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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.

British man and his fiancée drown off the coast of Sicily

Police believe Mr Sturgess may have died trying to rescue his girlfriend

Syria civil war: John Kerry and Arab leaders agree ‘global red line was crossed’

Ahead of talks with the Foreign Secretary William Hague on Monday, the US Secretary of State says the world must not stand by as 'silent spectators to slaughter'

Syria crisis: European foreign ministers to urge John Kerry to delay US military action until UN weapons inspectors report back

European foreign ministers meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry are expected to urge the United States to hold off any military action in Syria until UN inspectors report on the alleged use of chemical weapons.

George Abboudi, 22, has not been in contact since he spoke to his family in Leeds via Skype on 5 August

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22-year-iold from Brighton began trekking alone in the region on 5 August but has not been heard of since

Gifford: thorough research was more important to him than speed

John Gifford: Architectural historian noted for the 'Buildings of 'Scotland' series

John Gifford, through his 40 years of work on The Buildings of Scotland, has sometimes been termed "the Scottish Pevsner", but this would not be accurate if it implied that he just produced Scottish volumes identical to the Buildings of England series. Gifford not only personally researched the historical background of the buildings that he included, and many that he rejected, but he used slightly different criteria for his comments and descriptions in the light of his knowledge of the history of Scottish architecture and incorporating his wider understanding of Scottish, British and continental history. In this he was developing the approach that was started by Colin McWilliam, his mentor, who had been entrusted by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner with producing the Scottish series.

There has been a 24% fall over the past seven years in the number of UK nationals on the staff of the European Commission

Exclusive: Fall in number of Britons working in EU posts worries Foreign Office

Since 2010 not a single British civil servant has successfully applied for a full-time job in Brussels

Cameron promised to pull the Conservatives out of the European People's Party because it is too pro-EU

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David Cameron heads off to Russia on Thursday for the G20 summit of world leaders, promising that he is not going to shy away from tackling Vladimir Putin, pictured, about a couple of very serious differences between Russia’s regime and ours.

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Forget Syria – tell the Spanish ambassador to pack his straw donkey

It’s a sign of the momentous nature of last week’s vote against a strike on Syria that MPs today found all sorts of ways – some oblique and some direct – of picking over it. Some even compensated by becoming ultra-bellicose on the lesser issue of Gibraltar.

Britain's diplomats are more comfortable splashing out at George Osborne's family firm than at a high street name

George Osborne's family firm profits as UK’s diplomats splash our cash

Foreign Office has spent £40m in three years on items such as groceries from Fortnum’s

Osborne rules out rethink or new vote on Syria action

Chancellor rules out any rethink on military action, even if facts on the ground change, and joins William Hague in attack on Ed Miliband for 'partisan' actions

David Cameron's plans for military action in Syria shot down in dramatic Commons vote

Foreign policy in disarray and Prime Minister humiliated as he is forced to rule out British support of US-led military action

British woman Lindsay Sandiford has been sentenced to death

No reprieve: British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford loses appeal against Bali death sentence

57-year-old's only hope now is to ask President for clemency

Ed Miliband has reportedly angered the Government with an alleged U-turn on Syrian military action

Government sources say Ed Miliband is a ‘copper-bottomed s***’ who ‘changed his mind’ on Syria

Furious Downing Street sources attack Labour leader for derailing the Prime Minister's planned Commons vote on military action

The British soldier fell 1,000 metres from a precipice on Mont Blanc

British soldier killed after Mont Blanc plunge

An off-duty British soldier has died after falling 1,000 metres (3,280ft) while climbing in the Italian Alps, according to reports.

An aerial view of Gibraltar

Spain accused of banning exports to Gibraltar as William Hague meets government of British territory to discuss border row

British Overseas Territory says its neighbour was 'denying export permission' for rock and sand destined for building projects

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