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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

James Milner celebrates scoring City’s winner at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday

Fearless Manchester City can let slide Manuel Pellegrini's goal blunder

As their fans began trooping onto planes long before dawn broke over Munich, few of them cared that Manchester City had miscalculated how many goals they needed to top their Champions League group. That City had beaten Bayern Munich in their own stadium was surely enough.

Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski take a ride on the Emirates Airline

Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski enjoying life in London - although the food is a bit 'different' say Arsenal trio

The three Germany internationals discuss the delights of the capital

EADS to cut more than 5,000 jobs across Europe in restructuring as arms budgets fall

EADS, the aircraft manufacturer which last year was forced to scrap a merger with British defence giant BAE Systems, is cutting 5,800 jobs as it attempts to cope with governments slashing spending.

Borussia Dortmund's 'Yellow Wall' terrace of 25,000 fans is one of
football's greatest sights
Pep Guardiola

Bayern Munich send out a message with 7-0 victory over Werder Bremen, and are preparing to send out another against Manchester City

Pep Guardiola's side are becoming judged on how heavy a defeat they can inflict

Spree and easy: the Modern Houseboat’s interior

Stay the Night: Modern Houseboat, Berlin

You can dance all night at the German capital's legendary clubs, then retreat to the River Spree, says James Litston

The British women's team pursuit have taken more than 10 seconds off their time in two months

Cycling World Cup: GB women smash own pursuit record – twice

“Let’s go faster,” suggested Katie Archibald, the newest addition to the women’s team pursuit line-up when questioned as to their ambition in Mexico this week at the second leg of the World Cup. And Archibald and her team-mates, Jo Rowsell, Dani King and Elinor Barker, have done exactly that.

A scene from Emily and the Detectives at the National Theatre
Charlotte Britz, mayor of Saarbrucken

Europe’s biggest brothel: it will cost €4.5m and will boast 90 prostitutes

Tony Paterson finds out if it really is easier to open a brothel than a chip shop in Saarbrücken

Avoid online shopping and sales - get to the Christmas markets

In a world dominated by tax avoiding shopping behemoths and faceless super chains, it’s nice to experience some interaction with stall owners

Tottenham's Lewis Holtby celebrates his winner, as Maarten Stekelenburg sinks to his knees

Lewis Holtby claims 'bad mood' outside Tottenham camp has seen players 'stick' with Andre Villas-Boas

Spurs recorded a much needed victory after coming from behind to beat Fulham

Steve Bruce tries to inspire his side

Arsenal v Hull: Steve Bruce backs 'consistent' Tigers to cause upset

Hull beat Liverpool in their last outing

Police say they have arrested a serving British soldier after a 'suspicious device' was found at a home in Salford

Terror police arrest British soldier after 'nail bomb' found at house in Salford

'Suspicious device' found alongside 'potentially inflammatory' literature, police say

The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 4 December 2013

England ready to name two spinners for second Test

'Nazi Shazam': German authorities plan to use app to identify banned neo-Nazi music at rallies

The app, which has been dubbed a 'Nazi Shazam', allows German authorities to recognise neo-Nazi music in just seconds

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