Nigerian Islamists claim seven foreign hostages killed

Foreign Office investigates claims by Ansaru rebels, while Italian government is quoted as saying hostages are dead The Foreign Office is investigating claims by a Nigerian Islamist group that it has killed seven kidnapped foreign construction workers, one whom is understood to be British. The hostages were taken on 16 February while working for Lebanese […]


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Sir Ray Whitney obituary

Conservative politician and Foreign Office minister who had a distinguished career as a diplomat Ray Whitney, who has died aged 81, was a member of the generation of Conservative politicians who chose to make the House of Commons a career because of a profound personal conviction about the need for change in British politics in […]


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Foreign hospitals count cost of young UK holidaymakers

FCO reports a huge rise in the number of British teenagers being hospitalised while holidaying abroad UK teenagers holidaying in Mallorca and Ibiza are responsible for a huge increase in the number of tourists hospitalised in the Spanish islands, said the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The renowned party island of Mallorca has seen a 132% […]


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Civil service reform plans unveiled: Politics live blog

• Inflation falls to 2.8%, a two-and-a-half year low• Lunchtime summary• Francis Maude’s civil service reforms – summary• Afternoon summary 4.50pm: Here’s an afternoon summary. • Union leaders have said that the government’s plans to cut the size of Whitehall will ensure that the civil service reform plans announced this afternoon do not benefit the […]


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More honesty on procurement risks, says Foreign Office commercial chief

Department’s commercial director calls on suppliers to do their homework on procurement The commercial director at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has argued that if the government is to achieve its goal of procurements taking 120 days, both Whitehall and suppliers have to understand what they are procuring and the risks associated with it. Ann […]


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