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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

Snooker: Shaun Murphy ends Luca Brecel's dream

Shaun Murphy shattered the teenage dreams of Luca Brecel as he survived a nerve-racking quarter-final with snooker's new young star at the UK Championship today.

A view of the Bernabeu

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Wembley among contenders to host games

Hope fades for North Sea cargo ship sailors

Seven sailors missing in the icy North Sea after a cargo ship collided with another vessel and sank off the Dutch coast are almost certainly dead, rescuers said today.

Snooker: Brecel targets O'Sullivan record

Luca Brecel believes he can strip the absent Ronnie O'Sullivan of his record of being the youngest winner of a ranking event by lifting the UK Championship.

Christian Benteke celebrates a late winner against Reading

Aston Villa warns rivals off £7m summer signing Christian Benteke

Striker has impressed since summer switch

Starbucks has confirmed that it is in talks with the Government about paying more in UK taxes.

In defence of multinationals: Danny Alexander may boycott Starbucks - but it's our barmy tax system that's to blame

We shouldn't beat up businesses for trying to grow rather than recognising profit

David Cameron vows to protect Thatcher's EU rebate

David Cameron will not accept a cut in Britain's rebate from Brussels as he tries to secure a freeze in the European Union budget, Downing Street said today.

Pictures of unidentified bodies posted online as first website dedicated to finding the identity of mystery individuals is launched

Pictures of unidentified bodies are being posted online with the launch of the first website dedicated to finding the identity of mystery individuals.

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Market Report: Brussels muscles in and Bwin loses out

It could have been just another boring conference in Brussels. That was until the police arrived at the European Gaming and Betting Association's Responsible Gaming Day yesterday and took away Norbert Teufelberger, co-chief executive of Bwin.party Entertainment.

Battle-scarred Viking swords go on sale

The death of distinguished Danish collector EA Christensen has prompted a collection of battle-scarred Viking swords to come up for auction.

Mousa Dembélé has already established himself at Spurs since signing from Fulham in the summer

Tottenham prepared to risk rest cure for talisman Mousa Dembele

Tottenham Hotspur are hoping Mousa Dembélé's hip injury can clear up with some rest and tender loving care rather than the surgeon's knife.

Kevin Mirallas in action against Everton

Everton hopeful Kevin Mirallas will be fit to play Fulham

Everton manager David Moyes is hopeful forward Kevin Mirallas will be fit enough to face Fulham after his ankle injury in the Merseyside derby.

A scandal not taken with a pinch of snuff

The labyrinthine corridors of the European Parliament building in Brussels are hardly the obvious hangout for a brazen drug dealer to traffic his produce across international borders. Yet should you ever be in desperate need of an illicit fix of snus – a type of Swedish snuff tobacco which cannot be sold legally anywhere in the EU apart from in its home country – Christofer Fjellner's office is the place to go.

Former rivals Tom Boonen (left) and Mark Cavendish are set to team up under Quick Step director Brian Holm

Cycling: How his Belgian 'family' succeeded in tempting Mark Cavendish away from Sky

Brian Holm, Cav's former HTC team director, explains how he lured Manxman to Omega outfit and claims he'll be inspired by being team-mates with old pal Tom Boonen. Alasdair Fotheringham asks the questions

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