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    1. December 10, 2014

      Why Brits need to go 17,000km for a lesson in English

      Less than 30 seconds into a Foreign Office video about various UK citizens who have been jailed abroad for drugs offences,...

    2. November 14, 2014

      Britain’s Foreign Office loses direction as more cuts loom

      Once the hub of a global empire, Britain’s sprawling Foreign and Commonwealth Office has been among the bigger victims of...

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    1. November 12, 2014

      Tory foreign policy comes under attack from Lib Dems minister

      Britain has no coherent foreign policy and is sinking into “sullen and suspicious nationalism”, the Liberal Democrat foreign...

    2. November 7, 2014

      New banking generation turns its back on London

      Hannah Butler, an economics graduate from Bristol University, is one of a growing number who decided to apply to Deutsche...

    3. November 2, 2014

      British banker charged after two women found murdered in Hong Kong

      Hong Kong police have charged a 29-year-old British investment banker for the murder of two women who were found in an...

    4. November 1, 2014

      UK issues alert following air strikes on Islamic State

      Britons travelling abroad are being warned that they could be targeted by terrorists seeking revenge for UK air strikes...

    5. October 15, 2014

      Senior Lib Dem to quit in marginal seat

      One of the MPs most highly tipped to take over from Nick Clegg as Liberal Democrat leader has announced he will stand down...

    6. October 3, 2014

      Prime minister vows to hunt down Alan Henning’s killers

      David Cameron has vowed to use “all the assets we have” to hunt down the Islamic State terrorists responsible for the murder...

    7. October 3, 2014

      Career spy Alex Younger to head Britain’s MI6

      Britain has a new spy chief – MI6 insider Alex Younger, the second-in-command of the intelligence agency. Mr Younger, 51,...

    8. Business Blog

      August 13, 2014

      Spending time with the family

      Max Schireson says no one ever asked him how he balanced work and parenthood Last week, Max Schireson announced his decision...

    9. August 12, 2014

      George Osborne plays increasing role in UK foreign policy

      William Hague’s exit from the UK Foreign Office has opened the way for George Osborne to play a greater role in setting...

    10. Westminster Blog

      August 12, 2014

      Can a minister afford to rent in London?

      Mark Simmonds, the Foreign Office minister, is resigning because he says the new Westminster expenses regime precludes him...

    11. August 11, 2014

      UK sends reconnaissance jets to Iraq but resists bigger role

      Britain is sending Tornado fighter jets to northern Iraq for possible use in surveillance operations over Mount Sinjar, part...

    12. August 2, 2014

      Britain to pull embassy staff out of Libya

      TRIPOLI, Aug 2 – Britain will close its embassy in Tripoli from August 4, evacuating diplomatic staff to Tunisia, after...

    13. July 31, 2014

      European history lesson gives Cameron a headache

      Britain’s attempt to renegotiate its ties with the European Economic Community ahead of the 1975 referendum created...

    14. July 23, 2014

      Cameron hints at risk to exporters from Scottish independence

      David Cameron has suggested that exporters based in an independent Scotland would suffer as a result of losing access to the...

    15. July 17, 2014

      Britain slams the door on Hong Kong’s freedoms

      Anson Chan and Martin Lee have been in London. Veteran champions of freedom and the rule of law in Hong Kong, they were...

    16. July 16, 2014

      Cameron faces reproach and scorn over Gove’s demotion

      David Cameron faces growing recriminations over his cabinet shake-up, indicating that the reshuffle could store up trouble...

    17. July 15, 2014

      UK aims for top EU economy portfolio

      David Cameron will on Wednesday attempt to seize control of one of Europe’s top economic portfolios after his most sweeping...

    18. July 15, 2014

      Cameron gives his government a eurosceptic edge

      David Cameron has given his government a eurosceptic edge with the appointment as foreign secretary of Philip Hammond, a...

    19. The World

      July 15, 2014

      Hague, Hammond, human rights and Europe

      By an accident of timing, William Hague’s departure from the Foreign Office has come on the same day as the confirmation, by...

    20. July 15, 2014

      Cabinet reshuffle: Hammond’s rise puts focus on EU debate

      Philip Hammond’s promotion means the UK now has a foreign secretary who has said he favours leaving the EU unless it agrees...

    21. July 14, 2014

      William Hague steps down as foreign secretary

      William Hague has stepped down as foreign secretary, paving the way for a far-reaching cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday as David...

    22. July 6, 2014

      Foreign office brings in £5bn for Britain

      Diplomats generated more than £5bn in business for British companies in the first quarter, according to the Foreign Office’s...

    23. June 26, 2014

      Cast adrift – island Britain needs a foreign policy

      Britain is an island that has lost its moorings. What it needs is a foreign policy. Not another vainglorious attempt to...

    24. June 26, 2014

      MI6 chief Sir John Sawers to retire

      Sir John Sawers, the head of MI6, the British foreign intelligence agency, is to step down from his post in November at the...

    25. June 16, 2014

      William Hague announces closer ties with Iran

      William Hague said on Tuesday that circumstances were “right” to reopen Britain’s embassy in Iran. He told parliament in a...

    26. June 11, 2014

      Junckernaut caught up in a London snarl

      There are more obvious ways of soothing a pan-continental eruption of euroscepticism than handing the keys to the European...

    27. May 22, 2014

      Moscow condemns Prince Charles’ comparison of Putin with Hitler

      Moscow has hit back at remarks by Prince Charles comparing Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler, calling them “unacceptable,...

    28. FT Photo Diary

      May 15, 2014

      Fur flies at Foreign Office

      Toby Melville/Reuters British minister Hugh Robertson shoos away Freya, the cat of Britain’s chancellor George Osborne, as...

    29. April 15, 2014

      Diplomat Robert Hannigan appointed as GCHQ chief

      Senior diplomat Robert Hannigan has been revealed as the new director of the Government Communications Headquarters, or...

    30. April 10, 2014

      Sanctions proposals threaten London’s role as global legal hub

      London’s status as the destination of choice for global businesses trying to settle legal disputes is jeopardised by plans...

    31. April 3, 2014

      Cameron and the Muslim Brothers

      Since the September 11 attacks on the US in 2001, Britain, like other western governments, has from time to time banned...

    32. March 27, 2014

      Brittan on Britain

      I. Forced Normality My earliest semi-adult memories go back to the long, drawn-out struggle to persuade Sir Winston...

    33. March 18, 2014

      Sri Lanka arrests raise fears of authoritarian crackdown

      The arrest of two prominent political activists on terrorism charges has raised concern about creeping authoritarianism in...

    34. March 3, 2014

      Ukraine crisis: Downing St denies putting City ahead of Kiev

      Downing Street on Monday night denied it was putting the City’s interests ahead of attempts to defuse the Ukraine crisis...

    35. January 29, 2014

      Sir Iain Lobban of UK intelligence agency GCHQ steps down

      Sir Iain Lobban is to step down from his role as head of GCHQ, the British intelligence agency at the centre of the Edward...

    36. January 2, 2014

      Archives 1984: Thatcher refused to call for Mandela release

      Margaret Thatcher refused to call publicly for Nelson Mandela’s release from prison during her first official meeting with...

    37. December 13, 2013

      Ransom payments fuel terrorism, says UK Foreign Office

      The Foreign Office has warned that ransom payments to kidnappers around the world are on the increase and that the trend is...

    38. December 10, 2013

      Political tussle over sale of former UK embassy in Jakarta

      The British government is facing a $40m tussle with the governor of Jakarta over plans to sell the site of the former UK...

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