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Ugandan victim of rape: Say no and they will kill you

A Ugandan victim of rape has spoken about her experience of sexual violence as a weapon of war, ahead of an international conference in London tomorrow.

Polline's voice at the conference, which is chaired by William Hague and Angelina Jolie, will help to strengthen the prosecutions of those who commit sexual violence in war.

Hague 'appalled' at Pakistan killing

The Government has condemned the killing of a pregnant woman by her own family in Pakistan.

Foreign Secretary William Hague said he was "shocked and appalled" at the stoning to death of Farzana Parveen, whose family were in opposition to her choice of husband.

William Hague
William Hague called for a wider debate about how to confront and end the "culture of violence against women in many parts of the world". Credit: PA

Police said nearly 20 members of her family attacked her in broad daylight before a crowd of onlookers, in front of the high court of Lahore.

Mr Hague said there is "absolutely no honour in honour killings" and called on the Pakistani authorities to "investigate this atrocious murder fully and bring those responsible to justice".


PM and Hague send messages of support to Belgium

David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague have sent messages of support to the Belgian government following an armed attack at Brussels' Jewish Museum.

The Prime Minister's Office wrote on Twitter:


PM & @williamjhague have sent messages of support following yesterday’s shootings at the Jewish Museum in Brussels

Read: Man detained after Jewish Museum shootings in Brussels

Hague holds 'serious' talks with Ukraine leaders

Foreign Secretary William Hague is holding talks with Ukrainian leaders amid international fears the country is sliding into war.

Mr Hague praised Ukraine's "admirable" approach to democratic reform in the face of "huge Russian pressure" as talks with leaders got under way last night.


Discussed serious situation #Ukraine faces with PM Yatsenyuk. Admirable commitment to democratic reform in face of huge Russian pressure

Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has warned Kiev it is "a few steps away" from full blown military conflict as the death toll continues to grow from bloody clashes in the east of the country.

Hague on 'show of support' tour to Russia's neighbours

The Foreign Secretary has attempted to reassure Ukraine that Britain is offering "practical help" to deal with the raging crisis as he begins a tour of former Soviet states.William Hague has arrived in Moldova for the first leg of the "show of support" trip that takes in Georgia as well as Ukraine.

The tour comes after days of intense violence, with dozens killed in the southern port city of Odessa and gun battles in the eastern flashpoint of Slaviansk that have killed four soldiers.

Read: Deaths reported after heavy fighting in Slaviansk


Hague: Russia faces 'serious long-term consequences'

Foreign Secretary William Hague warned Russia it has made a "grave miscalculation" if it believes it can permanently destabilise Ukraine "without serious long-term consequences."

"Russia needs to choice whether it is open to diplomacy and to de-escalation, and if it decides otherwise we must be ready for a different state of relations with Russia in the next 10 years than we have enjoyed in the last 20 years," he said at the Lord Mayor's Easter Banquet.

"We believe Ukraine can be a bridge between East and West and be able to have good relations with Russia, but that does not entitle Russia to send in armed groups thinly disguised to spearhead the occupation of buildings in multiple Ukrainian cities," Mr Hague added.

Hague: Russia in danger of making 'grave miscalculation'

The Foreign Secretary will warn Russia that it is in danger of making a "grave miscalculation" if it continues its destabilisation campaign against Ukraine.

William Hague will say in a keynote speech tonight that Moscow's actions over the coming days could determine the pattern of its relations with the West for the next decade.


Speaking at The Lord Mayor's Easter Banquet tonight on #Ukraine, stark choices facing Russia and the response of western nations

"In recent days Russia has deliberately pushed Ukraine to the brink, and created a still greater risk of violent confrontation," Mr Hague will say.

"We call on Russia to stop these actions and to condemn the lawless acts in eastern Ukraine."

Hague: 'Gross, deliberate and premeditated violation'

Foreign Secretary William Hague has stated that there is very little doubt that the issues in eastern Ukraine had been "planned by Russia" and that a third tier of far reaching economic measures are to be discussed.

Hague said the separatists were similar to those seen in the Crimea with those involved being "well armed, well trained, well equipped and well coordinated".

"It has all the appearances of a further gross, deliberate and premeditated violation of the independence and sovereignty of Ukraine. There has to be a clear international response."

Read more: Ukraine's deadline passes for separatists to disarm

Hague: 'No evidence of troops pulling back from border'

Foreign Secretary William Hague has said that Nato has "not seen the evidence" of Russian forces pulling back from the Eastern border of Ukraine.

Nato foreign ministers have met in Brussels to discuss the Alliance’s response to Russia’s seizure of Crimea.

Hague is to continue discussions with Nato and foreign ministers on the situation in Crimea. Credit: REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Hague also stated that Nato needed to give "reassurance and confidence to Eastern allies," with the UK already promising "fighter planes to the Baltic", among other measures.

Read more: Nato foreign ministers to discuss Ukraine response

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