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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

A demonstration organized by Anonymous group was held to protest against the austerity measures adopted by the governement - some people in the crowd also feel at odds with political parties

Apathy? Alienation? How 'disengaged' four in ten voters reject ALL parties

Anti-sleaze watchdog that commissioned research believes findings pose worrying questions about future of democracy in Britain

Mahinda Rajapaksa has family in key positions of power

Who is Mahinda Rajapaksa? Hero or war criminal? Sri Lankan leader stands accused

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa was once a human rights activist, campaigning with the mothers of the “disappeared”. Now, he is accused of presiding over war crimes and crimes against humanity, and his government actively prevents the families of the “disappeared” from protesting.

Prime Minister David Cameron meets staff at Air Radio in Kolkata, India, following his interview by the radio station

On a wing and a prayer in Sri Lanka: David Cameron ventures on to a diplomatic sticky wicket over country's human rights record

PM will meet the Sri Lankan President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, before the Commonwealth summit opens in Colombo

Bryan Adams’ book 'Wounded: The Legacy of War' shows the silent legacy of conflict

There is a rich history of popular musicians campaigning against war. Bryan Adams, the Canadian musician and photographer, has taken a unique approach to conflict, having created a book, Wounded: The Legacy of War, featuring a series of photographs of servicemen and women who “cheated death” in Iraq and Afghanistan.

President Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka

Cameron shouldn't have gone to Sri Lanka. But here are three things he can salvage from the trip

First and foremost, he must seek accountability for egregious rights abuses

Conflict victim Abdul Kareem, 16, has a new life running his market stall thanks to Unicef support

Disaster on a colossal scale – but as far as the media is concerned, it isn’t news

Imagine a country with a population of 4.6 million, of whom nearly 400,000 people have fled from their homes in the past six months, driven out by war and insecurity. Imagine a country where lawlessness is rampant and disease is spreading.

Tony Blair, right, with former Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon, left, and former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, in 2003

Tony Blair kept Cabinet in the dark over Iraq 'deliberately' as ministers evaluated case for war in 2003

Lord Butler suggests former Prime Minister excluded members of the Government from the decision-making process

The toast of Sotherby's: Grand Vintage collection of Moët & Chandon Champagne sold for over £147,000

Six bottles from 1914 were, according to legend, harvested as German forces approached

Protesters prevented British reporters travelling to a former war zone

Sri Lanka: Fear and fury as leaders fly in for Commonwealth conference

Minister of Mass Media and Information accuses David Cameron of treating the country 'like a colony'

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and President Francois Hollande

François Hollande faces growing pressure to sack PM Marc Ayrault

The French president has been left with little room for manoeuvre by collapsing poll ratings

Theatre review: Our Ajax, Southwark Playhouse, London

Inspired by Sophocles tragedy Ajax, Timberlake Wertenbaker's new play updates the action to a modern-day warzone; the sand-covered stage naturally evokes Afghanistan.

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

'Insidious and deeply political': ULU's Remembrance ban was the right decision

London's student union president Michael Chessum explains why we should question the conformism of Remembrance

Sean Conway becomes first person to swim from Land’s End to John O’Groats

He had to battle bad weather and jelly fish stings to make the marathon journey

Boys play with flags before the funeral of Royal Air Force veteran Harold Jellicoe Percival

Harold Percival funeral: Over two hundred strangers attend service for veteran after appeal in local newspaper goes viral

Harold Jellicoe Percival, who was a distant relative of Spencer Perceval, served as RAF ground crew with Bomber Command during the Second World War

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Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

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The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

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Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
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His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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