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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.

William Hague condemns Kabul hotel attack

Foreign Secretary William Hague urged the Afghan people not to allow a "terrible" attack on a Kabul hotel to derail efforts to boost the country's security.

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Foreign Secretary William Hague welcomes the withdrawal of 33,000 US troops from the war in Afghanistan.

World Service gets £7m more over three years

The BBC World Service received a funding boost yesterday when the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, announced a government grant which will support the BBC Arabic service and throw a lifeline to the threatened Hindi network.

Extra £2.2m for BBC World Service

The Government bowed to pressure over cuts to the BBC World Service today by providing an extra £2.2 million of funding.

Steve Richards: The lessons that Miliband can learn from Margaret Thatcher

He has been trying too hard to please everyone. In the end, authenticity is more potent than contorted appeasement of internal and external elements

Video: William Hague on implications of Arab Spring

Foreign Secretary William Hague discusses the Arab Spring and what political freedom could mean for the people of the region.

Hague: Gaddafi regime 'weakening'

Foreign Secretary William Hague today insisted that Muammar Gaddafi's regime was "weakening all the time" in the face of Nato's military campaign.

Tony Blair's EU president plan dismissed

Tony Blair's vision for an elected president of the European Union was dismissed today by Foreign Secretary William Hague, who insisted its members had more pressing priorities than further "constitutional tinkering".

Yemen may become threat to UK security, says Hague

Yemen risks becoming "a much more serious threat" to UK national security, Foreign Secretary William Hague warned amid fears it could descend into chaos.

Hague urges British nationals to flee Yemen

William Hague issued a renewed plea for UK citizens to flee Yemen as bloody clashes forced the withdrawal of all but a "core" staff at the British Embassy.

Video: Hague hails 'historic' Mladic arrest

Foreign Secretary William Hague says the arrest of alleged war criminal Ratko Mladic is of "enormous significance

William Hague warns Europe on Libya mission

Foreign Secretary William Hague today warned European diplomats against interfering with British responsibilities in Libya, saying there was a danger of "mission creep".

Arab Spring refugees not welcome here, says William Hague

Europe is right to shut its borders to refugees and migrants trying to enter the EU in the wake of the Arab Spring, says William Hague, the Foreign Secretary.

Mau Mau torture files were 'guilty secret'

Highly sensitive documents revealing the torture of Mau Mau Kenyans at the hands of the British authorities were a "sort of guilty secret" for the UK Government, a report has found

Clegg: We've taken a real knock

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg admitted today that the Liberal Democrats had taken a "real knock" as voters vented their fury with the coalition's cuts on his party.

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