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Women's FA Cup: Man City host Liverpool, Chelsea visit Birmingham City

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Manchester City Women will host Liverpool Ladies in the Women's FA Cup semi-finals, while Chelsea are to visit Birmingham City. Birmingham, winners in 2012, knocked out holders Arsenal on Sunday in the last eight, while Chelsea beat fellow top-flight side Sunderland. Current league champions Man City, who have never reached an FA Cup final, earned a late win at Bristol City. Both semi-finals are scheduled to take place on Monday, 17 April. Liverpool have never won the competition but have reached the final on two occasions, in 1995 and 1996, and beat Notts County Ladies 2-0 at home in the quarter-finals.


Prince Charles in Birmingham Koran display in UAE visit

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Prince Charles is to present a digital replica of the ancient Koran fragments discovered by the University of Birmingham, in a visit to the United Arab Emirates. The copy of the manuscript will be a centrepiece of a year of cultural links between the UK and the Gulf state. The original Koran fragment, possibly the oldest in the world, remains in the University of Birmingham. The manuscript, at least 1,370 years old, was hailed as a major discovery. The University of Birmingham's find came when a manuscript which it had held since the 1920s was radio-carbon dated last year and found to be much older than anyone had expected.


James Charles: Birmingham gridlocked after YouTuber visit

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An appearance by YouTuber James Charles is believed to have brought Birmingham city centre to a standstill after 8,000 fans flocked to the Bull Ring. The beauty guru was greeted by four floors of screaming supporters during his visit to the shopping centre at about 16:00 GMT. But motorists were stuck in gridlocked traffic from 15:00 until 19:30. Drivers trying to leave car parks found they were stuck and some opted to abandon their vehicles overnight. Suffolk Street Queensway, Navigation Street, and Hill Street were all heavily congested.



US man cycles in 'wrong Birmingham' race

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An American cyclist who accidentally signed up for a cycle race in the "wrong Birmingham" decided to make the transatlantic trip anyway. John Hoopingarner, from Ohio, flew to the UK to take part in the 100-mile Velo Birmingham, after signing up to the event he thought was in Alabama. After realising his mistake, Mr Hoopingarner thought "well I made it this far, I may as well just go". Mr Hoopingarner said he hoped to repeat his mistake next year. After receiving an email about the event - which saw 15,000 cyclists riding through Birmingham city centre, Worcestershire and Staffordshire on Sunday - Mr Hoopingarner said: "I thought, 'wow, this sounds really cool' so I signed up."