Peter Hain

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South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma, celebrates with his supporters after he survived a no-confidence motion in parliament in August. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

At one end of the main street in Vrede, a dust-blown farming town in South Africa’s Free State province, stands a stone Dutch Reformed Church. At the (...)

South African president Jacob Zuma: ANC is due to vote on his successor. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo/Reuters

The FBI has opened an investigation into US links to South Africa’s Gupta family, escalating a political scandal over the three brothers’ alleged use (...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster  and UK prime minister Theresa May. The DUP  will not  accept policies to reduce state pension benefits or May’s reactionary “dementia tax”. Photograph: PA Wire

In Northern Ireland the British government must always be seen to act in good faith. I learned this personally when trying to bring together bitter ol(...)

Armed police officers arrested a man carrying knives near British prime minister Theresa May’s office in London on Thursday on suspicion of preparing(...)

Rightly or wrongly, the EU has granted Spain a veto over the treatment of Gibraltar in the Brexit negotiations. The alacrity with which some in Britai(...)

From left:  Martin McGuinness,  Bertie Ahern, Tony Blair, Peter Hain and  Ian Paisley in   Stormont on May 8th, 2007, when Paisley and  McGuinness  were sworn in  as  deputy first and first ministers following a deal  between  Democratic Unionists and Sinn Féin. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

It was summer 2005, early into my role as secretary of state for Northern Ireland, when Martin McGuinness came into my Stormont Castle office, peering(...)

 Theresa May: The British prime minister’s spokesman would not say if the government would attempt to stop another vote on Scottish independence. Photograph: EPA/Andy Rain/Pool

Theresa May’s government has rejected the case for a second referendum on Scottish independence but did not deny reports that Downing Street is prepar(...)

Fidel Castro in Havana in July 1964. Photograph: Jack Manning/The New York Times

Prominent figures have been paying tribute to Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, who has died at the age of 90. The US president-elect, Donald (...)

A sign is displayed opposite the M4 near Tata Steel works, on the day of the EU referendum, in Port Talbot, Wales. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/Reuters

For two weeks Wales has been celebrating its European presence. There was jubilation when our football team thrashed Russia to top group B at the Euro(...)

Peter Hain, who replaced Paul  Murphy as Northern secretary in 2005. Photograph: Tim Whitby/PA

Two former Northern secretaries, Peter Hain and Paul Murphy are to be elevated to the House of Lords after the British prime minister, David Cameron,(...)

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