Syrian rebels down army fighter jet

ALEPPO, Syria, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Syrian opposition fighters said Monday they downed an army fighter jet for the first time as regime troops shelled Aleppo, Damascus and other areas.

Security concerns persist in Myanmar

LONDON, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- The British government is seriously concerned about ongoing violence in Rakhine state in western Myanmar, the foreign secretary said Monday.
Cameron: Politicians need holidays, too

Cameron: Politicians need holidays, too

LONDON, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Prime Minister David Cameron is defending his decision and that of other British leaders to take vacations so soon after the end of the Olympics.
Rebel leaders: Aleppo not lost yet

Rebel leaders: Aleppo not lost yet

ALEPPO, Syria, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Guerrilla tactics are helping Syrian rebels hold their own in Aleppo in spite of being outgunned by the forces of President Bashar Assad, leaders said Friday.

London commits funds to Syrian opposition

LONDON, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- The British foreign secretary announced Friday that London was supporting the Syrian opposition with nearly $8 million of non-lethal assistance.

EU mulls fitting response to Belarus

BRUSSELS, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- EU senior foreign policy officials met Friday to decide how to punish Belarus without playing into the hands of President Alexander Lukashenko, whose orchestrated diplomatic escalation has diverted attention from abuses in the country.
London appalled by Iraqi violence

London appalled by Iraqi violence

LONDON, July 23 (UPI) -- An increase in violence in and around Baghdad shows anti-government groups in the country have "an appalling disregard" for life, the British government said.

Candidate Romney heading overseas

BOSTON, July 22 (UPI) -- Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will travel to England this week before heading to Israel and Poland, his campaign staff said Sunday.
Hezbollah states support for Assad regime

Hezbollah states support for Assad regime

BEIRUT, Lebanon, July 19 (UPI) -- Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah is confident the Syrian military will overcome "the enemies' hopes," said Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah.
London: Chapter VII action needed in Syria

London: Chapter VII action needed in Syria

LONDON, July 18 (UPI) -- The Wednesday deaths of Syrian ministers in a suicide bombing in Damascus highlights the need for a Chapter VII resolution, the British government said.
U.S.: Assad losing grip on power

U.S.: Assad losing grip on power

WASHINGTON, July 17 (UPI) -- The ongoing crackdown on opponents of the Syrian government won't do much to end the revolution in the country, a U.S. official said.
Ankara looks into jet downing over Syria

Ankara looks into jet downing over Syria

ANKARA, Turkey, July 13 (UPI) -- The Turkish military said Friday a fighter jet downed in June wasn't hit by anti-aircraft fire as the Syrian government suggested.

Britain plans review of EU laws and rules

LONDON, July 13 (UPI) -- The British government plans to review the impact of all European Union laws and regulations on the country, Foreign Secretary William Hague said Thursday.
London appalled by Afghan execution

London appalled by Afghan execution

LONDON, July 9 (UPI) -- The British foreign secretary said Monday he was "shocked and disgusted" by reports of the public execution of a woman at the hands of the Afghan Taliban.
London appalled by HRW report on Syria

London appalled by HRW report on Syria

LONDON, July 3 (UPI) -- Barbaric acts committed by the hands of the Syrian government are a sobering reminder of the need for justice, the British foreign secretary said Tuesday.
Page 18 of 34
William Hague
WAP2002060901 - WASHINGTON, June 9 (UPI) -- International Democrat Union (IDU) Chairman William Hague speaks to the media during a news conference on June 9, 2002, in Washington. The IDU is holding a meeting in Washington over the next several days. The organization is an international coalition of conservative political parties. rlw/Roger L. Wollenberg UPI

William Jefferson Hague (born 26 March 1961) is the British Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State. He previously served as Leader of the Conservative Party from June 1997 to September 2001. In Parliament, he represents the constituency of Richmond (Yorks), having done so since 1989.

Educated at Ripon Grammar School, a selective grammar school, then the University of Oxford (graduating with First Class Honours in Philosophy Politics and Economics) and INSEAD, Hague was first elected to the House of Commons in a by-election in 1989. Hague rose through the ranks of John Major's government and entered the Cabinet in 1995 as the Secretary of State for Wales. Following the Conservatives' defeat in the 1997 general election, he was elected as leader of the Conservative Party. He resigned as party leader after the 2001 general election following a landslide defeat to the Labour Party. He was the first leader of the Conservatives not to have become Prime Minister since Austen Chamberlain in the early 1920s.

On the backbenches, Hague began a career as an author, writing biographies of William Pitt the Younger and William Wilberforce. He also held several directorships, and worked as a consultant and public speaker. After David Cameron was elected leader of the Conservative Party in 2005, Hague returned to front line politics as shadow foreign secretary. Later in 2010, upon Cameron becoming Prime Minister, Hague took on the roles of First Secretary of State and Foreign Secretary.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "William Hague."
Most Popular
Pussycat Dolls' Kimberly Wyatt pregnant with her first child
American photojournalist James Wright Foley executed by Islamic State
Brady Morton still missing after booze-soaked rafting trip
Mississippi woman says her son set a cross on fire at her house
Antonio Banderas spotted partying with blondes after Melanie Griffith split