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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

American troops seen in front of a vast air raid shelter in Aachen, Germany, 1945

Postcard from... Aachen

The huge yet dilapidated former Nazi bunker fills one side of a street in Aachen’s sought after Lousberg residential area.

Anthony Lawrence: ‘A BBC man of the old school’ whose focus was on the story rather than personal projection

Obituary: Anthony Lawrence

Journalist who reported from the Far East for the BBC across three decades

Mr Dadson has become the UK's oldest graduate

Britain's oldest graduate: 'Suduko and crosswords seemed a bit non-productive'

93-year-old man earns arts degree from Open University

Hissing – to imitate the sound of gas – was heard from some Hammers supporters

Tottenham v West Ham: Hammers fans issued with warning over anti-Semitic chanting

Last season's fixture between the sides was marred by disgraceful behaviour

After surviving the Nazi atrocities of the Second World War, Israel Gutman dedicated his life to researching the Holocaust

Israel Gutman: Holocaust survivor and researcher

Israel Gutman, who died in Jerusalem on 30 September at the age of 90, survived the Nazi atrocities of the Second World War then dedicated his life to researching the Holocaust. Born in Warsaw in 1923, he was wounded during fighting in the Warsaw Ghetto uprising in 1943 when a few hundred poorly armed Jews put up resistance to Nazi troops who were rounding up residents and sending them to death camps.

Lowe in 1970: she was of Russian-Jewosh ancestry

Olga Lowe: Actress equally at home in variety or serious drama

One of an influx of South African talent into the postwar British theatre, Olga Lowe always remained somehow exotic, where her incoming contemporaries adapted themselves to differing rungs on the British class ladder.

Ed Miliband V Daily Mail: Francis Maude criticises newspaper over 'pretty revolting' story

Cabinet Office Minister becomes the Mail's harshest Tory critic yet

Government union workers demonstrate on the side of Constitution Avenue

US shutdown and looming debt crisis talks between President Obama and Congressional leaders fail to break the policy deadlock

Two issues become entangled as intelligence officials warned the situation 'seriously damages' their ability to protect the country

Conservative Party conference: £10m fund to mark historic events, says Maria Miller

Money could be spent on events marking 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and the centenary of Dylan Thomas's birth.

Baker, or ‘Butch’, as he was known

Obituary: Squadron Leader Harry Baker

Fighter ace who served in the Battles of France and Britain

Book review: Solo, By William Boyd

For the spy's latest revival, James Bond's new controller blends his African expertise into the classic mix

Auschwitz 'cook' charged with being accessory to murder by Nazi war crime investigators

Suspect Hans Lipschis says he was assigned to SS guard unit at death camp, but was not involved in any killing

Unfortunate BBC moustache for Nigel Farage

A pixelation error on the BBC’s big screen at Media City in Salford meant Nigel Farage appeared to have grown Hitler-style moustache when speaking to BBC Breakfast on Friday morning.

Marianne Faithfull on Who Do You Think You Are?

Last night's viewing: Marianne Faithfull unearths Nazi-era intrigue in Who Do You Think You Are?

OK, so Marianne Faithfull was once a convent girl who became a 1960s wild child, had a baby with an art dealer and then a four-year relationship with Mick Jagger before becoming a homeless heroin addict and roaming the streets of London like a latter-day Ophelia. This generous quota of melodrama and heartbreak in early life all sounded a bit tame, though, compared to what her mother and maternal grandparents went through during the Second World War.

Far-right MP Antonis Gregos made a Nazi salute at war memorial

Protests in Greece follow violent attack on communist group

“Keep fascists out” was the slogan repeated at a peaceful protest that took place early this evening, in the port town of Perama, south-west of Athens. Demonstrators, mainly from communist backed PAME union, assembled on the city’s docks, carrying the labour union’s flags and banners condemning Greece’s extreme-right Golden Dawn party.

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