The Conservative MP was one of the hot favourites to take over as Secretary of State for International Development - but what do we need to know about him?
The charismatic Conservative MP has been tipped as a future Party leader - so what do we need to know about him?
Sir Paddy Ashdown has accused the government of acting dishonourably in the case of an Afghan interpreter who reportedly killed himself while facing deportation from Britain.
Looking more like a documentary than a film, The Patrol shows four days in the life of a British Army patrol sent to fight the Taliban alongside the Afghan army.
Barack Obama and Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai came close to sealing a deal at the White House on Friday that would keep a small US force in the country after the pullout of most international forces at the end of 2014.
The spectre of military confrontation with Iran, igniting a wider Middle East conflict, looms large as 2013 begins.