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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

Belgium told not to expect Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke to be fit for World Cup qualifiers

The striker is expected to be out for six weeks

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke out for up to six weeks with hip injury

Injury not as serious as feared

Marouane Fellaini came on to face Palace's 10 men

Marouane Fellaini thanks his team-mates for helping him adjust to life at Manchester United

The £27.5m midfielder also says if Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't want to return to United then it is 'too bad for him'

Postcard from... Brussels

Adnan Januzaj cost United £500,000 from Anderlecht

Adnan Januzaj flair invokes the spirit of George Best at Manchester United - a welcome foil to Ashley Young's diving

Moyes gives the frail United youngster his league debut 50 years after legend’s first game

Premier League: Wayne Rooney starts for Manchester United as David Moyes leaves £27.5m signing Marouane Fellaini on the bench

Rooney returns from the head injury he suffered over two weeks ago while there is no place among the substitutes for Shinji Kagawa

EC president Herman Van Rompuy

Composer to release album featuring haikus by EC president Herman Van Rompuy

His love of compact Japanese verse has earned him the nickname 'Haiku Herman', and soon the president of the European Council will be able to enjoy some of his own compositions with a musical accompaniment.

Postcard from... Brussels

Richard Caring nets millions as he sells stake in Cote restaurant chain

Richard Caring, the millionaire restaurants, rag trade and property entrepreneur, today sold his 51% stake in the Côte restaurants chain in a move netting him millions of pounds in profit.

The win over Germany has given coach Joe Prunty and his men hope of advancing from Group A

Basketball: Team GB go crashing out against Ukraine

Great Britain missed the chance to make the second round of EuroBasket for the first time as they slipped to an 87-68 defeat at the hands of Ukraine in their final game in Ljubljana on Monday.

David Moyes (right) shows off new signing Marouane Fellaini

Marouane Fellaini confident of Manchester United title success

Marouane Fellaini was "nervous" as transfer deadline day arrived but insists he has joined a Manchester United team that is set up to retain the Barclays Premier League title.

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From yoga in India and glass in Venice to augmented reality apps

Lung diseases kill one in 10 Europeans

Lung diseases kill one in 10 Europeans, with greatest risk in Britain

Lung diseases kill one in every 10 Europeans, new figures suggest, and the proportion of deaths caused by the diseases in the UK is the highest of any European nation.

Leighton Baines could receive a new contract as reward for his loyalty to Everton over Manchester United pursuit

United wanted England star to hand in transfer request to force a move to Old Trafford but 28-year-old was still at Goodison Park when the transfer window closed

Postcard from... Belgium

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