Katherine Haddon

Britain’s leaders scramble across nail-biting finish line

Britons will vote in the closest general election for a generation, but they could wait days for a new government as politicians battle to take power.

British teacher held hostage in Libya released

British schoolteacher David Bolam has been released by his Libyan captors, allegedly after a ransom was paid.

Russia, US seek solution to Ukraine crisis at talks

The US and Russia have stepped up diplomatic efforts to defuse the Ukraine crisis amid heightened tensions in Crimea.

Afghan policewomen step up with guns and headscarves

For the handful of policewomen in one of Afghanistan's most volatile provinces, danger and disapproval are all in a day's work.

Afghan women boxers eye Olympic knock-out

Female Afghan boxers hoping to make it to the London 2012 Olympics are practising their jabs in a gym where the Taliban publicly executed women.

Cameron urges China to work closely with G20

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday urged China to work closely with the G20 and introduce greater political freedoms.

Pressure grows for UK power-sharing deal

UK opposition parties are under growing pressure to agree to a power-sharing deal, days after an election left the country politically deadlocked.

Airlines press for compensation as skies reopen

As Europe's airspace reopened and passengers boarded flights home, the airline industry pressed for government compensation to cover its losses.

Europe’s airways reopen for business

Swarms of stranded passengers scrambled on Wednesday to hitch a flight home after Europe's air embargo ended.

Margaret Thatcher blocked talks with ‘terrorist’ Mugabe

Margaret Thatcher banned her envoy from meeting Robert Mugabe in 1979, refusing to talk ''with terrorists until they become prime ministers''.

Judges withhold African leadership prize

Judges for a $5-million prize recognising good governance in Africa said on Monday they had decided not to award the honour this year.

Brown battles for future as third top minister quits

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was battling to stay in his job on Friday after a minister quit calling for his resignation.

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