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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

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso

Jose Manuel Barroso: Eurosceptics ‘want to drag Continent back to the trenches’

EU president Barroso singles out Ukip during outspoken address and issues warning to Tories

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Monsieur Le Commandant, by Romain Slocombe. Gallic, £8.99

A French Academician, Paul-Jean Husson writes a letter to his local SS officer revealing his illicit passion for his Jewish daughter-in-law, so placing her fate in the commandant’s hands.

A Very British Murder, by Lucy Worsley. BBC Books, £20

In an era of mass literacy but not the total exposure of today, the classic homicide flourished

There are no US men in the fourth round after Tim Smyczek's defeat

Donald Macinytre's Sketch: Like Robert Walpole in reverse - and just as uncomfortable

David Cameron found himself in exactly the opposite position of his 18th-century predecessor Robert Walpole, who, pushed by a jingoistic public into a war he didn't want, lamented: “They now ring the bells, but soon they will wring their hands.”

South Tyrol's governor wants to get rid of bilingual signs like these on a hiking trail in the Dolomites

When in Rome, do as the Romans do... but place names are turning German in South Tyrol

Teutonic governor in Italy’s northern  province to change  signage to German only

Joe Thomas, Simon Bird and Johnny Sweet make their stand in Chickens

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A First World War sitcom may prove to be a slow burner, but the nation’s cakes are rising nicely

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1. Chet Baker.

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Echo of a friendship for a girl at war

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Slim, the ordinary bloke who defeated the Japanese in Burma, ranks as a world-class general

The President and Mrs Kennedy often travelled in an open car so that they could greet huge crowds

Assassination of John F Kennedy to be broadcast in real time for 50th anniversary on Radio 2

Three-hour show will be narrated by Jeremy Vine and Dermot O’Leary

Invisible Ink: No 185 - Edward Phillips Oppenheim

In the front of P G Wodehouse's collection of short stories, Very Good, Jeeves, you'll find a dedication to E Phillips Oppenheim. Who was he? This once-famous British writer was universally known as "the prince of storytellers".

Coronation Street actor Suranne Jones to star in BBC field hospital drama

From Weatherfield to field hospital: Suranne Jones to star in First World War medical drama The Ark

Former Coronation Street star Suranne Jones has teamed up with ex-EastEnders writer Sarah Phelps for a new drama set in a field hospital in the First World War.

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