News Andrew Mitchell eventually received a begrudging apology following the 'Plebgate' affair

'We heard of a growing disillusion with the lack of professionalism of some representatives' says report

Concerns deepen for UK citizens caught in Japan's disaster zone

The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, said yesterday there were "severe concerns" about British citizens who have not been located in Japan since last week's earthquake and tsunami, as the evacuation of all foreign nationalities increased.

UK rescue team heading home

A British search and rescue team called off its mission in Japan today and made plans to leave the country after finding no survivors amid the ruins.

Progress on reform made a condition of aid increase

Pakistan is to become the biggest recipient of British aid within three years, despite persistent allegations of corruption among the country's elite.

Leading article: A nation on the verge of democratic collapse

Pakistan: A state that cannot, or will not, protect vulnerable minorities cannot be called a democracy

Review of aid spending sees poor nations cut adrift

Britain is to cut off aid to some of the world's poorest countries in an overhaul of development spending set out yesterday by the Government.

Leading article: A sensible redirection of effort, but risks lie ahead

It has been brave of the Coalition Government to stick to its election commitment to ring-fence Britain's £8.4bn overseas aid budget at a time when public spending is being slashed so heavily. We should not balance our books at the expense of the most wretched people on the planet, especially when comparatively small amounts of money can save many lives in the developing world.

16 countries to lose cash from Britain

Sixteen countries including Angola, Kosovo, Bosnia and Vietnam are to lose British aid, Andrew Mitchell, the International Development Secretary, will announce tomorrow.

UK 'could slash UN food aid funding'

Britain will slash funding or withdraw from a United Nations body tackling global hunger unless it improves its "patchy" performance, International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell will warn next week.

Diary: The PM's masterplan to make Gazza the verger

You won't believe this when it all looked so clear-cut, but the Cabinet seems bemused by the Big Society. Of the 25 ministers featured in an Independent on Sunday analysis of their efforts to lead from the front, 10 couldn't manage any response, while two (Andrew Mitchell and Jeremy *unt) cited charities they set up in Africa – admirable, but not much use in repairing the broken society here. As for David Cameron, he said, "I am saving my local pub and church hall", though without explaining how. Perhaps he means to install Gazza as the verger?

Britain pledges funding boost for poor countries

Development Secretary says HIV drugs must be made available

Cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell faces inquiry over 'chocfinger'

A cabinet minister faces a parliamentary inquiry into his links with a cocoa magnate who donated £40,000 to his political office.

Mine clearance projects axed as coalition cuts funds

Life-saving efforts by Princess Diana's favourite charity threatened in five war-torn countries.

£70m more to help flooding victims

Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, announced a major increase in aid to Pakistan yesterday as the country struggles to cope with the flood devastation.

Andrew Mitchell: 'Monitoring how aid is spent is as important as the amount we give'

As world leaders prepare for a summit on global poverty, International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell meets Nigel Morris

Coalition plans to link oveseas aid to security

Part of Britain's £6bn overseas aid budget could be switched to defence and anti-terrorism projects, according to a leaked government document.

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