News Browne: the secret report he wrote on the Iranian revolution became required reading at the Foreign Office

Sir Nicholas Browne was targeted by an angry mob in Tehran in 1989 after the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa calling for the killing of the author Salman Rushdie over his book The Satanic Verses. Browne, then the British chargé d'affaires, had to retreat with his staff to the inner rooms of the British embassy as the crowd, variously estimated at between two and ten thousand, hurled debris that smashed the building's windows, only a few yards away from the imposing black-painted outer gates adorned with the Royal Crest. He was forced to call for police protection, though no one was hurt.

Robert Mugabe ad his wife Grace Mugabe at his sister's funeral. The British government has come under fire for hosting a delegation of Zimbabwean businessmen, some of whom were related to Mugabe's regime

British government criticised for hosting businessmen linked to Mugabe regime

Zimbabwean trade delegation is said to include vocal supporters of indigenisation laws and violence

Christians march in the streets in 2012, calling for reforms of the country's blasphemy laws. Muhammad Asghar, a British pensioner who has been sentenced to death for blasphemy, has been denied legal independent legal advice

Mohammed Asghar case: Hopes rise that mentally ill British pensioner may escape death sentence in Pakistan

Hopes are rising that a blasphemy death sentence imposed on a mentally ill British pensioner could be overturned on appeal, after the Pakistan High Commission said the case was being “thoroughly investigated so an innocent person does not become victim of misplaced judicial process”.

Policemen walk at the Olympic Park in the Adler district of Sochi 18 January, 2014. UK officials are warning more terrorist attacks are “very likely to occur” in Russia either before or during the Olympics.

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Whitehall officials have warned attacks could occur during the Games

Foreign Secretary William Hague on 'The Andrew Marr Show' on Sunday discussing the crisis in Syria

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Hague confirms a limited number of people will be allowed to settle here

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Afsana Lauchaux from Poplar, east London, moved with her husband to Dubai where she gave birth to her son, Louis

British mother Afsana Lachaux faces jail in Dubai after husband claims she kidnapped their son

Family claim UK is unwilling to help for fear of risking jet deal

A beach in the Kish Island resort in the Gulf; Iran is proving to be a popular holiday destination this year

Over 50, overseas and under-insured: Older travellers cause the most trouble for the Foreign Office

Over-50, overseas, overambitious and under-insured: those are the travellers causing the biggest headaches for the Foreign Office, a conference in London was told today.

Bernard Randall appears in the Entebbe Chief Magistrates Court on 18 November, on charges of 'trafficking obscene publications'. He was cleared of the charges on Wednesday, and it is thought he will be deported to Britain on Thursday.

Briton charged with breaking Uganda's anti-gay laws after intimate images of him appeared in a newspaper is to be deported to the UK

Magistrate orders that the charges be dropped and that the former computer analyst be deported from the east African country on the basis that his visa has expired

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: William Hague swims around the fishy issue of Iran

To contrast the attitudes of the US Congress and the British Parliament, start with Iran. Today, the palpable welcome by MPs for Tehran’s suspension of high-level  uranium enrichment was matched only by anxiety about the UN excluding Iran from the Syria talks that start today in Switzerland.

Office politics: Mr Ortikov’s troubles began as a British embassy employee

Man tortured for Britain finds asylum – in the US

Guard who refused to be a spy says UK turned its back on him

Foreign Secretary William Hague and chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander during the launch of the EU & international issues document at the Lighthouse in Glasgow

An independent Scotland would end up 'subsidising England's EU rebate', claims Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander

Taxpayers in an independent Scotland would lose the benefit of the United Kingdom’s current European Union rebate and end up subsiding England’s rebate from Brussels, according to the chief Treasury secretary, Danny Alexander.

David Cameron has been depicted by a number of enthusiastic young artists

Children draw MPs' portraits in political art competition

No taxpayers' money has been spent in the creation of these artworks

Colin Firth and Emma Thompson, a Refugee Council patron, have called for the UK to offer a safe haven to Syrian refugees

Emma Thompson and Colin Firth call for UK to offer Syrian refugees a safe haven

Stars say 'money is not enough' and urge David Cameron to join other western leaders in providing places for 30,000 of the most vulnerable

US and Russia say negotiations close to ceasefire and aid convoy access in Syria

John Kerry and Sergei Lavrov met for talks in Paris this week ahead of a peace conference in Geneva

BBC Worldwide is negotiating showing British programmes on North Korean TV

Doctor Who, The Teletubbies and EastEnders set to be broadcast in North Korea

But Dad's Army has been deemed too inflammatory to show

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