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Ukraine ceasefire announced at Minsk summit – what next?

Ukraine ceasefire announced at Minsk summit – what next?
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Written by Professor Stefan Wolff. After all night talks in the Belarusian capital Minsk, the outcomes of the four party talks in the so-called Normandy format (Ukraine, Russia, France, and Germany) have neither brought a major breakthrough or a complete disaster. As a deal, it is not a solution, but perhaps a step towards one.
Date:
13/02/2015

The international media is failing to report the Syrian war properly

The international media is failing to report the Syrian war properly
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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. February 2015 has already seen some major developments in Syria's four-year conflict. At the start of February, rebels launched more than 100 rockets into Damascus and the Assad regime fired mortars on areas of its own capital, hoping to discredit the insurgents. At least six people were killed in the attacks.
Date:
10/02/2015

Greek Election 2015

Greek Election 2015
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Dr George Kyris and Dr Sotirios Zartaloudis reflect on Syriza's victory in the Greek election and discuss what it might mean for the rest of Europe.
Date:
05/02/2015

As its power grows, is the ECB overstepping its mandate?

As its power grows, is the ECB overstepping its mandate?
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Written by Dr Nicole Scicluna. The European Central Bank (ECB) symbolises the strange mix of politics and technocracy that marks EU governance. The bank was pushed to centre stage by the eurozone debt crisis and the unwillingness or inability of Europe's national governments to come up with timely solutions. Its rise as a political actor started while it was led by Jean-Claude Trichet, but it has become much clearer under his successor, Mario Draghi.
Date:
05/02/2015

New Testament Papyrus Discovered in Birmingham!

New Testament Papyrus Discovered in Birmingham!
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A fourth-century papyrus with text from the Acts of the Apostles has been identified in the University of Birmingham's Cadbury Research Library by Prof. Lincoln Blumell.
Date:
05/02/2015

University of Birmingham climbs five places in international outlook rankings

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The University of Birmingham has risen five points to be placed 81st among the top 100 international universities in the world 2015, as ranked by the Times Higher Education magazine.
Date:
29/01/2015

The burning issue of the world's vulnerable carbon sinks

The burning issue of the world's vulnerable carbon sinks
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Changing climate conditions and increasing occurrences of wildfires may leave globally important carbon stocks defenceless, new research shows.A study led by the University of Birmingham (UK), shows vast carbon-rich layers of peat (dead plant debris) found across the world are under threat from a drop in general water table levels and warmer temperatures, as a result of climate change. With drier peatlands becoming more prevalent and wildfire activity on the increase, the peat's carbon content is at a higher risk of being released into our atmosphere.
Date:
27/01/2015

The burning issue of the world's vulnerable carbon sinks

The burning issue of the world's vulnerable carbon sinks
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Changing climate conditions and increasing occurrences of wildfires may leave globally important carbon stocks defenceless, new research shows.A study led by the University of Birmingham (UK), shows vast carbon-rich layers of peat (dead plant debris) found across the world are under threat from a drop in general water table levels and warmer temperatures, as a result of climate change. With drier peatlands becoming more prevalent and wildfire activity on the increase, the peat's carbon content is at a higher risk of being released into our atmosphere.
Date:
27/01/2015

Ukraine sliding towards all-out war despite mediation efforts

Ukraine sliding towards all-out war despite mediation efforts
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Written by Professor Stefan Wolff. Over the past few days, Ukraine has taken a significant turn for the worse. Fighting between rebels and government forces has intensified, the civilian death toll has increased, and the war of words between Ukraine and Russia has further escalated.
Date:
26/01/2015

Why the fight against Islamic State is not the success we're told it is

Why the fight against Islamic State is not the success we're told it is
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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. Ministers from 21 countries gathered in London on January 22 to discuss the fight against Islamic State (IS). They had their photo opportunity and issued their statements. US secretary of state, John Kerry, told them that almost 6,000 jihadists had been killed, and almost 700 square kilometres of Iraqi territory retaken.
Date:
26/01/2015
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