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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

Make Bradford British wins international documentary award

A documentary series about integration in multi-cultural Britain has won a prestigious international television award.

Siblings' perfect school attendance

Three siblings have all finished their schooling without ever having a single day off.

Jenkins: after diplomacy there was a clutch of jobs in the City

Sir Michael Jenkins: Diplomat who helped establish Britain's position in postwar Europe

Sir Michael Jenkins served Britain's pressing need to comprehend her near neighbours in the second half of the war-damaged 20th century, serving as a diplomat in all the major western embassies. The boy who would become his country's ambassador to the Netherlands, and help construct her role in the emerging European Union, saw even at the age of 14 how different were the wounds left by the two world wars on the European mainland, from those done to Britain. He made himself into a conciliator, having been pitched in as a schoolboy among passions not felt in his own background, while on an extended trip to France.

The plane in Brussels that was raided by eight men in February

Luxury car dealer from Cote d’Azur under arrest over £30m airport diamond heist

Eleven held in custody after swoops in three countries, with cash and jewels recovered

Uefa's financial fair play rules face test from the 'Bosman' lawyer

Wealthy clubs will watch legal challenge driven by Jean-Louis Dupont with interest

James McCormick arrives for sentencing at the Old Bailey

Conman James McCormick jailed for 10 years over fake bomb detectors

Judge who told him that he had blood of the innocent on his hands

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Chris Froome pictured during the prologue of the Tour de Romandie

Cycling: Chris Froome stays out in front on Tour of Romandie

Team Sky's Chris Froome stayed safely out of trouble to hold on to the overall lead in the Tour of Romandie.

Chris Froome pictured during the prologue of the Tour de Romandie

Cycling: Chris Froome holds on to yellow after stage one of Tour de Romandie

Chris Froome holds a six-second lead over his American rival Andrew Talansky after stage one of the Tour de Romandie. The Team Sky rider won Tuesday's prologue and will try to defend the race leader's yellow jersey until Sunday's finale.

It is estimated that between 500 at 600 Europeans are in Syria fighting with the rebels

Europeans who fight in Syrian war ‘may be a threat at home,’ says EU counter-terrorism chief

The EU’s counter-terrorism chief has warned that Europeans travelling to Syria to join the rebels could pose a threat back home on their return , echoing concerns in Belgium where the government is considering intercepting aspiring fighters at airports.

Millionaire businessman James McCormick found guilty of selling fake bomb detectors

A British businessman who sold bogus bomb detectors to countries at war where hundreds of people were dying and injured by explosive devices has been found guilty of fraud at the Old Bailey.

Postcard from... Berlin

Postcard from... Brussels

Not content with issuing stamps infused with chocolate-flavoured glue and boasting an airport with more chocolate shops than anywhere else in the world, the Belgians are mulling going to the European Union to try to get their signature product protected.

Paul Lambert denies Aston Villa have opened talks with Christian Benteke over new deal

Striker has enjoyed a fine debut season

Sunderland's new manager Paolo di Canio during his first match English Premiere League match in charge against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

Paolo Di Canio attempting to unite team at Sunderland reveals Simon Mignolet

Italian replaced Martin O'Neill

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