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EXPATRIATE NEWS ITEMS - 2010 FROM  BBC News 

27 Dec Crackdown on UK benefit cheats who live abroad A crackdown has been launched by the government on UK benefit cheats who live abroad.
23 Dec Christmas travel: Airlines 'ignoring passenger rights' Some airlines' behaviour towards passengers during the snow-disrupted Christmas getaway was 'unacceptable', according to a regulator.
23 Dec Skype slowly recovers from global blackout The free internet phone service Skype is slowly coming back online after an outage that affected millions of people around the globe.
19 Dec Snow leaves travellers stranded at Heathrow and Gatwick Thousands of travellers have been stranded at Heathrow airport overnight, and hundreds more at Gatwick, as snow continues to disrupt much of the UK.
18 Dec Heavy snow and ice brings travel chaos across UK Christmas travellers are facing further transport chaos amid warnings of heavy snow for many parts of the UK.
14 Dec British Airways raises fuel surcharge by £10 British Airways is to increase its fuel surcharge on long-haul flights for the first time in more than two years.
09 Dec World is getting more corrupt, says transparency poll The world is considered a more corrupt place now than it was three years ago, a poll suggests.
08 Dec Mobile phone roaming fees 'unjustifiably high', EU says Phone companies are maintaining "unjustifiably high margins" on charges for using mobiles while abroad, the European Commission has said.
01 Dec Heavy snow shuts Gatwick Airport runway Heavy snowfall and icy conditions have forced the closure of Gatwick Airport's runway.
20 Nov New Zealand mine: Fears grow for trapped UK miners Fears are growing for the safety of two Britons among the 29 men missing after an explosion in a New Zealand coal mine as rescuers remain unable to enter.
17 Nov Ryanair passengers refuse to leave plane in protest More than 100 angry Ryanair passengers staged a sit-in in an aircraft cabin for several hours on Wednesday after their flight was diverted to Belgium.
01 Nov Air Passenger Duty rises by up to 55% Airline passengers flying out of the UK now face more expensive flights following a controversial rise in Air Passenger Duty (APD).
27 Oct UK airlines back call for airport security changes The UK airline industry has backed British Airways chairman Martin Broughton's call for changes to airport security checks.
17 Oct Passengers face Eurostar disruption over Belgian strike Thousands of Eurostar passengers have had to change their travel plans because of industrial action due to hit Belgium's rail network.
16 Oct Paris airport fuel running short amid pension strikes France's main airport, Charles de Gaulle, has enough fuel to last only a few days, the transport ministry has warned amid strikes against government plans to raise the retirement age.
08 Oct Newport passport office is facing the axe The passport office in Newport is set to close with the loss of 300 jobs.
06 Oct Terror attack in UK 'highly likely', warns France France has urged citizens travelling to Britain to be "extremely vigilant" amid raised fears of a terror attack there.
05 Oct Q&A: Europe travel terror alerts The US, UK, Sweden and Japan have updated advice to citizens travelling in Europe to warn of the possibility of terror attacks there.
04 Oct More nations issue warnings over Europe terror plot More governments have joined the US and UK in issuing travel warnings to their citizens about travelling in Europe, amid fears that al-Qaeda plans to attack cities on the continent.
04 Oct Terror alerts sow travel confusion There has been a flurry of alerts from several governments - US, British, Japanese - warning travellers of the high risk of terror attacks in Europe, especially its biggest countries - Britain, France, and Germany.
03 Oct US issue travel warning for Americans in Europe The US government is to issue a travel alert, warning its citizens to be vigilant while travelling in Europe because of the threat of an al-Qaeda commando-style attack.
08 Sep Is Russia a goldmine for foreign professionals? If you are a professional who thinks foreign cultures are made more interesting by the chance to make a quick buck, then Russia might be the country for you.
31 Aug Airline compensation claims scuppered A council employee from Gloucester has become one of the first victims of the recent High Court decision to stay all further claims against airlines who fail to pay flight delay compensation.
25 Aug New UK passport design unveiled in fight against fraud UK passports have been redesigned to help fight identity theft and fraud.
17 Aug Air delay compensation claims suspended by High Court The right of UK air passengers to force airlines to pay compensation for long flight delays has been suspended by the High Court.
16 Aug Travel refunds: your questions answered Hundreds of thousands of UK travellers have had their plans disrupted this year.
16 Aug Briton destitute in Dubai returns to UK Nicholas Warner, a British man who has been living rough on the streets of Dubai, is travelling back to the UK.
10 Aug Hitman guilty of Surrey housewife murder Detectives traced Cryne to Thailand's expatriate community and extradited him to face trial
10 Aug European health card scam stopped by OFT Action has been taken against four websites who charged for European health insurance (EHIC) cards that are free from the NHS.
10 Aug Bid to lure bored Britons to South Australia A recruitment drive to lure Britons to jobs as diverse as koala catcher and beer taster has been launched by the government of South Australia.
06 Aug US to charge £9 for Esta compulsory travel entry form The US government is to start charging UK travellers $14 (£9) to apply for permission to enter the country.
21 Jul France air controllers' strike disrupts European travel A strike by air traffic controllers in France is causing serious disruption to domestic and European flights.
20 Jul BA cabin crew reject latest pay offer British Airways cabin crew have rejected the airline's latest "final" pay offer by 3,419 votes to 1,686.
18 Jul Destitute in Dubai: One man's story How a British man ended up with no passport, job or way home
16 Jul Many elderly Britons 'lack medical cover abroad' Many elderly Britons who fall ill while abroad are facing costly treatment and repatriation bills, a report has said.
13 Jul Why is Brisbane attracting so many Brits? Australia is once again the destination of choice for Britons starting a new life abroad. But instead of the better-known Sydney or Melbourne, record numbers are heading to Brisbane. Why?
07 Jul Expat flew home from Thailand 'to murder Surrey woman' A devoted housewife was strangled and "cruelly trussed up" with parcel tape and electrical cord by a British expatriate, the Old Bailey has heard.
06 Jul New rights for ferry and maritime passengers expected Passengers travelling by sea are expected to win new compensation rights if their journey is delayed or cancelled.
06 Jul Online holiday scams are growing A growing number of scams are targeting holidaymakers who book their trips on the internet, prompting a safety campaign.
06 Jul Anti-malarial pills didn't stop me getting the disease Cheryl Cole, the X Factor judge, is being treated for malaria after returning from an African holiday.
05 Jul Interpol issues appeal over UK suspected paedophile Briton Daren Elarmo is thought to be living in Spain
01 Jul Bill limits for EU data roaming usage begins Greater protection to prevent mobile phone and computer users from running up large data bills when overseas has come into force across the EU.
30 Jun Bill limits for EU data roaming usage begins Greater protection to prevent mobile phone and computer users from running up large data bills when overseas has come into force across the EU.
24 Jun Strathclyde Police feed delayed Ryanair passengers Police had to calm down air passengers stuck on the runway of Prestwick Airport by buying them water and chocolate.
22 Jun UK airlines rank low in passenger satisfaction survey UK airlines have been poorly rated in a passenger satisfaction survey carried out by magazine Which? Holiday.
19 Jun UK firms shut French stores as 'booze cruise' declines The appeal of the "booze cruise" looks to be fading, with Tesco becoming the third UK store to close its Calais branch in recent months.
09 Jun BA strike: Unite union prepares for new strike ballot The Unite union has confirmed that it is preparing to ballot its members again on further strike action at BA.
05 Jun British Airways cabin crew walk out in fresh strike British Airways cabin crew have begun a fresh five-day strike, the third and last in their current series of walkouts.
04 Jun British Airways 'worst airline for baggage problems' UK passengers travelling with major airlines experience the most baggage problems when flying with British Airways, a survey has claimed.
25 May Foreign Office relaxes Thailand travel advice The Foreign Office (FCO) has revised its advice for Britons travelling to Bangkok, discouraging "all but essential" trips to the Thai capital.
24 May British Airways cabin crew begin five-day strike action British Airways cabin crew have begun a five-day strike, in a resumption of industrial action in their long-running dispute over jobs and pay.
21 May Newcastle Brown Ale plant closes in Gateshead The home of Newcastle Brown Ale will close later, as 83 years of brewing the beer on Tyneside comes to an end.
20 May BA strike: Ban lifted by High Court Fresh BA strikes look set to go ahead next week after a panel of judges overturned a ban on industrial action.
19 May Travellers told to avoid Bangkok amid fresh violence The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has advised British nationals to avoid travelling to Bangkok due to the ongoing violence in the Thai capital.
18 May British Airways strike: Unite to challenge court ruling The Unite union is planning to appeal against Monday's court ruling which declared planned British Airways cabin crew strikes illegal.
17 May BA wins High Court ban on cabin crew strikes British Airways has won a High Court injunction to stop the latest strikes by its cabin staff.
17 May Volcano ash cloud delays hit Heathrow and Gatwick Passengers using Britain's busiest airports face major disruption after the return to UK airspace of the ash cloud from the Icelandic volcano.
16 May Volcanic ash closes UK airports Airports across much of the UK are to close between 1300 and 1900 BST as volcanic ash drifts across Europe, the air traffic authority Nats has said.
15 May Italy fines Ryanair over volcano ash 'failings' Italy has fined Irish low-cost airline Ryanair 3m euros (£2.5m) for failing to help passengers after cancelling their flights during the volcanic ash crisis.
14 May Airport car parking costs labelled 'ridiculously high' Car parking charges at some UK airports are "ridiculously high", according to a consumer watchdog.
13 May BA outlines Heathrow strike plan British Airways plans to run at least half its flights from Heathrow Airport during next week's cabin crew strike.
13 May Organised crime fears cause ban on 500 euro note sales Exchange offices in the UK have stopped selling 500 euro banknotes because of their use by money launderers.
11 May Ash travel disruption continues Scores of UK air passengers are facing further disruption from a volcanic ash cloud that has halted European flights.
10 May British Airways strike dates announced The British Airways cabin crew union Unite has announced fresh strike dates in its long-running dispute with the airline.
10 May Airports reopen after volcanic ash cloud air disruption Airports across Europe are reopening after travellers faced weekend flight disruption caused by the volcanic ash cloud.
09 May Volcanic ash flight misery continues UK air passengers are facing further disruption from a volcanic ash cloud that has affected European flights.
07 May Strikes possible as BA cabin crew reject offer British Airways cabin crew have "overwhelmingly rejected an offer" aimed at ending a long-running row over pay and conditions, Unite has said.
05 May Scottish, Irish and Northern Irish airports shut by ash Airports in parts of Scotland and Ireland closed from 0700 BST because of risks from volcanic ash, the Civil Aviation Authority has said.
04 May Self-employed consider moving abroad, survey finds Entrepreneurs are looking to Australia to escape recession woes A quarter of self-employed people in the UK would consider moving abroad in the next five years, a survey suggests.
04 May NI and Republic flights resume after new ash threat Flights in and out of Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic have resumed after being grounded for several hours owing to a fresh volcanic ash threat.
30 Apr Iceland volcano ash: Britons still stranded abroad There are still "large numbers" of Britons stuck abroad due to volcanic ash but the true figure is very hard to quantify, the Foreign Office has said.
28 Apr Foreign Office advises Britons to avoid Thailand travel Britons have been warned by the Foreign Office to avoid all but essential travel to the whole of Thailand.
27 Apr BA strike: Unite to tell cabin crew to reject offer The union representing British Airways cabin crew has said it will "strongly recommend" that its members reject the latest offer from the airline.
26 Apr UK envoy in Yemen escapes 'suicide bomb' A suspected suicide bomber has carried out an attack near the convoy of the British ambassador to Yemen in the capital, Sanaa.
26 Apr British Airways fuel price-fixing trial under way The trial of three ex-British Airways executives and one current employee on price-fixing charges has begun at Southwark Crown Court in London.
23 Apr Europe's air traffic 'back to normal' European air traffic has returned to normal, with nearly all restrictions imposed during the volcanic ash cloud crisis now lifted, officials say.
22 Apr Britons warned off travelling to Bangkok after blasts Britons have been warned by the UK government that they should avoid all but "essential" travel to Bangkok.
21 Apr Flights resume as ash fear recedes European airports have reopened for business, almost a week after a cloud of ash from an Icelandic volcano paralysed the industry.
20 Apr Europe starts to resume flights Some domestic UK flights have taken off after five days of disruption but a second volcanic ash cloud from Iceland has hit plans to reopen airspace.
19 Apr Hopes rise of easing Europe flight chaos Airspace in Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of northern England is due to reopen on Tuesday after days of travel chaos caused by a volcanic ash cloud.
18 Apr Volcanic ash disruption leaves Britons stranded The UK is experiencing its fourth day as a virtual no-fly zone due to volcanic ash drifting from Iceland, leaving thousands of Britons stranded.
16 Apr Volcanic ash: Flight chaos to continue into weekend Flights across much of Europe will be severely disrupted well into Saturday because of drifting ash ejected from a volcano in Iceland, officials say.
15 Apr Icelandic volcanic ash alert grounds UK flights Airline passengers are facing massive disruption across the UK after an ash cloud from a volcanic eruption in Iceland grounded planes.
07 Apr Striking SeaFrance staff back to work after five days Striking workers at SeaFrance have ended their industrial action which had disrupted cross-Channel services from the Kent port of Dover for five days.
04 Apr Jailed Dubai kissing pair lose appeal over conviction A British man and woman jailed in Dubai for kissing in public have lost their appeal against their conviction.
02 Apr Striking SeaFrance workers hit cross-Channel ferries Striking French ferry workers are causing major disruption at the Port of Dover.
27 Mar BA strike: Second walk-out by cabin crew begins More British Airways flights have been cancelled as a second strike by the firm's cabin crew gets under way.
26 Mar BA: 'Strike will not affect most passengers' British Airways expects to fly more than three quarters of passengers during the next cabin crew strike, due to begin at midnight.
24 Mar Spanish MEPs join criticism of holiday home law Spanish MEPs have joined counterparts in criticising the treatment of expats who face having homes in Spain bulldozed under coastal protection law.
23 Mar BA says strike will not hit Gatwick next time British Airways says it will be able to run a full schedule from two airports throughout the next planned strike by the Unite union.
20 Mar British Airways strike hits Heathrow flights About 40% of long-haul and 70% of short-haul British Airways flights from Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5 have been cancelled due to the cabin crew strike.
20 Mar Smartphone overseas web warning The consumers' association Which? is warning that people going abroad with smartphones can still face huge bills if they connect to the internet.
19 Mar BA cabin crew strike to go ahead as talks collapse A strike by British Airways cabin crew will go ahead after talks between the airline and the Unite union collapsed.
17 Mar Expats lose pension freeze case: Your stories More than half a million UK pensioners living overseas will continue to have their pensions frozen after a European court decision.
17 Mar BA strike: 65% of passengers to fly British Airways says it will increase the number of flights during the forthcoming strike as more staff volunteer to work.
16 Mar UK expats lose pension freeze appeal More than half a million UK pensioners living overseas will continue to have their pensions frozen after a European court decision.
15 Mar BA capacity at 60% during strike British Airways will fly about 60% of its customers, even if cabin crew go ahead with their planned strike this weekend.
12 Mar British Airways union announces strike dates The union representing British Airways cabin crew has said its members will go on strike for three days from 20 March and for four days from 27 March.
10 Mar Revived Swansea-Cork ferry service sets sail A reinstated ferry service between Swansea and Cork is making its first sailing.
07 Mar MP to see Spain demolition threat expats Britons who face seeing their Spanish homes demolished are to be visited by Foreign Office minister Chris Bryant.
22 Feb British Airways cabin crew back strike action British Airways passengers face the risk of strikes after cabin crew voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action over pay and conditions.
20 Feb Ryanair 'left us on wrong Canary Island' A family has complained that budget airline Ryanair left them stranded on the "wrong" Canary Island after their flight to Lanzarote hit thunderstorms.
19 Feb Union loses legal battle with British Airways The union Unite has failed in a High Court action against British Airways to try to overturn changes brought in by the airline last year.
03 Feb Over 1,000 Britons are jailed over drugs abroad British travellers have been warned not to get involved with drugs abroad, as figures show a large number of those detained are accused of drugs offences.
01 Feb 'No scan, no flight' at Heathrow and Manchester Some passengers at Heathrow and Manchester airports will have to go through full body scanners before boarding their flights under new rules.
01 Feb Final sailing for Channel ferry A cross-Channel ferry to France which has been operating from a Dorset town for the past 17 years has made its final sailing.
22 Jan BA strikers may lose travel perks British Airways has threatened that cabin crew who go on strike will lose their travel perks permanently.
20 Jan US Esta prior approval travel rules take effect A new system of checks on US-bound air passengers from the UK has come into force, with all travellers required to complete an online form before leaving.
19 Jan Northern Cyprus villa judge 'bias' claim rejected A UK couple face demolition of their villa in Turkish-controlled northern Cyprus after a court ruling affecting hundreds of holiday home owners.
18 Jan BA strike vote for cabin crew British Airways cabin crew will vote again on possible strike action, the Unite union has announced.
18 Jan Britons donate £23m to Haiti earthquake appeal Britons have donated £23m to the Haiti earthquake appeal, the Disasters and Emergency Committee (DEC) has said.
15 Jan Portsmouth to lose Pride of Bilbao ferry service A P&O ferry service to Spain operating from Portsmouth is to be withdrawn due to "unsustainable" losses, putting 252 jobs at risk.
04 Jan Ryanair payment policy is 'puerile', says OFT Budget airline Ryanair has been accused of being "puerile and childish" over its payment policy by business watchdog the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).
04 Jan Tougher US air screening for 'security-risk' countries The US has introduced tougher screening rules for passengers arriving by air from 14 nations which the authorities deem to be a security risk.
04 Jan Q&A: Security checks to expect at UK airports Following the failed bomb attack on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day, the UK government has said it will do everything in its power to tighten security at its airports.

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