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    Britain's foreign secretary on Friday urged European Union partners to develop possible further sanctions against Russia "if they become necessary," while the top Russian diplomat ridiculed Ukraine's interim government as a Western puppet.

  • UNHCR goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie speaks during a conference in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on Friday March 28, 2014. British Foreign Secretary William Hague and Hollywood star Angelina Jolie addressed a conference organized in Sarajevo by Bosnia's Defense Ministry on sexual violence in conflict. (AP Photo/Sulejman Omerbasic)

    Jolie, Hague hail Bosnia's anti-rape training

    Bosnia's decision to include preventing sexual violence in military training is "groundbreaking" and should become the standard for U.N. peacekeeping missions, British Foreign Secretary William Hague and Angelina Jolie said Friday.

  • FILE- In this Jan. 1, 2014 file photograph, an Indian Sikh devotee takes a holy dip in the sacred pond at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India. The British government has admitted it advised India before the deadly 1984 raid on the Golden Temple in Amritsar.Foreign Secretary William Hague told Parliament on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 that British military advice had only a "limited impact" on the operation. (AP Photo/Sanjeev Syal,file)

    Britain says it had role in 1984 India temple raid

    The British government has acknowledged advising the Indian government ahead of its 1984 raid on the Golden Temple in Amritsar, an admission which links the United Kingdom - India's former colonial master - with one of the bloodiest episodes in the subcontinent's recent history.

  • Backed by Group of Eight foreign ministers, American actress Angelina Jolie, in her role as United Nations envoy for refugees, addresses sexual violence against women in conflict, in London on Thursday, April 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, Pool)

    Angelina Jolie: Actress-envoy joins G-8 leaders to urge end to sexual violence

    Angelina Jolie brought her celebrity wattage to London on Thursday to back an urgent cause: fighting sexual violence in military conflicts.

  • British Foreign Secretary William Hague (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

    United Kingdom moves toward arming Syrian rebels

    If the death in Syria rises much higher, the United Kingdom may send rebel fighters weapons and ammunition, one top government official said.

  • German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, right, and Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague, left, speak during the '2nd Berlin Foreign Policy Forum' in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

    Britain criticizes plan to give more power to the EU

    Britain has struck out against pressure for the 27-nation European Union to centralize more decision-making as the continent tackles its debt crisis, with its foreign secretary insisting that Europe needs flexibility and not uniformity.

  • Syrian child, Taybah Al-Hajji, 1, whose family fled their home in Aleppo 15 days ago due to Syrian government shelling, sits next to her one month old brother Abdulghani, sleeping in a child safety seat covered with a mosquito net, as they take refuge with their family at the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing, in hopes of entering one of the refugee camps in Turkey, near the Syrian town of Azaz, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

    French direct aid a dubious break for Syria rebels

    France's decision to send direct aid to Syria's opposition represents a break for the rebels after months of Western hesitation over fears that costly equipment intended for Syria's opposition could get lost or fall into the wrong hands. But even the French action, rebels and activists say, amounts to so little that it's all but useless.

  • UK: We won't allow Julian Assange to leave Britain

    British Foreign Secretary William Hague says that the U.K. will not allow Assange safe passage out of the country.

  • **FILE** Syrian President Bashar Assad (Associated Press/SANA)

    Syrian troops attack Homs, kill dozens in shelling

    Syrian government forces pounded parts of central Homs province Sunday in a renewed push to regain control of rebel-held territories, and activists said at least 38 people were killed by shelling there over the past 24 hours.

  • **FILE** Syrian security forces (in background) hold their machine guns and surround anti-Syrian regime mourners April 30, 2012, during the funeral procession in Damascus, Syria, for the activist Nour al-Zahraa, 23, who was shot by the Syrian security forces. (Associated Press)

    U.N. rights body condemns Syria over Houla massacre

    Members of the U.N.'s top human rights body have voted to condemn Syria over the killing of more than 100 civilians last week.

  • This citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network taken Saturday purports to show the bodies of a man and a girl on the hood of a United Nations observer vehicle following a Syrian government assault on Houla, Syria. The Syrian government denied Sunday its troops were behind the attack in which at least 108 people were killed. (Shaam News Networks via Associated Press)

    Diplomats from Syria expelled by U.S., allies

    International outrage over violence in Syria neared the boiling point Tuesday as the U.S. and other Western nations expelled Syrian diplomats for Friday's massacre of at least 108 people, mostly women and children, in a western village in the strife-racked country.

  • ** FILE ** Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, welcomes his British counterpart William Hague during their meeting in Moscow, Russia, Monday, May 28, 2012, expected to focus on the Syria crisis. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

    Russian FM: Both sides in Syria to blame

    Russia's foreign minister said Monday that both sides in the Syrian conflict "had a hand" in the deaths of more than 100 civilians in the town of Houla and called for a full investigation.

  • **FILE** U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testifies Feb. 14, 2012, on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Armed Services Committee to outline the Pentagon's budget. (Associated Press)

    U.S., Britain urge Israel not to attack Iran

    The United States and Britain on Sunday urged Israel not to attack Iran's nuclear program as the White House's national security adviser arrived in the region, reflecting growing international jitters that the Israelis are poised to strike.

  • British Foreign Minister William Hague waits for the start of a meeting of European Union foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    EU adopts Iran oil embargo

    The European Union adopted an oil embargo Monday against Iran and a freeze of the assets of the country's central bank, part of sanctions meant to pressure the country to resume talks on its nuclear program.

  • Iran blocks UK website in new diplomatic spat

    Iran has blocked access to a British government website aimed at Iranian audiences in a new act of aggression against the U.K., Britain's Foreign Secretary said Thursday.

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