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.

Susan Taylor, who died while attempting to swim the English Channel for charity

Susan Taylor: Charity donations soar for swimmer who died attempting to cross the English Channel

34-year-old ran into difficulties as she neared the end of the 21-mile crossing

Syrian government soldiers in the main square of the city of Qusayr, near the Lebanese border

Syria civil war: Britain increases military aid to Lebanon, to protect border

General Sir David Richards cites 'UK's commitment to Lebanon's stability, democracy and sovereignty'

MPs turn on Commons Speaker John Bercow for claiming £100,000 on jet-setting and chauffeured cars

The Speaker was revealed to have spent £84 on a two-mile trip to the expenses watchdog's office

British firm was behind bugging of London embassy, says Ecuadorean Foreign Minister

A British surveillance firm was behind the bugging of the London embassy building, in which WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is sheltering, the Ecuadorean Foreign Minister has claimed.

Egypt Q&A: What about holidays in the danger zone?

As the summer hots up in Egypt, Simon Calder explains how the turmoil affects travellers

A car burns during clashes between residents and Muslim Brotherhood members and Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi supporters outside Cairo University

Egypt protests latest: Foreign Office advises against all but essential travel

FCO advising against travel to all regions except resorts on the Red Sea in South Sinai and those resorts on the Egyptian mainland in the Red Sea governorate

The Old Admiralty Building, pictured here at Trooping the Colour last month, is part of the complex near Whitehall

Old Admiralty Building could go under the hammer in drive to sell off government offices

Battle of the Atlantic nerve centre may become a casualty of spending cuts

Anti-Syrian regime protesters holding Syrian revolution flags, during a demonstration in the neighborhood of Bustan Al-Qasr in Aleppo, Syria

Poll finds most Britons oppose sending arms to Syrian rebels

With 80 Tory MPs opposed to sending arms, the plan is not likely to win Commons approval

Middlesbrough teenager Dwayne Ward recovering after Turkish knife attack 'for kissing local girl'

Two men arrested after 17-year-old suffered at least 17 stab wounds earlier this week in holiday resort of Marmaris, but aunt says he is recovering well

House sealed off by the Spanish civil guard where three members of a British family were found dead inside in Mijas Costa

Father in Costa del Sol triple shooting ‘left note saying sorry’ before he shot his family

The man is believed to have covered the bodies with a sheet and then shot himself

Family death in Spain 'linked to child's disability'

Police say they are working on the theory that the deaths were a murder-suicide

Germany challenges UK over legal basis of GCHQ mass monitoring of global internet traffic

Germany has directly challenged British ministers over GCHQ's reported programme of the mass monitoring of global phone and internet traffic.

John Arnold Bredenkamp walks out of Harare Magistrate court 08 September 2006

Zimbabwean arms dealer sues Foreign Office for freezing assets

Mogul accused of selling weapons to Iran and Iraq was blacklisted over support for Mugabe

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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment