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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.

Bahraini MP spoke at London cooperative security seminar last month

A Bahraini politician who defended the Gulf state's government's torture and jailing of doctors was invited to privately discuss bilateral security cooperation with the UK by a London think-tank last month.

Hague pledges £500,000 to Syria opposition

Britain will provide a further £500,000 to support Syria's political opposition in the face of president Bashar Assad's regime, the Foreign Secretary said.

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Syria’s leader Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma provoking anger but not action

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If Iran obtains nuclear weapons capability, "I think other nations across the Middle East will want to develop nuclear weapons".

Syrian forces shell Homs as crisis in city deepens 

Warnings from Syrian activists of a humanitarian catastrophe in Homs grew more desperate today as government forces resumed shelling an opposition stronghold in the restive central city, where hundreds have died in a week long siege.

Mark Steel: Any old excuse to invade Iran

G overnments and commentators keen on promoting a war against Iran should be stridently opposed, not so much because of the threat to world peace, but because their reasons display a shocking lack of imagination. The most common one is that Iran has "Weapons of Mass Destruction". How pathetic to pick the same excuse twice in a row. They should make it more interesting, by revealing evidence that Ahmadinejad has built a Terminator, or plans to fill the Strait of Hormuz with a giant Alka-Seltzer so the Persian Gulf fizzes over Kuwait.

Mark Steel: Iraq was such a laugh, let's do it to Iran

Why can't our leaders think up new stories to justify a military attack?
An injured protester in Idlib

UK and US recall embassy staff after 'appalling' escalation of violence

Britain and the US rounded on the Syrian government yesterday, recalling embassy staff and issuing stern warnings to the regime to end its fierce crackdown on dissent.

Hague said an EU oil embargo due to be formally agreed against the regime within hours was part of 'peaceful and legitimate' measures and not designed to trigger conflict

Ministers face questions over Arab arms sales

Two Cabinet ministers will be challenged today over fears that British-made weapons have been used to suppress dissidents in Bahrain and Egypt.

Britain and US recall embassy staff

Hague to tell ambassador of his 'abhorrence at violence' following crackdown in Homs

Protestors clash with police outside the Syrian embassy in central London

Protests erupt at Syrian embassies around the world

Angry scenes erupted outside the Syrian embassy in London today just hours after a number of demonstrators were arrested for storming into the building.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Stalemate at UN on resolution urging Assad to go

A defiant Russia resisted intense pressure from the West and several Arab countries yesterday for a strong United Nations resolution demanding President Bashar al-Assad steps aside to end the political violence in Syria and speed a transition to democracy.

Britons get Nigeria travel warning

Britons are being urged against travelling to parts of Nigeria after a series of terrorist bomb attacks left scores of people dead.

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Concordia is hoisted off the
stricken vessel by helicopter

Cruise tragedy death toll hits six – and 15 are still missing

Cruise company blames captain's for 'significant human error'

Iran blocks British government website

Iran has blocked access to a British government website aimed at Iranian audiences in a new act of aggression against the UK, Britain's Foreign Secretary said yesterday.

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