Travel

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

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen has been frustrated with his role at left-back

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen frustrated with left-back role but accepts sacrifice claims Andre Villas-Boas

Vertonghen has played the last three games out wide in Danny Rose's absence after he picked up a toe injury

Reading and Wales defender Chris Gunter will make his 50th appearance for his country against Belgium tonight

Chris Coleman believes defender Chris Gunter can go on to become the first Wales centurion as he prepares to reach 50 caps

Gunter will become the youngest player to reach the half-century mark for Wales at just 24-years-old when he runs out against Belgium tonight

Mohamed Abdi Hassan commanded dozens of bandits in the Arabian Sea

The pirate who fell into a movie trap: Kingpin Mohamed 'Big Mouth' Abdi Hassan arrested in Belgium after being tricked into thinking he was going to appear in a documentary

The ringleader had been lured to Europe over promises to work as an expert adviser on a documentary about high-seas crime

Postcard from... Brussels

Belgium’s players celebrate their victory against Croatia

Belgium’s footballers catch nationalists offside as team goes through to World Cup 2014

The crowds packed the Grand Place in Brussels until the early hours of Saturday morning, cheering on their “Red Devils” who had beaten Croatia 2-1 to secure Belgium's place in next summer’s World Cup. Many beaming faces were painted black, yellow and red, the colours of the Belgian flag, which supporters waved euphorically throughout the Gothic square.

Chris Coleman admitted the victory over Macedonia was one of his most pleasing but insists it hasn't changed his future

Wales 1 Macedonia 0: Victory is most enjoyable for Chris Coleman but he insists it hasn't changed his future

Simon Church gave the Welsh their first win in five despite missing 11 players through injury

Adnan Januzaj has not yet decided where his international future lies

Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj not ready to decide his international future, claims Belgium manager

18-year-old can play for Belgium, Albania and Turkey, while he could also qualify for England in 2016 on residency grounds

Adnan Januzaj cost United £500,000 from Anderlecht

Indyplus questions: How exactly do you pronounce the Manchester United youngster's surname correctly?

The Manchester United winger stole the headlines on Saturday with his two goals against Sunderland, but there has been some debate on the pronunciation of his surname

Postcard from... Brussels

Calling in sick with a hangover or to enjoy unexpected good weather may soon be more difficult in Belgium, where the Government has proposed a law requiring that employees taking a sick day stay at home for a medical check-up.

The law would require employees taking a sick day to stay at home for a medical check-up

Thinking of calling in sick? The doctor will pop by to see you, under Belgian crackdown

Calling in sick with a hangover or to enjoy unexpected good weather may soon be more difficult in Belgium – the government has proposed a law which would require employees taking a sick day to stay at home for a medical check-up.

This picture taken in Brussels shows a Belgian 'euthanasia kit'. MPs will debate rolling out the practice to under-18s and dementia-sufferers this week

Belgian MPs to debate extending euthanasia laws to under-18s and Alzheimer’s patients

The country already has some of the most relaxed laws on medically-assisted suicide in the world

Youri Tielemans in Champions League action

Talent Scout: Youri Tielemans - the next Belgian star attracting interest from Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City

The 16-year-old midfielder has already made his debut in the Champions League

Christian Benteke has been called-up by Belgium for their World Cup qualifiers even thought Paul Lambert admits he isn't fit

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert slams 'five-day rule' as 'a mockery' as he attempts to avoid Christian Benteke row with Belgium

Lambert claims the rule 'comes back and bites you' if a player misses an international and then appears for his club within the five-day period

China ruffles feathers by detaining world's priciest pigeon Bolt

Authorities claim incorrect import duties have been paid on birds

Mourinho’s team had come from a goal down to dominate the second half and equalise before Torres was controversially shown a second yellow card nine minutes from the end

Chelsea's Jose Mourinho slams referee for red card and brands Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen 'a disgrace' after draw

Manager accuses Tottenham player of acting to fool officials and get Fernando Torres sent off to change the game

Life and Style
love + sex A new study has revealed the average size - but does that leave men outside the 'normal' range being thought of as 'abnormal'?
Arts and Entertainment
TV
Voices
The Palace of Westminster is falling down, according to John Bercow
voices..says Matthew Norman
Sport
Steve Bruce and Gus Poyet clash
football
News
Graham Norton said Irish broadcaster RTE’s decision to settle was ‘moronic’
TV
Arts and Entertainment
Jake and Dinos Chapman were motivated by revenge to make 'Bring me the Head of Franco Toselli! '
arts + ents Shapero Modern Gallery to show explicit Chapman Brothers film
Arts and Entertainment
Kurt Cobain performing for 'MTV Unplugged' in New York, shortly before his death
music Brett Morgen's 'Cobain: Montage of Heck' debunks many of the myths
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Seven Cities of Italy
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Prague, Budapest and Vienna
Lake Garda
3.	Provence 6 nights B&B by train from £599pp
Prices correct as of 20 February 2015
Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn