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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

Boys play with flags before the funeral of Royal Air Force veteran Harold Jellicoe Percival

Harold Percival funeral: Over two hundred strangers attend service for veteran after appeal in local newspaper goes viral

Harold Jellicoe Percival, who was a distant relative of Spencer Perceval, served as RAF ground crew with Bomber Command during the Second World War

John Reid, a former Defence Secretary, has warned that UK warships will not be built in Scotland if it votes for independence

John Reid warns shipbuilders against Scottish independence

John Reid, a former Defence Secretary, has warned that UK warships will not be built in Scotland if it votes for independence in next year’s referendum.

The apartment building in Munich, where it is believed that German customs discovered missing artworks.

Owner of Nazi art haul Cornelius Gurlitt spotted on streets of Munich

He is supposed to be the most wanted man in Europe, but today Cornelius Gurlitt, the missing owner of one of the biggest hauls of Nazi-confiscated art found since 1945, was reported to have been confronted by two journalists yards from his Munich home.

The Duke of York laying a wreath as he joined soldiers in Camp Bastion; Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha leave Downing Street; Queen Elizabeth II pays her respects at the Cenotaph in central London

Remembrance Sunday: Veterans mark the day as services take place across the country

The Queen led proceedings at the Cenotaph as 10,000 armed forces veterans and civilians gathered in Whitehall

Remembrance Sunday: The important thing is just to be there

I will always think of my late great uncle Tom at this time of year

Classical album review: Benjamin Britten, War Requiem – Antonio Pappano (Warner)

Of all the many great works by Britten revisited live and on disc for the centenary of the composer’s birth this month, perhaps none packs the punch of his War Requiem, the words of the Latin Mass for the dead punctuated by the frank front-line poetry of Wilfred Owen.

Invisible Ink: No 198 - John Christopher

If the name John Christopher is not familiar, try Stanley Winchester, Hilary Ford, William Godfrey, William Vine, Peter Graaf, Anthony Rye or his birth-name, Sam Youd. Was there ever an author with so many pseudonyms?

Rotterdam rising: The city is due to unveil a new landmark

Travel by numbers: Rotterdam - Vertical city hits new heights in industrial-chic design

150 The height, in metres, of the new De Rotterdam building. Designed by Dutch architect, Rem Koolhaas, it is due to be completed this Friday following a four-year development that has seen the gleaming "vertical city" rise from the Wilhelmina Pier. It will hold office space, luxury apartments, shopping outlets and a 280-room Nhow Hotel (derotterdam.nl).

Hundreds expected to attend funeral for RAF serviceman after funeral home issues plea

Hundreds are now expected to attend funeral of 99-year-old RAF serviceman after plea for service personnel to attend his funeral was put in local paper

Silvio Berlusconi says his family ‘feel like the Jews under Hitler’

'The whole world is against us': Silvio Berlusconi says his family ‘feel like the Jews under Hitler’

Former Italian Prime Minister compared his family’s experience to that of Jews during the Holocaust

PMQs: Inequality is at its lowest since 1986 - and David Cameron takes the session with that

Labour conspired to hand Cameron the win this afternoon

South Korean President Park Geun-hye is accompanied by Prince Philip at Horse Guards Parade in London

South Korea refuses to forgive Japan’s wartime atrocities

World Focus: In South Korea a sense of vulnerability bred from past humiliations lies just below the surface

Israel warns world powers of repeating Munich deal in Iran nuclear talks

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned it would be an “historic mistake” if Tuesday’s much-awaited talks in Geneva between Iran and world powers led to an easing of sanctions on Tehran. He also urged the international community to reject Iran’s offer to limit uranium enrichment to 20 per cent.

Argentina turns away body of Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke

Foreign Ministry says 'Argentines will not accept this kind of affront to human dignity'

This winter, the Red Cross will start collecting and distributing food aid to the needy in the UK for the first time since the Second World War

Exclusive: Red Cross launches emergency food aid plan for UK’s hungry

Welfare cuts and the economic downturn send soaring numbers of people to soup kitchens and food banks across Europe

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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

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French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

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Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

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Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

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Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

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