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Relic is considered to be of great religious significance

People display candles in a broken bus shelter, one of the targets of the December 13 shooting on the Place Saint-Lambert in Liege

Liege attack shrouded in mystery

The Belgian city of Liege was left asking itself "why?" today in the wake of the random Christmas market gun and grenade attack that left three dead.

Album: Various Artists, The Renaissance of Italian Music (EMI Classics)

Released to complement the National Gallery's Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition, this anthology offers a one-stop selection of great Renaissance choral masterworks, performed by some of the most gifted performers of the past four decades, ranging chronologically from Palestrina's "Missa Papae Marcelli" to Allegri's "Miserere".

Album: Berlioz, Grande Messe des Morts – Ensemble Wroclaw / McCreesh (Winged Lion)

With 200 singers and massed choirs of period brass, Berlioz's 1837 Grande Messe has rarely sounded so thrilling or transparent.

Great Works: The Burial of the Count of Orgaz, 1586-88 (480cm x 360cm), El Greco

Parish Church of Santo Tomé, Toledo

Mormons turn to Killers singer to improve image

Facing a sceptical public that still has questions about whether their faith is a religion or a cult, the Mormon Church is turning to one of its least stereotypical adherents to win them over: Brandon Flowers, the lead singer of the rock band The Killers.

Minor British Institutions: The Bank Holiday

It's a bit odd to have a country's national holidays determined by when bank clerks are permitted to frolic. But then bank holidays well demonstrate the practical if incoherent evolution of most British institutions.

Charnley and Tomkins take Wigan back to Wembley

Wigan Warriors 18 St Helens 12

US sect leader Warren Jeffs seeks new judge in child-sex case

The American polygamist sect leader, Warren Jeffs, has made a third appeal for the removal of the Texas judge overseeing his child-sex assault case, this time claiming God himself demands the change.

Leeds sliding as Eastmond lifts Saints

Leeds lost for the third match in a row and slipped to eighth in Super League after a 38-18 defeat at Catalan Dragons.

Devotion by Design, National Gallery, London

Early religious paintings from the National Gallery's own treasury speak to a modern audience – and to each other

Sexton buries Saints in a European classic

Northampton Saints 22 Leinster 33: Fly-half's 28 points turn Heineken Cup final on its head

Leeds on the brink as Saints scramble back

Northampton 31 Leeds 24: Northampton overturn 21-point deficit to set up semi-final with Leicester while Back's men must rely on Cornish Pirates to save them from the drop

John Paul II officially beatified in St. Peter's Square

Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul II before more than a million faithful in St. Peter's Square and surrounding streets Sunday, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood.

Foster keeps cool with late kick to put St Helens top of the table

St Helens 22 Castleford 20

Ashton's tries help tired Saints hold off Irish surge

London Irish 20 Northampton Saints 26
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