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Clinton calls for 'adult conversation' over Snowden

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called for a "sensible adult conversation" about the boundaries of state surveillance following the leaking of secret files by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Mrs Clinton said it would be "going down a wrong path" to reject a debate in the wake of disclosures about the collection of communications data by America's National Security Agency (NSA) and the Government's secret eavesdropping station GCHQ.

Speaking at Chatham House in London, where she collected a prize for her contribution to international diplomacy, Mrs Clinton told the Guardian: "This is a very important question. On the intelligence issue, we are democracies thank goodness, both the US and the UK."

Hillary Clinton honoured for diplomacy by Duke of York

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been presented with this year's Chatham House Prize in recognition of her contribution to international diplomacy.

The central London institute also commended Mrs Clinton for her work towards gender equality and opportunities for women and girls.

Hillary Clinton received the crystal award and a scroll signed by The Queen from Prince Andrew. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The annual prize is awarded at Banqueting House in Whitehall to the statesperson deemed to have made the greatest contribution to improving international relations in the previous year.

Earlier husband Bill Clinton tweeted a photo of the power couple enjoying a "beautiful morning walk" in Hyde Park. Credit: Twitter/@billclinton


Hillary Clinton awarded honorary degree at St Andrews

Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton was awarded an honorary degree from St Andrews University in Scotland today.

She took part in a formal procession through the town, which was watched by many Americans, before the graduation ceremony in the university's Younger Hall.

Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton (second R) at St Andrews University Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Clinton with university principal and vice-chancellor Professor Louise Richardson Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Clinton smiles as she receives an honorary degree from St Andrews University Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Hillary Clinton to get honorary degree from St Andrews

Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton will receive an honorary degree from St Andrew's University later today and will make a special graduation address marking 600 years of Scotland's oldest redbrick.

Hillary Clinton will give an address at a special ceremony commemorating St Andrews' 600th anniversary and be given a degree. Credit: PA

The award will also mark her efforts to champion the causes of education, human rights, democracy, civil society and promoting opportunities for females around the world, according to the university.

The former first lady is not the only person receiving an honorary degree. Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams will join classicist Professor Mary Beard, primatologist Dame Jane Goodall and particle physicist Professor Peter Higgs at St Andrew's to collect their honorary degrees.

Other famous names being bestowed with honorary degrees are, anthropologist Professor Dame Marilyn Strathern, philosopher Professor Nancy Cartwright and inventor of the world wide web Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

Clinton: 'Congratulations from across the pond'

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has tweeted her congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge:

Hillary Clinton formally resigns as US Secretary of State

Hillary Clinton has formally resigned as the US Secretary of State saying she was "honoured to serve" in President Barack Obama's administration.

In a letter sent to the President shortly before she left the State Department for the last time, she said: "I am more convinced than ever in the strength and staying power of America's global leadership and our capacity to be a force for good in the world."

Clinton will be replaced by former Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry who will take the oath of office in a private ceremony today.


Hague pictured with Clinton at farewell dinner

"Warm celebration of US-UK alliance at dinner for Hillary Clinton," tweeted William Hague.

William Hague published a picture which showed him standing alongside Hillary Clinton as the US Secretary of State prepares to bow out of her role.

"Warm celebration of US-UK alliance at dinner for Hillary Clinton, and a fond farewell to a Great Secretary of State," he tweeted.

Oscar de la Renta among Clinton farewell dinner guests

William Hague will host a farewell dinner for US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tonight.

Former president of the United States, and husband of Hilary, Bill Clinton will be among the guests, along with their daughter Chelsea and husband Marc Mezvinsky.

Foreign Secretary William Hague is hosting the private farewell dinner for his opposite number in the US Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Other guests include: Fashion mogul Oscar de la Renta and wife, General Martin Dempsey, Senator Feinstein, politicians Dr Alan Greenspan and Ms Andrea Mitchell, former White House chief of staff Jack Lew, and his replacement Denis McDonough, French Lawyer Christine Lagarde.

Senator McCain, Acting director of the CIA Mike Morrell, outgoing Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta, American diplomat Dr Susan Rice, and stateman George Shultz.

Senator John Kerry, who has been picked as Hillary's replacement will also attend.

Obama and Clinton discuss 'personal journey'

President Obama and Hillary Clinton have spoken of their relationship during a joint interview on CBS's 60 minutes. President Obama heaped praise on the outgoing Secretary of State as she prepares to step down. Clinton would not be drawn on whether she plans to run for presidency in 2016.

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