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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

Henry Mulyana standing outside the Soldatenkaffe 'The Soldiers' Cafe' in Bandung

Owner to close Nazi theme cafe in Indonesia

The owner of a Nazi-themed café has decided to close it down amid intense pressure from home and abroad. Henry Mulyana, who ran the Soldatenkaffee in the West Java capital, Bandung, met local authorities on Monday, and tourism chiefs suggested he change the name and theme of the café.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's nationalist views are likely to antagonise victims of Japan's wartime aggression

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's new term could open old wounds by rewriting country's post-war remorse

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has returned to work this week after romping home to victory in the general election, promising to fix the nation’s huge economy.

Enigma codebreaker Alan Turing to receive posthumous pardon for homosexuality conviction

The Government says it will not oppose a parliamentary bill that would quash the 1952 'gross indecency' conviction

Hollywood love affairs, abdications and modern monarchs: A crash course on European royals

Tomorrow is a red-letter day for continental royalty with the Belgian crown prince, Philippe, ascending to the throne vacated by his father, King Albert II, to become the seventh King of Belgium.

Authorities set to investigate Nazi-themed café in Indonesia, which features images of Hitler

Café features a wall of Nazi-related memorabilia including images of Hitler, a flag bearing a swastika and Nazi propaganda

Classical review: Prom 8 Watkins, Stotijn, Keenlyside, Ades, BBC Symphony Orchestra

You have to hand it to Tom Ades – he knows how to subvert our expectations. His new work 'Totentanz' begins like Schoenberg at his most atonally rebarbative, and over the first twenty minutes he ratchets up the aural discomfort until the orchestra becomes convulsed in an explosion so discordant and deafening that one wishes one were somewhere else.

UK immigration queue for members of the EU

Migrants needed to pay for NHS spending or Britain will go broke, says OBR

Improve NHS efficiency drastically or face boom in national debt burden, Government forecaster warns

Bose: 'I never went into business to make money'

Amar Bose: Pioneer of high-end audio technology

By his own account, Amar Bose was an inventor first, a teacher second and a businessman third. But the company he created not only revolutionised audio technology but made his surname alone a shorthand for high-end sound systems around the world.

Olympics legacy: A long-term legacy takes a long time to grow, says Phil Sherwood

In our world of instant gratification, many expected the feel-good factor of London 2012 to just keep going and going. But real legacy doesn’t work like that. It requires a secure foundation on which to build a sustainable model. That’s very different from the model required to deliver one-off events like the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Nadezhda Popova: Soviet pilot known as 'the Night Witch'

Nadezhda Popova was part of a unit of Soviet women pilots who flew old biplanes to bomb the invading Germans. As the Wehrmacht approached Moscow in 1941, Stalin, influenced by Marina Raskova, one of very few women in the Soviet air force before the war, agreed to set up a women’ s air force unit, a night bomber regiment. From mechanics to navigators, pilots and officers, it was composed entirely of women.

Researchers suggested that better early life education and improved heart care could be responsible for the decline in dementia

Researchers cut 130,000 from number of UK dementia sufferers

Figure now 670,000 with credit given to better early life education and improved heart care - but rise in obesity could send figure up again

Caldwell, right, faces Ford shareholders with Henry Ford II in Detroit in 1977

Philip Caldwell obituary: Executive who restored Ford's global standing

'It was ridiculous that Caldwell was suddenly above me,' a resentful Lee Iacocca recalled

The most abandoned book was J K Rowling's The Casual Vacancy

Fifty Shades of Grey and JK Rowling's The Casual Vacancy are all too putdownable

Just over 15 per cent abandon a book before 50 pages

Sam Warburton signs an autograph after arriving at Heathrow Airport

British and Irish Lions 2013: Sam Warburton leads the victorious Lions home

Warburton and the rest of the squad touchdown at Heathrow Airport as Test series winners

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