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EXPATRIATE NEWS ITEMS - 2013 From  BBC News 

23 Dec South Sudan: British plane to resume evacuation The UK is sending what is expected to be a final plane later to help Britons flee the violence in South Sudan.
19 Dec UK to airlift Britons from South Sudan amid fighting The UK has sent an aircraft to South Sudan to evacuate Britons amid fighting following a reported "coup attempt".
18 Dec BA allows gadget use during take-off and landings British Airways will allow passengers to use handheld devices placed in "flight safety" mode from gate to gate for the first time from Thursday.
18 Dec Foreign Office criticised over UK doctor's Syria death The Foreign Office (FCO) has been accused of not doing enough to help secure the release of UK doctor Abbas Khan, before he died in a Syrian jail.
17 Dec UK drug smugglers jailed in Peru Two UK women caught trying to smuggle cocaine out of Peru have been jailed for six years and eight months each.
16 Dec Demolition threat to expat properties in Spain Thousands of homes belonging to British families living in Spain are under threat of demolition.
07 Dec Many flights delayed at UK airports Flights are being delayed at airports across the UK and Ireland because of an air traffic control centre fault.
04 Dec Booming Canada recruits British and Irish workers Visit any construction site in Calgary and you're likely to find some British and Irish workers, says Adrian Bourne, the boss of a company that supplies electricians in the Canadian city.
27 Nov Foreign Office apology for Egypt rape victim A British woman who was raped in Egypt has received an apology and £1,000 in compensation from the Foreign Office after it failed to provide proper support to her.
21 Nov Hundreds of Britons in foreign jails over drug offences More than 850 Britons are locked up in overseas prisons for drug-related offences, serving sentences of up to 39 years, the Foreign Office has said.
16 Nov Philippines typhoon: Several Britons 'unaccounted for' "A number" of British nationals remain unaccounted for after Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the UK foreign secretary has said.
14 Nov UK's most-wanted criminals hiding in Spain named Thirteen of Britain's most-wanted criminals, thought to be on the run in Spain, have been named by the National Crime Agency.
14 Nov Europe allows gadgets to be used from take-off Europe is relaxing rules about the use of electronics during flights, paving the way for devices to be used during take-off and landing.
13 Nov Briton faces death penalty over Indonesia drugs charge A British woman is facing the death penalty after admitting trafficking 1.4kg (3lb) of crystal methamphetamine into Indonesia.
01 Oct 'Why I gave up my US passport' The Magazine feature on the number of expat Americans renouncing their US citizenship due to tax filing requirements prompted a huge response from readers.
26 Sep Why are Americans giving up their citizenship? The number of Americans giving up their citizenship has rocketed this year - partly, it's thought, because of a new tax law that is frustrating many expats.
22 Sep Three Britons among Kenya shopping mall attack dead Three British nationals were killed in Saturday's attack on a shopping centre in the Kenyan capital Nairobi - and that number is likely to rise, the Foreign Office has said.
11 Sep Europe plans to end mobile phone roaming charges The European Commission is proposing to scrap mobile phone roaming charges across Europe as part of a raft of measures to reform the telecoms market.
11 Sep The high-earning butlers of Dubai In Britain, butlers may seem like a relic of another era, but in some other countries, particularly emerging economies, they are in huge demand - and their employers can often afford to pay handsomely for the privilege.
08 Sep Mobile phone roaming charges 'may fall' The cost of using a mobile phone while abroad could be reduced from next year.
28 Aug British holidaymakers 'caught out by foreign laws' British holidaymakers have faced fines or worse for feeding pigeons, playing bingo or eating while sitting on a monument, the Foreign Office has said.
20 Aug 'Frozen pension' victims abroad urge action British expatriates whose state pensions never go up say they want Britain suspended from the Commonwealth for discriminating against them.
18 Aug British embassy in Yemen capital Sanaa reopens The British embassy in the Yemeni capital Sanaa has reopened after it was closed for nearly two weeks over "increased security concerns".
17 Aug London Southend Airport is rated best in the UK he Essex airport achieved a customer satisfaction score of 84% in the survey of more than 11,000 people by consumer magazine Which?
16 Aug Egypt: Travel firms cancel holidays as violence escalates Europe's largest tour operator TUI has cancelled all holidays bought by German customers to Egypt until mid-September.
11 Aug Peru arrests: British and NI women held over 'drugs' find Two young women have been arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling in Peru, local police say.
09 Aug Passengers' fury as BA jet makes two emergency landings Passengers have accused British Airways of putting lives at risk after a plane had to make two emergency landings with the same fault.
09 Aug French police step up watch on British drivers Bway near Toulouse. French police say many foreign drivers break the speed limit because they know they can avoid a fine.
08 Aug British women attacked with acid in Zanzibar Two British women have had acid thrown in their faces on the east African island of Zanzibar, police have said.
06 Aug US and UK pull staff out of Yemen amid terror alert The US and UK governments have withdrawn diplomatic staff from Yemen and urged their citizens to leave amid concerns over security threats.
05 Aug British embassy in Yemen: Closure extended The closure of the British embassy in Yemen's capital Sanaa has been extended until the end of the Muslim festival of Eid, the Foreign Office says.
04 Aug Yemen warning as temporary closure of UK embassy begins The Foreign Office is continuing to "strongly urge" Britons to leave Yemen as a two-day closure of its embassy begins amid a terrorism warning.
04 Aug Gibraltar row will be resolved, says UK Foreign Office Differences between Spain and the UK over Gibraltar will be resolved by political means not "disproportionate" measures, the Foreign Office has said.
04 Aug Spain considers Gibraltar border fee Spain is considering a 50 euro (£43) fee to cross its border with Gibraltar, amid a row over an artificial reef.
03 Aug UK embassy in Yemen to close amid global terror alerts The British embassy in Yemen is to shut temporarily and several other embassies have been told to be vigilant after the US issued a terrorism warning.
03 Aug Peru search for missing UK hiker Thomas Jagger Rescue teams are searching for a missing UK hiker in a mountainous region of Peru.
31 Jul Foreign Office counts cost of damaged UK passports abroad The number of UK nationals whose passports expired or were damaged while abroad and needed replacing rose by 300% last year, official figures show.
29 Jul Gibraltar border delays end amid Spain row Traffic is flowing normally at the Gibraltar-Spain border after three days of delays due to increased vehicle searches by the Spanish authorities.
22 Jul Lagos kidnap: Briton freed in Nigeria A British national kidnapped in the Nigerian city of Lagos on Friday has been released, the British High Commission says.
22 Jul Dubai rape case Norwegian woman 'free to go' A Norwegian woman at the centre of a Dubai rape case dispute has been pardoned and is free to leave Dubai, she has said.
19 Jul British drug case trio 'pardoned in Dubai' Three British men jailed for four years each for drug offences in Dubai earlier this year have been pardoned, legal rights charity Reprieve has said.
19 Jul 'Kidnap' of Briton in Nigeria probed by Foreign Office The Foreign Office is investigating reports that a Briton has been kidnapped in Nigeria.
19 Jul Dubai sentences Norwegian woman who reported rape A Norwegian woman has spoken out about the 16-month prison sentence she received in Dubai after reporting a rape incident to police.
19 Jul How Australian is Foster’s lager? An Australian news website has warned that Brits are about to become "unbearable" following Andy Murray's historic victory at Wimbledon, Chris Froome's stunning performances in the Tour de France and the possibility of England winning the Ashes (to cap the British and Irish Lions' rugby victory down under).
10 Jul Kevin Hanley arrested in £2m Greek drugs sting A British man on the run from police since November has been arrested in an Athens pub on suspicion of drugs and money laundering offences.
09 Jul Corruption getting worse, says poll One person in four has paid a bribe to a public body in the last year, according to a survey carried out in 95 countries by Transparency International.
04 Jul Queuing: Is it really the British way? It's nearly finals weekend at Wimbledon when thousands of people will be forming an orderly queue to get in. But is queuing politely really the British way?
03 Jul Egypt travel advice urges Britons to avoid areas Britons have been advised to avoid all but essential travel to parts of Egypt amid mass protests about the country's leadership.
30 Jun Cost of using mobile abroad to drop From Monday mobile phone operators are being forced to bring their so-called roaming charges down across Europe.
26 Jun Spending Review: 'Temperature test' for winter payments Expats who live in seven warm European countries will lose their winter fuel payments under a "temperature test" announced by the chancellor.
26 Jun Family die in 'murder-suicide' on Spain's Costa del Sol A family has been found dead following a suspected murder-suicide in Spain.
25 Jun 'Bingo-for-biscuits' Brits fined in Portugal Twenty-eight British and Irish expats and holiday-makers have been fined after police in Portugal caught them playing bingo for biscuits and drinks.
24 Jun Who, what, why: When can you legally travel without a passport? Fugitive Edward Snowden is hoping to get to Ecuador, despite not having a valid passport. So when can you legally travel without one?
20 Jun Low-cost air fares: How ticket prices fall and rise Prices on routes from London to major European cities including Rome, Barcelona and Berlin on three major airlines were monitored every day for six weeks.
20 Jun Eurotunnel accused of overcharging train companies Passengers travelling through the Channel Tunnel are being overcharged, according to the European Commission.
13 Jun Kidnapped Briton Malcolm Primrose reunited with family Briton Malcolm Primrose, who was kidnapped in Indonesia on Tuesday, has now returned to his family, the oil company he works for has said.
11 Jun Expat culture shock boomerangs in the office When returning home from an international assignment, your old office might not be as familiar.
11 Jun Europe braced for French air traffic controller strike Air-traffic controllers in France are beginning a three-day strike to protest against EU plans to create a single European airspace.
09 Jun UK's new visa rules 'causing anguish' for families New migration rules for people from outside the European Union are "tearing British families apart", a group of MPs and peers have claimed in a report.
09 Jun UK families speak of visa rules pain "We need to know that you're not going to be living off benefits from day one of arriving here," the immigration minister said last year as he announced new rules to cut the number of people coming to Britain.
06 Jun Eurotunnel blocked from Dover ferry service The UK Competition Commission has ruled that Eurotunnel may no longer offer ferry services from Dover.
04 Jun UK expats 'struggling to buy a home' Try to buy a flat or a house in the UK, and the chances are you will face competition from other potential buyers. This demand is not simply limited to people living in the UK.
03 Jun Briton facing death penalty in Egypt for drug smuggling A British sailor has been sentenced to death in Egypt for drug smuggling.
30 May British Airways passengers sleep at Venice airport British Airways has apologised after about 140 UK-bound passengers spent the night at a Venice airport because cabin crew had worked their maximum hours.
30 May Bali drugs case woman Rachel Dougall freed from jail A British woman who was jailed in Bali last year is heading back to the UK after she was released from an Indonesian prison earlier this week.
25 May Ryanair: Is it really Europe's most punctual airline? Ryanair has announced record profits this week, and the purchase of 175 new Boeing airliners. It's evidently one of Europe's most successful airlines at present - but has it even so been blowing its own trumpet a bit too much?
22 May Franglais row: Is the English language conquering France? The French parliament is debating a new road map for French universities, which includes the proposal of allowing courses to be taught in English. For some, this amounts to a betrayal of the national language and, more specifically, of a particular way at looking at the world - for others it's just accepting the inevitable.
22 May Champions League final: Is Fussball coming home? With Borussia Dortmund playing Bayern Munich in the Champions League final this Saturday, thousands of German fans will be heading to the home of English football, Wembley. But is it also the home of German football?
19 May Do white people have a future in South Africa? Apartheid South Africa looked after white people and nobody else. Now some of its white communities face a level of deprivation, or of violence, which threatens their future in the country.
12 May BP withdraws some Libya staff over security concerns The BP move follows UK advice about uncertainty in Libya Oil giant BP has withdrawn some non-essential staff from operations in Libya following UK government advice about uncertainty in the country.
07 May WWII veteran loses ruling on expats voting in UK elections A 91-year old British man who has fought a campaign for long-term expats to be able to vote in British general elections has lost a ruling at the European Court of Human Rights.
07 May Bali drug smuggler Lindsay Sandiford lodges new appeal A British woman facing death by firing squad for drug smuggling in Bali has lodged an appeal at Indonesia's Supreme Court.
06 May Pensions: Steve Webb defends reforms for new spouse claimants Pensions minister Steve Webb has said plans to reform the pensions system will save hundreds of millions of pounds in the long term.
06 May Overseas pensions: 'When I die my wife will get nothing' The government is planning to stop people who live abroad from receiving a British state pension based solely on the employment record of their husband or wife.
01 May 'Drug gang' trio wanted by Metropolitan Police Three men thought to be involved in smuggling drugs into the UK are being sought by police.
29 Apr Dubai drugs trial: David Cameron 'concerned' over torture claims Prime Minister David Cameron has expressed concern about allegations that three Britons were tortured while in custody in Dubai.
27 Apr Dubai drugs trial: Mother tells of 'torture horror' The mother of a British man accused of drug offences in Dubai has spoken of the "horror story" of his alleged torture by police.
22 Apr Drug smuggler Lindsay Sandiford loses appeal for legal funds A British grandmother convicted in Bali of drug smuggling has lost her appeal over a UK government refusal to fund her legal challenge against a death sentence.
17 Apr Natalie Creane: Mother's frustration over wardrobe injury case The mother of a British expat seriously injured by a falling wardrobe panel at an Abu Dhabi hotel has spoken of her frustration over legal delays.
14 Apr Expats see business boom in Mid East Whether you want to keep fit or make friends, get a new hobby or resurrect an old one, sport is an important part of life for many people living and working in a country that is not home.
10 Apr Man sought over 'abduction' of Milton Keynes girl in Lanzarote A man thought to have tried to snatch a three-year-old girl from an English couple on holiday in the Canary Islands is being sought by police in the UK.
04 Apr Chamonix police deny UK ski clampdown A British man who runs a ski company in the Alps has claimed French police are clamping down on UK instructors to keep jobs for locals.
27 Mar UK pensioners 'struggling' to cope in Cyprus Some UK pensioners living in Cyprus are struggling financially, according to local residents.
26 Mar Global migrants: Which are the most wanted professions? Use the interactive guide to explore the top 20 most wanted professionals and the countries that want their skills.
26 Mar Cyprus making 'superhuman' effort to reopen banks by Thursday The Department for Work and Pensions has said British pensions will not be paid into Cypriot bank accounts for the foreseeable future and has advised expats to open UK accounts
20 Mar 'Marmageddon' over as New Zealand shops restock Marmite Marmite has returned to supermarket shelves in New Zealand for the first time in over a year, after shortages caused by the Christchurch quake.
17 Mar Britons hit by Cyprus bailout deal While the UK government has pledged to compensate British troops and government workers who will lose savings as a result of a bank levy in Cyprus, other Britons are set to lose thousands in the EU bailout deal.
17 Mar Cyprus bank levy: UK to compensate troops and government workers The UK will compensate any British troops in Cyprus hit by plans to introduce a bank levy as part of a £9bn EU bailout, the chancellor has said.
13 Mar EU unveils new air passenger rights They include rerouting travellers with rival carriers if a flight is delayed for more than 12 hours. The rules also clarify what are considered exceptional circumstances for compensation.
11 Mar Affection for Britain brews in Germany Constant debate about the direction of Europe may seem to pit state against state, but in Germany there appears to be some support for David Cameron's "obstinate" stance - and a sneaking regard for Britain in general.
06 Mar Brighton City Airways begins Shoreham to Paris Pontoise flights An airport in West Sussex is beginning twice-daily scheduled flights to France following the launch of a new airline.
01 Mar St David's Day: Welsh expats celebrate around the world 1 March is St David's Day and Welsh expatriates around the world are celebrating their patron saint. We asked Welshmen and women in the five continents and Antarctica what they would be doing to remember their roots.
26 Feb Mandarin speaking Briton to star in a Chinese sitcom Bilingual Briton Richard Heathcote has beaten off stiff competition to land a role in a new Chinese sitcom, Ciao Britain.
22 Feb Tenerife expats 'seek closure' after murder guilty verdict Jennifer Mills-Westley's death almost two years ago was too barbaric to comprehend: a woman stabbed and beheaded as she shopped in a supermarket.
21 Feb Dubai police 'deny torture of British men' Dubai police have denied allegations they tortured three Britons awaiting trial on drugs charges, Dubai's National Media Council has said.
20 Feb British men 'tortured by Dubai police' A human rights charity has accused Dubai police of beating and electrocuting three British men who are awaiting trial on drugs charges.
20 Feb Why have the white British left London? Something quite remarkable happened in London in the first decade of the new millennium. The number of white British people in the capital fell by 620,000 - equivalent to the entire population of Glasgow moving out.
15 Feb Bali drugs: UK officials add statement to Sandiford appeal The UK government has stressed its opposition to the death penalty in support of an appeal by Briton Lindsay Sandiford against her death sentence in Bali for drug trafficking.
15 Feb Thailand missing man: Witnesses in photo sought Police searching for a Norwich backpacker missing in Thailand since 2008 have welcomed a positive response to an appeal to find two British men photographed near him.
02 Feb Tom Armstrong search: Thailand trip for missing man's father Tom The father of a Suffolk man who has been missing in Thailand for nearly a month is flying out to the country on Sunday to try to find him.
31 Jan Ryanair ash cloud case: EU's top court rules against airline Ryanair should have fully compensated a passenger whose flight was cancelled because of the volcanic ash cloud in 2010, the EU's top court has said.
30 Jan The number of people living in England and Wales who could not speak any English was 138,000 After English, the second most reported main language was Polish, with 546,000 speakers, followed by Punjabi and Urdu.
30 Jan Nimes jogger murder: Briton under formal inquiry A British man has been placed under formal investigation for the aggravated murder of a 34-year-old jogger in the French city of Nimes.
29 Jan Julian Ponder jailed for six years for Bali drug possession A British man has been jailed for six years in Bali for drug offences.
28 Jan British embassy in Tripoli aware of potential threat The British embassy in Libyan capital, Tripoli, has said it was aware of "a potential threat" against it.
27 Jan Britons warned of Somaliland threat Any British nationals in Somaliland should leave immediately because of "a specific threat to Westerners", the UK Foreign Office has said.
24 Jan Britons urged to leave Libyan city of Benghazi over 'threat' British nationals should leave the Libyan city of Benghazi immediately "in response to a specific threat to Westerners", the Foreign Office says.
24 Jan The offal truth about American haggis Traditional Scottish haggis is banned in the United States. With Burns Night looming, how do fans satisfy their taste for oatmeal and offal?
22 Jan Bali drug trial: British woman gets death sentence A 56-year-old British woman has been sentenced to death in Indonesia for drug trafficking.
21 Jan HSBC bank begins ex-pat personal account closures HSBC bank has announced a new policy of closing the personal accounts of former UK and Crown Dependency residents.
21 Jan Algeria crisis: UK hostages speak of ordeal Twenty-two Britons who survived the hostage crisis in Algeria have been arriving back in the UK.
21 Jan Heathrow Airport: Snow stops one in 10 flights Passengers at London's Heathrow Airport are experiencing a fourth day of delays and cancellations because of snow.
20 Jan Three Britons confirmed dead in Algeria - PM Three Britons are confirmed dead and three more are believed to have died after the Algeria hostage crisis, the prime minister has said.
20 Jan Algeria hostages: UK 'working hard' to find Britons UK officials are "working hard" to locate Britons missing or feared dead after the Algeria kidnap crisis, says Foreign Secretary William Hague.
19 Jan UK snow: Further Heathrow disruption warning British Airways has warned passengers of more disruption at London's Heathrow Airport after bad weather forced hundreds of flights to be cancelled.
19 Jan BA sorry for luggage and flight problems caused by snow British Airways has apologised to passengers who have been stuck on planes at Heathrow as the snow delayed and cancelled hundreds of flights.
18 Jan TSA to phase out Rapiscan 'naked scanners' The US aviation security agency will stop screening travellers with scanners that show travellers' naked images, amid widespread privacy complaints.
18 Jan Protecting workers in dangerous places With millions to be made in the oil fields of the Middle East, or the mineral mines in unstable parts of Africa, working in dangerous places is par for the course for the world's biggest mining, oil and gas companies.
18 Jan Algeria hostage crisis: 'About 10 Britons' remain captive About 10 Britons are thought to remain in the hostage situation at the gas plant in Algeria, the BBC understands.
18 Jan Algeria hostage crisis: Further UK casualties feared The fate of a number of British hostages held in a desert gas complex remains unknown in the wake of an Algerian military attempt to free them.
17 Jan Australia: What the rest of the world gets wrong Familiar images spring to mind when one thinks of Australia, but how many of them accurately reflect what the country is really like?
17 Jan Algeria troops 'in face-off' with militant hostage-takers The kidnappers attacked and occupied the complex at In Amenas on Wednesday, after killing a Briton and an Algerian. The captives include British, Japanese, US, French and Norwegian nationals.
16 Jan Foreigners abducted by Islamist militants in Algeria Two foreign nationals, one of them British, have been killed and several abducted in an attack by Islamist militants on a gas facility in eastern Algeria, state media report.
16 Jan Gridlocked world: where are the world's worst traffic jams? Spending time stuck in traffic jams has given BBC's correspondents time to reflect on life in some of the world's most congested cities
15 Jan Tom Armstrong of Kelsale feared missing in Thailand The family of a 22-year-old Suffolk man fear he has gone missing in Thailand.
10 Jan The tourists held by Greek police as illegal migrants Athens Greek police have stepped up efforts to catch illegal immigrants in recent months, launching a new operation to check the papers of people who look foreign. But tourists have also been picked up in the sweeps - and at least two have been badly beaten.
04 Jan A Point of View: The British and their bizarre view of Americans We lap up their culture, adopt their economics and are obsessed with the "special relationship". So why do British people have such a confused - even negative - view of Americans, asks writer Will Self.

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