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    1. April 19, 2016

      No plan to send British combat troops to Libya, Hammond insists

      Philip Hammond sought to reassure sceptical Conservative MPs as he insisted that there were no plans for British troops...

    2. April 8, 2016

      Philip Hammond says HK bookseller was ‘involuntarily removed’

      The UK government has evidence showing that a Hong Kong bookseller who went missing last year was involuntarily brought...

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    1. April 6, 2016

      UK hits at European anti-terror red tape and ‘turf wars’

      European counter-terrorism efforts are hampered by poor information-sharing, outdated legislation and “bureaucratic...

    2. March 15, 2016

      Russia cuts its losses in Syria

      In six short months Russia’s military intervention in Syria has shifted the path of the country’s grinding civil war —...

    3. March 2, 2016

      Britain would be ‘weaker, less safe and worse off’ outside the EU

      Britain would be “weaker, less safe and worse off” outside the EU, according to a government analysis of the...

    4. February 28, 2016

      David Cameron urged to stop personal attacks on anti-EU MPs

      Conservative politicians who want Britain to leave the EU have called for the prime minister to curb his attacks...

    5. February 18, 2016

      UK ministers warn of ‘domino effect’ if Britain leaves EU

      David Cameron arrives in Brussels on Thursday amid growing fears that if he fails to keep Britain in the EU, the result...

    6. February 17, 2016

      Wentworth golf club faces defections as revolt comes to a head

      Dozens of golfers are leaving or threatening to leave one of the UK’s most exclusive golf and country clubs unless its...

    7. February 14, 2016

      EU renegotiation going down to the wire, says Philip Hammond

      Britain’s attempt to restrict benefits for European migrants coming to work in the country is set to go down to the...

    8. January 24, 2016

      Tourist spending on Britain’s high streets rises 2%

      Tourist spending on the British high street returned to growth last year despite volatility in China, a weak renminbi...

    9. January 10, 2016

      Hong Kong rattled by missing booksellers

      At the closed Causeway Bay Books store in the heart of a glitzy shopping district, concerned citizens have hung...

    10. January 5, 2016

      Missing Hong Kong bookseller is a British citizen

      The case of the missing Hong Kong publishers who sold books critical of China’s top leadership has taken on an...

    11. December 16, 2015

      UK not ‘rushing’ to strike Isis in Syria

      Philip Hammond said on Wednesday that the UK was not “rushing to strike” Isis in its stronghold, as it emerged that the...

    12. November 12, 2015

      Friend or foe: Syria summit faces tough choices

      The foreign ministers meeting in Vienna this weekend to discuss Syria will wrestle with one of the most divisive...

    13. November 11, 2015

      Visa dispute looms over Modi’s UK visit

      Narendra Modi’s visit to the UK risks being overshadowed by a row over Britain’s strict rules on student visas, as...

    14. November 9, 2015

      David Cameron will threaten to leave EU if demands not met

      David Cameron is to warn this week that leaving the EU would be an irreversible decision with consequences for the UK’s...

    15. November 6, 2015

      Osborne to turn screws on cabinet colleagues resisting cuts

      George Osborne will turn the screws on those senior cabinet colleagues who are resisting cuts next week as the Treasury...

    16. November 6, 2015

      UK and Saudi Arabia step up diplomacy to secure arms deals

      The UK is planning high-level bilateral visits with Saudi Arabia in the next three to six months in a surge of...

    17. November 4, 2015

      EU refugee policy helps people smugglers, says Austria

      Europe is running a “people-smugglers’ promotion programme” that is “massively overburdening” several countries,...

    18. 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...

    19. October 28, 2015

      Iran agrees to join Vienna summit on Syria crisis

      Iran is to join this week’s Vienna summit on Syria in a long-sought diplomatic breakthrough that convenes a formal...

    20. October 28, 2015

      Hammond praises Saudis after UK national released

      Philip Hammond, the foreign secretary, has praised the UK’s relations with Saudi Arabia after Riyadh announced the...

    21. October 20, 2015

      Xi Jinping expects UK visit to lift relations to ‘new height’

      China’s President Xi Jinping said his visit to the UK would lift relations between the two countries to a “new height”,...

    22. October 20, 2015

      UK says migrant benefits at forefront of EU negotiations

      Philip Hammond said on Tuesday that Britain’s efforts to renegotiate its membership in the EU would look to reduce the...

    23. 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...

    24. October 16, 2015

      Michael Gove’s valiant stand over Saudi human rights

      Western governments face tricky ethical questions when dealing with authoritarian states. In Britain’s case, few...

    25. October 14, 2015

      A politically explosive decision looms over London runways

      This autumn, hundreds of thousands of rugby fans from around the globe are getting a taste of how it feels to live...

    26. October 6, 2015

      Hammond seeks to spike Tory guns on EU migration rules

      Philip Hammond, the UK foreign secretary, has tried to close down a potential Conservative row over Europe’s free...

    27. October 6, 2015

      Cabinet heavyweights escalate fight with May on foreign students

      George Osborne has joined forces with some of David Cameron’s most senior Cabinet ministers to demand that students are...

    28. September 27, 2015

      Out campaigners draft in recruits ready for EU battle

      With Britain’s EU referendum potentially only months away, the group likely to form the Out campaign has hired staff,...

    29. September 22, 2015

      UK claims migrant crisis will help its push for EU reform

      Europe’s refugee crisis may help Britain’s push for EU reform by “focusing” minds in eastern Europe on the strain of...

    30. September 19, 2015

      US says Assad must go

      US secretary of state John Kerry said on Saturday Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has to go but the timing of his...

    31. September 9, 2015

      Philip Hammond backs case for UK bombing in Syria

      Philip Hammond argued on Wednesday that Britain should be able to bomb Isis targets in Syria, as the government built...

    32. August 24, 2015

      BP skips Iran trip amid concerns about US sanctions

      BP decided not to travel on foreign secretary Philip Hammond’s trip to Iran to reopen the UK embassy amid concern among...

    33. August 23, 2015

      Britain reopens Tehran embassy with promises of enhanced trade

      Philip Hammond, the UK foreign secretary, reopened the country’s embassy in Tehran on Sunday, and promised that British...

    34. August 20, 2015

      Britain to reopen embassy in Tehran as relations thaw

      Britain and Iran will take an important step towards re-establishing full diplomatic relations this weekend when Philip...

    35. July 22, 2015

      UK urges China and Hong Kong to restart talks on political reform

      The UK has called on the Hong Kong and Chinese governments to restart talks over constitutional reform in the former...

    36. July 21, 2015

      Hammond warns of Russian agility in crises

      Philip Hammond has warned that western powers are at a disadvantage in dealing with Russia because of their...

    37. 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...

    38. July 10, 2015

      World powers agree extension for teetering talks on Iran

      World powers have agreed another extension for critical diplomatic talks with Iran in Vienna this weekend, with...

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