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Thursday 5th November 2015

"Them and Us" no longer: mental health concerns us all

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Three days ago, a new campaign to increase funding for mental health services was announced, and received the backing of several public figures, including politicians, comedians, actors, and sportspeople who have experienced mental health issues in one form or another. The campaign, equality4mentalhealth, was launched by MPs Norman Lamb, Alastair Campbell, and Andrew Mitchell.
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Thursday 5th November 2015
Thursday 22nd October 2015

A "New Departure"? The legal bases of UK drone strikes in Syria

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Meeting to mark the first anniversary of the publication of the Birmingham Policy Commission on 'The Security Impact of Drones', discussion at the All Party Parliamentary Group on Drones was dominated by the UK's controversial Reaper strike against two UK nationals in Syria this summer. Cameron's decision to justify this action on grounds of self-defence of the UK was recognised as making a distinct break from previous UK rules of engagement.
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Thursday 22nd October 2015
Thursday 30th July 2015

Ancient Qur'an just one of many 'hidden treasures' at the University of Birmingham

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Last week, the University of Birmingham announced that within its collections it holds one of the earliest Qur'anic manuscripts in existence. Radiocarbon analysis revealed that the document dates from within a few decades of the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad.
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Thursday 30th July 2015
Friday 3rd July 2015

Tunisia attack: three lessons we can learn

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Horror reached unprecedented levels in Tunisia last Friday when innocent holidaymakers were targeted on a beach near Sousse by a student who had apparently been radicalised in his university town of Kairouan and later in northern Libya. Beyond the grief and sorrow, lessons can be learned from this event.
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Friday 3rd July 2015
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