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    1. January 14, 2016

      Boris Johnson’s Iraq visit a diplomatic headache, emails reveal

      His gun-toting visit to Iraq last year drew comparisons — from some — to Winston Churchill. But newly published...

    2. David Allen Green

      January 13, 2016

      Home Office, Saudi Arabia and the need for a 'safe space'

      Last October, I revealed the existence of a Memorandum of Understanding between the UK’s Home Office and its...

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    1. January 3, 2016

      Isis video claims killing of ‘UK spies’

      Isis militants have released a video purporting to show the killing of five men they claim were spying for Britain,...

    2. December 17, 2015

      British Council fined for breaking pay rules

      The British Council has been fined £500,000 for breaking government pay rules when setting salaries for its new chief...

    3. December 16, 2015

      UK protests to China over heavy police tactics at trial

      Britain has taken the rare step of rebuking the Chinese authorities after UK officials and journalists were manhandled...

    4. December 1, 2015

      UK spy agency GCHQ admits it carries out computer hacking

      GCHQ, the UK electronic spy agency, has admitted for the first time in court that it engages in computer hacking. The...

    5. November 17, 2015

      Osborne’s UK cuts package squeezes a further £4bn

      More than half of all government departments have reached agreement with George Osborne on £4bn-worth of spending cuts...

    6. November 5, 2015

      UK and Russia at odds over causes of Sharm el-Sheikh plane crash

      The UK and Russia found themselves at loggerheads over the causes of the Sinai passenger jet crash, after Moscow...

    7. November 2, 2015

      ‘The Unravelling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq’, by Emma Sky

      So many hearts have been broken over Iraq. The ill-conceived US-led invasion of 2003 — wrongly pitched as a quick and...

    8. November 2, 2015

      UK Foreign Office ministers warn over cuts

      Foreign Office ministers have warned George Osborne that large cuts to their budget at the Spending Review would force...

    9. October 23, 2015

      MPs hit out at Foreign Office over downgrading of human rights

      MPs have lambasted the senior mandarin at the Foreign Office after he declared that human rights was “not one of the...

    10. October 23, 2015

      Light shed on panic over Cambridge spies

      Yes, he had met the Soviet spy Guy Burgess (below) at university, Kim Philby declared in a statement sent to the head...

    11. October 19, 2015

      Ministers feel pinch as Osborne deadline spurs tough cuts talks

      George Osborne’s spending review is reaching what football managers would call “the business end”. Between now and...

    12. October 12, 2015

      Police stood down from watching Julian Assange

      Police officers lying in wait outside the Ecuadorian embassy for Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder and diplomatic...

    13. August 9, 2015

      UK accuses Spain of ‘clear violation’ of Gibraltar’s sovereignty

      The British Foreign Office has accused Spain of “a clear violation of UK sovereignty” for sending ships into...

    14. July 31, 2015

      Top Foreign Office mandarin cautions on hollowing out UK diplomacy

      Brushing aside criticism that the UK has lost its appetite for a global role, David Cameron insists Britain is an...

    15. July 29, 2015

      UK ambassador to Germany named head of Foreign Office

      Appearing on a German talk show where guests sip cocktails from a bowl, the British ambassador Sir Simon McDonald...

    16. July 24, 2015

      UK-Saudi contract details can stay secret, tribunal rules

      The UK government has won a legal battle to keep secret the details of how it oversaw a contract to supply the Saudi...

    17. July 16, 2015

      UK reveals offences by diplomats

      A Saudi Arabian embassy employee in the UK was shielded by diplomatic immunity from being prosecuted for developing...

    18. July 14, 2015

      PM seeks Labour backing for bombing campaign in Syria

      Three of Labour’s most senior MPs made a rare appearance at the government’s National Security Council on Tuesday as...

    19. July 13, 2015

      UK study warns world leaders on worst-case climate risks

      The risk that climate change will create a nightmarish world of unbearable heat, food crises and swamped cities is so...

    20. July 9, 2015

      Foreign Office urges UK nationals to leave Tunisia

      British nationals have been urged to leave Tunisia after Philip Hammond, foreign secretary, said “a further terrorist...

    21. July 3, 2015

      Package holidays retain long-term appeal

      Like the rest of the UK, the travel industry is in shock after last week’s deadly terror attack in Tunisia. “This is...

    22. June 25, 2015

      Army reservist plans ‘unachievable,’ watchdog warns

      A plan to hire part-time soldiers to help plug gaps left by defence cuts “appears to be unachievable”, according to an...

    23. June 25, 2015

      UK Foreign Office to review its overseas aid spending

      The Foreign Office is reviewing how it spends overseas aid after reports of outlandish spending on a television game...

    24. June 22, 2015

      UK Treasury to advise China on financing public projects

      George Osborne has despatched Treasury officials to Beijing to advise China on how to use the private sector to build...

    25. June 21, 2015

      UK faces pressure to commit to Nato target

      The UK will come under further pressure to commit to support for the military on Monday when Nato publishes its latest...

    26. June 11, 2015

      UK diplomats open own wallets as cuts bite

      Diplomats are having to pay for meals with contacts from their own pockets, as the Foreign Office clamps down on...

    27. June 2, 2015

      $150bn needed to save world from climate change, warn scientists

      It took about $150bn in today’s money to put a man on the moon in the 1960s, and now it is said we need to come up with...

    28. April 7, 2015

      UK accused over cigarette lobbying abroad

      Medical experts and campaigners have accused Britain’s top diplomat in Pakistan of breaking government rules by...

    29. FT Alphaville

      March 27, 2015

      FirstFT (the new 6am Cut)

      You can sign up to receive the email here. Airlines are toughening up rules after French prosecutors said the co-pilot...

    30. March 26, 2015

      George Osborne rejected diplomatic advice to join China-led bank

      George Osborne overrode strong objections from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office when he made the decision to join...

    31. March 26, 2015

      Sound and fury over UK’s AIIB membership signifies very little

      Understandably, David Cameron ignored Foreign Office advice in signing the UK up to membership of the Asian...

    32. March 19, 2015

      David Cameron takes a holiday from the world

      Shortly after David Cameron’s arrival in Downing Street, an official observed that the UK prime minister showed slight...

    33. March 16, 2015

      David Cameron pulls Muslim Brotherhood report

      David Cameron has made an eleventh-hour intervention to postpone the publication of a controversial report into the...

    34. March 11, 2015

      Civil servants’ travel costs increase 10% despite fall in numbers

      Whitehall travel costs have risen more than 10 per cent in four years, despite big cuts to civil service numbers, a...

    35. March 4, 2015

      Sheep’s eyes and witchetty grubs — a test for British diplomacy

      There are many ways to be a good diplomat — and, with geopolitics from Moscow to the Middle East looking increasingly...

    36. February 23, 2015

      Former foreign secretaries caught in undercover sting over payments

      Two former foreign secretaries, Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind, have been caught in an undercover sting offering to...

    37. February 20, 2015

      UK caught off-guard in Ukraine, say Lords

      A damning parliamentary inquiry has accused the UK government of “sleepwalking” into the Ukraine crisis and called for...

    38. January 29, 2015

      RAF scrambles fighters to intercept Russian bombers

      Russia’s ambassador to the UK was summoned to the Foreign Office on Thursday after two Russian bombers disrupted...

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