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Al-Qaeda's Yemen branch adds Paris attacks to list of successes

Al-Qaeda's Yemen branch adds Paris attacks to list of successes
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Written by Professor Stefan Wolff. Al-Qaeda's most active and notorious branch – the Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) – has claimed responsibility for the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris. While some questions remain about the full credibility of the claim, it is not entirely implausible: it's been established that some of the attackers had been trained in Yemen, and at least one of them had met AQAP's former chief ideologue, Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born jihadist killed in a US drone strike in 2011.
Date:
19/01/2015

Ukraine steels for more unrest as Donetsk bus attack kills 12

Ukraine steels for more unrest as Donetsk bus attack kills 12
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Written by Professor Stefan Wolff. The deadly attack on a bus carrying civilians near Donetsk, killing at least 12 of them and wounding many more, comes in the wake of yet another round of failed talks among the foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, Germany, and France. It also follows a pattern of persistent violence between rebels and government forces that has made a mockery of a ceasefire agreement brokered between the two sides back in September 2014.
Date:
15/01/2015

We are all Charlie Hebdo - and this is an attack on our rights

We are all Charlie Hebdo - and this is an attack on our rights
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Birmingham Law School's Dr Rosa Freedman writes for The Conversation
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08/01/2015

Blog: New ways of working for district councils

Blog: New ways of working for district councils
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Written by Anthony Mason. My primary school history teacher always taught that the shires of England were mapped out by Alfred the Great. For me, that story was confirmed by an illustration in my treasured Ladybird book on the great man (Alfred – not the teacher) that shows four burly Saxons knocking in a waymark post as they lay out the boundary pattern. I still have that book. I later learned that while the reality was much more complicated, it is essentially true that much of our shire county structure would be familiar to a returning Anglo Saxon – even if not much else would be.
Date:
19/12/2014

Putin meets the press – as state takes tighter grip of economy

Putin meets the press – as state takes tighter grip of economy
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Written by Dr Richard Connolly. Vladimir Putin has delivered his annual press conference and at the top of the agenda was the Russian economy, reflecting that the turmoil buffeting the Russian rouble has reached critical levels.
Date:
18/12/2014

Blog: Typhoon Haiyan One Year On: Reflections on Disability Research in the Philippines

Blog: Typhoon Haiyan One Year On: Reflections on Disability Research in the Philippines
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Written by David Cobley. Super Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda), the strongest typhoon on record ever to make landfall, ripped across the heavily-populated central Philippine provinces on 8th November 2013, leaving a trail of death, devastation and shattered lives in its wake. One year on, at the time of my visit to the Philippines, many people were still struggling to cope with the catastrophic consequences of Haiyan.
Date:
18/12/2014

Huge Russian rate hike plays roulette with the economy

Huge Russian rate hike plays roulette with the economy
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Written by Dr Richard Connolly. Russia's Central Bank has raised its key interest rate from 10.5% to 17% in an emergency move that is designed to halt the ongoing collapse of the rouble, which has accelerated in recent weeks. The dramatic intervention comes after the rouble suffered its worst one-day fall since the August 1998 financial crisis.
Date:
16/12/2014

Students at Birmingham Law School codify the UK's Constitution (or part of it at least)!

Students at Birmingham Law School codify the UK's Constitution (or part of it at least)!
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Over 300 first year students at Birmingham Law School have participated in a competition to draft a preamble to a modern UK constitution that is being run by the House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee.
Date:
16/12/2014

Graham Gee cited extensively by House of Lords Constitution Committee

Graham Gee cited extensively by House of Lords Constitution Committee
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The House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution has issued its report on the Office of Lord Chancellor in which it cites extensively from the evidence of Graham Gee, a Senior Lecturer at Birmingham Law School.
Date:
12/12/2014

IEL Director gives papers at Czech conference

IEL Director gives papers at Czech conference
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Professor Martin Trybus delivered two papers - on the new EU procurement Directives and on public procurement and SMEs - at the 10th e-Biz forum (conference) in Ostrava in the Czech Republic.
Date:
12/12/2014
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