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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

No Fire Zone: The truth is out about Sri Lanka, despite official efforts to stop it

The government of Sri Lanka have gone to extraordinary lengths to attack us

Members of Scotland’s armed forces and veterans gather to commemorate and pay their respects in Fort William

At the going down of the sun we shall remember them

As with every Armistice Day since her birth on 11 November 1921, today’s commemoration of the end of the First World War – along with conflicts before and since – will be an occasion of both solemnity and celebration for Dorothy Ellis.

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

Church of England hits back at Secular Society in row over ditching religion from Remembrance Day ceremony

Church calls group's suggestion 'rather sad', 'misjudged' and 'misguided'

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

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.

David Cameron is right to go to Sri Lanka

Boycotting the summit would have done little to muster world opinion

Footage shown to the court from a helmet camera of a Marine during a patrol in Afghanistan in which an insurgent was killed

Ex-general calls for leniency towards Royal Marine who killed Afghan fighter

One of Britain's most distinguished Royal Marines has called for leniency to be shown towards marine who shot injured Taliban fighter

Herzegovina's bridge over troubled waters

Trail of the unexpected: On the 20th anniversary of its destruction, Henry Wismayer celebrates Mostar's Stari Most – and relishes its restoration

Killing by Royal Marine came as Britain tired of its long war in Afghanistan

Transition was the watchword in Helmand in the summer and autumn of 2011. The West’s exit strategy was under way, the political appetite for investing more “blood and treasure” in the long war had waned. I witnessed the handing over of Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital, to Afghan control, and it seemed a landmark.

Book of a Lifetime: Roman Roads in Britain, By Ivan D Margary

Margary, with a hard "g", is the name of the back quad at Exeter College, Oxford. For several years, I walked across it every day without wondering who Margary had been.

Harry Patch, war hero

Page 3 Profile: Harry Patch, war hero

Harry Patch passed away in 2009 didn’t he?

We will remember them: thousands of poppies make up the artwork ‘Trench’ by Martin Walters at Beverley Minster in the East Riding of Yorkshire

One million Muslims will wear Remembrance poppies despite extremists' opposition, say researchers

Findings released to counter charges that British Muslims are unpatriotic

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