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Hague: Summit 'a turning point' in battle against rape

Foreign Secretary William Hague said he hopes today's summit on sexual violence in war will be a "turning point" in the battle against war zone rape.

He responded to US Secretary of State John Kerry on Twittter:

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Summit on sexual violence in war to begin in London

UN Special Envoy and Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie will today be joined by Foreign Secretary William Hague in attending a summit on sexual violence in war, which is being held in London.

William Hague and Angelina Jolie will both attend the event in London. Credit: Alastair Grant/PA Archive

The four day event, which is called the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, will be held at the ExCel Centre in the capital and aims to raise awareness on the issue.

Representatives from 140 nations across the world will attend the summit, which is the largest conference ever on sexual violence in warzones.

Mr Hague, who previously said the issue "should shame all men", will call on the countries present to write action against the issue into their military training programmes.

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 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:

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UK offers Nigeria 'military team' in missing girls search

Foreign Secretary William Hague has tweeted:

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.

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.

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.

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