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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.

The House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee has warned the BBC against jeopardising the output of the World Service

MPs worried about plans for funding of BBC World Service

The House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee has warned the BBC against jeopardising the output of the World Service by pursuing a policy of funding the organisation through advertising.

'No genuine strategic vision' in Government's defence policy, say MPs

Britain’s policy on defence has been overwhelmingly driven by the need to cut cost, lacks vision and leads to concerns about how plans were being made to combat the real threats and challenges being faced by the country, an influential parliamentary committee has claimed.

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Outrage over commercialisation plans for BBC World Service

Leaked letter talks of 'wider commercialisation' and private funding for radio, while the World News TV service told to swap politics for fashion

Mr De Salis's family said they are 'shocked and devastated' by his killing, in a statement released through the Foreign Office

Briton shot dead in Libya named as energy worker Mark De Salis

Energy worker Mr De Salis was killed alongside a female from New Zealand

Yvonne Fletcher was shot outside the Libyan embassy

National Archives release: Libya warned Foreign Office of embassy violence ahead of Yvonne Fletcher murder

British diplomats were warned twice in the hours before the murder by a Libyan gunman of police officer Yvonne Fletcher of possible violence outside the country’s London embassy, according to newly-released government files.

Wyatt was last seen leaving a lodge in Nelson Lakes National Park on December 15

Missing Cornish hiker: New Zealand rescue crew is 'confident' recovered body is that of Andrew Wyatt

Mountain rescuers searching for a British hiker in New Zealand are “confident” the body they have recovered at the bottom of a 100-metre cliff is him.

Curwen: Oleg Gordievsky called him and his colleagues 'the real defenders of democracy'

Sir Christopher Curwen: Security services officer

Head of MI6 whose achievements included bringing the double agent Oleg Gordievsky out of the Soviet Union

Khan: he was arrested last year less than 48 hours after arriving in Syria

Inquest into death of Dr Abbas Khan - British prisoner killed in Syria - opens

Doctor was on the verge of being released when his family were told of his death by what the Syrian government calls suicide and they say was murder

Flashback to August 2013: member of UN investigation team taking samples of sands near a part of a missile in the Damascus countryside

Syria chemicals to be shipped for UK destruction in bid to dismantle illegal weapons stockpile

Britain is to destroy 150 tonnes of industrial-grade chemicals as part of the international effort to dismantle President Bashar al-Assad's illegal weapons stockpile.

Foreign Office to evacuate 150 Britons from South Sudan

British nationals will be airlifted out of the capital Juba today amid fighting

British teenager sees avalanche kill triplet brother during ski trip

Austrian police said a guide, who is believed to have been a skier with substantial experience in the resort, will face a criminal investigation

British surgeon Dr Abbas Khan was imprisoned in Syria for over a year

Family of 'murdered' doctor Abbas Khan fight for return of his body from Syria

Relatives criticise Foreign Office for lack of action

At this rate, elephants will be wiped out within 10 years

The illegal ivory trade is funding terrorist groups

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Don’t call them drones: RAF launches charm offensive for ‘unmanned aircraft’

One of the first journalists allowed into Britain’s top secret drone base reports on its remote Afghan missions

British Muslim dies after joining fight in Syria

In an interview with BBC’s Newsnight in August, Ifthekar Jaman said it was his 'duty' to be in Syria because Muslims were 'being slaughtered'

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