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EXPATRIATE NEWS ITEMS - 2009 FROM  BBC News 

27 Dec US flight delays from British airports after terror bid Passengers on US-bound flights from Britain are facing delays and extra security measures after a man was charged with trying to blow up a plane.
23 Dec India visa move brings complaints India has tightened rules for long-term tourist visas, barring visitors from returning within two months of leaving.
22 Dec Eurostar resumes Channel Tunnel train services Eurostar has resumed operation of high-speed trains through the Channel Tunnel after three days with no service.
21 Dec The risks of women drug mules in Brazil The number of foreign women detained for drug trafficking in Brazil in the past three years has soared. The BBC's Gary Duffy examines the increase and speaks to two British women who are currently in jail awaiting sentencing for smuggling cocaine.
20 Dec Town to lose cross-Channel ferry A cross-Channel ferry to France which has been operating from a Dorset town for the past 17 years will be withdrawn due to declining passenger numbers.
20 Dec Eurostar suspends services for third day Eurostar has said there will be no services for a third day on Monday while further tests are carried out on its fleet of trains.
19 Dec Passengers trapped on Eurostar trains relive ordeal Passengers trapped on board broken-down Eurostar trains for up to 16 hours have been talking about their ordeals.
18 Dec British Airways union Unite to call new strike vote British Airways (BA) cabin crew will be balloted again on industrial action after a planned Christmas strike was declared illegal by the High Court.
17 Dec British Airways strike blocked by court A strike by British Airways cabin crew planned for Christmas has been declared illegal in a High Court ruling.
14 Dec British Airways cabin crew vote for Christmas strike British Airways cabin crew have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action in a dispute over job cuts and changes to staff contracts.
26 Nov Mumbai terror attacks: UK victims one year on On this day one year ago more than 170 people died when gunmen opened fire attacking popular sites around the Indian city of Mumbai.
23 Nov Last call for Heathrow Terminal 2 Heathrow Airport's Terminal 2 is closing after 54 years to make way for a £1bn replacement.
18 Nov Turkish police catch sex attacker A Plymouth landlord who went on the run after he sexually assaulted two vulnerable teenage tenants has been arrested in Turkey.
16 Nov BA strike ballot papers sent out The Unite union has issued strike ballot papers to British Airways cabin staff, as new working practices for in-flight crew numbers are introduced.
16 Nov Australia 'sorry' for child abuse Australian PM Kevin Rudd has apologised to the hundreds of thousands of people, some British migrants, who were abused or neglected in state care as children.
03 Nov Wife convicted of Gambia murder  A 28-year-old Nigerian woman has been found guilty of murdering her 76-year-old husband by a court in The Gambia.
01 Nov Air tax increase comes into force The first of two rises in UK airport departure tax has come into effect, adding up to £30 to the cost of flying.
25 Oct Elderly UK couple killed in Kenya Two British pensioners have been killed while on holiday in Kenya's port city of Mombasa, the Foreign Office says.
16 Oct Striking staff block French port Thousands of ferry passengers have been stranded at the Kent port of Dover after striking French SeaFrance workers blockaded the port of Calais.
15 Oct Britons' trips abroad 'fell 13%' Overseas visits by Britons fell 13% between September 2008 and August 2009 compared with the 12 months before, the Office for National Statistics says.
08 Oct 'Most wanted' man held in Spain One of Britain's most wanted men has been arrested in Spain.
06 Oct Extra factors: Airline charges Sandwiches, drinks, checking in bags, checking in yourself at the airport... Just some of the things airlines charge passengers for.
25 Sep British Airways sets seat charges British Airways passengers will have to pay to choose their seats before they travel from October, the airline says.
23 Sep Most wanted Costa suspects named Britain's 10 most wanted criminal suspects thought to be on the run in Spain are being targeted in a new appeal on the Costa del Sol.
01 Sep Court hearing expat pensions case A case that could affect the pensions of thousands of Britons who have retired abroad will be heard in a European court later.
12 Aug Embassies plead 'big issues only'  British embassies around the world are getting "frustrated" by travellers wanting weather reports and advice on how to deal with unruly children.
05 Aug Figures highlight holiday hazards British travellers have been urged to use common sense abroad, as annual Foreign Office figures showed almost 7,000 were arrested over 12 months.
08 Aug Holiday lottery rules 'not clear' National Lottery operator Camelot has been criticised for allowing people to buy tickets online while abroad despite them being unable to win any money.
05 Aug Alert after Tobago machete attack A fresh warning about violent crime in Trinidad and Tobago had been issued by the Foreign Office after a Somerset couple were attacked with a machete
29 Jul BA scraps the short-haul sandwich British Airways is to scrap all meals, except breakfast, on its short-haul flights in a bid to save £22m a year.
20 Jul Tourists warned of Thailand airport scam Bangkok's showcase new international airport is no stranger to controversy.
20 Jul Papers report airlines' flu ban plan Many of the papers report that British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have said they will not allow passengers to fly if they show symptoms of swine flu.
07 Jul Cost of new passports to increase The cost of getting a new passport is to rise by more than £5 - or 7% - with ministers blaming a drop in income following a fall in applications.
01 Jul Cost of texting abroad comes down The cost of sending text messages from your mobile phone when you are overseas in the European Union has come down.
29 Jun T5 check-in reopens after glitch Check-in desks at Heathrow Terminal 5 have reopened following problems with luggage conveyor belts that caused major disruption.
24 Jun Hard times in Spain send expats home The sunshine lifestyle has long tempted many Britons to uproot and make a new start on the costas of Spain. But now as the Spanish economy suffers and the opportunities there dry up, many of the expats are coming home.
22 Jun Embassy staff families leave Iran The families of British embassy staff in Iran are being withdrawn because of political unrest there, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has said.
18 Jun Briton dies after attack in Spain A Dorset man has died in hospital after being attacked in a town in southern Spain, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has confirmed.
13 Jun Lost in translation across the Channel France might be just across the English Channel from Britain, but Emma Jane Kirby says both nations are still prone to the pitfalls of linguistic misunderstandings.
12 Jun Nigeria rebels free UK oil worker A British oil worker taken hostage nine months ago in the southern Nigerian swamps has been released.
11 Jun Luanda 'priciest city for expats' Luanda is the most expensive city in the world for foreign workers, according to a survey.
03 Jun Is the worst over for the pound? The pound's slide against the euro and dollar at the end of last year claimed a number of victims.
02 Jun Wanted Briton arrested in Spain A British man wanted by police for an attempted murder carried out a decade ago, has been arrested in Spain.
02 Jun Adulterous couple jailed in Dubai A mother-of-two from Merseyside who admitted committing adultery in the United Arab Emirates has been sentenced to two months in jail.
30 May Are British expats in Korea anxious? North Korea's decision to stage a nuclear test in direct contravention of an international ban has been widely condemned and led to fears of conflict in south-east Asia. But are Britons living in the region fearful?
29 May Britons to return from Zimbabwe More than 60 British passport holders, reduced to poverty in Zimbabwe, are to be repatriated to Britain over the next few weeks.
26 May Briton to appeal death sentence A British citizen sentenced to death for drugs trafficking in China is to plead his case at an appeal court.
21 May Dubai's unemployed head for the beach Bad Times Boot Camp gets unemployed people out of bed
19 May MEPs back Spanish property victims The European Parliament has called on Spain to reform planning laws that have allowed developers to acquire private land below market rates and forced homeowners from their properties, with some even having their homes demolished.
13 May Expats give up on Provence dream France's traditionally sedate property market is suffering some turbulence as concentrations of expats in some areas have exported not only cash but also a very British boom and bust.
11 May Mumbai victim seeks compensation A London man seriously injured in last year's Mumbai attacks has called for compensation for British victims.
08 May Expat banned for 169mph speeding A Scottish expatriate living on the Costa del Sol has been fined more than £3,000 for driving at the highest speed ever recorded in Granada province.
28 Apr UK tourists 'should avoid Mexico' The Foreign Office is advising against all but essential travel Mexico, where more than 150 people have died from swine flu.
28 Apr Greek Cypriots 'can reclaim land' The EU's top court has backed the right of a Greek Cypriot to reclaim land in Turkish-controlled northern Cyprus that has since been sold to a UK couple.
24 Apr Expat benefits cheats soak up sun The government says benefit fraud by people living abroad costs UK taxpayers £63m a year - and is extending a hotline scheme to report them.
22 Apr EU forces big mobile price cuts Euro MPs have voted overwhelmingly to cut the cost of texting and using the internet on mobiles abroad.
19 Apr Nigerian group frees UK hostage A British man held hostage in Nigeria for more than six months has been freed, a military official said.
15 Apr Croatia cursed by crime and corruption Britain's Foreign Office is warning visitors to Croatia this summer to beware of a threat from organised crime.
13 Apr Hammer murderer gets 39-year term A Spanish man who murdered a Welsh couple with a hammer on the island of Fuerteventura has been jailed for 39 years by a court in the Canary Islands.
12 Apr Britons warned off Bangkok travel The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has warned Britons against travelling to Bangkok after violence and rioting erupted in the Thai capital.
12 Apr Briton jailed for life in Kuwait A British civilian defence contractor has been jailed for life in Kuwait after he was convicted of smuggling cannabis from Iraq, his lawyer said.
31 Mar Passengers 'rate Heathrow worst' Passengers have rated Heathrow's Terminal 1 as the worst place to travel from in a survey carried out by Which? Holiday magazine.
27 Mar Mother's anger at Foreign Office A woman who lost two of her children in a suspected arson attack in Pakistan has criticised the UK Foreign Office for not doing enough to help her.
26 Mar EU warns Spain over development The European Parliament has voted in favour of a report criticising Spanish property laws.
25 Mar Boat Briton murdered off Thailand A British man was murdered and his body thrown overboard by three men who then forced his wife to steer the boat to shore, police in Thailand said.
17 Mar Airlines 'lose one million bags' Airlines around the world 'mishandled' 42 million bags in 2007 and irretrievably lost more than a million of them, a pressure group has said.
12 Mar Armed Britons arrested in Spain Two Britons have been arrested after apparently trying to fire a gun at police who confronted them for urinating in a Spanish street.
12 Mar How did the Briton cross the road? Montage of Parisian traffic signs by Crystian Cruz
11 Mar EU 'terror' racquets court ruling European judges rule as illegal a secret list of items EU authorities had banned from being taken on to aircraft.
06 Mar UK homeowners in Spanish victory A court decision in Spain has opened the way for thousands of UK citizens to reclaim some of the tax they paid when they sold their homes there.
06 Mar Passengers conned by BA employee An airport employee who spent more than £16,000 using customers' credit card details has been jailed for 32 months.
01 Mar Weak Sterling income sends ex-pats packing
23 Feb Ex-pat killed in violent robbery Three men have been charged with murder after a British ex-pat, formerly from Leicester, was found dead at his home in South Africa.
12 Feb BA pays out for cancelled flights Passengers who had flights cancelled by British Airways have received payouts from the airline following a new ruling from the European Court of Justice.
11 Feb Expats seek home help in hard times Emigrating to Spain might help you escape the snow, wind and rain, but not the recession.
23 Jan British man murdered in Thailand A British man killed in Thailand has been named as David Crisp.
12 Jan Nigeria hostage pictures released Two Britons who have been held hostage in Nigeria for four months are "alive and well", according to their captors.
02 Jan 'Angel' saved Briton in Thai fire A British survivor of the New Year's Eve nightclub fire in Bangkok says an "angel" dragged him to safety after he was overcome with smoke.

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