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.

Supporters of former president Mohamed Nasheed face police officers during a protest demanding that election be held as scheduled Saturday

Maldives: Protests and violence on streets, yet there’s nothing to worry about

Tour operators are apparently oblivious to reality

Kenya shopping mall attack: UK forensic teams lend expertise to search through Westgate rubble

Kenyan Red Cross warns the death toll of 67 still does not match its list of 71 missing people

Prime Minister congratulates Ben Ainslie on winning the global race (for America)

First things first. WHO IS TALKING ABOUT THE GLOBAL RACE, Mr Prime Minister, apart from you, who seemingly can't stop? Second, @mushybees makes a fair point...

Samantha Power is the new US ambassador to the UN

UN General Assembly: Will US and Iran join hands for the first time since Jimmy Carter and the Shah?

Obama expected to be first US leader since 1978 to acknowledge an official from Tehran

Five-month-old baby boy killed in freak accident on Spanish airport conveyor belt

It is believed the boy became trapped in the machinery after his mother placed him in on the conveyor belt

Sergei Lavrov accused Britain and France of trying to toughen up the ambiguous wording of the agreement on Syrian disarmament that he reached with Senator John Kerry

West is rewriting agreement on Syria disarmament, says Russia

Western governments were accused by Russia on Monday of “rewriting” the Geneva agreement on Syrian chemical disarmament after they called for a speedy UN resolution which would permit military action if the Assad regime broke its word.

UN weapons inspector Ake Sellstrom hands his report to UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon

Syria crisis: ‘clear and convincing evidence of sarin gas’ says UN

A report by a chief UN weapons inspector confirms that sarin gas was used in Syria ‘on a relatively large scale’, but does not list a responsible party

Iran’s foreign minister says yes to William Hague

Foreign Secretary William Hague is to meet the Iranian foreign minister in a sign of a possible thaw in relations with Tehran following the election of new President Hassan Rouhani. The Foreign Office said the meeting with Mohammad Javad Zarif would take place in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York later this month.

The annual survey by Ipsos Mori places the Foreign Secretary in top place

William Hague tops cross-party MPs’ poll

Foreign Secretary voted vost impressive parliamentarian by MPs of all parties

Spymaster: The former head of MI6, Sir Maurice Oldfield, is thought to have passed on letters by Rudolf Hess, far right

Revealed: The spymaster and Nazi peacemaker Rudolf Hess

Recently auctioned file belonging to Hitler’s deputy offer insight into more of his bizarre wartime plans

BBC independence at risk from NAO regulation, warns James Purnell

The BBC’s journalistic independence could be threatened if the National Audit Office (NAO) is allowed to investigate the corporation at will, James Purnell, the former minister who became a high-profile BBC recruit, has warned.

The villa in the resort of Dalyan, Turkey, where the shooting took place

I pleaded with my mother's Turkish 'gardener lover' not to kill her, says Catherine Anne Bury's son

The family of a British woman shot dead in Turkey said today that they “cannot comprehend the mentality” of the man who killed her and injured her son and mother.

Briton Alan Clare dies after falling from hotel balcony in Benidorm

A British tourist has plunged to his death after falling from a hotel balcony in Benidorm.

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'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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