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.

Syria crisis: Britain to seek UN Security Council approval for draft resolution authorising use of 'all necessary measures'

Council meeting unanimously agreed that the 'world will not stand by' in the face of 'unacceptable' chemical attacks

Kenya police seek more arrests after former British Army officer is hacked to death by burglars

Former commander of a local army base was killed with machete before gang of five made off with valuables

Three-year-old British boy dies after falling into a swimming pool on holiday in Spain's Costa del Sol

Toddler's death came on what has been dubbed Black Sunday after two other people drowned in the sea

Book review: Expo 58, By Jonathan Coe

Swinging, snooping Brussels is the odd backdrop to this artful comedy of postwar manners

Agencies should not be upset if we reveal that they run a listening centre in the Middle East

Our national security is vital – but those that enforce it  are not beyond scrutiny

Egyptian army soldiers take out barbed wire that was surrounding the Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo ahead of planned demonstrations yesterday

Egypt unrest: 36 Islamist prisoners die in 'escape bid' as state sets about wiping out Muslim Brotherhood

The Muslim Brotherhood described the incident as "cold-blooded killing"

The Mayor of London said Spanish measures were 'infamous' and 'tantamount to a blockade'

Spanish behaviour over Gibraltar a throwback to Franco, says Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson has waded into the Gibraltar border row saying he hopes to “prise Spanish hands off the throat of our colony”.

Zanzibar acid-attack preacher Issa Ponda surrenders to police

Radical preacher wanted in connection with the attack on Kirstie Trup and Katie Gee in Zanzibar has gone on the run

The lab-grown meat burger is made from Cultured Beef

This week's big questions: Is the economy on the mend? Would you eat a lab-burger?

This week's questions are answered by former Home Secretary Alan Johnson

A bumper to bumper queue of vehicles trying to enter Spain from Gibraltar

David Cameron raises 'serious concerns' with Spanish PM, Mariano Rajoy, as Gibraltar tensions grow

Mariano Rajoy rebuffs PM's appeal to scale back contentious border checks

Passengers disembark a flight shortly after landing at Gibraltar International Airport

Gibraltar row: Ukip's Nigel Farage demands Rock representative in Commons as Peter Hain calls for joint sovereignty

UKIP leader says Britain should send the message that the UK will not negotiate

A bumper to bumper queue of vehicles trying to enter Spain from Gibraltar

Gibraltar row with UK over Spain border fee prompts crisis talks

British Overseas Territory’s Chief Minister accuses Spanish government of behaving like North Korea

Zimbabwe election: Morgan Tsvangirai supporters claim attacks in wake of Robert Mugabe win

Country edges closer to disorder after 'monumental fraud' of general elections

Minister says Spain 'acting like North Korea' and 'sabre rattling' in row over Gibraltar

Fabian Picardo accused the Spanish government of behaving like they did during Franco's regime

'The party is over': Spain threatens €50 border fee as Gibraltar row with UK escalates

Foreign Office warns 'it will not compromise' on Britain's sovereignty

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