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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

Robert Fisk: Egyptians – or 98.1% of them – carry on a proud tradition

This is such stuff as dreams are made on, enough to banish any nightmares troubling the sleep of Egypt’s army commander, General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi

Book review: 'Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, And The Gap Between Us And Them' by Joshua Greene

Joshua Greene, an associate professor in social sciences at Harvard, attempts to answer the question of how conflicts between people can be resolved.

Postcard from... Brussels

The Fateful Year: England 1914, By Mark Bostridge: Book review - a landscape filled with strikes, spy fever and Suffragettes

A book that assesses the state of the nation as it stood on the brink of the Great War

Hiroo Onoda: Military officer who refused to believe that Japan had lost the Second World War and stayed in the jungle for 29 years

Hiroo Onoda was a former Japanese intelligence officer, an imperial soldier for whom absolute loyalty and devotion to Emperor Hirohito and his country were paramount in his philosophy, so much so that he refused to surrender following Japan’s defeat in 1945. He remained hidden for another 29 years.

March 1974: Hiroo Onoda (2nd left) walking from the jungle where he had hidden since World War II. Onoda has died at the age of 91

Hiroo Onoda, the last Japanese soldier to give himself in: “When I surrendered, the past seemed like a dream”

Second Lt. Onoda, who finally surrendered in 1974, has died at the age of 91

Reducing the defence budget is not the end of Britain. It could be part of our rebirth

We have vastly better things to do with the money

South Korean army's armoured vehicles park during a military exercise in Paju

North Korea calls on the South to end 'provocation and slander'

South Korea: 'We don't slander North Korea so there is nothing for us to stop'

Hiroo Onoda: Japanese soldier who refused to surrender for 29 years has died

Army intelligence officer hid in a Philippines jungle until 1974

Syria: John Kerry urges opposition to attend peace talks

The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, has urged the Syrian opposition on to attend next week's peace conference in Switzerland and said any individual chosen to lead a political transition in the war-torn country must be acceptable to both the government and opposing forces.

Dr Jose Manuel Mireles (third left), one of the leaders of the Michoacan vigilante group pictured with him. He has since been injured in an aircrash that could have been an attempt on his life

Mexico’s last line of defence: The militia taking on the country's drug cartels... and the police officers protecting them

A vigilante militia is marching on the stronghold of The Knights Templar cartel in Michoacan, and attacking the police they accuse of protecting the gang. Can they rescue the failing state?

Employers have accused Labour leader Ed Miliband of putting jobs at risk by targeting a 'perfectly legal' loophole used to exploit cheap foreign labour

PMQs: For Miliband, it's no more Mr Quiet Guy

This week's session marked a return to combat as usual

'Amber bomb' in man's pocket sets him on fire

Pensioner suffered third degree burns after mistaking white phosphorus for the stone

John Eisenhower: Son of President Dwight D Eisenhower who forged a career as a soldier, diplomat and acclaimed historian

John Eisenhower was a soldier, diplomat and acclaimed historian who was the only surviving son of President Dwight D Eisenhower. A graduate of West Point, like his father, and holder of the rank of brigadier general, he was the US Ambassador to Belgium and a prolific author of history and biography books.

Russia and US unite to push for Syria ceasefire as Kerry and Lavrov meet in Paris

Powers call for humanitarian aid as rebels fight each other

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