UK foreign minister William Hague steps down

2014-07-15 07:00

British Foreign Secretary William Hague says he is stepping down from his post as the country's top diplomat after four years in the job in an unexpected move prompted by a government reshuffle.

UK sees thaw with Iran, will reopen embassy

2014-06-17 16:40

UK's William Hague says 'circumstances are right' to re-open embassy in Iran as relations thaw

UK to host Boko Haram summit

2014-06-05 22:25

Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague will host a meeting of African and Western officials in London next week aimed at stepping up international efforts to defeat the Islamist group Boko Haram.

Egypt slammed over 683 to death sentences

2014-04-29 07:52

The UN and Washington have condemned death sentences handed to 683 alleged Islamists including Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie in an Egyptian court.

Ukraine biggest 21st century Europe crisis: Hague

2014-03-03 11:58

The unrest in Ukraine is "the biggest crisis in Europe in the 21st century", British Foreign Secretary William Hague says, as he warned Russia to back down in Crimea.

UK to accept vulnerable Syria refugees

2014-01-30 11:31

British Foreign Secretary William Hague says that his country is preparing to accept the most vulnerable Syrian refugees this year.

Iran halts nuke activity after IAEA nod

2014-01-20 14:28

Iran has halted its most sensitive nuclear activity under a ground-breaking deal with world powers, a confidential UN atomic agency report shows.

Hope for peace in Syria fades

2013-10-23 15:45

Prospects for a Syria peace conference in Geneva next month look dim after key opposition leaders spurned efforts by Western and Arab powers to persuade them to attend.

113 countries sign pledge against sexual violence

2013-09-25 09:01

Ministers from 113 countries have signed a declaration pledging new action to end sexual violence in conflict.

Aus joins UK, US, urges Zim poll re-run

2013-08-05 09:30

Australia which suspended sanctions against Zimbabwe to help encourage "free and fair" elections has added its voice to international concerns on voting in last week’s elections, a report says.

UK will work with new Egypt leaders

2013-07-04 16:05

Britain will work with Egypt's interim authorities despite not supporting the military intervention, which toppled Islamist president Mohammed Morsi, Foreign Secretary William Hague says.

Angelina Jolie hailed for mastectomy

2013-05-14 13:38

British health campaigners have praised Angeline Jolie for speaking out about her decision to undergo a double mastectomy earlier this year to prevent cancer.


Angelina Jolie visits Rwanda

2013-03-27 11:55

Actress and UNHCR goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie was in Rwanda to visit the Gisozi genocide memorial in Kigali and joined British Foreign Secretary William Hague to encourage world powers to do more on tackling rape and sexual assault in war zones.

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Syrian opposition urged to join talks

2013-02-25 17:41

US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged the Syrian opposition to turn up for talks in Rome, insisting that more help is on the way in their fight against President Bashar Assad.

Syria: All options on the table

2013-01-10 17:02

World powers will have to step up their response to the Syrian conflict if the violence worsens, British Foreign Secretary William Hague has said, warning that all options were on the table.

Britain urges push on Middle East peace

2012-11-25 18:47

British Foreign Secretary William Hague has urged the United States to take a "decisive lead" on reviving the Middle East peace process.

UK man detained in CAR returns to Britain

2012-09-08 21:59

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague says a British safari driver jailed in the Central African Republic on suspicion of killing 13 people has returned to Britain after being cleared of all charges.

Big names survive UK cabinet reshuffle

2012-09-04 15:00

British Prime Minister David Cameron has reshuffled his ailing coalition government, but has kept unpopular finance minister George Osborne and foreign minister William Hague in their jobs.

Syria urged to halt Aleppo offensive

2012-07-27 20:04

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged the Assad regime to stop its offensive on Syria's second city Aleppo, amid fears of an all-out onslaught against rebel forces and civilians.

Syria: UK minister won't rule out force

2012-06-10 19:14

Britain's foreign minster says he can't rule out military intervention in Syria.

UK to push for 'stranglehold' on Assad

2012-02-23 14:00

Britain will push for a tightening of the diplomatic and economic "stranglehold" on Syria at an upcoming meeting of regional powers in Tunisia, says Foreign Secretary William Hague.

Britain fears new Cold War over Iran

2012-02-18 08:03

Iran's nuclear ambitions could trigger "a new Cold War" more perilous than that between the West and the Soviet Union, the British foreign secretary has warned.

SA stance on Syria welcome - Hague

2012-02-14 19:44

South Africa has taken a "welcome" principled stance in voting for the UN resolution on the unrest in Syria, British Foreign Secretary William Hague says.

Syria ignores Arab plan

2012-02-13 20:45

Syria has ignored a new Arab initiative to end the bloodshed, with its troops pounding the protest hub of Homs as Russia said a ceasefire is needed before peacekeepers can be deployed.


UK 'extremely concerned' by Gaza deaths

2014-07-12 13:00

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague says he is "extremely concerned" about the loss of life in Gaza, where five days of Israel air strikes have killed more than 120 Palestinians.

Jolie, Hague vow action against sexual violence

2014-06-10 18:09

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hague have vowed to ensure the world's first summit on ending sexual violence in conflict resulted in practical action.

Nigeria schoolgirl kidnappings 'disgusting'

2014-05-06 14:10

Britain’s foreign minister William Hague has condemned the kidnapping of schoolgirls in Nigeria as "disgusting", and says London is offering "practical help".

Pro-Russia troops take Crimea terminal

2014-03-03 14:06

Pro-Russian troops are in control of a ferry terminal in Ukraine's Crimea region close to Russia, intensifying fears that Moscow will send even more troops to the Black Sea region.

UK calls Homs evacuee screening 'outrageous'

2014-02-13 18:50

Britain says it was "outrageous" that Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime had been detaining men and boys evacuated from the ravaged city of Homs.

Syria warring sides gather as Geneva II begins

2014-01-22 09:48

Nearly three years after the start of their fierce civil war, Syria's opposing sides will gather with world powers in Switzerland for the most serious effort yet to end the war.

Hague believes Iran nuke deal within reach

2013-11-20 19:24

The remaining differences between Iran and world powers over a potential deal to curb Tehran's nuclear programme are narrow, British Foreign Secretary William Hague has said.

UK to press Sri Lanka on rights at summit

2013-10-16 11:06

The UK's delegation to the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka will press the government to address human rights and reconciliation years after the civil war ended, a UK envoy says.

SA, UK in talks over visas

2013-09-10 23:30

South Africa and Britain have held talks about British visa requirements, the country's foreign secretary William Hague says.

EU blacklists Hezbollah's armed wing

2013-07-22 13:09

EU foreign ministers have agreed to list the armed wing of Lebanese militant group Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation.

UK does not use NSA to circumvent law

2013-06-10 22:03

Foreign Secretary William Hague has insisted that British spies have not used US surveillance programmes to get around laws restricting their ability to eavesdrop on the public.

UK says SA given warning of aid cut

2013-05-01 21:16

Foreign Secretary William Hague insists that Britain discussed its decision to cut off aid to South Africa with officials in Pretoria.

UK launches DRC medical programme

2013-03-27 08:56

UK is set to launch a £179m five-year healthcare programme in the DRC which it hopes will reach six million people, an official says.

UK rejects Argentina bullying

2013-02-10 21:27

Foreign Secretary William Hague says Britain could never be bullied by Argentina into giving up the Falkland Islands.

Assad's 'peace plan' meets opposition

2013-01-07 14:31

A speech by President Bashar Assad calling for peace in Syria on his terms has met rejection by the opposition and internationally, with only his ally Iran backing his stance.

UK to reopen embassy in Madagascar

2012-10-23 20:43

Britain is to reopen its embassy in Madagascar seven years after it was closed to cut costs, Foreign Secretary William Hague says.

EU 'consensus' to beef up Syria sanctions

2012-09-08 15:44

EU foreign ministers have agreed on the need to beef up sanctions against Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime at talks in Cyprus, says Cypriot Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis.

Syria rebels vow to fight on in Aleppo

2012-08-10 21:04

Syrian rebels have vowed to fight on in Aleppo, after being driven out of a key district under heavy shellfire by the army, which is targeting other parts of the strategic city.

Syria bombing adds urgency to UN debate

2012-07-18 15:07

A suicide attack in Syria which has killed the defence minister and President Bashar Assad's brother-in-law has added urgency to a UN debate on Syrian sanctions.

Syrian diplomats deemed persona non grata

2012-05-29 17:32

Governments around the world have expelled Syrian ambassadors and diplomats, an unusual, coordinated blow to Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.

Britain restores ties with Malawi

2012-04-24 21:54

Britain is resuming full diplomatic ties with Malawi, a year after the southern African nation expelled the British ambassador for criticising the president.

Iran ready to step up nuclear production

2012-02-19 22:22

Iran was is reported to be poised to step up uranium enrichment, ahead of the arrival of United Nations nuclear inspectors in Tehran too seek clarity on the nature of its nuclear programme.

Al-Shabaab: UK trying to colonise Somalia

2012-02-14 22:34

The Islamist insurgent group al-Shabaab has accused Britain of trying to colonise Somalia, ahead of a major international conference in London on the chaotic Horn of Africa nation.

Africa must decide, says UK's Hague

2012-02-14 13:01

African countries must decide who will represent them as a possible permanent member of the UN Security Council, British Foreign Secretary William Hague says.

UK: Stop trying to intimidate Falklanders

2012-01-21 10:00

Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague has told Argentina to stop trying to intimidate the inhabitants of the Falklands, amid a war of words.

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