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IRAQI ELECTION RESULTS (20/01/06)
On 20 January, William Patey, British Ambassador to Iraq, welcomed the results of the Iraqi election in an interview for the BBC. Earlier, the Iraqi electoral commission had issued full results of the 15 December poll.
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STRAW STATEMENT REGARDING RENDITION FLIGHTS (19/01/06)
Foreign Secretary
Jack Straw made a written statement to the House of Commons, on 10 January, regarding rendition flights. The statement followed an earlier question about whether the US authorities had requested permission to render a detainee through UK territory or airspace.
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Travel Advice: Read the latest updates by country.
Procurement: Tender for Iraq security contracts issued.
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ACEH PEACE PROCESS - IN PHOTOS
The EU and five ASEAN countries have been supporting implementation of the peace process in Aceh, Indonesia, through the Aceh Monitoring Mission. The decommissioning of weapons and withdrawal of troops was completed on 31 December 2005. More...

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ENGAGING WITH THE ISLAMIC WORLD
We have recently launched a new section under UK Priorities. The Engaging with the Islamic World section provides an insight into the varied work that the FCO undertakes on engaging with Muslims worldwide. It sets out our work with British Muslims and support to Arab world reform efforts.
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London Conference on Afghanistan.
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Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting 2006 website
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i-uk.com: the essential guide to the UK
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