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EXPATRIATE NEWS ITEMS - 2012 From  BBC News 

12 Dec Heathrow and London City Airport flights disrupted by fog Thick fog and ice is causing disruption to flights in and out of some airports.
12 Dec Parental child abductions 'rise by 88% in a decade' The number of children abducted and taken abroad by an estranged parent has risen by 88% in just under a decade, according to new government figures.
22 Nov Britons advised to leave DR Congo's South Kivu region Britons in the Democratic Republic of Congo's South Kivu should leave, the Foreign Office has strongly advised, as rebels plan to seize the local capital.
12 Nov The Philippines: The world's budget English teacher The Philippines is fast becoming the world's low-cost English language teacher - with rapid increases in overseas students coming to learn English or study in English-speaking universities.
08 Nov French diplomatic service is the world's best, UK says Britain's diplomats have been told to learn lessons from the French, if they are to become the best diplomatic service in the world.
07 Nov Financial action plan for expats when moving abroad Big changes in your personal circumstances generally have financial implications, and moving abroad is no different.
06 Nov Neil Heywood: Briton killed in China 'had spy links' A British businessman who was killed in China had been providing information to the British secret service, the Wall Street Journal newspaper claims.
02 Nov Egypt terror threat level raised by UK Foreign Office The UK's Foreign Office has raised its terror threat level for Egypt from "general" to "high".
30 Oct Storm Sandy: US flights cancelled by storm Passengers hoping to flying to east coast destinations of the US from the UK face a second day of disruptions and cancellations as a result of the cyclone that has hit the area.
29 Oct Hurricane Sandy: Thousands hit by flight cancellations Thousands of transatlantic passengers are facing disruption with the cancellation of flights between Britain and the US as Hurricane Sandy hits the east coast of the US.
23 Oct Flight delay compensation payable, says EU Court of Justice Airlines must pay compensation to passengers who are delayed by three hours or more, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled.
22 Oct Is France learning to love British food? Sales of stilton, real ale and chicken tikka masala are up in France. Are the French learning to love British food?
16 Oct 30 of your Britishisms used by Americans The Magazine's recent article about the Britishisation of American English prompted readers to respond with examples of their own - here are 30 British words and phrases that you've noticed being used in the US and Canada.
06 Oct Congo Fever: Patient dies in hospitalA 38-year-old man who contracted Crimean-Congo Viral Haemorrhagic Fever (CCVHF) has died in hospital.
06 Oct Stirring win at World Porridge Making Championships British expat Benedict Horsbrugh has won the 19th annual World Porridge Making Championships at Carrbridge in the Highlands.
05 Oct Glasgow Crimean-Congo Viral Haemorrhagic Fever case flown to London A man critically-ill with Crimean-Congo Viral Haemorrhagic Fever (CCVHF) has been flown from Glasgow to London in a special RAF isolation plane.
04 Oct French and British national moods a world apart It has not been a great week to be French. Unemployment has just hit three million, growth for next year is estimated at barely above zero, and the popularity of President Hollande has plummeted.
04 Oct Airlines must pay compensation for some strike delays Air passengers who suffer delays more than a day after a strike must be compensated by their airlines, says the European Court of Justice.
04 Oct Crimean-Congo Viral Haemorrhagic Fever case in Glasgow A man is being treated in complete isolation in Glasgow after being confirmed as having Crimean-Congo Viral Haemorrhagic Fever.
04 Oct Bali drug charges inaccurate, says Briton Lindsay Sandiford A Briton facing drug charges in Indonesia has told a Bali court there are many inaccuracies in the prosecution's case.
27 Sep Should there be child-free zones on planes and trains? An airline says it will offer baby-free "quiet zones" on its flights. Should all planes and trains follow suit, or do adults need to learn to live with child passengers?
26 Sep Britishisms and the Britishisation of American English There is little that irks British defenders of the English language more than Americanisms, which they see creeping insidiously into newspaper columns and everyday conversation. But bit by bit British English is invading America too.
22 Sep Missing Eastbourne girl Megan Stammers thought to be in France The parents of a 15-year-old East Sussex girl who is believed to have gone to France with a man she knows have urged her to contact them.
21 Sep Brittany Ferries services halted 'until further notice' Crossings with Brittany Ferries have been "cancelled until further notice" following two days of wildcat strikes.
17 Sep Paul Beales appears in Indonesia drug smuggling trial A British man who has appeared in an Indonesian court charged with drug offences faces up to 20 years in prison but not the death penalty.
14 Sep Roscoff-Plymouth ferry cancelled after industrial action Directors from Brittany Ferries are due to meet French union representatives on Friday to try and resolve a dispute which left nearly 600 Plymouth-bound passengers stranded.
12 Sep Briton due to face Indonesian drug smuggling trial The trial of a British man charged with drug offences in Indonesia is to begin on Monday, prosecutors say.
09 Sep Africa massacre suspect David Simpson back in UK A man imprisoned in Africa after being suspected of involvement in a massacre is back in the UK after being cleared of all charges.
07 Sep 'Drunk UK parents abandon child' in Portuguese street Portuguese police are investigating claims that two British parents left their two-year-old daughter alone on a street while they drank in a cafe.
05 Sep List of UK's 'most wanted' criminals in Cyprus revealed A campaign has been launched to track down some of the UK's most wanted fugitives, thought to be in Cyprus.
26 Aug Africa massacre suspect David Simpson moved from jail A man imprisoned after being suspected of involvement in a massacre in Africa has been moved from prison.
04 Aug David Simpson under house arrest after prison riot A North Yorkshire man locked up in an African jail since March is now under house arrest after rioters destroyed the prison he was in.
02 Aug Wanted Briton arrested in Portugal after drug yacht seized A Briton wanted in connection with an alleged multi-million pound drug smuggling plot has been arrested in Portugal, police said.
17 Jul Second home owners in France face tax hike About 200,000 Britons with homes in France will now face a new "social contribution", which is to be levied on all foreign owners of French property.
11 Jul Passport cost to fall by £5, says Home Office The cost of an adult passport will fall by £5 - or 6% - this autumn after £40m savings were made in the last financial year, the Home Office says.
09 Jul Keith Vaz 'appalled' by Heathrow Airport passenger queues Senior Labour MP Keith Vaz has said he is "appalled" by the length of customs queues at Heathrow, after paying a spot visit to the airport.
05 Jul Airlines include debit card charges in headline price Twelve airlines, including Easyjet and Ryanair, have agreed to include debit card charges in headline prices, rather than adding an additional surcharge at the end of the online booking process.
02 Jul Cheaper mobile charges in place New rules to prevent "bill shock" when using mobile data in Europe have come into force.
02 Jul London 2012: Heathrow queues too long, says BAA Recent immigration queues at Heathrow have been "unacceptably" long, airport operator BAA has said, ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
01 Jul France orders breathalyser for motorists A new law has come into force in France making it compulsory for drivers to carry two breathalyser kits in their vehicles or risk an on-the-spot fine.
25 Jun Bali drug arrest Britons to remain in custody Four Britons suspected of smuggling cocaine worth £1.6m into the Indonesian island of Bali are to stay in custody for another month.
25 Jun UAE death sentence for British man on 'drugs charge' A British man reportedly convicted of supplying cannabis in the United Arab Emirates is facing the death penalty, the Foreign Office says.
18 Jun Fifty words for rain If the Inuit apocryphally have 50 words for snow, why don't British people have 50 words for rain... or at least more words than the few they normally employ, asks Kevin Connolly.
11 Jun Tokyo is world's 'most expensive city' for expat staff Tokyo has become the world's most expensive city for foreign staff to live in, according to research, overtaking the Angolan capital Luanda.
01 Jun Bali cocaine haul: Accused Briton in hospital A British woman being held in Bali over a £1.6m cocaine haul has been taken to hospital after complaining of illness.
28 May Briton Lindsay Sandiford held in Bali over cocaine haul A British woman has been arrested for allegedly trafficking cocaine worth £1.6m into the Indonesian island of Bali, a customs official has said.
10 May Expat threatens to take campaign for votes abroad to UN A 90-year-old's campaign to overturn a ban on long-term British expats voting in UK elections has moved a step closer - and could go all the way to the the United Nations.
10 May EU sanctions cheaper mobile-phone calls within Europe Regulations to make using a mobile phone abroad significantly cheaper have been passed by the European Parliament.
08 May Expats turning away from Spanish dream Spain has long been the destination of choice for Britons who want to make a new life in the sun, but last year emigration rose above immigration for the first time since 1990.
08 May Has the airport experience become horrible? Rarely a week passes without passport queue woes in the UK or tales of overzealous security staff in the US. So has going through an airport become a horrible experience?
06 May Customs checks 'drop as staff move to passport control' The number of customs checks at main UK airports has dropped because staff have been moved to work on passport control, the Immigration Service Union claims.
04 May 'Unacceptably long' queues at Stansted Airport in Essex Passengers were caught up in "unacceptably long" queues at passport control on the eve of the Bank Holiday weekend, airport bosses said.
03 May Waiting target for non-EEA visitors at Heathrow missed in April The UK Border Force failed to meet its target at Heathrow Airport in April for processing most passengers from outside the European Economic Area within 45 minutes, BAA has said.
28 Apr Questions over queues at Heathrow Airport Long queues at Heathrow Airport passport control on Friday evening have cleared overnight, BAA confirms.
27 Apr Expat death in China: Who was Neil Heywood? The death of British businessman Neil Heywood in China has sparked a murder investigation involving the wife of a disgraced politician, and has left the country's Communist Party reeling from its worst scandal in decades.
14 Apr Neil Heywood China death: Foreign Office defends response The Foreign Office has defended its response to the suspected murder of a British businessman in China.
04 Apr William Hague criticises 'time-wasting' Britons abroad William Hague has criticised Britons who waste the time of consular staff with "ludicrous requests" and "bizarre demands" while abroad.
31 Mar Airlines urge review as UK air passenger duty rises by 8% Air passenger duty (APD) has risen by 8%, as announced by the government in the Autumn Statement last year.
31 Mar Mali coup: Britons warned to leave country British citizens have been warned to leave the African state of Mali unless they have "urgent business" there following a military coup.
28 Mar EU acts to end 'rip off' roaming charges By July this year mobile firms will be forced to lower the prices of making a call or downloading data abroad.
26 Mar UK asks China to probe man's death in Chongqing The British government has asked the Chinese authorities to look again into the death of a UK citizen.
29 Feb BBC World Service at 80: A lifetime of shortwave The BBC World Service - which marks its 80th birthday on Wednesday - was broadcast only on shortwave back in 1932. Today, audiences on FM, digital radio and the internet are growing fast while shortwave is in decline, but for millions it remains a lifeline.
28 Feb Prices for using the mobile internet look set to fall It's done it before and it's trying to do it again, but what's behind the EU's latest effort to cut mobile charges?
28 Feb Prices for using the mobile internet look set to fall It could soon cost less to use mobile phones when travelling abroad in the European Union.
11 Feb 'Few aware' of European holiday 112 emergency number Most people do not know the number to call in the event of an emergency on holiday in Europe, a survey suggests.
29 Jan Home comforts can be hard to find for the expat "You get a honeymoon period from friends and family. Then you find they have no sympathy and why would they? You have come back from the 'life of luxury' and you are finding it difficult to adjust:
18 Jan Scottish independence: SNP dismisses expat voting callScottish ministers have dismissed calls to give Scots living outside Scotland a vote in the independence referendum.
13 Jan Easyjet amends its booking chargeAirline Easyjet has amended its pricing amid government plans to ban excessive surcharges when buying tickets online.
10 Jan The emotional rollercoaster of living abroad These four professionals have very different feelings about the countries they moved to for work:
07 Jan Britons warned over Nairobi terror threat The British government has warned UK tourists in Kenya to take extra care, amid fears that a terrorist attack in Nairobi is imminent.
06 Jan World Service 'advert plan' attacked by former director Plans to run adverts on the BBC World Service have been attacked by one of its former managing directors.
05 Jan World Service 'advert plan' approved Plans to run adverts on one of the BBC World Service's radio services have been approved by the BBC Trust.

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