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Thursday 6th August 2015

Iraq: what Britain isn't saying about its airstrikes on Islamic State

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This week, the British government announced it will extend its involvement in US-led airstrikes in Iraq against Islamic State until March 2017.
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Thursday 6th August 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
Thursday 23rd July 2015

Keeping cool essential to future sustainable cities

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With populations rising, how do we plan, design and manage cities that can cope with increasing pressure on resources while meeting carbon and climate challenge needs? Will our investments in cities and infrastructure today be resilient, and how do we re-engineer cities to reduce the carbon footprint by 80 per cent while retaining societal wellbeing?
Date:
Thursday 23rd July 2015
Thursday 16th July 2015

Iran nuclear deal is built on trust as well as verification

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Announcing the nuclear deal agreed this week between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the so-called E3+3 (the EU3 of France, Germany and the United Kingdom plus the United States, Russia, and China), US President Barack Obama declared: 'This deal is not built on trust, it is built on verification.'
Date:
Thursday 16th July 2015
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