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Leak reveals UK Foreign Office discussing aid cuts of more than 50%

Internal reports show projected cuts including 59% in South Sudan, 60% in Somalia and 67% in SyriaSome of the poorest and most conflict-ridden countries in the world will have their UK aid programmes cut by more than half, according to a leaked report of discussions held in the last three weeks among Foreign Office officials.The cuts include slashing the aid programme to Somalia by 60% and to South Sudan by 59%. The planned cut for Syria is reported at 67% and for Libya it is 63%. Nigeria’s aid ...
Tags: Politics, UK, Nigeria, Africa, UK News, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, Aid, Global development, Libya, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, Foreign Office


Even inaptly named Cleverly sees fault lines in Yemen aid argument | John Crace

MPs reckon government is taking calculated risk in assuming Tories are keener on money spent at homeYemen remained among the worst humanitarian crises in the world, said James Cleverly, junior Foreign Office minister responsible for the Middle East, in answer to an urgent question from fellow Tory Andrew Mitchell. Two-thirds of the population were in need of assistance. 47,000 people were living in famine conditions and a further 16.2 million were at risk of starvation.After an opening like this...
Tags: Politics, UK, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, Middle East, Yemen, Foreign Office, John Crace, James Cleverly, Matt Hancock, Tory Andrew Mitchell


Security consultant hired by Foreign Office linked to string of hacking complaints

Lawyers for Stuart Page say no findings of hacking or misuse of private information made against him A British private investigator and security consultant whose company has just completed a four-year contract to protect the UK’s embassy in Tel Aviv is linked to a string of telecommunications hacking complaints dating back more than 20 years, according to high court judgments.A court judgment that touches on the career history of Stuart Page – the 69-year-old founder of the private security and...
Tags: Politics, UK, Law, Tel Aviv, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Espionage, Foreign, Foreign Office, Page Group, Commonwealth and Development Office, Stuart Page


Thousands of UK language students left in limbo as Brexit hits travel plans

Universities say they have received inadequate guidance on red tape and costs for academic years abroad Thousands of UK students hoping to spend the year abroad are caught in limbo after facing major disruption to their travel plans due to post-Brexit red tape and costs, in respect of which universities say they received inadequate guidance from the government.Coordinators of academic years abroad who spoke to the Guardian said there had been limited information from the Foreign Office ahead of ...
Tags: Europe, UK, Students, Education, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Higher Education, Guardian, Universities, Languages, Brexit, Foreign Office


Libs Dems warn China over 'international bullying' after sanctions threat

Chinese newspaper said countries that boycott 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics over treatment of Uighurs would face retaliationThe Liberal Democrats have warned China against “international bullying” after a call by UK MPs for countries to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics was met by a warning of potential sanctions.Last week, Ed Davey, the Lib Dem leader, joined with the Labour MP and former Foreign Office minister Chris Bryant in demanding that the government and the British Olympic Association act...
Tags: Politics, UK, China, Sport, UK News, World news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Ed Davey, Winter Olympics, Xinjiang, Olympic Games, British Olympic Association, Chris Bryant


Coronavirus live news: UK accused of being too slow on quarantine hotels; Mexico runs out of vaccines

US records 40,000 deaths in two weeks; Mexico runs out of vaccine supplies; French PM defends slow vaccine rolloutUK sets 15 February start date for hotel quarantine measuresJohnson & Johnson asks FDA to approve world’s first single-dose vaccineSweden and Denmark plan digital vaccine certificates for travelGerman minister criticises Von der Leyen over vaccines ‘disgrace’See all our coronavirus coverage 8.29am GMT Decisions to re-open sectors of British society again will be based on “what is...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Mexico, Russia, Americas, US, US news, Moscow, Denmark, Fda, Vaccines and immunisation, Johnson, Conservative Party, Foreign Office, James Cleverly


Just £12,000 of £40m fund for displaced Chagos islanders has been spent

MP representing most of UK’s Chagossians says failure to use compensation money to help those facing hardship is outrageousLess than £12,000 of a £40m fund set up to compensate Chagos islanders who were forcibly evicted from their homeland by the British government has reached those living in the UK.Four years after it was announced, the Foreign Office fund has distributed less than 1% of its budget in direct support to islanders forced from their homes in the Indian Ocean. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Law, UK News, US military, United Nations, International court of justice, Foreign, Gatwick Airport, Chagos Islands, Mauritius, Foreign Office, Commonwealth and Development Office, UN Global Compact partner zone: transforming busin


UK under pressure to follow Biden's lead with freeze on Saudi Arabia arms sales to

Change of US policy under Joe Biden leaves Britain at risk of looking diplomatically isolatedThe US decision to freeze arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates pending a review has led to renewed calls for the UK, Riyadh’s second largest arms supplier, to reassess its own policy.UK government officials said there were no plans to review sales, but at a minimum the Biden administration’s scepticism about Saudi Arabia’s six-year war in Yemen is going to require the Foreign Office to...
Tags: Politics, UK, Saudi Arabia, US, UK News, World news, Joe Biden, US foreign policy, US news, Britain, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, United Arab Emirates, Biden, Yemen, Arms trade


UK under pressure to follow Biden’s lead with freeze on Saudi Arabia arms sales

Change of US policy under Joe Biden leaves Britain at risk of looking diplomatically isolatedThe US decision to freeze arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates pending a review has led to renewed calls for the UK, Riyadh’s second largest arms supplier, to reassess its own policy.UK government officials said there were no plans to review sales, but at a minimum the Biden administration’s scepticism about Saudi Arabia’s six-year war in Yemen is going to require the Foreign Office to...
Tags: Politics, UK, Saudi Arabia, US, UK News, World news, Joe Biden, US foreign policy, US news, Britain, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, United Arab Emirates, Biden, Yemen, Arms trade


UK diplomats told to cut up to 70% from overseas aid budget

Officials have just weeks to slash costs, prompting fears that speed of cuts could ‘cost lives’British diplomats have been instructed to find at least 50% cuts in UK overseas aid in the next six weeks in advance of the next financial year, the Labour party has said.Sarah Champion, the chair of parliament’s international development select committee, said: “Our ambassadors have today been instructed by the Foreign Office to cut 50-70% from the aid budget.” Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Foreign Policy, Labour, Aid, Global development, Foreign, Sarah, Foreign Office, Dominic Raab, Commonwealth and Development Office


As Covid cases spike, #Dubai works to keep its economy open | The Guardian ht @frankkanedubai

As Covid cases spike, Dubai works to keep its economy open | Dubai | The Guardian Evening view of the Dubai International Financial Centre in the emirate’s bustling financial and business district.  Photograph: Urbanmyth/Alamy As if the Boohoo online fashion company had not generated enough controversy in recent months, its bosses once again found themselves in the headlines last week for hosting a four-day meeting with suppliers in the luxurious surroundings of a Dubai hotel.The...
Tags: Travel, Dubai, Foreign Office, Dubai International Financial Centre, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, COVID, Urbanmyth Alamy


As Covid cases spike, Dubai works to keep its economy open

For an emirate dependent on trade, transport and tourism, vaccination, not lockdown, is key to keeping its economy goingAs if the Boohoo online fashion company had not generated enough controversy in recent months, its bosses once again found themselves in the headlines last week for hosting a four-day meeting with suppliers in the luxurious surroundings of a Dubai hotel.The company’s top executives had taken a private jet to the emirate for the get-together with the businessmen and women who su...
Tags: Business, Economics, Travel & leisure, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Global Economy, Airline Industry, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Foreign Office, Coronavirus


As Covid cases spike, Dubai works to keep its 'party central' reputation

For an emirate dependent on trade, transport and tourism, vaccination, not lockdown, is key to keeping its economy goingAs if the Boohoo online fashion company had not generated enough controversy in recent months, its bosses once again found themselves in the headlines last week for hosting a four-day meeting with suppliers in the luxurious surroundings of a Dubai hotel.The company’s top executives had taken a private jet to the emirate for the get-together with the businessmen and women who su...
Tags: Business, Economics, Travel & leisure, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Global Economy, Airline Industry, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Foreign Office, Coronavirus


UK insists it will not grant EU ambassador full diplomatic status

Foreign Office says EU should not be treated as nation state, despite 142 countries granting bloc this statusA near-yearlong row about the UK’s refusal to grant full diplomatic status of the EU mission to the UK has worsened, with the leak of letters revealing the EU foreign affairs chief has serious concerns about the status being given to EU officials in the UK.The issue is likely to be discussed at a EU foreign affairs council on Monday, the first such meeting of member states’ foreign minist...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, Foreign Policy, Foreign, Brexit, Foreign Office, Commonwealth and Development Office


Germany is worried about Russia's plans to pull out of an arms-control treaty that Trump already ditched

President Donald Trump with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov after a meeting at the White House, May 10, 2017. Russian Foreign Ministry Photo via AP There are fears in the German government about the Kremlin's plans to withdraw from the Open Skies treaty, according to information obtained by Business Insider Deutschland. The Open Skies arms control treaty regulates mutual air surveillance between NATO countries and Russia. Russia's Foreign Ministry said Friday that it would begin the...
Tags: Politics, Vladimir Putin, White House, Germany, Russia, US, International, Trends, European Union, Joe Biden, Iran, Ap, Nato, Moscow, Kremlin, Biden


Harry Dunn: Foreign Office sorry for 'upsetting' emails

Officials admit they used "unprofessional and unacceptable language" about the teenager's family.
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UK politics: Labour calls Johnson 'spineless' over Trump as Patel says US president provoked violence – live

Latest updates: PM accused of not being critical enough of US president after Trump supporters storm Capitol in WashingtonCongress confirms Biden after pro-Trump mob storms capital - live 10.21am GMT The Labour MP Chris Bryant, a former Foreign Office minister, is also effectively calling for Donald Trump to be banned from the UK after the leaves office (because that would be one effect of Magnitsky-style sanctions).We should consider Magnitsky style sanctions against all those who incited v...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Scotland, White House, US, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Labour, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Biden, Donald Trump, Chris Bryant, Foreign Office


UK's 1960s French 'Soviet spy' plot with Sunday Times revealed in memos

Then-prime minister Harold Wilson knew about plans between the Foreign Office and the Sunday Times.
Tags: UK, News, Harold Wilson, Sunday Times, Foreign Office


Mugabe's love of cricket and Thatcher's 70th: stories revealed in National Archives papers

Proposed MCC membership for Mugabe and Thatcher’s birthday party plans among stories kept under wraps – until nowJohn Major vetoed a Foreign Office idea to offer honorary membership of the MCC to Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, saying it was a “dodgy precedent”, records released by the National Archives reveal. The FCO proposed the offer for Mugabe’s 1994 state visit to the UK, stating he was “reportedly keen on cricket”. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Saudi Arabia, UK News, Margaret Thatcher, Robert Mugabe, John Major, Politics past, Edward Heath, National Archives, Foreign Office, Mcc, Fco, Thatcher, Mugabe


Liz Truss and Foreign Office split over policy on China and Uighurs

Trade secretary supports UK, not international, courts determining human rights abuse of Uighurs in XinjiangA behind the scenes struggle over UK policy towards China has begun, with Liz Truss, the trade secretary, backing plans, opposed by the Foreign Office, to give the British courts a role in determining whether genocide is happening in Xinjiang, China.MPs are due to vote in the new year on the Lords’ all-party amendment to the trade bill,which would give the courts a preliminary role in dete...
Tags: Politics, UK, Law, China, UK News, World news, House Of Lords, Asia Pacific, Foreign Policy, House Of Commons, Slavery, Xinjiang, Foreign, Trade and development, Foreign Office, Liz Truss


Indian troops target UN vehicle from across LoC in 'new low'

The UN vehicle was damaged but the officers remained unhurt, says Foreign Office spokesperson.
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Priti Patel accuses senior Tory MP of breaking Covid rules

Home secretary agrees that dinner attended by Tobias Ellwood was an ‘egregious’ breachCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe home secretary, Priti Patel, has accused a senior Tory MP of breaching Covid-19 rules after he attended a Christmas dinner for 27 people at a private members’ club.Tobias Ellwood, a former Foreign Office minister who chairs the influential Commons defence select committee, attended an event at the Cavalry and Guards Club in London on Tuesday evenin...
Tags: Health, Politics, London, Society, UK News, Health policy, Tory, Foreign Office, Tobias Ellwood, Priti Patel, Coronavirus, Cavalry and Guards Club


MPs say UK government strategy on Iran prisoners not working

Report says Foreign Office should formally declare detention of foreign nationals as ‘hostage taking’The UK should do more to constrain Iran by proscribing the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps as a terrorist group and formally describe the Iranian practice of detaining British dual nationals as state hostage taking, the all-party foreign affairs select committee has said.The report finds that the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s current approach to seeking the release of detainee...
Tags: Politics, UK, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, Tehran, Foreign Office, Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe, Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office


British-Iranian academic sentenced to eight years in prison in Iran

Kameel Ahmady says he was detained for 100 days without access to lawyer accused of collaborating with hostile stateA British-Iranian anthropologist has been sentenced to eight years in prison after being found guilty of collaborating with a hostile state.The British Foreign Office has been made aware of the case of Kameel Ahmady, who said he was detained for 100 days last year without access to legal representation. Unusually he has not been put directly in jail following the sentencing. Contin...
Tags: Human Rights, UK News, World news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, United Nations, Foreign Office, Kameel Ahmady


Slashing overseas aid reflects badly on Britain | Letters

Readers respond after the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, cut international aid by a third in his spending reviewRishi Sunak has said he could not tell the country he was giving 0.7% of gross national income to foreign aid (Foreign Office minister resigns as Sunak cuts aid budget, 25 November). What kind of country does he think he lives in? Can he and the rest of the government not see that so many of the problems in the world come from the gross divide between countries like ours and ones where so ma...
Tags: Politics, Climate Change, Environment, UK News, Britain, Aid, Global development, Boris Johnson, Foreign Office, Rishi Sunak, Sunak


Foreign Office minister resigns as Sunak cuts aid budget

Lady Sugg hands in resignation after overseas aid cut by a third‘We made a promise’: fallout from UK’s cut in overseas aid remains to be seenBoris Johnson was struggling to contain a Conservative revolt as a Foreign Office minister resigned after the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced he was breaking a manifesto promise by cutting the overseas aid budget by a third and ending the Tory commitment to spend 0.7% of gross national income on aid.Lady Sugg, whose brief includes sustainable development...
Tags: Politics, UK, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Foreign Policy, Aid, Global development, Johnson, Foreign, Foreign Office, Sugg, Rishi Sunak, Commonwealth and Development Office


'Just another hurdle' in Harry Dunn fight say parents

Harry Dunn's parents have lost their High Court battle against the Foreign Office over whether their son's alleged killer had diplomatic immunity.
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Harry Dunn's parents lose high court immunity case

Judges rule that son’s alleged killer Anne Sacoolas had diplomatic immunity at time of crashHarry Dunn’s parents have lost their high court battle against the Foreign Office over whether their son’s alleged killer had diplomatic immunity.Dunn, 19, was killed when his motorbike crashed into a car being driven on the wrong side of the road by American Anne Sacoolas outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on 27 August last year. Continue reading...
Tags: UK News, Northamptonshire, Foreign Office, Dunn, Harry Dunn, Anne Sacoolas, RAF Croughton


Navalny and climate on agenda in first Russia visit by UK minister since 2017

Three-day trip by Foreign Office minister Wendy Morton is an attempt to maintain dialogueThe first visit by a UK government minister to Moscow since 2017 will go ahead next week in what is being presented as an attempt to maintain a dialogue with Russia while stopping short of a normalisation of UK-Russian relations.The Foreign Office minister Wendy Morton will undertake a three-day visit, with government officials stressing that the points of difference with Russia are if anything growing rathe...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Russia, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Moscow, Alexei Navalny, Foreign Office, Navalny, Wendy Morton, Sergei Skripal


Hong Kong pro-democracy legislators hand in resignations

By ZEN SOO | Associated Press HONG KONG — Pro-democracy legislators in Hong Kong began resigning Thursday to protest the expulsion of four other lawmakers, heightening a conflict with Beijing over the semi-autonomous Chinese territory’s future. Pro-democracy activists say China’s ruling Communist Party, which has tightened control in Hong Kong in response to demands for more democracy, is destroying the civil liberties and rights that were promised the territory when Britain returned it to China...
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