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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.

Litvinenko died in November 2006 after he was poisoned with polonium-210 while drinking tea at a meeting

Independent challenges secrecy at inquest into death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko

A state order to withhold sensitive evidence from the inquest into Alexander Litvinenko’s death on national security grounds will be challenged by media organisations including The Independent tomorrow.

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David Cameron to deliver long-delayed EU referendum speech on Wednesday

Cameron will make the speech in central London ahead of Prime Minister’s Question Time

A student newspaper reveals the naughty times of politicians Maria Eagle and and Mark Fields at Oxford

Gove, Hague and Johnson feature in tales of Oxford hijinx found in student newspaper

Five-in-a-bed, 'nookie rooms' and midnight runs round medieval quads wearing little more than baby oil; the exploits of the country's current political elite in their undergraduate days at Oxford read more than a little bit like Brideshead Revisited. So it will come as no small embarrassment to them that it has all indeed been revisited.

Cabinet at war as ministers fight local hospital closures

Senior cabinet ministers have come out against plans to close hospital wards in their constituencies, in an apparent challenge to Department of Health plans to rationalise the NHS.

Cameron to deliver jinxed Europe speech

David Cameron will this week finally deliver his long-delayed speech promising a referendum on Britain’s relationship with the European Union.

'A very serious and dangerous situation': David Cameron chairs emergency meeting on Algerian hostage crisis

David Cameron chaired an emergency meeting today on the Algerian hostage crisis which Downing Street described as a “very serious and dangerous situation”.

Detainee ‘let down’ by ministers say former Guantanamo inmates

The Government has failed to honour promises to free the last British detainee in Guantanamo, former inmates of the camp said today.

Unfinished Empire: The Global Expansion of Britain, By John Darwin

Conflict and paradox marked our imperial age. This masterly overview debunks many myths about it

EU stymied in attempt to bring an end to Israeli settlement plans

The European Union (EU) was investigating ways of pressing Israel to ditch a plan to build settlements in E1 today, but is expected to hold off on tough action soon despite international outrage over the decision.

Jewish settlers in the West Bank

Israeli settlement plans 'threaten two-state solution'

Britain and other EU governments warn Netanyahu he may lose Western support, amid reports that trade deals may be cancelled and ambassadors recalled

The Prime Minister is to meet Angela Merkel before the summit

Germany rounds on 'negative' Britain

Outburst by diplomat exposes the tensions between the two nations ahead of next month's EU budget summit

Malala Yousafzai faces ‘weeks if not months’ of therapy for head injuries sustained in attack

'When she fell, Pakistan stood': Taliban victim Malala Yousufzai's family arrive in UK

The 15-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban was reunited with her family yesterday – as her father spoke of his joy at the “miracle” of her treatment in Britain.

William Hague is aiming to recruit a new generation of James Bonds

Britain needs spies: William Hague searches for the next James Bond

The Foreign Secretary William Hague today launched a scheme aimed at recruiting the next generation of British spies.

In his keynote speech to the Conservative conference in Birmingham, Boris Johnson made a point of picking out the PM for praise

Boris Johnson cements position as leading Conservative party rival to David Cameron with provocative call to cut income tax for Britain’s highest earners

The Mayor of London was careful to pour praise on the Prime Minister for the 'fantastic job' he was doing

William Hague calls for global deal over cyber emergencies

An international cyber security summit starting today will hold discussions about setting up a hotline and a code of conduct between Western countries and Russia and China when dealing with emergencies.

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