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 Boris Johnson addresses MPs during an emergency debate on the Afghanistan crisis  in the House of Commons on Wednesday. Photograph: Roger Harris/ EPA/UK Parliament

Boris Johnson was fiercely criticised by senior Tories as MPs returned to Westminster for an emergency debate on the fall of Afghanistan. In a packe(...)

Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood joined 26 others for the Iraq Britain Business Council’s Christmas party. ‘There was nothing Christmassy about it,’ he said in his defence. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

We were meandering towards the end of lunch in a vast, plush basement near Piccadilly Circus when Charlotte, the restaurant manager, told us that Lond(...)

UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab in the House of Commons. Photograph: AFP via Getty

Britain has suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong with immediate effect and banned the export of riot-control equipment to the territory in (...)

The statue of Edward Colston being retrieved from the harbour in Bristol. Photograph: AFP via Getty

The statue of slave trader Edward Colston that was pulled down during an anti-racism demonstration has been lifted out of Bristol Harbour. Bristol Ci(...)

A helicopter hovers over the Stena Impero near the Strait of Hormuz: The government has been criticised by a former Royal Navy chief and a leading Conservative MP for failing to take measures to prevent the tanker being seized. Photograph:  Wana/Reuters

A UK defence minister has rejected claims that the government had “taken its eye off the ball” by allowing a British-flagged tanker to be captured by (...)

British foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt will unveil the diplomatic and economic measures on Monday in response to the apprehension and detention of the Stena Imperto. Photograph: Stena Bulk/PA Wire

Iran on Sunday urged Britain to contain “domestic political forces” intent on escalating tensions between the two countries following Iran’s seizure o(...)

Jeremy Hunt (L) has previously attacked Boris Johnson over reports he was “bottling” a live TV debate before postal ballots are returned. Photograph: Odd Andersen/Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty

Boris Johnson has repeated his determination to deliver Brexit by Halloween, in what will be seen as an attempt to refocus attention away from his pri(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Theresa May held bilateral talks at the margins of the first Arab-European Summit in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Photograph: Getty

British prime minister Theresa May says an extension to the article 50 process governing when the UK leaves the EU would only delay decisions on Brexi(...)

British prime minister Theresa May and her husband Philip leave after attending a church service near her Maidenhead constituency, in England. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Theresa May’s government will next week seek to step up negotiations with the European Union over the Northern Ireland backstop, after MPs reject(...)

James Mattis, US secretary of defence: his decision to quit  came after the US president Donald Trump confirmed he is ending all US military operations in Syria and Afghanistan. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Europe responded with a mixture of panic, disorientation and frantic steps to limit the damage after the resignation of US defence secretary James Mat(...)

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