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To contrast the attitudes of the US Congress and the British Parliament, start with Iran. Today, the palpable welcome by MPs for Tehran’s suspension of high-level  uranium enrichment was matched only by anxiety about the UN excluding Iran from the Syria talks that start today in Switzerland.

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

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.

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

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

Votes counted in Harare last week appear to show a Mugabe victory

South African President Jacob Zuma congratulates Robert Mugabe on his landslide victory in Zimbabwe elections

But win provokes criticism from the UK and US, as Australia's Foreign Minister calls for election re-run

Gove draws level with Boris in poll for Cameron's successor

Theresa May and William Hague pushed into third and fourth slots

16-year-old William Hague rails against the evils of socialism in his famous speech to the Conservative Party conference in 1977

National archives: William Hague? He’d be embarrassing - when Margaret Thatcher vetoed a Treasury job for the boy wonder

The annual release of secret papers from the National Archive reveals Mrs Thatcher’s scornful response to a plan to put the precocious young Tory in the Treasury

UK to send £650,000's worth of equipment to help Syrian rebels with defences

Britain is to supply rebels in Syria with defences against chemical attacks, including protective hoods, after repeated claims that regime forces have been using  sarin gas.

Syrian rebels gather outside a building which they blew up to target a regime sniper taking shelter inside but who managed to escape in the Salaheddine district of the northern city of Aleppo

UK to spend £650,000 providing Syrian rebel fighters with hoods that protect against chemical weapons

Cost of the non-lethal assistance would be met from the Government's conflict pool fund.

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: The cuts were bad, but the jokes that accompanied them were even worse

Dr Osborne did not say the economy was  ‘healing’ but ‘moving out of intensive care’

Andy McSmith's Diary: Dear Leader Dave dips his toe into the macho political pool

By taking a 6am dip in the chilly waters of Lough Erne, accompanied by a reluctant police protection officer, while the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, stayed in bed, David Cameron has joined the macho band of political leaders who have sought to reinforce their authority with displays of physical fitness.

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: If Syria was on everyone’s mind, why was no one talking about it?

The Commons chamber was visited with a  welcome onset of  grown-upness on Iran

Political correctness resulting in female circumcision being ignored in UK, say MPs

They warn that 20,000 girls in Britain are at risk of being subjected to the highly painful procedure

William Hague says he has a ‘high level of confidence’ that British spies do not ‘indiscriminately trawl’ through people’s emails

Prism scandal: Foreign Secretary William Hague's vagueness on US spying fails to reassure MPs and public over covert GCHQ deal with NSA

Civil liberties groups say Government’s approach to secrecy is similar to that of China

Prime Minister David Cameron looks over the River Thames estuary from the top of a 138m high quay crane at the new London Gateway container port (PA)

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: The only way is Essex - and David Cameron hits the superport's heights to show why

Possibly to illustrate the point that “Britain’s role in the world” is very much a work in  progress these days, David Cameron made a speech about it on a building site.

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