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    1. December 6, 2014

      Bahrain naval base will give UK stronger Gulf presence

      The rising threat from extremist group Isis, a deteriorating civil war in Syria, and the possibility of a nuclear Iran are...

    2. December 5, 2014

      Air traffic changes spark UK spat with Spain on Gibraltar

      The UK’s foreign secretary has accused Spain of using the EU to attack Gibraltar’s sovereignty in the latest dispute between...

    1. November 26, 2014

      Publish guidance on lethal drone strikes, says former GCHQ chief

      A former head of GCHQ has urged foreign secretary Philip Hammond to publish secret guidelines governing how ministers share...

    2. November 24, 2014

      John Kerry appeals for patience as Iran talks extended by seven months

      John Kerry, US secretary of state, said diplomatic efforts to curb Iran’s nuclear programme had “earned the benefit of the...

    3. November 19, 2014

      Heathrow locals defy the ‘not in my back yard’ stereotype

      I spent a morning this week in Richmond, the southwest London borough that, opinion polls show, burns with opposition to a...

    4. 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...

    5. November 11, 2014

      Perils of Heathrow airport U-turn weigh on parties

      The Tories are expected to carry out a U-turn over Heathrow next year if the Davies commission throws its weight behind a...

    6. October 23, 2014

      UK spies collect international emails without minister’s sign-off

      UK spy agencies collect international private social media messages and emails without ministerial sign-off, the foreign...

    7. October 17, 2014

      UK ‘lighting a fire under EU’, says minister

      Britain is “lighting a fire under the European Union”, the foreign secretary said on Friday, as he labelled the EU a...

    8. September 25, 2014

      FBI claims to have identified Isis militant Jihadi John

      US authorities have identified the militant known as Jihadi John responsible for the beheading of American journalists James...

    9. September 25, 2014

      MPs prepare to vote on Isis air strikes in Iraq

      British armed forces could be involved in Iraq for years and may need to play a broader role across the region, ministers...

    10. September 24, 2014

      David Cameron and Hassan Rouhani meet in UN amid signs of thaw

      British prime minister David Cameron on Wednesday met Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, the first such encounter...

    11. September 21, 2014

      US confident of allies’ support in air strikes on Isis

      Allies of the US are ready to begin bombing Islamist extremists in Iraq and Syria, according to the country’s ambassador to...

    12. September 15, 2014

      British forces do not know location of Isis hostage, says Hammond

      British forces are unable to rescue hostages being held by Islamist militants because they do not know where they are being...

    13. September 11, 2014

      No 10 corrects Hammond gaffe on Syria

      Downing St was forced to clarify Britain’s potential role in the looming international military action in the Middle East...

    14. September 5, 2014

      Obama leads coalition in fight against Isis

      US President Barack Obama pledged on Friday to “take the fight to Isis” as efforts ramped up to build a broad international...

    15. September 1, 2014

      Palestinians to turn to UN amid frustration with peace process

      The Palestinians, frustrated in their pursuit of an independent state through negotiations with an Israeli government they...

    16. August 26, 2014

      Black hole looms in UK defence, study says

      A new black hole will open up in Britain’s military budget after 2015, according to independent research commissioned by the...

    17. August 15, 2014

      Ukraine attacks Russian military convoy, says president

      Moscow’s stand-off with Kiev intensified dramatically on Friday night after the Ukrainian government said it had blown up a...

    18. 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...

    19. August 12, 2014

      Parliament must address Iraq crisis

      In 2011 British MPs were recalled from their summer holidays to discuss urban riots breaking out across their country. Last...

    20. 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...

    21. August 9, 2014

      UK ‘exploring ways to help Yazidis’

      Britain is looking at how to get a religious minority group off an Iraqi mountain it has been trapped on by extremist...

    22. August 3, 2014

      British government hardens stance on Gaza

      The British government has hardened its stance on Israel’s bombardment of Gaza, with foreign secretary Philip Hammond...

    23. July 30, 2014

      Hammond holds emergency meeting on Ebola

      Philip Hammond, foreign secretary, held an emergency meeting of officials and ministers on Wednesday to discuss the...

    24. July 20, 2014

      Hammond takes tough line on Europe

      Philip Hammond, the new foreign secretary, has predicted that the British public will not want to remain in the European...

    25. July 20, 2014

      MH17 crash: West pressures Putin over access to MH17 crash site

      The leaders of Britain, France and Germany on Sunday called on President Vladimir Putin to ensure that pro-Russia...

    26. July 15, 2014

      Cameron shuffles away from Europe

      Throughout his four years in Downing Street, David Cameron has been allergic to cabinet reshuffles. The prime minister has...

    27. 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...

    28. The World

      July 15, 2014

      Hague, Hammond, human rights and Europe

      By an accident of timing, William Hague’s departure from the Foreign Office has come on the same day as the confirmation, by...

    29. July 15, 2014

      Cabinet reshuffle: Hammond’s rise puts focus on EU debate

      Philip Hammond’s promotion means the UK now has a foreign secretary who has said he favours leaving the EU unless it agrees...

    30. Westminster Blog

      July 15, 2014

      Live Blog: Government reshuffle

      David Cameron is conducting the most wide-ranging reshuffle of his cabinet since taking office, appointing Philip Hammond as...

    31. June 16, 2014

      UK army chief warns of need to mobilise former soldiers

      Troops who have left the army will have to be recalled if ministers want the service to be able to do everything required of...

    32. June 15, 2014

      UK defence spending to fall below Nato target, says research

      Britain’s defence spending will soon fall below the target set by Nato, according to an analysis commissioned by senior...

    33. June 11, 2014

      Army cuts ‘risk increasing Treasury costs’

      Philip Hammond’s scheme to redesign the army was badly planned, unrealistic and may make it difficult for troops to do their...

    34. May 13, 2014

      Defence ministers spend less on kit but fear hidden costs

      Defence ministers do not know why they spent £1.2bn less than they had planned on equipment for the armed forces last year,...

    35. May 8, 2014

      UK military to review ban on women in combat roles

      Britain moved closer to allowing women to fight on the front line on Thursday when Philip Hammond, the defence secretary,...

    36. April 29, 2014

      Industry grows impatient as PF2’s teething problems persist

      PF2 was supposed to be the phoenix from the ashes of the much-criticised private finance initiative programme, under which...

    37. April 28, 2014

      Labour demands ‘open’ defence debate

      Labour is seeking to lift the “shroud of secrecy” placed by ministers over Britain’s next strategic defence review,...

    38. April 15, 2014

      Defenders of union come under fire over tactics

      Philip Hammond, defence secretary, on Tuesday concluded two weeks of heavy pounding by the British military on Alex Salmond,...

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