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Thursday 13th August 2015

M6 Toll: problems remain, despite upturn in fortunes

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Recent traffic statistics issued by Midland Expressway Limited reveal vehicle volumes on the M6 Toll have risen by 12 per cent over the past year – and by about a quarter over the past three years.
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Thursday 13th August 2015
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?
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Thursday 23rd July 2015
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