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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

'The Grizzly': anonymous Canadian shows off world's first 3D-printed .22 rifle

Videos show 'Matthew' firing fourteen shots with a rifle printed from ABS+ plastic

Review: The Illusion of Separateness, By Simon van Booy

Beauty lies buried under brutal history

We suffer so that Theresa May can try to claw back votes from Ukip

If anyone wondered on how the Coalition Government would respond to the surge of Ukip they need only observe the actions of Home Office officials at a number of London stations. Many witnesses have reported that only black or Asian people have been randomly stopped, humiliated and degraded in a search for illegal immigrants.

Taro Aso has retracted a comment he made this week

Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso refuses to resign over Nazi remark

Deputy prime minister drew outrage for saying Japan should learn from how the Nazi party stealthily changed Germany's inter-war constitution

New York woman killed in 140 feet plunge after railing gives way on apartment balcony

She is thought to have fallen after sitting or leaning on a railing  while talking to her date at her New York City apartment

The Metropolitan Police has introduced a ‘satisfaction survey’ for those stopped and searched

Theresa May's Stop and Search for illegal immigrants is only a tactic to win votes

For black British citizens who were born and raised in this land, to be stopped indiscriminately when going about their daily business is the ultimate humiliation

Taro Aso has retracted a comment he made this week

Japanese minister Taro Aso refuses to stand down over praise for Nazi militarisation tactics

Aso said Japan could learn from the way the Nazi party stealthily changed Germany's constitution without anyone realising

Colonel Bud Day was born in 1925

Colonel Bud Day: Soldier who was held prisoner by the Vietcong for over five years

George "Bud" Day, who died on 27 July aged 88, spent more than five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam and was John McCain's cellmate. One of the most highly decorated US servicemen since General MacArthur, he was later a tireless advocate for veterans' rights.

Squadron Leader Peter Tunstall, the cooler king of Colditz who failed to get the recognition he deserved

His death has raised questions about why he was never honoured

Shaun Palmer, in stripes, and other young people from the UK in Jerusalem

The Holocaust ambassadors asked to ensure that the crime is never forgotten

How one charity is sending British children to Israel for an education in genocide that they can take home

Joe Root is one of Yorkshire's top cricketers

Yorkshire rose in full bloom again

The county could be heading for another championship and their best players are starring for England

Cultural Talisman: The popularity of Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan) is an example of our new obsession with the Seventies

So, what does a liberal look like in 2013?

As our passion for Alan Partridge suggests, Seventies chic is everywhere. But you have to go back much further to find a time when enemies of the state ruled the roost

Secular style: La Badessa bedroom

B&B and Beyond: Corte della Maesta, Lazio, Italy

The resurrection of an Italian village is enhanced by this stylish B&B in a former bishop's palace, says Sarah Gilbert

Jim Armitage: Take our economies off their stimulants and they aren't really growing at all

Outlook: We are right to take some cheer from the latest run of official statistics. The evidence is mounting that our economy is, albeit very slowly, moving in the right direction.

Conley as Ike Godsey in The Waltons

Joe Conley: Actor best known as Ike Godsey in 'The Waltons'

The role of the kindly village store owner Ike Godsey in The Waltons, familiar in his braces, bow tie and full-length grocer's apron, brought worldwide fame to Joe Conley after he had spent years subsidising the precarious business of acting by running his own real-estate agency.

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