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British provincial team ends work in Helmand

LONDON, March 20 (UPI) -- Thursday is the final working day for a British provincial reconstruction team in the Afghan province of Helmand, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said.
Ukraine's Oleksandr Turchynov: Putin mimicking 'fascists' on Crimea

Ukraine's Oleksandr Turchynov: Putin mimicking 'fascists' on Crimea

MOSCOW, March 18 (UPI) -- Russia aped "fascists of the last century" by annexing Crimea and committed "a robbery on an international scale," Ukrainian leaders said Tuesday.

Hague warns Russia of 'consequences' over Ukrainian action

BRUSSELS, March 17 (UPI) -- British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Monday there will be "long-term costs and consequences" for Russia's action in Ukraine and Crimea.
Kerry: Putin won't decide anything on Ukraine until secession vote

Kerry: Putin won't decide anything on Ukraine until secession vote

LONDON, March 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. top diplomat ended talks with his Russian counterpart Friday saying Moscow isn't ready to decide anything on Ukraine until Crimea's secession vote.
EU sanctions Syrian President Assad's sister

EU sanctions Syrian President Assad's sister

LUXEMBOURG, March 13 (UPI) -- The General Court of the European Union ruled Thursday the Syrian president's sister, Bushra al-Assad, will be sanctioned for her ties to top regime officials.
Kerry: Russia needs to talk directly to Ukraine government

Kerry: Russia needs to talk directly to Ukraine government

PARIS, March 6 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Russia to talk directly to the new Ukraine government Thursday, an aide said.
Security Council failed Syria, U.N. says

Security Council failed Syria, U.N. says

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 5 (UPI) -- The U.N. Security Council failed to take action that could have prevented much of the human suffering in Syria, a U.N. commission of inquiry said Wednesday.
U.S., U.K. try to bring Russia into diplomatic dialogue with Ukraine

U.S., U.K. try to bring Russia into diplomatic dialogue with Ukraine

PARIS, March 5 (UPI) -- Three of the four signatories to the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, minus Russia, met Wednesday to consult about the memorandum's obligations concerning Ukraine.
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U.S. moves closer to sanctions against Russia over Ukraine crisis

U.S. moves closer to sanctions against Russia over Ukraine crisis

KIEV, Ukraine, March 3 (UPI) -- If Russia continues its military incursion into Ukraine, it will be on the "wrong side of history" and violating international law, President Obama said Monday.
Treason investigation opened against ex-Ukrainian navy chief

Treason investigation opened against ex-Ukrainian navy chief

KIEV, Ukraine, March 2 (UPI) -- Ukrainian Naval Chief Cmdr. Denys Berezovsky was fired Sunday for telling soldiers in the Crimea to hand over their weapons to Russian forces.

Ukraine protesters give Cabinet candidates mixed reaction

KIEV, Ukraine, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Nominees for Ukraine's nascent interim Cabinet were presented to tens of thousands of protesters at their main camp in Kiev Wednesday.
Election of new Ukrainian government delayed

Election of new Ukrainian government delayed

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchinov Tuesday announced a delay in plans to elect a new national unity government.

European Union agrees to sanctions against Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The European Union said Thursday it would impose sanctions on Ukraine where anti-government protests have turned into deadly melees with security forces.
Diplomats say something must be done about unrest in Bosnia

Diplomats say something must be done about unrest in Bosnia

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- The growing unrest in Bosnia and poor economic conditions have EU foreign ministers and Turkey's foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu calling for action.
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Cypriot resolution good for Europe, London says

LONDON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Wednesday efforts to resolve the 40-year-long split of Cyprus was a win for Cypriots and the whole of Europe.
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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
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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.

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