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22 May European elections 2019: Expats in France fear postal votes will not count British expats in France might not get a vote in Thursday's European elections because their postal voting forms have arrived late, or not at all.
20 May Britons could be banned from Syria under counter-terrorism laws
Home Secretary Sajid Javid is to warn that he could use new powers to ban British nationals from Syria.
17 May Foreign Office warns against Iran travel for British-Iranians
The Foreign Office has hardened its travel advice for Iran, advising British-Iranian dual nationals not to travel there.
25 April UK warns against all but essential Sri Lanka travel
The UK is advising against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka after the Easter Sunday bombings in which about 250 people died.
22 Apr British woman killed by gunmen at Nigerian holiday resort
Faye Mooney from Manchester was one of two people shot dead by gunmen who stormed a holiday resort in Nigeria.
22 Apr Sri Lanka attacks: Eight Britons killed in explosions
Eight British citizens are among the hundreds killed in explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to the UK has said.
18 Apr Leicestershire tourists held at gunpoint in Peru
A couple celebrating their first wedding anniversary in Peru were held at gunpoint on a tourist bus.
08 Apr Dubai and other countries' laws which trip up travellers
The case of the British woman facing jail in Dubai for calling her ex-husband's new wife a "horse" on Facebook is a stark reminder of the rules that can apply when you're abroad.
08 Apr British woman faces Dubai jail over Facebook 'horse' insult
A British woman is facing two years in jail in Dubai for calling her ex-husband's new wife a "horse" on Facebook, campaigners have said.
25 Mar British no more: Why some UK citizens face Brexit dilemma
The number of UK citizens acquiring the nationality of another EU country has shot up since the 2016 Brexit referendum.
25 Mar BA flight lands in Edinburgh instead of Dusseldorf by mistake
A British Airways flight destined for Dusseldorf in Germany has landed in Edinburgh by mistake, after the flight paperwork was submitted incorrectly.
24 Mar Number of Brits moving to Australia plummets amid Brexit uncertainty and a weakening pound Australia has long been a favourite destination for British émigrés - but recent figures indicate a dramatic fall in the number of Britons moving down under.
21 Mar Being deprived of alcohol living in Saudi Arabia made me drink more on my return, drink diver claims A chocolatier has escaped jail for drink driving after telling a court how being deprived of alcohol and driving while living in Saudi Arabia left her struggling upon her return to Britain.
05 Mar The booze cruise is back as Brits splash the cash in Calais ahead of Brexit Retailers in the port of Calais have reported a surge in sales of wine and other alcohol
01 Mar Brexit: Spain to give 400,000 Britons rights under no deal Spain's cabinet has approved measures for Britons in Spain to continue living there as now if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
18 Feb Brexit: Will Britons living in the EU still get healthcare? If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, reciprocal healthcare arrangements will not automatically survive. The UK is trying to reach agreements with EU governments to extend them.
17 Feb Passengers seek flights after Flybmi ceases operations Passengers stranded across Europe have told of their frustration after the UK regional airline Flybmi collapsed, cancelling all its flights.
15 Feb Qatar football shirt row Briton 'leaves UAE custody' A British man who was detained in the United Arab Emirates after reportedly being assaulted when he wore a Qatar football team shirt to a match has "left custody", the BBC understands.
13 Feb Ex-soldier held in Dubai over drugs claims
Campaign group Detained in Dubai says Andy Neal is innocent and should be released immediately.
13 Feb Brexit healthcare worries for Brits in Spain British nationals who have retired to EU countries may no longer have their healthcare costs covered by the NHS in the event of a no-deal Brexit and many are considering returning home

06 Feb Briton held in UAE in Qatar football shirt row
A Briton has been arrested and detained in the United Arab Emirates after reportedly being assaulted when he wore a Qatar football team shirt to a match.
21 Jan Brexit: Theresa May scraps £65 fee for EU citizens to stay in UK
Theresa May has scrapped the £65 fee millions of EU citizens were going to have to pay to secure the right to continue living in the UK after Brexit.
21 Jan Ferry firm amends bookings for extra Brexit crossings Thousands of cross-channel ferry passengers have had their bookings amended to accommodate extra sailings in case of a no-deal Brexit.
17 Jan No-deal Brexit warning for UK drivers If UK motorists plan to drive abroad after 29 March, they need to act soon or risk breaking the law.
14 Jan Brexit: UK drivers living in the EU urged to get new licence Drivers from the UK living in the EU have been urged to swap their licence for a local one as soon as possible in case there is a no-deal Brexit.
14 Jan Brexit: How would no deal affect UK citizens in the EU? The UK government's Brexit withdrawal deal offers temporary guarantees for Britons living elsewhere in the EU and EU citizens in the UK
05 Jan Ryanair named 'worst short-haul airline' Ryanair has won the dubious honour of the UK's least-liked short-haul airline for the sixth year running.
30 Dec Vampires and veggie sausages in Foreign Office's oddest calls Questions about vampires in Poland and vegetarian sausages are among the most bizarre phone calls made to consular staff, the Foreign Office has said.
20 Dec Gatwick Airport: Drones ground flights Tens of thousands of passengers have been disrupted by drones flying over one of the UK's busiest airports.
20 Dec Will Brexit result in more 'Skype families'? Thousands of Britons will spend Christmas separated from a loved one, communicating via the internet. It's earned them the nickname "Skype families". With Brexit looming, more families are worried they too could be separated.
14 Dec Brexit: No visa but Britons will pay €7 to travel to EU countries Britons will have to pay €7 (£6.30) every three years to travel to EU countries, as a consequence of Brexit.
01 Dec The unusual laws which could get travellers jailed The recent case of British student, Matthew Hedges, being jailed for spying is a stark reminder of what can go wrong on your travels.
30 Nov The French village that fears for its British community
Alet-les-Bains in southern France may be a long way away from the UK, but Brexit looms large there.
29 Nov Manchester man in Egypt 'spying' arrest A 19-year-old British expat has been arrested in Egypt on suspicion of spying, his family have said.
29 Nov 'Squashed' passenger loses British Airways court fight A man who sued British Airways for £10,000 because he was "squashed" next to an obese passenger during a flight has lost his compensation battle.
26 Nov Matthew Hedges: British academic pardoned by UAE A British academic who was jailed for spying in the United Arab Emirates has been freed after a pardon.
26 Nov EU court rejects Britons' anti-Brexit case EU judges have dismissed a case brought by a 97-year-old war veteran and 12 other emigrant Britons objecting to the UK's Brexit negotiations.
22 Nov Matthew Hedges: Academic jailed in UAE for spying 'failed' by UK government The wife of a British academic jailed for spying in the United Arab Emirates says the British government put UK interests above his right to freedom.
17 Nov Loyal customers rally round to save tea shop that offers a taste of Britain in New York New York’s most famous British tea shop is taking desperate measures to stay afloat in the face of Manhattan’s crippling taxes and giddy rents.
16 Nov Passenger sues BA for being 'squashed next to obese man' A man is suing British Airways after being "squashed" next to an obese passenger during a 13-hour flight.
12 Nov Briton dies from rabies after cat bite in Morocco A Briton has died after contracting rabies while on holiday in Morocco, health officials have said.
08 Nov Is this the world's worst airport parking meet and greet? Company crashes a family car into a tree, 'loses' another for 35 days and 'smashes a Range Rover into a bus'
01 Nov Ryanair passengers brace for new bag rules The latest changes to Ryanair's baggage policies take effect today, meaning passengers who want to take anything more than a small bag on board must pay for the privilege.
30 Oct Matthew Hedges: Academic on UAE spying charge bailed A British academic accused of spying by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been released on bail.
24 Oct Frozen expat pensions: 93-year-old activist heads to Downing Street A 93-year-old British expatriate living in Canada is flying to London to take up her fight against frozen pensions.
22 Oct Matthew Hedges: Release UAE 'spy' accused, academics demand More than 100 academics from around the world have signed a petition demanding the release of a student charged with spying in the United Arab Emirates.
19 Oct Briton faces jail for spraying 'Scouser Lee' on Thai gate A British tourist accused of spray painting his name on a historic landmark in Thailand could face 10 years in prison.
11 Oct Matthew Hedges: Wife urges UAE to free husband held since May A British student has been detained for the last five months in the United Arab Emirates "without explanation" after a research trip, his wife has said.
25 Sep How translation apps iron out embarrassing gaffes Machines are getting better at untangling foreign languages, but mistakes persist. Translation apps are getting better, but they're still not perfect, particularly for minority languages. Can artificial intelligence and deep neural networks help iron out the glitches?
19 Sep British expat sentenced in absence over Dubai hotel row A British expat was sentenced to three months in prison in her absence after witnessing a fight in a Dubai hotel lobby, a campaign group says.
19 Sep Foreign Office warns dual nationals not to go to Iran The British Foreign Office has warned all UK/Iranian dual nationals not to travel to Iran unless they have an urgent reason to do so.
15 Sep Joe Robinson: Turkish court convicts former UK soldier A former soldier with the British army who fought for Kurdish forces against so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria has been given a prison sentence in Turkey, his mother says.
14 Sep Hurricanes and typhoons: How to survive a major storm The looming disasters have prompted people to prepare their homes and stock up on supplies. But what is best practice? And how can you cope once a storm has hit?
13 Sep 'Gut instinct' helped catch Hull child rapist A holidaymaker who helped catch a child rapist he saw with groups of young girls said "gut instinct" made him alert the authorities.
07 Sep British Airways hacking: Customers cancel credit cards as airline defends handling of 'sophisticated' cyber attack Furious British Airways customers have been left having to cancel their credit cards after a 15-day data breach compromised around 380,000 card payments.
04 Sep Expat fights to save 'Little Britain' in Germany An expat is fighting to keep a homage to Britain he built in his garden in Germany after the Brexit vote.
25 Aug Brexit deal or no deal: What about my pension? Anyone dreaming of retirement in the sun may have lost some sleep after reading the no-deal documents published by the government on Thursday.
24 Aug Luton Airport 'UK's worst airport' for third year Luton Airport has been named the worst in the UK for the third year in a row in a passenger satisfaction survey.
23 Aug Ryanair brings in new rules on cabin bags Ryanair is tightening the rules on what passengers pay to take luggage onto the plane, in order to "speed up boarding".
15 Aug Manchester airport parking scam foiled by tracking device The director of an airport meet-and-greet firm has been fined for parking a customer's car outside his own home - after trading standards officers used a tracking device to follow the vehicle.
13 Aug Heathrow Airport passport queues reach 2.5 hours Delays at Heathrow Airport passport control left passengers queuing for up to two and a half hours last month, figures show.
06 Aug BA boss demands action on Heathrow queues The boss of British Airways has criticised long queues at Heathrow, saying arrivals face two-hour waits to get through border control.
28 Jul Charlotte Brown speedboat death: Jack Shepherd manhunt launched An international hunt is under way to find a man who killed his date in a speedboat crash on the River Thames.
03 Jul Ryanair pilots in Ireland to strike Thursday 12 July Ryanair pilots based in Ireland have voted to strike for 24 hours on Thursday 12 July - the start of the traditional holidays in NI.
30 Jun Surge in Britons getting EU nationality In 2017 a total of 12,994 UK citizens obtained the nationality of one of the 17 member states from which the BBC has received figures.
28 Jun Britons warned to stop buying second homes in Brittany as empty properties targeted by activist squatters Squatters claiming that holiday home buyers are making rents unaffordable for locals have occupied about 10 properties in Brittany, according to activists.
26 Jun Most expensive city for expats revealed Hong Kong is back in top spot as the most expensive city to live in the world as an expat, according to research.
07 Jun Holidaymakers are being warned to check the rules on carrying medicines abroad to avoid falling foul of local laws. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said some commonly-prescribed medicines were "controlled drugs" in certain countries.
03 Jun The English question: Young are less proud to be English Young people are far less likely to feel proud to be English than older generations, a major survey for the BBC reveals.
25 May British bar workers in Majorca 'at risk of modern slavery' Young Britons could be at risk of modern slavery if they work as touts outside the bars of Majorca, the Foreign Office has warned.
21 May Jailed British-Iranian faces new charge Jailed British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is facing a new charge against her in Iran, her campaign says.
21 May UK airports with worst departing flight delays revealed Flights from Luton Airport were delayed for longer than any other UK airport last year, analysis of Civil Aviation Authority data suggests.
13 May DR Congo: Kidnapped Britons released Two Britons held hostage in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been released unharmed, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has announced.
01 May Critical window for learning a language There is a critical cut-off age for learning a language fluently, according to research.
09 Apr Rise in numbers of Britons becoming EU citizens in 2016 The number of Britons granted citizenship of another EU country more than doubled in the year of the Brexit referendum, according to new figures.
02 Apr Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband 'disappointed' with Boris Johnson The husband of jailed British mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe says he is "disappointed in the failure of Boris Johnson's efforts" two years on from her arrest in Iran.
26 Mar Brexit: Welsh expats 'still in limbo' after transition deal Welsh expats have said they remain "in limbo" about their rights after Brexit, despite claims progress has been made on the issue.
25 Mar Australia-UK: First non-stop flight arrives in London from Perth The first scheduled non-stop flight between Australia and the UK has touched down in London's Heathrow Airport.
23 Mar Reward offer over Scot missing in Spain The family of a Scottish woman who went missing in Spain more than two years ago are offering a £100,000 reward for information which helps the investigation into her disappearance.
22 Mar Electronics ban: How will new US and UK rules affect me? The United States and United Kingdom have announced that laptops, e-readers and almost any other electronic device that is not a phone will be banned from cabin luggage on some flights.
22 Mar The new UK passport to be issued after Brexit will be made in France, according to the current British manufacturer. The burgundy passport, in use since 1988, will revert to its original blue and gold colour from October 2019.
07 Mar Ryanair accused of duping British travellers with 'rip-off' exchange rates Ryanair has been accused of duping customers with “rip-off” exchange rates that mean British travellers pay more than their European counterparts for the same flight.
05 Mar Superbugs are being spread by travellers to South Asia and the Middle East, warn health experts People who have travelled to areas of the world with high rates of antibiotic resistance are more likely to carry bugs, and could pass them to family and housemates.
23 Feb UK driving licences may no longer be recognised in Europe after Brexit, EU suggests British drivers could be stopped from travelling on the continent after Brexit because UK driving licences will no longer be recognised, the European Commission has suggested.
23 Feb 'We're on our way,' says 96-year-old expat votes campaigner A 96-year-old war veteran is celebrating after his campaign to get the vote for all British expatriates moved a step closer to success.
22 Feb What will Brexit mean for Britain's overseas territories? The uncertainties of Brexit spread far beyond the borders of the UK and continental Europe.
22 Feb Migration figures Record numbers of EU nationals leaving UK The number of EU citizens leaving the UK is at its highest level for a decade with 130,000 emigrating in the year to September, figures show.
20 Feb British man Lucas Belmonte in Dubai jail over credit card A 22-year-old British man has been jailed for a year in Dubai for using a credit card given to him by a friend to pay for a hotel, a campaign group says.
12 Feb Cambodia deports seven tourists accused of producing pornography Cambodia has deported seven of the ten foreign tourists charged with producing pornography.
09 Feb Eurostar launches London-Amsterdam route Channel Tunnel train operator Eurostar is launching direct services between London and Amsterdam.
07 Feb Brexit: Britons' citizenship case to be taken to European court The European Court of Justice (ECJ) is to be questioned on whether British people have rights to EU citizenship after Brexit.
19 Jan Peter Mayle: A Year in Provence author dies at 78 Author Peter Mayle, who wrote A Year in Provence, has died aged 78, his publisher has said
15 Jan Sticky business: Selling British puddings to Americans As celebrity-backed reviews go, pudding-maker Tracy Claros got a pretty good one.


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