I met him, his Siberian eyes were as alert as a wolf’s; he was brash, tough, unashamed. I guess he had to be

Egypt declares Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organisation

Egypt's interim government has blamed the group for an attack on police headquarters

File image: A police issue Taser X26 stun gun. Devon and Cornwall Police are currently carrying out an investigation supervised by the IPCC after officers Tasered three teenagers with learning difficulties

Police Taser three teenage pupils with learning difficulties

An investigation has been launched after police Tasered three teenage boys with complex learning difficulties after being called to a school

Men inspect the rubble in the Egyptian city of Mansoura, north of Cairo, following a powerful explosion

At least 14 dead in explosion at security headquarters in Egypt

The suspected car bomb left hundreds wounded in the city north of Cairo

British soldier killed by enemy fire serving in Afghanistan with the Royal Engineers

A British soldier has been killed in Afghanistan while serving with the Royal Engineers.

Kalashnikov c. 1949, by which time his gun was standard issue for the Red Army

Mikhail Kalashnikov: Soviet general whose design for a cheap and reliable assault rifle transformed the nature of conflict round the world

With his stocky frame, and his general's uniform smothered with medals, Mikhail Kalashnikov looked the quintessential Soviet military veteran. But he was a veteran with a difference. For one thing he was a keen and lifelong poet. For another, having been badly wounded fighting the German invader around Bryansk in October 1941, early in what Russians still call the Great Patriotic War, he conceived what would become the most famous assault rifle in the world.

Chadian peacekeepers fire on demonstrators in Central African republic

Peacekeepers from Chad opened fire on a crowd demonstrating against their presence in the capital, Bangui, yesterday, killing one and injuring several others, protesters said.

Mikhail Kalashnikov obituary: Man behind world’s most famous assault rifle dies aged 94

Soviet general whose design for a cheap and reliable assault rifle transformed the nature of conflict round the world

Mikhail Kalashnikov dies: Five quick-fire facts about the AK-47 inventor

Mikhail Kalashnikov dies: Five quick-fire facts about the AK-47 inventor

As the Russian engineer passes away, aged 94, here are five quick-fire facts to get you up to bullet-speed, pronto

A Syrian man helps an injured man following an airstrike in Aleppo's Maadi neighborhood. Two children were among at least 13 people killed in new air strikes on a rebel-held district

Hundreds killed as Assad pounds Aleppo from the air

Since it began in mid-December, the government’s aerial bombardment has left more than 200 people dead

A man prays in the CAR; 600 have died since fighting started

French President François Hollande isolated over conflict in Central African Republic

Mr Hollande has pleaded with other EU members to put more boots on the ground in the former African colony

Effigies of the North Korean leader are burnt in Seoul by conservative South Korean groups, an action that prompted the faxed threat by the North

North Korea faxes South Korea threat to attack ‘without notice’

Addressed to the South’s presidential office, the threat was made after effigies of Kim Jong-un were burnt in Seoul

A series of bombings hit Shia areas of Baghdad this month

Iraqi policeman dies saving pilgrims from suicide bomber as attacks rise

Although five people were killed and 10 wounded, police say the casualties would have been far higher if Ayyub Khalaf had not wrapped his arms around the terrorist to shield others from the blast

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Michael Adebolajo during an interview with the police

Lee Rigby murder: Killer Michael Adebolajo handed witness a note attempting to justify actions

Witness Amanda Donnelly Martin was passed a warped handwritten note by one of Fusilier Lee Rigby's murderers.

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