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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

Between the Covers 28/04/2013

Your weekly guide to what's really going on in the world of books

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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
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Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee