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EXPATRIATE NEWS ITEMS - 2007FROM  BBC News 

28 Dec Airports 'not ready' for changes Several of the UK's main airports do not yet have permission to ease the one-piece cabin baggage restriction next month, the government has said.
25 Dec Heathrow passenger backlog eases The backlog of passengers at Heathrow Airport has almost been cleared with just a few dozen people still stranded.
24 Dec Festive cheer lacking at Heathrow More than 1,000 passengers were left stranded at London's Heathrow airport overnight when fog led to the cancellation of 86 flights on Sunday, plus a further 64 on Monday.
20 Dec Virgin Atlantic crews to strike Union members among Virgin Atlantic cabin crew will strike twice in the new year after they voted in favour of industrial action.
20 Dec Briton jailed over US visa scam A Norfolk businessman has been sentenced to 15 months in a US jail after pleading guilty to forging the US visa applications of British families.
18 Dec Briton arrested by Kenyan police A 31-year-old British man has been held by Kenyan police, according to the British High Commission.
15 Dec Carry-on baggage chaos predicted A plan to ease the one-piece cabin baggage restriction for airline passengers in January could lead to mass confusion, airport officials say.
11 Dec Teddy row leads to travel review The Foreign Office will review its advice on travel to Muslim states after a UK teacher was jailed in Sudan for letting pupils name a teddy Mohammed.
03 Dec Teddy row teacher returning home A British teacher who was jailed in Sudan for letting her class name a teddy bear Muhammad has begun her journey home after being freed.
27 Nov Bid to free teddy insult teacher British officials are trying to secure the release of a British schoolteacher arrested in Sudan for letting her pupils name a teddy bear Muhammad.
23 Nov Airport staff to vote on strike Thousands of workers at British airports including Gatwick and Heathrow are to vote on strike action in the next few weeks.
21 Nov Heathrow dissatisfaction revealed Heathrow Airport has one of the lowest satisfaction scores for departure lounge crowding, check-in, and getting around the airport, says a report.
20 Nov Profits soar at expanding Easyjet Easyjet has seen annual pre-tax profits rise after carrying 37.2 million passengers in the year to 30 September.
20 Nov Japan ups checks for foreigners Japan has started to fingerprint and photograph all foreigners when they arrive in the country.
16 Nov Compensation battle looms for BA British Airways (BA) may be facing a bill for millions of euros after paying compensation to travellers affected by planned industrial action.
15 Nov Record trends in UK migration Latest annual migration statistics show record levels of people leaving the UK - and records numbers arriving.
13 Nov Airline websites are 'misleading' At least 200 European airline websites are misleading the consumer, a study by the European Commission has found.
12 Nov BA raises fuel surcharges further British Airways (BA) is to increase its fuel surcharges by up to £15 per ticket on bookings made from 15 November.
12 Nov Ex-pat pensioner killed in Spain Police in Spain are investigating the murder of a British pensioner who was stabbed to death at her Spanish home.
03 Nov Hunt for British student's killer Italian police have launched a manhunt after a British student living in Italy was found dead with her throat cut.
28 Oct Air France strike chaos continues Air travellers in France can expect further chaos as a strike by Air France cabin crews is set to continue until late on Monday.
23 Oct Briton charged with child abuse A British man arrested in by police Thailand has been charged with sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy and possessing indecent pictures.
19 Oct Thais arrest paedophile suspect A Canadian paedophile suspect who sparked a global manhunt has been arrested in Thailand, police say.
16 Oct Global hunt for child-sex suspect An international manhunt has been launched after Thai police named a suspected paedophile as Christopher Paul Neil, a 32-year-old Canadian.
09 Oct MPs question new passport costs MPs have questioned why British citizens will have to pay out for both an identity card and an ePassport - when both contain similar information.
08 Oct Man in coma after mosquito bite A holidaymaker has been left in a coma after becoming the first suspected European victim of a deadly virus.
02 Oct Warning of familiar travel danger Britons heading abroad are being urged to guard against "travel traumas" even when visiting friends and relatives
30 Sep EU mobile phone charges reduced Mobile phone calls within the EU have become cheaper under new limits set by the European Commission.
25 Sep Health changes hit French dream Record numbers of Britons are turning their daydreams into reality and retiring early to a place in the sun, but it is often not quite as easy as people imagine.
15 Sep Bus trip goes global to Australia A group of travellers will set off this weekend bound for Australia - by bus.
09 Sep Welshman murdered in Philippines The death of a 66-year-old man who moved from the south Wales valleys to the Philippines 18 months ago is being treated as murder.
08 Sep Compensation hope for flights People who flew long haul between 2004 and 2006 may be in line for compensation after two airlines have admitted colluding over prices.
31 Aug 'Pom invasion' hitting Down Under On the shores of Coogee beach in Sydney, British fitness expert Rob Derbyshire gently reminds his British client Judith that gain is normally accompanied by pain.
29 Aug Bank travel charges ad criticised An HSBC commercial has been criticised for misleading customers over charges for withdrawing cash abroad.
28 Aug UK conman admits to US visa fraud A Norfolk businessman faces up to ten years in a US jail after pleading guilty to forging the US visa applications of British families.
22 Aug 'No regrets about leaving the UK' Figures from the Office for National Statistics indicate that some 385,000 people left the UK for the long term in the year to mid-2006. Some 196,000 of those were British citizens.
22 Aug Record number of people leave UK Long-term migration into the UK was 574,000, figures suggest. More people left the UK last year than in any year since 1991, statistics just released suggest.
16 Aug Australia targets British workers British workers will find it easier to move Down Under when Australia changes its immigration policy next month.
16 Aug Claims for lost luggage 'soaring' The number of insurance claims for lost luggage has increased nearly twofold in the first six months of this year, according to an insurance company.
15 Aug Foreign home fees 'are too high' People who buy property overseas face transaction costs that are often "unnecessarily high", a report says.
13 Aug UK 'damaged' by Lebanon war delay The UK's reputation was damaged when the government hesitated in calling for an immediate end to the Lebanon war last year, MPs have said.
10 Aug British man snatched in Nigeria A British oil worker has been kidnapped by gunmen in Nigeria, the Foreign Office has confirmed.
09 Aug UK expat denies he is Lord Lucan A Briton living in New Zealand in an old car, with a pet possum, has denied he is missing aristocrat Lord Lucan.
03 Aug Easyjet to charge for all luggage Budget airline Easyjet has said that it is to charge customers for every piece of luggage that they check in to the plane's hold.
02 Aug EU cheered by mobile tariff cuts The European Commission says most mobile phone operators are complying with the regulation to cut mobile roaming charges by up to 70% in the EU.
02 Aug BA 'is worst performer in Europe' British Airways has been named in a report by the Association of European Airlines as the worst performing major European operator.
01 Aug Prague 'tourist trouble hotspot' British stag and hen groups heading to Prague have made the Czech Republic a hotspot for travellers getting into trouble, government figures suggest.
01 Aug BA's price-fix fine reaches £270m British Airways has been fined about £270m after it admitted collusion in fixing the prices of fuel surcharges.
31 Jul Ryanair to cut Stansted flightsRyanair is to cut its services from London Stansted this winter by 20%, reducing flights to some destinations and temporarily cancelling others.
30 Jul Airline body attacks UK security Airport screening in the UK does not improve security and inconveniences passengers, the International Air Transport Association's head has said.
18 Jul ID theft left me in Slovenian prison' Someone using his stolen passport was wanted for fraud, and his name was on an international arrest warrant.
10 Jul Cyprus and Malta to adopt euros Cyprus and Malta will adopt the euro on 1 January 2008 after EU finance ministers gave them the final go-ahead.
10 Jul Heathrow works to clear bag delay Extra staff at Heathrow Airport are working to clear a backlog of thousands of bags after last week's terror alert.
09 Jul New Nigeria oil worker abductions Unknown gunmen have attacked an oil production barge and snatched a Briton and an Eastern European in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta, officials say.
08 Jul Australia warns of Indonesia risk Australia has again warned that terrorist attacks could take place in Indonesia and has advised its citizens not to visit the country.
07 Jul Heathrow hit by baggage backlog A backlog of thousands of bags has built up at Heathrow Airport following the recent terror alerts.
06 Jul Helping expats evade kidnappers The seizure of a three-year-old British girl in Nigeria this week has again brought the issue of the kidnapping of expatriates abroad to the fore. How can people protect themselves and their employees from the increasing risks?
06 Jul Brown warning over airport delays Prime Minister Gordon Brown has warned holidaymakers to expect a summer of delays at airports - following three failed car bombings in Britain.
05 Jul Three-year-old seized in Nigeria The three-year-old daughter of a British expatriate worker has been kidnapped by gunmen in the Niger Delta, Nigerian police have said.
02 Jul Airlines ask people to be patient As security is increased at airports across the UK, leading airlines have asked passengers to allow more time to check in for their flights.
02 Jul Travel security raised amid alert Air passengers and rail commuters are to bear the brunt of heightened security following the three attempted bombings in London and Glasgow Airport.
02 Jul Cheaper mobile calls on the way Mobile phone companies in Europe have from now on got to start offering cheaper tariffs to their customers. 29 Jun Four hours of travel 'a DVT risk' The risk of developing dangerous blood clots doubles after travel lasting four hours or more, research shows.
27 Jun US-EU airline data accord reached EU and US negotiators have struck a deal on sharing information about transatlantic flight passengers.
24 Jun Sporran wearers may need licence Kilt wearers could face prosecution if they do not have a licence for their sporran under new legislation which has been introduced in Scotland.
23 Jun Foreign hostages freed in Nigeria Four foreign hostages have been freed in oil-rich southern Nigeria, after spending several weeks in captivity.
23 Jun Britons hurt in Yemeni shooting Two Britons have been seriously injured after a security guard opened fire on a group of employees of an international oil company in Yemen.
21 Jun Airline sorry for 27-hour delay An airline has apologised to passengers whose flight to Cyprus was delayed for almost 27 hours in Newcastle.
20 Jun 'Ridiculous' visa rulings set out UK tourist visas are often denied to would-be visitors because they "plan a holiday for no particular purpose other than sightseeing", a report says.
18 Jun Spain flights check-in warning UK passengers to Spanish airports should allow extra time to check in because of new security measures, the Department for Transport has warned.
18 Jun Moscow world's most costly city Russia's capital, Moscow, has been named as the world's most expensive city for expatriate staff to live, for the second year in a row.
17 Jun India's expat attraction On a balmy Saturday morning in Mumbai, Peter and Jane Akers are at their Hindi teacher's home for their weekly lessons in the Indian language.
15 Jun Britons warned over Gaza fighting Official advice for Britons going to Israel and Palestinian Territories has been updated owing to a "deterioration in the security situation".
12 Jun Hostages released in Niger Delta Officials in Nigeria say militants in the south of the country have released 12 foreign hostages, whom they have been holding for several weeks.
08 Jun BA increases fuel surcharge again British Airways (BA) has announced it is to increase its fuel surcharges on long-haul flights once again.
08 Jun Leave Niger Delta, Britons urged Britons have been advised by the UK government to leave three states in Nigeria's oil-producing Niger Delta.
03 Jun Briton's Nigeria kidnap confirmed A Briton was one of four foreign oil workers kidnapped in Nigeria on Friday, the Foreign Office has confirmed.
01 Jun BA staff attack airline's service British Airways (BA) has confirmed that a staff survey has revealed that less than half its workers think the airline offers passengers value for money.
29 May Expats win Spanish council seats Expatriates living in Spain have done well in local elections, winning council seats for their own independent political parties.
29 May US in TB flight infection warning US health officials have quarantined a man who may have exposed passengers on board two trans-Atlantic flights to a dangerous form of tuberculosis.
23 May EU caps roaming mobile phone fees The cost of making mobile phone calls in Europe is set to fall substantially after lawmakers backed plans to cap so-called "roaming" charges.
17 May Fund for overseas terror victims A Red Cross charity fund to help UK victims of terrorist attacks abroad has been formally set up, with an initial £1m donation from the government.
16 May Man's 17-year Thai prison 'hell' The longest-serving British prisoner overseas has returned to the UK after serving 17 years in Thai jails - despite maintaining his innocence.
14 May UK man tells of 'kidnap' in Syria A British man who disappeared in Syria for three months says he was kidnapped and forced to confess he was a terrorist preparing to go to Iraq.
14 May Passenger fury as flight delayed Hundreds of people spent more then eight hours sitting on a plane at Newcastle Airport only to be told their flight had been cancelled.
12 May Expats a political force in Spain Independent political parties dominated by expatriates - many of them British - are campaigning for the first time in Spain's local elections.
07 May Britons on crashed airliner named Five Britons on board a plane that crashed in southern Cameroon have been named by the Foreign Office.
05 May Volunteers join Madeleine search Tourists, local people and expat residents alike have turned up at the Mark Warner village in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz to join the hunt.
05 May Briton 'seized from Nigeria rig' A British oil worker has been abducted from a rig off the Nigerian coast, a spokesman for drilling company Transocean has said.
03 May US 'to tighten rules on Britons' The US government is reportedly seeking to tighten visa restrictions for British citizens of Pakistani origin
30 Apr Travellers warned of malaria risk The number of Britons who develop the most serious form of malaria is on the increase, official figures show.
27 Apr BA ups long-haul fuel surcharge British Airways (BA) is to increase its fuel surcharges on long haul flights once again, starting from next week.
25 Apr Spain hit by property crash fears Fears of a Spanish property crash have increased, prompting a sell-off in real estate shares and fanning concerns that thousands of Britons will lose money.
21 Apr BA cuts Branson from Bond movie British Airways has removed a shot of Virgin Atlantic boss Sir Richard Branson from the in-flight version of the James Bond movie Casino Royale.
18 Apr Britons go abroad for healthcare Britons are increasingly going abroad for cosmetic surgery, medical treatments and alternative therapies a survey suggests.
17 Apr Britons 'are getting unhappier' Britons are getting unhappier, with falling trust in institutions, such as the police and government, to blame, a Europe-wide study has suggested.
07 Apr Diet clears drinking-arrest pilot A pilot arrested on suspicion of being over the alcohol limit has been cleared after tests found heavy dieting had caused his breath to smell like drink.
04 Apr BA tops lost luggage league table British Airways lost more luggage than any other major European airline last year, figures have shown.
04 Apr Airlines warned over compensation Brussels has given airlines and national governments six months to make sure passengers get proper compensation for delayed or cancelled flights.
04 Apr Surprise as Delta hostages freed Four foreign hostages abducted in Nigeria's volatile Niger Delta region within the last month have been freed
02 Apr Pilot arrested on drink charge An airline pilot has been arrested on suspicion of being above the alcohol limit on board a plane due to fly to New York, police have confirmed.
31 Mar UK oil worker seized in Nigeria A British oil worker has been kidnapped in Nigeria, the Foreign Office said.
30 Mar Heathrow Concorde model removed A scale model of Concorde which has had pride of place at Heathrow Airport's entrance for 16 years has been removed.
27 Mar Briton's body found in Japan bath A woman found buried in sand in a bathtub in Japan has been named by police as 22-year-old missing Briton Lindsay Ann Hawker.
22 Mar The lure of nursing 'Down Under' They entered nursing with high hopes of working in a valued profession which made a difference to peoples' lives
21 Mar How easy is it to get a passport? Almost 36 years after the bestselling thriller The Day of the Jackal revealed how criminals used the birth certificates of dead babies to obtain fake travel documents, the UK is still seeing its passport system abused.
21 Mar Best of British A cut glass English accent can fool unsuspecting Americans into detecting a "brilliance that isn't there", says Stephen Fry. So is a British accent - of any variety - the route to success in the United States?
20 Mar 10,000 passports go to fraudsters Thousands of people have obtained passports under false pretences, the Home Office has admitted.
19 Mar Pilot was 'six times over limit'A pilot turned up for work almost six-and-a-half times over the drink limit to fly a plane, a jury heard.
17 Mar 'I'm leaving the NHS for New Zealand' Hundreds of trainee doctors have marched through London and Glasgow to protest about a new system for allocating specialist jobs, despite promises from the government that the system has been improved.
16 Mar Final British bottle of HP sauce The last bottle of HP sauce has been produced in Birmingham, marking the end of more than 100 years of sauce making at the site.
13 Mar Britons seized in Ethiopia freed A group of British embassy workers kidnapped in northern Ethiopia 12 days ago have been released, Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett has said.
06 Mar Your 30 ways the UK has changed How has Britain changed in the last 10 years? Last week, the Magazine challenged readers to tell us.
05 Mar EU bans Pakistan airline flights The European Union has barred most of the planes of Pakistan International Airlines from flying to the 27-nation bloc because of safety concerns.
04 Mar Eritrea denies kidnap accusation Eritrea has denied claims its forces were behind the kidnap of five British people in Ethiopia on Thursday.
23 Feb Dream commuters cross borders Britain's commuters have the worst deal in all of Europe. We spend longer in our cars and trains than anyone else.
23 Feb 1,000 passports 'missing in post' More than 1,000 passports are going missing in the post each year despite the use of "secure deliveries", a report suggests.
22 Feb Yorkshire pud rises to top award The Yorkshire pudding has been named the nation's favourite regional food.
22 Feb Warning to Mozambique travellers The Foreign Office has warned British travellers to leave parts of Mozambique which look set to be hit by torrential rain and winds of up to 150mph.
18 Feb More Midlanders going Down Under The number of Midlands people emigrating to Australia and New Zealand has doubled over the last decade.
17 Feb 'Vital' passport changes defended Changing the way in which applications for a first passport are treated will be "vital" in helping crack down on identity fraud, passport officials say.
16 Feb Two charged in missing expat case Two people are being held in Spain in connection with the murder of a Kent man who was last seen two years ago and whose body has never been found.
14 Feb Briton held in US over visa scam A Norfolk businessman, now living in Florida, has appeared in court accused of masterminding a scam promising American visas for UK investors.
13 Feb BA launches new baggage charges British Airways has launched its new excess baggage rules which will see passengers pay to check in a second piece of luggage.
08 Feb BA to charge £240 for extra bag British Airways is planning to add up to £240 to the cost of a return long-haul flight if passengers want to check in an extra bag.
07 Feb Warning over ePassport microchips Microchips in Britain's new ePassports only have two-year warranties, a National Audit Office report says.
06 Feb Expat dies in Bermuda road crash Tributes have been paid in Bermuda following the death of a Welshman in a motorcycle crash.
06 Feb Euro emergency number 'unknown' Campaigners have demanded greater efforts to publicise the little-known European emergency number - 112.
01 Feb Air tax increase comes into force Laws doubling the amount of passenger duty people pay when taking flights from the UK have come into force.
31 Jan 'Losing a home on costa del scam' Southern Spain seemed an idyllic place to retire to.
31 Jan Q&A: EU passenger data row In 2004, the European Union and the US agreed that airlines leaving Europe for the US would provide a range of information about every passenger.
29 Jan Union calls off BA strike action A planned two-day strike by thousands of British Airways cabin crew has been called off, the airline has said.
29 Jan Air passenger duty increase looms As if a planned two-day strike by British Airways staff on Tuesday and Wednesday this week were not enough, some passengers of other airlines could face a different set of problems on Thursday.
26 Jan BA e-mail says strike going ahead British Airways has e-mailed customers to say that strikes by cabin crew on 30 and 31 January are going ahead.
24 Jan Untagged bags piled up at airport Hundreds of unmarked bags at Heathrow are still to be reunited with their owners, a month after a luggage backlog built up at the airport.
24 Jan BA walkout delayed for 24 hours A planned strike by thousands of British Airways cabin crew has been postponed for 24 hours to allow more time for talks, the T&G union has said.
22 Jan Q&A: Proposed BA strike Cabin crew at British Airways (BA) have voted for a three-day strike at the end of January in a dispute over sickness, pay and staffing issues.
22 Jan Talks to end BA cabin crew strike A fresh round of talks is expected in efforts to avert a three-day strike by British Airways cabin crew.
21 Jan BA staff to strike as talks fail British Airways cabin crew are to strike for three days after talks broke down between the airline and the union.
19 Jan Travellers suffer in storms' wake Disruption caused by the UK's strongest storms in 17 years is continuing to affect travel across the country.
16 Jan Mobile firm 3 scraps roaming fees Mobile phone network 3 has abolished roaming charges for its UK customers in seven nations including Italy, Australia and the Republic of Ireland.
15 Jan When Britain and France nearly married Formerly secret documents unearthed from the National Archives have showed Britain and France considered a "union" in the 1950s.
15 Jan BA staff vote for strike action British Airways (BA) cabin crew have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action in a dispute over sick leave, pay and staffing.
13 Jan Airports face chaos over tax rise Air travellers are being warned of possible chaos at airports next month as some are told to pay a rise in tax despite buying tickets months ago.
12 Jan Britons' dreams of US visas shattered US police and the State Department are investigating several companies suspected of involvement in a series of visa scams in which British families have lost millions of pounds.
11 Jan BA set to reduce fuel surcharge British Airways is cutting its fuel surcharge on flights lasting less than nine hours after the price of oil fell.
08 Jan Runway reopens at Bristol Airport The runway has reopened and flights have resumed at Bristol Airport after tests on a runway at the centre of a safety row.
07 Jan Bristol runway shut in safety row The runway at Bristol Airport has been closed, leaving flights on the rest of Sunday and Monday morning either cancelled or diverted.
06 Jan Safety row disrupts ten airlines Ten air operators have either cancelled or diverted flights from Bristol Airport in a row over runway safety.
05 Jan Flights cancelled in safety row More than 80 flights in and out of Bristol International Airport have been cancelled or diverted in a row over runway safety.
03 Jan Airline tackles luggage mountain Thousands of items of unclaimed luggage are piled up at Heathrow Airport because of faulty equipment and poor weather, British Airways (BA) has said.
03 Jan Passengers' tales of lost luggage As BA struggles to cope with a backlog of unclaimed luggage at Heathrow airport, BBC News website readers share their unfortunate experiences of losing their baggage over the festive season.
01 Jan Britons injured in Bangkok blasts Two Britons have been treated in hospital after being caught up in one of a series of bomb explosions to hit Bangkok, the Foreign Office has said.

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