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  1. December 12, 2013

    Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

    The second film in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug, is an undemanding and perfectly decent action...

  2. June 27, 2013

    UK directors’ deals: McBride, Intu Properties, Aviation, Senior

    Christopher Bull bought into household products group McBride for the second time in a year on Tuesday having lost...

  1. October 8, 2010

    My First Million: Richard Armitage

    Richard Armitage, 39, plays MI5 officer Lucas North in the current series of the BBC drama Spooks, which attracts more than...

  2. May 5, 2010

    Hatoyama struggles to unlock Futenma shackles

    Yukio Hatoyama, Japan's prime minister, yesterday went a long way to easing concerns about his commitment to a cross-Pacific...

  3. May 4, 2010

    Hatoyama struggles to unlock Futenma shackles

    Yukio Hatoyama, Japan’s prime minister, on Tuesday went a long way to easing concerns about his commitment to a...

  4. May 30, 2009

    Gates signals tougher approach to N Korea

    Robert Gates, US defence secretary, on Saturday warned North Korea that Washington would hold Pyongyang “fully accountable”...

  5. January 17, 2009

    Bush inhabits lonely White House

    George W. Bush does not formally leave office until midday on Tuesday, writes Edward Luce in Washington . But he might find...

  6. January 16, 2009

    Bush inhabits lonely White House

    George W. Bush does not formally leave office until midday on Tuesday, but he might find the White House pretty lonely in...

  7. December 1, 2008

    Obama faces plunge into fresh flare-up

    Barack Obama, US president-elect, is facing an unexpected India-Pakistan crisis as he prepares for office next month, as...

  8. August 16, 2008

    Pitfalls of close ties to Musharraf offer US a lesson

    In his recent memoirs, Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's embattled and probably outgoing president, described a key moment on...

  9. August 15, 2008

    Ties to Musharraf offer US a lesson

    In his recent memoirs, Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s embattled and probably outgoing president, described a key moment on...

  10. December 7, 2007

    Lunch with the FT: Richard Armitage

    Richard Armitage greets me with an apology when I arrive at Cafe Milano. The former deputy US secretary of state is already...

  11. November 11, 2007

    Smart power is a smart investment

    One of the chief casualties of the Bush administration’s foreign and security policies has been US standing in the world....

  12. November 7, 2007

    Study urges shift in focus from 'war on terror'

    Whoever succeeds George W. Bush as the next US president should no longer treat the "global war on terror" as the...

  13. November 6, 2007

    Change ‘war on terror’ policy, says study

    Whoever succeeds George W. Bush as the next US president should no longer treat the ‘global war on terror’ as the...

  14. March 15, 2007

    Rough justice - how Pakistan may be slipping from the grasp of the generals

    Not since September 12 2001 has Pervez Musharraf found himself under such pressure. The morning after the attacks on the...

  15. February 17, 2007

    US report urges Japan to lift curbs on arms exports

    A bipartisan Washington report on the US-Japan alliance has recommended that Tokyo reduce restrictions on arms exports and...

  16. October 4, 2006

    US warns N Korea against 'reckless' test

    The US reacted strongly yesterday to a North Korea warning that it would test nuclear weapons, saying such action would be...

  17. October 2, 2006

    Pakistan's self-proclaimed saviour

    Apart from the prospect of a lucrative publishing deal, no one is quite sure what prompted General Pervez Musharraf to rush...

  18. September 27, 2006

    Global community must penalise North Korea when it does something provocative

    From Dr Robert Madsen. Sir, Your article on North Korea's nuclear intentions ("N Korea 'more likely than not to test...

  19. September 26, 2006

    N Korea 'more likely than not to test nuclear bomb'

    North Korea will probably test a nuclear weapon, with an even chance of doing so this year, as Kim Jong-il's regime tries...

  20. September 25, 2006

    N Korea ‘likely to test nuclear bomb’

    North Korea will probably test a nuclear weapon, with an even chance of doing so this year, as Kim Jong-il’s regime tries to...

  21. September 22, 2006

    Musharraf dodges ‘bomb’ spat question

    Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s president, on Friday transformed a White House news conference into a book promotion when he...

  22. July 31, 2006

    US stance delights neo-cons

    A growing number of moderate Republicans and former Bush administration officials are alarmed by what they call Condoleezza...

  23. July 29, 2006

    US reversal on Iraq troop levels

    The US administration has quietly reversed from its goal of whittling down troop numbers in Iraq before the mid-term...

  24. July 28, 2006

    US in quiet U-turn on Iraq troop numbers

    The US administration has quietly reversed its goal from whittling down troop numbers in Iraq before the mid-term...

  25. July 6, 2006

    Events show alliance’s limitations

    In 1998, when North Korea last fired a Taepodong missile in the general direction of Japan, the weaknesses of the US-Japan...

  26. July 6, 2006

    Missile crisis highlights strong US-Japan alliance

    In 1998, when North Korea last fired a Taepodong missile in the general direction of Japan, the weaknesses of the US-Japan...

  27. April 24, 2006

    Victor Mallet: Defusing North Korea nuclear risk

    Diplomats will wince at the barefaced honesty, but it is time to admit publicly that the world is making no progress in...

  28. April 13, 2006

    US ex-official urges talks with Iran

    Richard Armitage, deputy secretary of state during President George W. Bush's first term, has urged the Bush administration...

  29. April 12, 2006

    US ex-official urges talks with Iran

    Richard Armitage, deputy secretary of state during President George W. Bush’s first term, has urged the Bush administration...

  30. May 11, 2005

    Final push in battle over Bolton nomination

    Democrats on the Senate foreign relations committee will on Thursday make a final attempt to persuade their Republican...

  31. April 1, 2005

    Bush nominates England as Rumsfeld deputy

    President George W. Bush on Thursday nominated Gordon England, secretary of the Navy, to replace Paul Wolfowitz as deputy...

  32. March 15, 2005

    Armitage's offers

    Richard Armitage, who recently resigned as deputy secretary of state, was always considered a loyal lieutenant to his boss...

  33. March 14, 2005

    Observer - US

    The key to Iger's success Robert Iger's ascent to the top job at Walt Disney is no doubt owed to years of dedication,...

  34. January 17, 2005

    Taipei’s defence bill criticised by US ally

    One of Taiwan’s strongest supporters in the US has publicly blamed the island of spending far too little on defence, in a...

  35. January 7, 2005

    Rice set to name Zoellick as her deputy

    Condoleezza Rice, due to take over this month as the next secretary of state, will name Robert Zoellick, US trade...

  36. December 3, 2004

    US ignores pleas for flexibility on N Korea over nuclear crisis

    The US signalled it would not change its hardline stance towards North Korea, despite its allies' increasing pleas for more...

  37. December 2, 2004

    US refuses to shift amid N Korea impasse

    The US signalled it would not budge from its hardline approach towards North Korea, despite its allies’ increasing pleas for...

  38. November 23, 2004

    Rice back to work and ready to cut

    Back at work yesterday after minor surgery, the newly nominated secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, will be wielding her...

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