News Backbench Conservatives MPs have been criticised for supporting a proposed ban on HIV positive immigrants entering Britain

HIV and AIDs campaigners have called the amendment "draconian"

The Cayman Islands in the Caribbean has a reputation as a tax haven

Truth and lies in the Cayman Islands: Tax haven’s former police chief calls for corruption inquiry documents to be released

For the career diplomat nearing retirement, there are worse postings than the Cayman Islands.

Pallbearers carry the coffin of Margaret Thatcher as it arrives to be laid at the Crypt Chapel of St Mary Undercoft in the Houses of Parliament

Margaret Thatcher's funeral will be Who's Who of surviving Cold War warriors

But current foreign leaders are less well represented at service

The coffin of British former prime minister Margaret Thatcher rests in the Crypt Chapel of St Mary Undercroft beneath the Houses of Parliament

Argentinian ambassador Alicia Castro rejects invite to Margaret Thatcher's funeral

No former American Presidents will be present after Bill Clinton, George Bush and his son George W Bush declined invitations

An Afghan policeman attached with US soldiers holds his machine gun during a patrol along the outskirts of Kandahar City

MPs fear Afghanistan civil war after withdrawal

Afghanistan could descend into civil war and corruption and drugs trading could continue to cause problems once coalition forces withdraw from the country in less than two years' time, a report from the Defence Select Committee warned today.

National Union of Teachers gives unanimous vote of no confidence in Education Secretary Michael Gove

Motion is first time in NUT's 143-year history union has taken such a step over Education Secretary

QTWTAIN: Could Angelina Jolie be the first female US President?

William Hague and Angelina Jolie to highlight problem of warzone rape on visit to Africa

Foreign secretary William Hague will travel with Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie to Africa this week to raise awareness of warzone rape.

Opposition leader quits as rifts deepen within
Syria's rebel coalition

Moaz al-Khatib urged to remain as head of alliance trying to form transition government

Foreign Minister William Hague speaks to the media as he departs the GYMNICH, an Informal Meeting of European Union Foreign Ministers at Dublin Castle

EU flounders as Syrian death toll mounts

European foreign ministers meeting in Dublin fail to agree over lifting the arms ban for rebels fighting the Assad regime

Nick Clegg will announce the crackdown on immigration

Paywall UK: Nick Clegg's security bonds for immigrants attacked as 'unworkable, impractical and discriminatory'

Visitors from 'high risk' nations to be asked for deposits of £1,000 or more

Sheared wool symbolising the cuts outside the Cypriot Parliament

They want to humiliate us, to destroy our dignity, say protesters

Angry mobs lower the German flag and draw swastikas in anti-EU demonstrations

Department for Education's (DfE) permanent secretary Chris Wormald appears before the Commons education select committee

Top civil servant Chris Wormald admits he never told Education Secretary Michael Gove about abusive behaviour allegations against special adviser

The Education Secretary Michael Gove was never told about allegations of abusive behaviour by one of his senior special advisers, the head of his department admitted today.

A Nigerian Islamist group has released screen shots of a video purporting to show dead hostages

British hostage likely to be dead in 'act of cold-blooded murder' by extremist group Ansaru in Nigeria says William Hague

A Nigerian Islamist militant group's claims to have killed seven foreign hostages were today described as credible by Western governments

International Women’s Day: fearless, female and a force to be reckoned with

Hey ladies, it’s our day today. Some might say that half the population need more than just 24 hours... and we’d agree. But with global events shedding light on women’s rights, and Michelle Obama recognising extraordinary heroines, it’s a small step in the right direction.

Ministers should be given annual performance appraisals, says former head of civil service

Ministers should be given annual performance appraisals to see how well they are doing their jobs, a former head of the civil service said today.

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