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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. February 22, 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. January 28, 2015

      Whitehall comfort-class travel bill hits £100m

      About £100m has been spent on taxis, business-class flights and first-class rail travel by UK government officials in...

    26. January 21, 2015

      Iran demand stalls move to reopen British embassy in Tehran

      Efforts to reopen Britain’s embassy in Iran have been stalled by a dispute over Tehran’s demands to inspect two...

    27. January 20, 2015

      Labour to ‘reset’ UK relations with Europe

      Labour would “review, repair and reset” Britain’s relations with Europe if it wins the election, promising to increase...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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,...

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      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...

    38. 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...

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