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EXPATRIATE NEWS ITEMS - 2008 FROM  BBC News 

30 Dec Bar owner found dead in Thailand A Scottish businessman has been found dead at a holiday resort in Thailand.
29 Dec Briton fights claims of adultery A British mother facing six months in jail in Dubai after being convicted of adultery insists she is innocent.
24 Dec Christmas messages from far away On Christmas Day, most of us pick up the phone and give our friends and family a seasonal greeting.
23 Dec Airlines warned over compensation The EU's top court says passengers must be compensated if an airline cancels a flight for technical reasons, unless "extraordinary" events are to blame.
18 Dec Britons in fight for Cyprus home An adviser to the EU's top court says a ruling against the British owners of a holiday home in Turkish-controlled northern Cyprus should be recognised.
16 Dec Man convicted of abducting Lucie A Tokyo businessman has been convicted of abducting the British bar hostess Lucie Blackman.
15 Dec Mother's hostage freedom relief The mother of an Aberdeen oil worker taken hostage in Nigeria has spoken of her relief after he was released.
14 Dec Ex-pat police move gets response A campaign aimed at luring ex-pat police to Leicestershire has had results just a day after it was launched, senior officers have said.
13 Dec Fight goes on for kidnapped Briton The family of a British man kidnapped in Iraq is preparing to spend its second Christmas without him as efforts continue to secure his release.
05 Dec Moves to lure back ex-pat police Homesick ex-pat police officers in Australia are being tempted back to Leicestershire with a £10,000 offer.
04 Dec Poll finds many may retire abroad Over a third of Britons questioned in a poll have said they would consider retiring abroad because of the weather and rising costs.
02 Dec Stranded Britons 'will get home 'Thousands of stranded British tourists in Thailand are set to fly home after protesters said they would end their occupation of Bangkok's airports.
30 Nov 'No danger' for trapped Britons Britons trapped in Thailand after anti-government protests are in "no danger" says a traveller from Essex stuck in Bangkok international airport.
29 Nov Britons still stuck in Thai chaos British travellers stranded in Thailand after anti-government protesters took over Bangkok's main airports are facing several more days of frustration.
28 Nov Briton tells of his Mumbai rescue A British businessman who barricaded himself into a Mumbai hotel room for two days when gunmen attacked has spoken of his relief at being rescued.
28 Nov Gunmen abduct Scottish oil worker A Scottish oil worker has been abducted in southern Nigeria.
28 Nov Europe backs mobile roaming cap European telecoms chiefs have backed plans to make it cheaper to access data while on a mobile phone abroad.
27 Nov FCO to help Britons leave Mumbai UK nationals have been offered assistance to leave Mumbai by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
27 Nov Briton killed in Mumbai attacks One British national has been killed after gunmen mounted attacks across the Indian city of Mumbai (Bombay), the Foreign Office has said.
27 Nov Britons trapped in Mumbai hotels Britons have barricaded themselves in their rooms after gunmen stormed two luxury hotels in the Indian city of Mumbai (Bombay).
26 Nov Britons in Thai 'no man's land' British travellers are in "no man's land" after anti-government protesters occupied Bangkok's main international airport, the Foreign Office has said.
25 Nov Beach-sex couple to be deported Two Britons found guilty of having sex on a Dubai beach are to be deported without serving any jail sentence.
06 Nov In Pictures: Costa's Most Wanted Crimestoppers, with the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca), has released pictures of 10 of the most wanted Britons living in Spain.
03 Nov T5 was 'national embarrassment' The chaotic opening of Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5 showed "serious failings" by British Airways and airport operator BAA, MPs have said.
31 Oct Briton becomes Costa Blanca mayor A British expat who speaks only broken Spanish has become the "accidental mayor" of a town on the Costa Blanca after a series of "bribery" arrests.
29 Oct Concern in Kabul for British expats The deaths of two British nationals have cast a spotlight on what life is like for foreigners who are living in Afghanistan.
25 Oct Three shot dead in Afghan capital Three people have been shot dead in the Afghan capital, Kabul, including two foreigners, one of them British.
25 Oct British man missing in Indonesia A British sea scooter official has gone missing during the Asian Beach Games in Indonesia.
24 Oct Ryanair to close base in Valencia Budget airline Ryanair is to close its base at Valencia in Spain with the loss of 70 weekly flights, it has announced.
24 Oct Scot killed 'violently' in Spain Spanish police are investigating what they describe as the "violent" death of a Scottish businessman in Barcelona.
16 Oct Beach sex sentence 'sets example' It was the summer tabloid sensation. A British couple arrested for having sex, on a public beach, in a country of strict Islamic values.
16 Oct Sex-on-beach trial Britons guilty A British man and woman have been sentenced to three months in jail in Dubai after being found guilty of having sex on a beach.
15 Oct Travel resumed after strike ends Ferry sailings between Dover and Calais have resumed following the suspension of the strike by port control officers in France.
10 Oct Britons killed by floods in Spain A British woman and her 14-year-old daughter have died in flash-floods while they were trying to cross a ravine in Spain.
03 Oct Strike disrupts channel ferries Cross-channel ferry services from Dover have resumed after strike action by fishermen in France was called off.
25 Sep UK flights hit by computer glitch Flights to and from some UK airports have been cancelled or delayed because of a computer problem at the main air traffic control centre at Swanwick. 
23 Sep Briton 'shot dead in Argentina' A British man has died after reportedly being shot by two armed motorcyclists in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires. 
23 Sep EU to slash more mobile charges Proposals to slash the cost of using mobile phones abroad, for text, data and voice calls, could become law next July following a vote in Brussels. 
16 Sep Briton seized by Nigerian gunmen A British national has been kidnapped by gunmen in Nigeria, the Foreign Office has confirmed. 
16 Sep England 'most crowded in Europe' Immigration levels have pushed population density in England to a higher level than any other major country in Europe. 
15 Sep How to spot the English Mark Mardell's Euroblog
02 Sep Mining engineer in Gambia escape A British engineer who was accused of illegal mining in Gambia and had his passport confiscated is back in the UK after a "terrifying" escape.
31 Aug Britons resume Thailand travels Many British tourists are hoping to resume travel plans after the reopening of three airports in Thailand that were closed by anti-government protests.
30 Aug Thai airport warning for Britons British citizens in Thailand should avoid large gatherings and stay away from airports hit by demonstrations there, the Foreign Office has advised.
29 Aug Q&A: Options for Zoom passengers The collapse of low-cost transatlantic airline Zoom has left 4,500 UK passengers stranded abroad while up to 60,000 have lost bookings, according to the Civil Aviation Authority.
28 Aug Zoom Airlines suspend all flights Transatlantic budget carrier Zoom Airlines has suspended all flights and is applying to go into administration.
25 Aug No leads on Thailand disappearance How can someone disappear without trace on a small island?
21 Aug Stansted baggage strikes halted Baggage handlers at Stansted airport have called off 24-hour strikes planned for the bank holiday and after.
15 Aug Airports face Bank Holiday strike Baggage handlers and check-in staff at Gatwick and Stansted airports are to strike on Bank Holiday Monday in a row over pay, unions say.
15 Aug Heathrow returning to normal Services at Heathrow's Terminal 3 are returning to normal after a computer glitch left up to 6,000 passengers unable to enter the building.
13 Aug 'Adultery' man can return to UK A man who went on the run after being told he faced seven years' jail for committing adultery in the Philippines, has been told he can return to Britain.
10 Aug Britons warned to leave Georgia The Foreign Office is advising all British nationals currently in Georgia to leave as soon as possible unless they have an urgent need to stay.
08 Aug Ryanair blocks 'illegal' bookings Ryanair is to cancel thousands of its own customers' bookings after they were made through internet travel agents whose activities it says are illegal.
04 Aug On board avec le French lesson Paddy O'Connell boarded a ferry where you can get some last minute cramming thanks to an onboard language class.
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.
30 Jul Dubai expats face legal limbo Dubai is the expat dream. Year-round sunshine, sandy beaches and a tax-free lifestyle to boot.
24 Jul EU publishes airlines blacklist The European Union has issued a list of blacklisted airlines banned from travelling into its airspace due to fears over their safety standards.
24 Jul Moscow tops list of pricey cities Moscow has topped the league of most expensive cities for expatriates to live in for the third year running.
24 Jul Easyjet plans cuts as costs bite Budget airline Easyjet will cut flights over the winter to offset a challenging economic climate and the high fuel prices that have dented profit growth.
23 Jul Ryanair price error 'to be fixed' Budget airline Ryanair has said it will fix a fault on its website that means it is breaking rules on price clarity.
23 Jul Passport workers strike over pay Workers at seven of Britain's regional passport offices are going on strike to protest over pay and cutbacks.
17 Jul Lucie's father starts help fund The father of murdered bar hostess Lucie Blackman has launched a fund to support other families who have had a loved one go missing abroad.
17 Jul Ryanair to cut Stansted flights Ryanair, the budget Irish airline, has said it will cut about 250 flights from Stansted this winter as it tries to offset higher fuel and airport costs.
15 Jul EU challenges roaming 'rip-off' Regulators have announced a crackdown on the cost of sending text messages on mobile phones within the EU.
09 Jul Euro MPs get tough on airline ads The European Parliament has agreed to ban airlines from advertising fares that do not include the taxes and charges passengers have to pay.
09 Jul Woman arrested for 'sex on beach' A British businesswoman is facing up to six years in a Dubai jail after she was allegedly caught having sex on a beach
08 Jul 'Adulterous' couple on the run A Wiltshire man has gone on the run in Thailand after being sentenced to jail in the Philippines for breaking the country's strict adultery laws.
08 Jul Man had to carry wife on to plane A husband had to give his disabled wife a fireman's lift on to a Ryanair flight at Luton Airport after staff refused to help, due to health and safety issues.
28 Jun Travellers warned over insurance British standards are being applied unfairly overseas as a basis for rejecting travel insurance claims, according to a consumer watchdog.
24 Jun Luton Airport to charge for trolley use It will be the first major airport in the UK to make people pay a £1 fee for a trolley when it introduces the fees on 26 July.
23 Jun Has the gain in Spain gone down the drain? With a copy of the Daily Mail on the cafe table, Eric Summers orders a white coffee for himself and a tonic water for wife Viola - in fluent Spanish.
23 Jun The Costa living hits Brits in Spain Brits who have moved to Spain for a better lifestyle are being battered by the economic problems they would have faced in the UK - surging inflation and falling property prices.
22 Jun Bidding begins in auction of ex-pat's "entire life" An ex-pat who decided to make a clean break after splitting with his wife has so far attracted 70 bids for his "entire life".
16 Jun UK says UAE terror risk is 'high' British nationals in the United Arab Emirates have been warned there is now a high risk of a terror attack there.
05 Jun Flights move to T5 after delays British Airways' transfer of some long-haul flights to Heathrow's Terminal 5 is progressing smoothly, more than a month later than planned.
29 May BA fuel surcharges rise further British Airways has said it will increase its fuel surcharges on all tickets issued from Tuesday, 3 June as it looks to offset rising oil prices.
16 May Website to trace Brits in crises A service to help track down Britons caught up in emergencies abroad is being launched by the Foreign Office.
14 May UK expats face Spanish troubles The hundreds of thousands of Britons who have moved to Spain in search of a better life have been hit by falling property prices, sometimes with devastating consequences.
09 May EU issues airline website threat The EU's consumer commissioner has warned she will punish airlines that fail to improve their online booking websites within a year.
06 May Images of 'paedophile' released Interpol has publicly released images from the internet of a man it suspects of sexually abusing young boys.
29 Apr BA raises fuel surcharges again British Airways says it is increasing fuel surcharges on long and short-haul flights from 2 May.
29 Apr Heathrow rapped by US air chief A senior executive at a major airline says London's Heathrow is probably the worst European airport it uses.
28 Apr Which town has the most pubs for its size? A seemingly easy question - just count the pubs, and the population, and that's the answer. But it's not that simple.
22 Apr England's most patriotic town? The banners, flags and bunting went up weeks ago, and across the market town of Morley in West Yorkshire, residents have been holding their biggest St George's celebrations to date.
19 Apr Probe into Eurostar 10-hour delay Eurostar has launched an investigation after passengers on one of its services took ten hours to travel from London to Paris.
17 Apr Direct Line restores T5 insurance The Direct Line insurance company is restoring full travel cover to passengers using the recently opened Terminal 5 at Heathrow.
17 Apr Britons advised to avoid Zimbabwe British travellers have been advised against visiting Zimbabwe in "all but exceptional" circumstances.
16 Apr What happens to lost airport luggage? With thousands of bags lost at Heathrow's Terminal 5, some people will never see their luggage again. So what happens to bags when the hunt for their owner ends?
15 Apr Terminal 5 insurance cover cut Some insurers have stopped offering cover for lost luggage or delayed flights to travellers going through Terminal 5 at Heathrow.
11 Apr T5: A guide to compensation
11 Apr Delays to some Heathrow transfers People travelling from regional airports and transferring to long-haul flights could face disruptions because of the problems at Terminal 5.
06 Apr Now snow hits flights at new T5 Snow has led to more than a 100 flights being cancelled at Heathrow's Terminal 5 as scuffles reportedly broke out between passengers and staff.
05 Apr Fresh baggage woes at Terminal 5 Hopes of Heathrow's Terminal 5 operating its first full schedule of flights have been scuppered by a new glitch with the baggage system.
03 Apr Terminal 5 ready for full flights Heathrow's Terminal 5 will operate a full schedule of flights on Saturday, British Airways has said.
01 Apr Expat seeks Welsh au pair in city A south Wales expat and his Spanish partner are seeking a Welsh-speaking au pair to look after their baby, Aran Iago ap Dafydd Hernandez in Brussels.
31 Mar 28,000 bags caught in T5 foul-up It will take up to a week to return 28,000 bags placed in temporary storage after troubles at Heathrow's Terminal 5, a government minister has said.
31 Mar Flight disruption continues at T5 Disruption at Heathrow's new £4.3bn Terminal 5 is continuing for a fifth day, with 54 flights grounded and a backlog of 15,000 bags.
30 Mar T5 baggage system 'working' - BA The baggage handling system at Heathrow's Terminal 5 is now "generally working well", says British Airways Chief Executive Willie Walsh.
29 Mar BA condemned over Heathrow chaos British Airways takes a hammering from editorial writers over the airline's handling of the flight chaos at Heathrow's new Terminal 5.
29 Mar T5 cancellations set to continue Flight cancellations at the new Terminal 5 of London's Heathrow Airport will continue well into next week.
29 Mar 15,000 bags stranded at Heathrow At least 15,000 bags are stranded at Heathrow airport after a third day of cancellations at the new Terminal 5.
28 Mar Second day of baggage chaos at T5 Further chaos is expected at Heathrow's Terminal 5 after its opening day was marred by a catalogue of errors which left many stranded overnight.
27 Mar Passenger fury over T5 'shambles' The grand opening of Heathrow's new terminal could not have gone much worse for the thousands of passengers whose travel plans were completely up in the air, while they remained on terra firma.
22 Mar Germans lose their marbles crown Competitors at the annual World Marble Championships celebrated long into the evening after a British team beat the Germans for the first time in years.
19 Mar No escape from EU traffic fines Drivers caught speeding outside their home countries will no longer avoid prosecution, under EU proposals.
13 Mar What are your experiences of driving in the Middle East? Police have said Tuesday's multi-vehicle crash in Dubai was one of the worst road accidents in the UAE. What are your experiences of driving in the Middle East?
11 Mar BA pilots halt Easter strike plan British Airways pilots will not take strike action over Easter, their union has said.
08 Mar MEP seeks to resolve ferry strike The President of France has been urged to intervene in a strike by SeaFrance ferry workers to help end the ongoing disruption on the M20 in Kent.
02 Mar Some New York stores prefer euros European shoppers have been heading to New York in their droves to make the most of the low value of the dollar.
01 Mar Strike and wind disrupt crossings SeaFrance crossings from Dover to Calais have been suspended for a third day as a strike by ferry officers in France over a pay dispute continues.
22 Feb Ryanair website shut till Monday Budget airline Ryanair is closing its website for bookings until late on Monday to upgrade the system.
21 Feb BA pilots vote for strike action British Airways pilots have voted to go on strike in a dispute over the airline's plans to launch a new transatlantic subsidiary.
20 Feb Heathrow baggage woes continue People flying from Heathrow's Terminal 4 are facing delays because of problems with baggage handling software.
20 Feb Delays to air luggage 'worsening' Travellers flying with some of Europe's major airlines suffered more luggage delays last year, with British Airways still among the worst, figures suggest.
18 Feb BBC World Service Shortwave changes for Europe shortwave transmissions* to Europe closed on 18th February 2008.
15 Feb BA and Virgin to pay out refunds People who flew long-haul with British Airways or Virgin Atlantic between 11 August 2004 and 23 March 2006 will be eligible for a refund.
13 Feb BAA luggage-tracking trial begins A six-month trial that could revolutionise the way luggage is tracked and monitored has begun at London's Heathrow airport.
11 Feb Saudis clamp down on valentines Religious police in Saudi Arabia are banning the sale of Valentine's Day gifts including red roses, a local newspaper has reported.
11 Feb EU warns firms on text charging Europe's mobile phone operators have been warned they must cut the cost of texting and internet access for users who are overseas or face regulation.
08 Feb Tourists warned of UAE drug laws Travellers to the United Arab Emirates are being warned about its severe drug laws which have seen dozens detained for apparently minor offences.
01 Feb Britons 'keener to retire abroad' The number of people who will retire abroad is set to rise to 3.3million by 2050, a survey has suggested.
01 Feb Would you be cut out for the expat life? A new survey suggests expatriate Britons are overwhelmingly happy with their new life abroad. BBC reporter Chris Mason spoke to two British emigres, who have made a new life for themselves on the coast of Spain.
01 Feb Au revoir Mister Franglais The British are notoriously bad at learning foreign tongues. But with Franglais, the late Miles Kington showed anyone could get by on holiday with just a petit peu of effort.
31 Jan The £10 ticket to another life After World War II many Britons were sold the dream of a new life in Australia, seduced by a fare of just £10. Over one-and-half million went, but what became of the Ten Pound Poms?
24 Jan Getting your round in The British retain their status as Europe's most dedicated buyers of rounds, but what lies behind this piece of pub etiquette?
23 Jan Police plea for 'Costa criminals' Police have appealed for information about 10 suspected British criminals thought to be living in Spain.
23 Jan List of Spanish fugitives Ten suspected British criminals thought to be living in Spain are the subject of an appeal by police through Operation Captura.
22 Jan Briton was shot 'protecting wife' A British man was shot dead at his Kenyan home by a gang as he protected his wife and friends, his brother said.
21 Jan Flight delays continue in probe Heathrow Airport is still experiencing delays following the crash-landing of a British Airways Boeing 777.
20 Jan Scots ask US to lift haggis ban The Scottish Government is considering asking the United States to rethink its ban on haggis imports.
19 Jan In praise of cultural diplomacy As ties between London and Moscow grow increasingly frosty over the role a cultural organisation, BBC diplomatic correspondent Bridget Kendall looks back at the history of the British Council in Russia.
18 Jan Latest on Heathrow travel problems Following the crash-landing of British Airways flight BA038 at Heathrow on Thursday, airport operator BAA says there is likely to be some disruption to services on Friday.
18 Jan Passenger criticises BA treatment British Airways has been criticised for the way it treated Heathrow crash passengers once they had been taken into the airport.
17 Jan Travellers fear delays and frustration Holidaymakers travelling out of Heathrow's Terminal 4 are bracing themselves for a night of delays and frustration.
17 Jan Briton murdered in New Zealand A young woman from Orkney has died after being attacked while on a working holiday in New Zealand.
08 Jan 48,000 expats 'get fuel benefit' Nearly 48,000 Britons living abroad, even in sunnier climes, are receiving at least £8.2m in winter fuel payments, a Cambridgeshire man has discovered.
07 Jan Airport hand baggage restrictions The one-bag restriction for hand baggage has been lifted at 22 UK airports although not all airlines will allow more than one bag. Here is the situation with the main airlines at the affected airports.
07 Jan Travellers stoic over baggage confusion New rules on what hand baggage can be taken onto flights were introduced on Monday, sparking fears of confusion and chaos at airports.
07 Jan Kenya trips ban remains in place A temporary ban on UK package holidays to Kenya will remain in place until at least Tuesday, the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) has said.
07 Jan Virgin cabin crew ditch strikes Virgin Atlantic cabin crew have called off planned strikes after a deal was agreed with management on pay, the airline said.
05 Jan UK's oldest emigrant sails to NZ The UK's oldest emigrant has set sail for his new life in New Zealand - at the age of 102.
04 Jan Tour firms extend Kenya trips ban UK travel firms have cancelled holidays to Kenya until Monday, the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) has announced.
03 Jan UK airport strikes are called off Unions have called off three strikes set for January that threatened to close the UK's busiest airports.
03 Jan Britons anxious over Kenya trips Hundreds of UK tourists and workers with plans to travel to Kenya are facing uncertainty and fear being left out of pocket after the Foreign Office advised against all but essential travel.
02 Jan Politics at a distance Spread thinly around the world, hundreds of Britons actively keep up to date with political developments back in Westminster, but why do they bother so far from home?
01 Jan Britons caught in Kenya violence An estimated 30,000 Britons are currently in Kenya, where disputed election results have sparked violent clashes, killings and looting.

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