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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. November 18, 2013

    Twitter expands ‘alerts’ service to UK

    Twitter has signed up the UK’s police forces and government agencies to its new “alerts” service, as the $24bn microblogging...

  10. November 15, 2013

    Spain did not break the law on Gibraltar checks, says Brussels

    Spain did not break European law by imposing stringent checks on cross-border traffic with Gibraltar, according to a...

  11. November 7, 2013

    Tory audit turns into eurosceptic nightmare

    When foreign secretary William Hague announced a sweeping audit of Britain’s relations with the EU in 2012, it stirred hopes...

  12. November 7, 2013

    May battles with Foreign Office over impact of European migrants

    Theresa May and the Foreign Office are locked in a battle over the benefits of European immigration to Britain, as the home...

  13. September 3, 2013

    Gibraltar spat ‘risks UK-Spain relations’

    Britain’s relationship with Spain risks being badly soured as a result of the ongoing spat over Gibraltar, a Foreign Office...

  14. August 9, 2013

    Gibraltar serves as reminder of headaches of empire

    To many Europeans, this week’s tensions between the UK and Spain over Gibraltar must have been baffling – an argument over...

  15. August 6, 2013

    Protest made to Madrid as Gibraltar tensions simmer

    Britain has made a formal complaint to the Spanish government, protesting at its recent actions over Gibraltar. Giles...

  16. July 21, 2013

    Foreign Office invites UK companies to play terror ‘war-games’

    British companies have been invited into the Foreign Office to stage “war-games” in which executives and Whitehall mandarins...

  17. June 26, 2013

    Osborne plans welfare payments cap

    George Osborne, UK chancellor, has set out plans to extend his austerity programme into the next parliament, introducing a...

  18. June 21, 2013

    Emergency passport service repatriated to save costs

    From Washington to Pretoria, and Paris to Hong Kong, offices are being closed and machinery dismantled as the service which...

  19. June 10, 2013

    The job of British diplomacy is to boost British business

    Like an upmarket personal trainer, David Cameron is animated by a zeal to make Britain fit for the “global race”. The prime...

  20. June 7, 2013

    Cameron under pressure over spying claims report

    GCHQ, the UK security service in charge of telecommunications, is preparing a report on the US Prism spy programme,...

  21. May 23, 2013

    UK ministers bugged Edward VIII in run-up to abdication

    Ministers bugged the phone of King Edward VIII in the days before his abdication, newly released intelligence documents...

  22. April 29, 2013

    Spending round set to be gory

    For once the medieval imagery of “shroud waving” and “bleeding stumps” used by Treasury officials may be appropriate: the...

  23. April 25, 2013

    Ann Grant: Diplomat turns banker to make new contribution

    It was the chance to travel that beckoned when Ann Grant, then 17, applied to work as a volunteer overseas after leaving...

  24. April 5, 2013

    UK diplomats in North Korea to stay put

    The UK Foreign Office has said it will not withdraw its diplomats from North Korea despite new threats from Pyongyang, which...

  25. April 5, 2013

    UK and Romania in migrant benefits talks

    The UK is in talks with Romania about a campaign to make clear that EU nationals entering Britain do not have an automatic...

  26. April 1, 2013

    Cameron snubbed over Brussels review

    Angela Merkel, German chancellor, and François Hollande, French president, have snubbed the UK coalition’s much-heralded...

  27. March 25, 2013

    Berezovsky death ‘consistent with hanging’

    A postmortem examination found that exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky’s death was “consistent with hanging”, with no...

  28. March 13, 2013

    No 10 ready to benefit from charm offensive

    From day one of the coalition David Cameron has banged the drum for British business overseas, emphasising his desire for...

  29. March 12, 2013

    Litvinenko accused refuses to co-operate

    The man accused of murdering ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006 said on Tuesday that he would not...

  30. March 3, 2013

    ‘Six Moments of Crisis’

    Six Moments of Crisis: Inside British Foreign Policy, by Gill Bennett, Oxford University Press, RRP£20/$34.95 History is...

  31. February 25, 2013

    Kerry wins opposition presence at Syria talks

    John Kerry, the new US secretary of state, appeared to have avoided a major embarrassment after the leadership of the Syrian...

  32. February 20, 2013

    Britons allege torture after arrest in Dubai

    The UK is looking into claims made by three Britons that they were tortured after being arrested in Dubai on drugs charges...

  33. February 17, 2013

    Sri Lankan reporter shot in Colombo

    A Sri Lankan journalist has been shot and seriously injured by a group of unidentified gunmen in the capital Colombo,...

  34. January 21, 2013

    Quest for clarity on EU labour influx

    If farmers and retailers are concerned that the lifting of temporary labour controls on Bulgarian and Romanian migrants will...

  35. January 17, 2013

    Algeria forces PM to rethink

    It was soon after 6pm that David Cameron took the decision to remain in London to deal with the bloody events in Algeria....

  36. January 9, 2013

    May goes outside Home Office for chief

    Theresa May has taken the unusual step of appointing a senior diplomat, Mark Sedwill, as the new permanent secretary at the...

  37. January 3, 2013

    Cameron vows to protect Falklanders

    Downing Street has vowed to fight to protect the interests of the Falkland islanders, after Argentina urged the UK to give...

  38. December 28, 2012

    Britain considered bombing Argentina

    Britain considered bombing the Argentine mainland during the 1982 Falklands war, according to government documents released...

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