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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

Police ‘planted gun’ during raid on Ukrainian feminist group Femen

The Ukrainian feminist group Femen, whose members are known for staging topless protests, have accused police of planting explosives and a gun during a raid on their headquarters in Kiev today in an attempt to close down the organisation.

Dover looks for fresh borrowing power to back historic port

The Port of Dover, which launched Richard the Lionheart on the Third Crusade but couldn’t secure privatisation last year, is in talks to secure new borrowing powers.

Bravery award for British soldier Andy Peat, who lay on a bomb to try and save injured Danish colleague

Briton recognised with rare Danish honour for his 'extraordinary' courage in disarming an explosive device threatening Danish soldiers and laying over the path of another

Star Wars visionary Gilbert Taylor dies at 99

Gilbert Taylor, the veteran cinematographer who shot the first Star Wars film under the direction of George Lucas, has died at the age of 99.

Nazi auction: Cigars made for Adolf Hitler's deputy Hermann Goering up for sale

Cigars expected to fetch between £800 and £1,200

MoD to sell old War Office building

The Ministry of Defence is to sell one of its historic Whitehall buildings as part of a money-saving drive.

Pensioner's body found in a freezer at her home as man, 53, questioned by police

Police had been contacted by council workers concerned for the welfare of an elderly woman

Ardal O'Hanlon at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Edinburgh 2013: Ardal O'Hanlon - A 47-year-old little boy lost

Ardal O'Hanlon closes his show on a sweet and poignant note as he confesses: "I don't have a big finish. I've never been one for 'fireworks' like some comedians." Having described stand-up as the best way to make sense of the world, it's understandable if the 47-year old little boy lost feels a little deflated in not making the most of it and flatlining. 

Laszlo Csatary

Laszlo Csatáry: Nazi war-crimes suspect, tracked down after 60 years of obscurity

Csatáry was charged with sending 12,000 Jews to Auschwitz to be murdered  by the Nazis

Elizabeth and Robert Maxwell at a film premiere in 1989

Robert Maxwell’s ever-loyal widow Betty dies, aged 92

She is understood to have known nothing of crooked publishing mogul's £600m fraud

Sprouts being harvested by Jane Bentley at TH Clements farm in Boston

The forecast is windy: Stand by for bumper crop of Brussels sprouts

Festive shoppers can relax after last year's warnings of sprouts shortage

Hen harriers are 'on brink of extinction in England,' says RSPB

Hen harriers have failed to nest successfully in England for the first time since the 1960s, conservationists have said.

Simon Hall admits he murdered 79-year-old Joan Albert despite decade campaigning for 'miscarriage of justice'

Suffolk victim was found in her hallway after being stabbed five times

The four Hungarian far-right extremists in court during their trial in Budapest

'Wake-up call' for Hungary as Neo-Nazis jailed for attacks that killed six Roma - including four-year-old boy

Amnesty International supports verdicts in a nation where far-right political parties are thriving

The Washington Post has been sold to Jeffrey Bezos for $250m

Amazon chief Jeff Bezos buys Washington Post: Newspaper timeline

1877: The Washington Post is founded by Democrat representative Stilson Hutchins on December 6 with an initial circulation of 10,000.

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