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Foreign Secretary’s Lunar New Year message

Foreign Secretary’s Lunar New Year message

The Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, wishes a happy Lunar New Year to those celebrating around the world.

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Foreign Secretary condemns North Korea’s missile launch

Foreign Secretary condemns North Korea’s missile launch

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has condemned North Korea's ballistic missile technology test.

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UK welcomes resumption of coordinated military operations in DRC

UK welcomes resumption of coordinated military operations in DRC

UK Special Envoy for the African Great Lakes salutes the agreement between the Government of DRC and MONUSCO

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Minister for Africa condemns latest attacks in Lake Chad region

Minister for Africa condemns latest attacks in Lake Chad region

Minister for Africa condemns latest attacks in Lake Chad region

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The Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy

The Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy

The Magna Carta Fund is the FCO’s dedicated strategic fund supporting our global human rights and democracy work.

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Voting in the Referendum for UK nationals living in Sweden

Voting in the Referendum for UK nationals living in Sweden

Many UK nationals living in Sweden will be able to take part in the forthcoming referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union

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Change of Governor of St Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha

Change of Governor of St Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha

Lisa Phillips is to succeed Mark Capes as Governor of St Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha in April 2016.

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Second Japan UK Foreign and Defence Ministerial Meeting

Second Japan UK Foreign and Defence Ministerial Meeting

Joint statement by the Foreign Secretary and Defence Secretary of the UK, and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister of Defence of Japan.

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UK China joint statement on Syria

UK China joint statement on Syria

The UK and China have issued a joint commitment to promote a political settlement in Syria, following high-level talks in Beijing today.

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Chargé d'Affaires to Iran appointed

Chargé d'Affaires to Iran appointed

Mr Nicholas Hopton has been appointed Chargé d'Affaires to Iran and will start his new role on 31 December 2015

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Minister for Africa condemns Boko Haram attacks

Minister for Africa condemns Boko Haram attacks

Minister James Duddridge responds to the recent Boko Haram bomb attacks in Nigeria and reiterates UK support to the Nigerian government.

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Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire welcomes Japan and South Korea’s agreement over the so called 'comfort women'

Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire welcomes Japan and South Korea’s agreement over the so called 'comfort women'

The two countries have agreed a settlement regarding the issue of women from the Republic of Korea being forced to work as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War Two.

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Star Wars made GREAT in Britain: ‘INSPIRATION’ with Jessica Ennis Hill

Star Wars made GREAT in Britain: ‘INSPIRATION’ with Jessica Ennis Hill

Olympic and World Champion athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill discusses which character she relates to, her advice for future generations – and who would win the Star Wars Olympics.

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Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to France

Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to France

Sir Julian King KCVO CMG has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the French Republic

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Foreign Secretary welcomes signing of Libyan Political Agreement

Foreign Secretary welcomes signing of Libyan Political Agreement

Philip Hammond welcomes signing of Libyan Political Agreement to establish a Government of National Accord.

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EU Referendum Bill receives Royal Assent

EU Referendum Bill receives Royal Assent

The EU Referendum Bill received Royal Assent on 17 December 2015. It is now an Act of Parliament.

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Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Vienna

Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Vienna

Mr Leigh Turner CMG has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Republic of Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Vienna

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Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Vienna

Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Vienna

Mr Leigh Turner CMG has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Republic of Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Vienna

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UK and Nepal celebrate 200 years of friendship

UK and Nepal celebrate 200 years of friendship

This month marks the UK-Nepal bicentenary – two hundred years of diplomatic relations between our two countries.

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Foreign Secretary welcomes independent assessment of Iran nuclear capabilities

Foreign Secretary welcomes independent assessment of Iran nuclear capabilities

Philip Hammond notes significance of International Atomic Energy Agency resolution.

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Appointment of new UK Special Representative for Deportations with Assurances

Appointment of new UK Special Representative for Deportations with Assurances

The Foreign Secretary and Home Secretary have appointed Michael Ryder CMG as the UK’s new Special Representative for Deportations with Assurances.

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Foreign Office Minister for Human Rights visits Geneva

Foreign Office Minister for Human Rights visits Geneva

Baroness Anelay visited Geneva and participated in the 32nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent

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‘Be on the Ball’ for Euro 2016

‘Be on the Ball’ for Euro 2016

FCO kicks off campaign for the 2016 UEFA European Championship Finals in France

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Human Rights UK pledges on universal rights and freedoms

Human Rights   UK pledges on universal rights and freedoms

FCO Minister Baroness Anelay has launched the UK’s bid for re-election to the UN Human Rights Council for 2017 – 2019.

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Joint statement on Libya

Joint statement on Libya

Joint Statement on Libya by the Ambassadors and Special Envoys of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the Head of the EU Delegation to Libya.

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British WW1 Heroines commemorated on official Serbian Stamps

British WW1 Heroines commemorated on official Serbian Stamps

The British Embassy in Serbia has partnered up with the Serbia Post to launch a series of six stamps commemorating British Heroines of WW1.

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Foreign Secretary re dedicates Viscount Grey of Fallodon memorial

Foreign Secretary re dedicates Viscount Grey of Fallodon memorial

Philip Hammond re-dedicates the memorial to former Foreign Secretary, Viscount Edward Grey

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Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond’s Chanukah message

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond’s Chanukah message

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond sends best wishes to the Jewish community ahead of Chanukah

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Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Albania

Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Albania

Duncan Norman MBE has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Republic of Albania

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Winter sports: a third left on thin ice without appropriate insurance

Winter sports: a third left on thin ice without appropriate insurance

Foreign Office, ABTA and four-time Winter Olympian Chemmy Alcott urge British nationals to stay safe on the ski slopes this winter

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Foreign Secretary opens the Global African Investment Summit

Foreign Secretary opens the Global African Investment Summit

Opening the Summit the Foreign Secretary focussed on how both the UK and Africa will benefit from Africa’s increased prosperity

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Statement of support for a Government of National Accord in Libya

Statement of support for a Government of National Accord in Libya

Joint statement on Libya by the Governments of Algeria, France, Germany, Morocco, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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Joint Statement of the Seventh UK Kuwait Joint Steering Group 25 26 November 2015

Joint Statement of the Seventh UK Kuwait Joint Steering Group 25 26 November 2015

The seventh meeting of the biannual UK-Kuwait Joint Steering Group, aimed at deepening the bilateral relationship, took place in Kuwait this week.

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New visa system announced for Kuwaiti visitors to UK

New visa system announced for Kuwaiti visitors to UK

Foreign Office Minister Tobias Ellwood announces new electronic visa waiver (EVW) scheme to be introduced in Kuwait early next year.

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UK US Norway joint statement on South Sudan peace process

UK US Norway joint statement on South Sudan peace process

FCO Minister James Duddridge welcomes first meeting on South Sudan peace agreement in Juba on Friday 27 November

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FCO hosts annual UK Japan Nuclear Dialogue

FCO hosts annual UK   Japan Nuclear Dialogue

Professor Robin Grimes opens the latest annual dialogue between UK and Japan to share nuclear expertise

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FCO Minister marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

FCO Minister marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Human Rights Minister Baroness Anelay speaks about the urgency of ending violence against women and the importance of the start of 16 days of activism campaign.

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UK support aids intelligent regional drugs fight

UK support aids intelligent regional drugs fight

Regional intelligence coordination against illegal drugs trade has been bolstered by a UK-funded and run two day workshop in Seychelles.

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Hugo Swire welcomes UNGA Resolution on Human Rights in Burma

Hugo Swire welcomes UNGA Resolution on Human Rights in Burma

The Minister for Asia has welcomed the UN General Assembly's adoption of a resolution on human rights in Burma.

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UK Government continues to lead the fight against illegal fishing

UK Government continues to lead the fight against illegal fishing

A joint Government and insurance industry workshop was held to ensure UK compliance with illegal fishing regulations

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Mali travel advice updated

Mali travel advice updated

As of 20 November the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has changed its travel advice to Mali.

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Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Russia

Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Russia

Dr Laurie Bristow CMG will succeed Sir Tim Barrow KCMG LVO MBE as Her Majesty's Ambassador to Russia

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Honorary knighthood presented to former NATO Secretary General

Honorary knighthood presented to former NATO Secretary General

The Foreign Secretary presented the former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen with an honorary KCMG.

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Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador Ethiopia and Djibouti

Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador Ethiopia and Djibouti

Ms Susanna Moorehead will succeed to Mr Gregory Dorey CVO as Her Majesty’s Ambassador Ethiopia and Djibouti

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Review of British Antarctic Territory Legislation

Review of British Antarctic Territory Legislation

Consultation on proposed changes to the Official Gazette and new Attorney General and Revision of Law Ordinances

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