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

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