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    1. 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...

    2. 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 show...

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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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 expenses...

    4. 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 the...

    5. 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 attending a...

    6. 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 of...

    7. 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 China’s...

    8. 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 Infrastructure...

    9. 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...

    10. 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 Muslim...

    11. 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 spending...

    12. 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...

    13. 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 help...

    14. 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...

    15. 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 civilian...

    16. 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 the...

    17. 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 containers...

    18. 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 the...

    19. 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,...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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,...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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