UK Foreign Office

'Taking Back Control' Is Doomed - How About Cooperating Instead?

Ben Donaldson | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Politics
Ben Donaldson

Alongside policy makers, the media, educators and civil society all have a role to play. By highlighting how all UK citizens benefit from the international system, we can start to build a society that cares about global institutions (like the UN) in a similar vein to our concern for national institutions like the NHS. After all, both are fundamental to our country's well-being.

The Importance Of The Freedom Of Religion And Belief

Baroness Anelay | Posted 20.10.2017 | UK
Baroness Anelay

Freedom of religion and belief can help in the struggle against violent extremism. The connection between these issues may not be immediately obvious, but the spread of violent extremism is one of the biggest challenges we face, and so looking for new ways to tackle it is essential.

Words Of Caution On Freedom Of Religion Or Belief

Andrew Copson | Posted 20.10.2017 | UK
Andrew Copson

As a humanist I very much defend, uphold and rely on the human right to freedom of religion or belief. I do, however, want to offer a few words of caution as well...

Why Volunteering Is One of the Best Things You Can Do for Your Future Career

Rebecca Tracy | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Rebecca Tracy

For the first two years of university I worked in a family run jewellers six days a week in my small hometown. It was great, my bosses were kind, and I earned lots of money which allowed me to do many things I otherwise couldn't have the following semester. But in the summer of third year I was faced with different prospects...

British Tourist who Died After Hitting Bridge In Spain Bungee Jump Was 'Sweet And Caring'

PA | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK

The father of a British woman killed while bungee jumping in Spain has described her as "sweet, caring, bubbly and focused". Aspiring fashion and d...

Student Holidays: Two Very Different Kinds of Culture

Kat Hind | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kat Hind

So, university has begun and you are past the Fresher love for your new town or city. You reminisce about your Gap Year or wish you had taken a year to really "find yourself". Easter and summer breaks offer the perfect opportunity to break out of the library and travel. But which kind of cultural experience are you after?

Asa Bennett

Why Do David Cameron's Foreign Office Ministers Keep Quitting? | Asa Bennett | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Politics

In one of his defining speeches as foreign secretary, William Hague set out his vision of creating a "revived and reinvigorated Foreign Office that le...

The British Government Should Do All It Can to Protect Andargachew Tsege

Dr Bharat Malkani | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Bharat Malkani

If Tsege is eventually executed, bear in mind that he won't die by lethal injection. Ethiopia currently uses a firing squad instead. It has been argued by a judge in the US that firing squads are a more efficient means of execution, and the evidence suggests that there is less scope for error and botched executions. But of course the real question is not how we should kill, but whether we should kill at all, and whether we should sit back and allow other states to kill.

Britain Neglecting Citizen in Unfair Congo Murder Trial, Lawyer Says

Simon J Clark | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK
Simon J Clark

The UK government is neglecting a British former soldier who is losing an unfair murder trial in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the suicide of his cellmate and friend, his lawyer said.

British Child Dies In Egyptian Hotel Pool

PA | Posted 17.07.2013 | UK

A five-year-old British girl who died in a pool at a hotel in Egypt has been named by her family, according to reports. The grandmother of Chloe Jo...

British Hostage Returns From Algeria

PA | Posted 18.01.2013 | UK

Family and friends of a Northern Ireland man who escaped the Algerian hostage crisis are today preparing to welcome him home. Father-of-two Stephen...

Israel Criticised By UK West Bank University Plan

The Guardian | Posted 28.12.2012 | UK Politics

The British government has warned that the official authorisation of Israel's first settlement university will create another hurdle in the peace proc...

Gaddafi Torture Victim Receives £2.23m Settlement From British Government

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.12.2012 | UK

A leading Libyan opponent of Colonel Gaddafi, forcibly returned to the north African country in a joint operation with the UK and US, where he was tor...

'Not Even Franco Behaved Like This'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.11.2012 | UK Politics

The government has sent out a strong rebuke to Spain over "provocative incursions" into Gibraltarian waters with its ambassador Carles Casajuana summo...

British Woman Still Missing After Spanish Floods

PA | Posted 02.10.2012 | UK

A British expat who disappeared amid severe flash flooding in Spain remained missing today. Diana Dudas, 52, was reported missing on Friday in the ...

PHOTOS: Angelina Jolie In Westminster To Launch Warzone Taskforce

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 30.05.2012 | UK Politics

Film actress and director Angelina Jolie was in Westminster on Tuesday evening for the launch of a UK initiative to prevent sexual violence against wo...

UK Unit Created To Tackle War Zone Rape

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.05.2012 | UK

The British government is launching an initiative aimed at helping victims of sexual violence in war zones. Rape has been used as a weapon of war a...

British Forces Could Remain In Afghanistan After 2014

PA | Posted 19.07.2012 | UK

Small numbers of British troops could remain in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of the main force in 2014 to combat international terrorism. As in...

Britain Keen To See Independent Reports

PA | Posted 05.03.2012 | UK

Britain is awaiting the reports of independent election observers "with interest" after Vladamir Putin's claimed victory at the Russian polls. The ...

'Forget The Protocol And Get Him Out'

PA | Posted 26.02.2012 | UK

A wounded British photographer would not leave the Syrian besieged city of Homs with a humanitarian organisation for fear it was "not to be trusted", ...

British Woman 'Held In Egypt Because Of NGO Links'

Posted 10.02.2012 | UK

A British woman is being held in Egypt because of her links to a non-profit group accused of causing unrest, according to reports on Friday. The As...

Why the International Community Has to Come Together to Help Somalia

William Hague | Posted 05.04.2012 | UK Politics
William Hague

This week I visited Somalia's capital. Mogadishu is a city where people until recently were surviving, not really living. As its Mayor said to me, a 20-year-old Somali has never known anything other than violence and war... I left Somalia more convinced than ever that we have a responsibility to do our utmost to stem the decline of Somalia. Its people deserve a better future, and our own security requires their country to become more stable.

Hague Visits Somalia, 'Base Of Terrorism And Piracy'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.02.2012 | UK Politics

William Hague has called for greater efforts to tackle piracy and terrorism in Somalia, as he became the first British foreign secretary to visit the ...

Foreign Office Warn Of Terror Risk To Nairobi

PA | Posted 07.01.2012 | UK

Terrorists may be on the verge of launching attacks in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, the Foreign Office warned today in an alert to Britons in the Afric...

Libya Accuses Algeria Of 'Act Of Aggression' After Gaddafi Family Flee Across Border

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 30.10.2011 | UK

Parts of the border between Algeria and Libya have reportedly been closed after Muammar Gaddafi's closest family members were confirmed to have fled t...