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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

Great Britain's four-man bobsleigh team

Winter Olympics 2014: GB bobsleigh team raises Sochi expectations with silver at European Championships

The four man team won silver at the European Championships

Album reviews: Sheryl Crow, Sarah Jarosz, Dum Dum Girls, Snowbird, Haiti Direct

Sheryl Crow "Feels Like Home" (Warner Bros)

Book review: "Emmy Andriesse: Hidden Lens" by Louise Baring

Emmy Andriesse is one of the most important 20th century women photographers, best known for her poignant portrayal of the Amsterdam “hunger winter” in 1944-1945. These images are now emblematic of civilian suffering during the Second World War. Yet Andriesse did not focus only on humanitarian reportage, but turned her lens to fashion photography, as well as arts-based imagery, cityscapes, landscapes and portraits.

Portfolio: Christian Jankowski reinvigorates interest in Poland's monuments with the help of champion weightlifters

Destroyed by the Second World War, and still raw from both Nazi occupation and its subsequent 45 years of Soviet rule, Warsaw is a city whose history is writ large upon its public spaces.

Wines of the week: The best low or reduced alcohol wines

Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy

Spain captain Iker Casillas lifts the Euro 2012 trophy

Euro 2016: England avoid Spain, Germany, Italy and Netherlands after being confirmed among qualifying seeds

Roy Hodgson's side cannot play Portugal, Greece, Russia and Bosnia-Herzegovina either

Robert Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski denies getting out of his car to hit angry teenager

It's alleged that the teenager made an offensive gesture over the striker's upcoming move from Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich

Andre Greipel takes victory on the Tour Down Under

Tour Down Under: Andre Greipel takes 15th career stage victory in Australia with a typical late sprint finish

Andre Greipel won his 15th career Tour Down Under stage as he burst to victory in a bunch sprint over the final 600 metres of stage four.

Lib Dem Justice minister Simon Hughes
Bavaria owns the copyright for the book, however it will expire next year. A new version of the book with an academic commentary will be published in 2016

Mein Kampf legalised: Bavaria drops veto on German edition of Adolf Hitler's manifesto

Bavaria has cleared the way for Adolf Hitler’s manifesto Mein Kampf to be published in Germany for the first time since the Second World War.

Sandhurst Military Academy, in south-east England, where Noreen Orange's husband trained

Wartime spy’s widow Noreen Orange ends life with cyanide saved for 70 years

Inquest told 85-year-old did not want to be a burden to anyone

Steven Defour

Transfer news: Fulham showing interest in Porto midfielder Steven Defour, reveals agent

The Belgium international is keen on a move to the Premier League

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg visiting a nursery in London last year

Improve nursery provisions before expanding free places, government warned

Ministers have been urged to delay expanding their plan to provide free nursery provision for two-year-olds until existing provision is brought up to scratch.

Postcard from... Berlin

Dressed up in jackboots and the grey uniform of former Communist East Germany’s hated border police, the man-sized bear goose-steps across the cobblestones in front of the Brandenburg Gate. He sidles up to giggling tourists who willingly part with their euros to have pictures taken of themselves being bear-hugged for a souvenir.

Bayern Munich defender Dante

Transfer news: Manchester United monitoring Dante, with the Bayern Munich defender interested in switch, reveals agent

Reports in Brazil suggested the 30-year-old centre-back had already signed for the Premier League champions

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But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
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Caves were re-opened to the public
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The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

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He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
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Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

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We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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