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.

Devastation: The scene in Tacloban in central Philippines after it was hit by Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan: David Cameron pledges £6m in aid to Philippines after millions left homeless

The Prime Minister has offered the Philippines president the UK’s full support in dealing with the aftermath.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned that there can be no negotiation on his country's right to uranium enrichment

President Hassan Rouhani says Iran’s right to uranium enrichment a non-negotiable 'red line', as nuclear talks stall

Iranian President says his country 'will not bow its head to threats', though William Hague says deal possible in coming weeks.

Devastation: The scene in Tacloban in central Philippines after it was hit by Haiyan

Tourists in Vietnam braced for arrival of Typhoon Haiyan

Tourists in northern areas of Vietnam are bracing themselves as one of the most powerful storms on record makes its way towards them after devastating the Philippines.

(Left to right) Foreign Secretary William Hague, with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Germany's Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, and top EU diplomat Catherine Ashton

Iran talks end with failure to reach agreement over nuclear programme

Optimism for a potential breakthrough in the decade-long dispute was raised when senior politicians joined the talks

Terror suspect Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed who is being hunted by counter-terrorism officers from Scotland Yard after breaching his terrorism prevention and investigation measures notice

Burka terror suspect Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed claiming damages in human rights challenge

Anonymity lifted as it emerges he used a sharp object to cut away security tag before escape

South Korean President Park Geun-hye is accompanied by Prince Philip at Horse Guards Parade in London

South Korea refuses to forgive Japan’s wartime atrocities

World Focus: In South Korea a sense of vulnerability bred from past humiliations lies just below the surface

Sir Ian Sinclair: Lawyer who helped ease Britain’s entry into the EEC

Apart from Edward Heath himself, his negotiator-in-chief Geoffrey Ripon and the pivotal civil servant Sir Con O’Neill, no individual did more to facilitate the UK’s entry into the EEC than the Chief Legal Adviser to the Government, Sir Ian Sinclair.

Ambassadors starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb

Can new Mitchell & Webb comedy help the Foreign Office improve its image?

The producers of Ambassadors on BBC Two were given access to diplomats

Abdullahi: Stopping this money could push some Somalis into 'desperate measures'

Somali ambassador condemns UK over cash restrictions

Britain has failed to see the serious humanitarian consequences of Barclays' decision to stop trading with remittance companies in Somalia, according to the African nation's ambassador to London.

The arrest of the Greenpeace crew

William Hague in talks with Russia over Greenpeace activists charged with piracy

Foreign Secretary raises concerns about welfare of arrested Greenpeace Britons

Chancellor George Osborne

George Osborne: Conservative candidates will not form pacts with Ukip

Comments come after Nigel Farage said he would not stand in the way of Ukip candidates making constituency-level deals

Farage: Ukip would consider not running candidates against Eurosceptic MPs

The UK Independence Party may avoid putting up candidates to contest the seats of existing Eurosceptic MPs, its party leader has said.

Most Tories oppose future coalition with Lib Dems

David Cameron faces a grassroots rebellion by Conservative Party members if he tries to form a second coalition with the Liberal Democrats after the 2015 election.

A reporter films while a bout of heavy gunfire takes place shortly after dawn at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya Westgate siege: Government knew attack was possible before Nairobi massacre, say reports

Ministers were reportedly briefed on 'increasing threat of terrorism and of plans to launch simultaneous attacks'

Photo released by the Kenyan Presidential office, showing the remains of cars and other debris photographed from the rooftop of the car park outside the Westgate Mall on 26 September

Kenya mall attack: Sixth Briton confirmed dead after Nairobi Westgate shopping centre massacre

Foreign Office 'cannot rule out the potential for further British casualties'

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