UK minister deplores Saudi activist's flogging, plans to raise matter

Britain deplores the flogging of a blogger in Saudi Arabia and will raise concerns about the case with the country`s deputy foreign minister this week, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Tuesday.

EU agrees to stick to Russia sanctions policy

EU foreign ministers agreed on Monday there would be no change in the bloc`s Russia policy, including sanctions, as the union`s diplomatic chief warned the Ukraine situation had got "much worse" in recent weeks.
 

UK, US to host talks on Islamic State in London Thursday: Officials

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and US Secretary of State John Kerry will host a meeting of members of the coalition against the Islamic State group in London on Thursday, officials said.

Iran nuclear talks hang in the balance

A final round of talks on Iran`s nuclear programme before a looming deadline hung in the balance on Thursday as Britain expressed pessimism a deal could be done in time and foreign ministers stayed away.

Britain `not optimistic` on meeting deadline in Iran nuclear talks

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond expressed doubt Wednesday that a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers would be reached by the deadline next week and spoke of the possibility of an extension.

Britain prepared to walk away from EU: Foreign minister

Britain will walk away from negotiations with European Union partners if its pleas for immigration reform are ignored, raising the real possibility of leaving the bloc altogether, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Friday.

UK can help achieve Modi's vision to transform India: Hammond

The UK can help in every aspect of Prime Minister Narendra Modi' vision to transform India, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said here on Friday.

Britain to re-deploy drones from Afghanistan to Iraq

 Britain will shortly begin re-deploying its unmanned armed drones from Afghanistan to counter Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond told parliament on Wednesday.

New Russia sanctions could be lifted if ceasefire agreed: UK

New sanctions against Russia expected to be announced on Friday in response to the Ukraine crisis could be lifted if a ceasefire is implemented, Britain`s Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said.

James Foley killing an `utter betrayal`: British foreign secretary

Britain`s Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Sunday that the killing of US journalist James Foley by a man speaking with an English accent was an "utter betrayal of our country".

UK rules out pact with Syrian President to fight IS terror

UK`s Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond ruled out any alliance with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to combat the Islamic State militants, who have unleashed havoc in Iraq and Syria, killing hundreds of people.

Britain prepares to meet Ebola threat

Authorities in Britain will soon hold an emergency meeting to discuss the “threat” posed by the Ebola virus that has killed more than 670 people in West Africa, a government official said Wednesday.

UK Foreign Secretary says Ebola outbreak "a threat" to Britain

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said he would hold a top-level government meeting to discuss the outbreak of the highly-infectious Ebola virus across West Africa which he warned posed a threat to Britain.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond calls on Hamas to accept humanitarian ceasefire

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond on Thursday called on Hamas to accept a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza as the death toll in the 17-day conflict with Israel topped 740.

Eurosceptic named new UK foreign minister as EU vote looms

British Prime Minister David Cameron named eurosceptic Philip Hammond as his new foreign secretary on Tuesday in a major cabinet reshuffle ahead of next year`s general election.

British, Saudi defence chiefs discuss Iraq crisis

Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz and visiting British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond discussed Tuesday the latest turmoil in Iraq, which borders the oil rich kingdom, state news agency SPA reported.

Britain gets respite from flooding crisis

Britain`s flooding crisis eased on Sunday with the arrival of drier weather following a series of fierce storms, while the government pledged to have the army conduct a rapid inspection of flood defences.

Pakistan, UK to enhance anti-terror cooperation

Pakistan sought an enhancement in defence ties with Britain as the two countries decided to take their counter-terrorism cooperation to the next level.

Britain plans hi-tech cyber army

Britain is working on creating an army of hundreds of tech-savvy recruits to tackle cyber attacks.

British soldier’s relatives can sue govt, SC court rules

Relatives of British soldiers killed while fighting in Iraq can sue the government for negligence and claim damages under human rights law, the Supreme Court in London ruled on Wednesday.