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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.

59 years late - but Mau Mau accept an almost apology

Elderly survivors of brutal colonial torture express satisfaction with Hague’s statement of regret – and sorrow at its cause

The Mau Mau War Veterans Association in the central town of Nyeri

Kenyan Mau Mau veterans to get £14m torture settlement from Britain

Move is first official acknowledgement by Britain of the brutal behaviour during 1952-60 uprising

Ecuador's foreign minister Ricardo Patino

Ecuador's Foreign Minister to meet Julian Assange in London

The Ecuadorian Foreign Minister is to visit London on the eve of the first anniversary of the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's dramatic arrival at the country's UK embassy, it was announced yesterday.

Britain should have a 'red card' to let it to block EU laws, says William Hague

Foreign Secretary says it is time 'to make the EU more democratically responsive'

Syrian rebels cannot be clumped into one group

They share the same aim - the removal of Assad from power - but they are not the same

Arrested: Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans with dancers who visited the House of Commons in 2008.

Conservative MP, Nigel Evans, arrested on suspicion of raping man

Deputy speaker, 55, is also accused of sexually assaulting a second male

No 2: Foreign Secretary, William Hague
Pressed several times on ITV's Daybreak to discuss the electoral threat posed by Nigel Farage's fast-rising party, the Prime Minister declined

I'm not calling anyone anything: David Cameron sidesteps Ukip comments row

David Cameron said today he would not engage in insulting the UK Independence Party (Ukip) despite continued sniping from fellow Tory ministers.

Lord Hanningfield at court facing charges of false accounting

Andy McSmith's Diary: Oh Lords! Disgraced peer trousers £5,500 in one month

It seems that nothing will ever shame the ermine troughers out of claiming from the public purse. Paul White, aka Lord Hanningfield, an ex-Tory peer, has not spoken in the House of Lords, nor tabled any written questions since he was sent to jail for fiddling his expenses, but figures reveal that in November he had his best month yet for pocketing the £300 daily allowance to which he is entitled just for turning up. He signed in on 17 separate days, which entitled him to £5,100. He also claimed £407 travel costs. That means that in the first eight months since his return after his prison spell, Lord Hanningfield trousered a total of £21,000 in daily attendance allowances, plus £1,736 costs.

China warns North Korea it will not tolerate 'troublemaking'

Warning from nation's only major ally come as speculation mounts that missile tests are imminent

For many non-Tory voters, Thatcher personified the 'nasty party' Cameron promised to detoxify

The ghost of Margaret Thatcher will haunt David Cameron until he shows he can win an election

The unusually large band of 148 new Tory MPs elected in 2010 are very much 'Thatcher’s children'

Foreign Minister William Hague speaks to the media as he departs the GYMNICH, an Informal Meeting of European Union Foreign Ministers at Dublin Castle

EU flounders as Syrian death toll mounts

European foreign ministers meeting in Dublin fail to agree over lifting the arms ban for rebels fighting the Assad regime

A Syrian rebel aims his weapon during clashes with government forces in the streets near Aleppo international airport in northern Syria on 4 March 2013

Russia warns Britain against plan to arm Syrian rebels

Any attempt by Britain to arm the Syrian rebels would be a breach of international law, Russia warned today.

Alexander Litvinenko; Andrei Lugovoy said he would take no further steps to clear his name

Alexander Litvinenko murder suspect to avoid taking part in inquest

Andrei Lugovoy said he had 'lost all faith in the opportunity of an unbiased investigation in Britain'

Editorial: This inquest must probe every dark corner

More than six months after the exiled Russian and new British citizen Alexander Litvinenko died of radiation poisoning in London, the then Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, announced the expulsion of four Russian diplomats.

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Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

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Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

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