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Sir Albert Bore

Birmingham Labour councillors defy Sir Albert as they fight to hang on

Party's councillors challenge authority's leader in bid to halt cut in their own numbers

Green idylls of Second City get the thumbs-up

Bournville Village Green as it looks today
14 parks and spaces in Birmingham win praise as part of national Green Flag awards

Doubt cast on 'oldest Koran' in world claim by University of Birmingham

An Islamic manuscript which has been identified as one of the world's oldest fragments of the Koran on show at the University of Birmingham
Middle Eastern historians have raised doubts about claims the University of Birmingham had discovered to oldest known copy of the Koran.

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Sir Albert Bore

Birmingham Labour councillors defy Sir Albert as they fight to hang on

Party's councillors challenge authority's leader in bid to halt cut in their own numbers

Bournville Village Green as it looks today

Green idylls of Second City get the thumbs-up

14 parks and spaces in Birmingham win praise as part of national Green Flag awards

An Islamic manuscript which has been identified as one of the world's oldest fragments of the Koran on show at the University of Birmingham

Doubt cast on 'oldest Koran' in world claim by University of Birmingham

Middle Eastern historians have raised doubts about claims the University of Birmingham had discovered to oldest known copy of the Koran.

Culture Secretary John Whittingdale

Culture Secretary: We'll look at BBC in regions

John Whittingdale, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pledged to address regional provision in debates over the BBC's next 10-year charter.

Freda Cocks, Birmingham's Lord Mayor for 1977-78, celebrates her 100th birthday at Digby Manor residential home in Erdington with grandson Angus McFarlane

Former Birmingham Lord Mayor Freda Cocks turns 100

Special anniversary celebration for popular politician who 'led the way for women on the council'

The search has started to fill five senior roles at Birmingham City Council

Hunt on to fill five top Birmingham City Council roles

Jobs whose salaries range from £78,000 to £153,000 are now being advertised following stinging criticism over a lack of action by the authority

BBC show Doctors being filmed in Stratford in 2012

Calls to base new BBC production hub in Birmingham

Corporation's 'studios' division will make programmers for other broadcasters

Sandwell Council leader Darren Cooper

Reluctant West Midlands councils edge towards metro mayor

Hint that authority leaders may accept super-mayor in return for devolved powers from Chancellor George Osborne

West Midlands Police could lose another £20m in funds

Analysis by PwC suggests a new system could see funding for the force drop by another £20m

Householders in Birmingham are paying the lowest amount of council tax

Birmingham's council tax income lowest in the country because of cheap housing

City average of £737 per household despite the council tax rate being one of the highest nationally

House prices rising faster in Wolverhampton than Birmingham

City shows increase of 8.3 per cent in the year to June while West Midlands has an average house price of £137,209

Two new Birmingham traveller sites to be built

Councillor says the former industrial land in Aston should be reserved for housing local people

Birmingham is hot spot for buy-to-let mortgages

City leaps up the chart of top places to buy a flat and rent it out for landlords looking for a better return on their investments

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Westside BID gets go-ahead

Broad Street BID was wound-up at the end of March this year, with businesses balloted on its successor organisation at the end of June

Deal to keep Library of Birmingham open until 9pm gets cautious welcome

Commentators welcome extended opening hours, after major cutbacks, but others fear the library service is being diluted after shake-up

New opening hours have been announced by the Library of Birmingham

New opening hours for Library of Birmingham

Brasshouse Language Centre will also relocate from Sheepcote Street as battle to bring library into wider use continues

Inside the Birmingham Council House Council Chamber

Fears over smaller Birmingham city council

Councillor: Axing 20 seats will increase workload and deter candidates with careers

Images of Pluto as painted by Birmingham artist David A. Hardy in 1990 - predicting how the New Horizons probe mission would find the body

Artist's vision of Pluto proves out of this world

Birmingham-based artist David A Hardy has described his delight at the incredible pictures beamed back from Pluto which bear a remarkable resemblance to his own predictions created 25 years ago.

New Sutton Town Council could pave way for others to follow

More districts could now demand more powers.

Prime Minister David Cameron speaks with Abdullah Rehman before delivering a speech at Ninestiles Academy in Birmingham.

Muslim group welcomes PM's extremism crackdown in UK

A Birmingham community group has welcomed David Cameron's controversial crackdown on extremism - announced at a city school.

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Developer brings back Holloway Head regeneration vision

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Jaguar Land Rover thought to be eyeing Poland or Slovakia for new factory

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