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18 Dec Booze calculator: What's your drinking nationality? In the month of December alcohol consumption increases as many people celebrate the festive season. But how does your drinking measure up to the average from countries around the world?
18 Dec European court gives UK visa direction The UK cannot block family members who are originally from outside Europe but now live in the EU entering the country without a visa, European judges say.
18 Dec Cat and Fiddle: Last orders at a beloved LA pub Cat and Fiddle was a home away from home for British ex-pats. This month it closed its doors, and writer James Bartlett was there until the end.
16 Dec British expats fear EU debate might backfire David Cameron is proposing a series of welfare reforms to try to curb EU immigration. But his proposals have British expats worried - what will any changes mean for them?
16 Dec UAE: Embassy poem warns Brits over festive celebrations Brits spending Christmas in the United Arab Emirates are being warned to observe local customs, through a reworking of the poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.
13 Dec Airport disruption: Flights recover after Nats system failure Airports around the UK are returning to normal, although almost 40 flights have been cancelled at Heathrow, the day after a computer failure at the national air traffic control centre.
12 Dec Flights disrupted after computer failure at UK control centre Passengers are facing widespread flight disruption after a computer failure at the UK's air traffic control centre.
21 Nov Still searching for a cure for Libya When is the cure worse than the disease?
01 Nov UK travellers warned of increased global terror threat British travellers have been warned they could be targeted by terrorists seeking revenge for UK air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants.
24 Oct Piracy row Scot Billy Irving 'struggling' in India A Scot trapped in India by a dispute over anti-piracy operations has said he is struggling to support himself.
26 Sep Home Office takes charge of passports The UK's Passport Office is to be brought under Home Office control and made accountable to ministers, Home Secretary Theresa May has announced.
26 Sep Airlines cleared for mobile phone use during flights (EASA) says electronic devices such as mobile phones can be left switched on during flights.
15 Sep Passport delay victims deserve refund, say MPs Passport applicants who paid more than £30 extra for a "fast-track" service in an attempt to avoid processing delays should get refunds, MPs have said.
12 Sep Size matters: Which airlines are best for hand baggage? Will it fit? The question, and the anxiety behind it, is familiar to every air traveller in the 21st century.
04 Sep Top EU court rules on flight delays The EU's top court says an airliner's arrival time is not when it lands but when its doors are opened - a ruling that affects compensation claims.
25 Aug Price shock: The sting of moving abroad Imagine being asked to do your job in an exotic city in a far flung country. Sounds enticing, right?
07 Aug British tourists unaware of local laws - Foreign Office Most Brits abroad risk flouting local laws by failing to research them before going on holiday, figures suggest.
03 Aug Royal Navy ship helping Britons to evacuate Libya A Royal Navy ship helping Britons to leave Libya amid worsening violence in the country is now at sea and heading to Malta, the Ministry of Defence says.
02 Aug Royal Navy ship to help evacuate Britons from Libya A Royal Navy survey ship is preparing to evacuate Britons from Libya amid worsening violence in the country, the BBC understands.
31 Jul 'Action taken' over Gatwick Swissport baggage delays Measures are in place to minimise disruption after Gatwick baggage reclaim delays saw passengers go home without luggage, the airport said.
30 Jul France evacuates French and British expats from Libya The French government says it has evacuated French and British nationals from Libya, as battles rage between government forces and militias.
28 Jul Passport workers go on strike over staffing and pay Thousands of passport workers have gone on strike in a dispute over staff numbers and pay.
27 Jul Leave Libya now, Foreign Office tells Britons Britons should leave Libya immediately because of growing instability in the country, the Foreign Office has said.
27 Jul Gatwick apology as baggage delays spark complaints Gatwick Airport has apologised to hundreds of passengers after they were told to go home without their luggage because of baggage reclaim delays.
26 Jul Kidnapped Briton Mike Harvey freed in Yemen A British man who was kidnapped in Yemen in February has been released safely, the Foreign Office has said.
24 Jul SA to fast-track bill to block land sales to foreigners The South African government has announced plans to fast-track a bill barring foreigners from buying land.
12 Jul Kenya travel warning extended by Foreign Office The Foreign Office has warned Britons to avoid travelling to areas of the Kenyan coast, after attacks by militants left at least 87 people dead.
09 Jul Device charging advised for any UK flight All passengers flying into or out of the UK have been advised to ensure electronic devices in hand luggage are sufficiently charged to be turned on.
07 Jul Heathrow and Manchester issue must-be-charged gadget advice Heathrow and Manchester airports have told passengers to ensure all electronic devices carried as hand baggage are charged before travel if they are flying to the US.
07 Jul Germany to charge foreign motorists for autobahn use Germany has announced plans to tax the millions of foreign motorists who use its roads, including the famous autobahn highway, from 2016 onwards.
03 Jul Tighter security for flights to US Security is being tightened at airports with direct flights into the US - including some in the UK - in response to US warnings of a "credible threat".
01 Jul Heathrow passengers wait for lost bags after IT failure Some passengers have still not been reunited with their luggage days after Heathrow's Terminal 5 (T5) was hit by computer problems.
01 Jul EU roaming fees fall for phone users Charges for surfing the internet on smartphones while travelling in the EU have been cut by half as new rules come into force.
30 Jun Extra staff tackle Gatwick baggage delays Extra staff have been brought in to tackle delays for passengers reclaiming their baggage at Gatwick Airport.
24 Jun Air traffic control strike disrupts European flights British passengers are being disrupted by an air traffic controllers' strike in France that has led to flight cancellations.
19 Jun Airline loses flight delays appeal An airline passenger has won his case at at the Court of Appeal over flight delays, despite waiting six years to bring a case against the airline.
18 Jun The British expat who has opened a farm in Ethiopia Beside the small town of Adiguden a group of cows prance and buck when released from their shed into a paddock beneath the piercing sunshine of the midday sun in northern Ethiopia.
13 Jun Fees cut as part of emergency passport backlog measures Home Secretary Theresa May has announced measures to help clear the backlog in passport applications - and scrapped charges for urgent renewals.
12 Jun Passport backlog: Ministers block relaxation of checks Passport Office plans to relax security checks on applications from overseas have been blocked by ministers, as staff tackle a major backlog of cases.
11 Jun Passport Office boss denies applications backlog The Passport Office has denied that it is failing to cope with applications, despite claims of severe delays.
04 Jun Heathrow airport's new Terminal 2 opens to passengers Heathrow's new Terminal 2 has welcomed its first passengers, with the airport insisting it has learned lessons from the opening of Terminal 5.
31 May Plea for Briton lost in Malaysia The family of a man reported missing in the Malaysian jungle has called for the search for him to be intensified.
16 May Travel firms suspend flights to Mombasa after FCO warning Hundreds of UK tourists are being evacuated from parts of the Kenyan coast, after the Foreign Office warned of a "high threat" from terrorists.
13 May Easyjet enjoys boost from business passengers Easyjet has reported a narrowing of half-year losses, helped by a rise in the number of business passengers and tight control on costs.
09 May Heathrow Airport congestion charge proposed People travelling to Heathrow Airport by car could have to pay a congestion charge if the airport's proposed third runway is built.
08 May How does your expat package stack up? Working overseas can be a fantastic way to see the world and add deeper experience and colour to your resume.
03 May Bank holiday weirdness: An array of strange English events As we approach summer and take advantage of the quick succession of bank holidays thousands of us will head out to witness some of England's more unique events. Many are steeped in tradition and can be traced back for centuries.
03 May Why South African whites are coming home Hundreds of thousands of whites left South Africa following the ANC's landslide election victory in 1994. Twenty years on, the exodus shows signs of slowing, even reversing.
02 May Mers outbreak: London-bound passengers warned over virus Health officials have issued advice to passengers after a suspected case of the Mers respiratory virus on board a flight passing through London.
16 Apr Beijing bound: Jobs hot spot for expats? Will less lucrative salaries and toxic air turn global professionals away from China’s capital? Everything you need to know about relocating to Beijing.
16 Apr Spanish property fraud victim criticises suspended sentence A man swindled out of almost £50,000 in a Spanish property fraud has criticised the length of the sentence given to the woman who stole his money.
15 Apr Briton acquitted amid Dubai police 'torture' claims A 32-year-old Briton has been acquitted of drug offences in Dubai amid allegations he was tortured by police.
10 Apr British man Edgar Dart shot dead in Bahamas robbery A British father was shot dead and his family attacked with a machete during a robbery in the Bahamas.
07 Apr Briton Andrew Bush shot dead in Spanish villa Spanish police are hunting the killer of a British millionaire jeweller who was shot dead in the Costa del Sol.
05 Apr British men from anti-piracy vessel freed on bail, says lawyer Five British men who were being held on arms charges have been freed on bail from an Indian jail, according to a lawyer close to the case.
05 Apr 'Carjackers' in Brazil kill British oil worker Peter Campsie A British oil worker has been shot dead in what is reported to be an attempted carjacking in Brazil
03 Apr MEPs vote to scrap mobile roaming fees in Europe The European Parliament has voted to scrap the roaming fees charged for using a mobile phone while abroad.
31 Mar Is London really France's 'sixth biggest city'? There are many French people living in London, but does it really have the sixth highest number of any city? French media have been debating the accuracy of this often-repeated claim.
24 Mar Take these steps now to live abroad after retiring Everyone has a different view of retirement, but for some, the dream involves a beach or countryside, a cold drink — and an entirely different country.
14 Mar David Cameron urged to help British ex-soldiers jailed in India Relatives of six former British soldiers jailed in India are urging the prime minister to help free them.
13 Mar How safe is your passport? The mysterious case of missing Flight MH370 and two passengers with masked identities could spell change for travellers.
12 Mar The Britons who swap the UK for the poorest part of the EU What's it like to live in the poorest part of the poorest country in the European Union?
10 Mar Spain: Deserted medieval villages available 'free' Deserted Spanish villages, some of them centuries old, can now be acquired free or bought very cheaply, it seems.
28 Feb Foreign Office tells UK citizens to leave Crimea The Foreign Office has urged all UK citizens in Crimea to leave amid escalating violence.
27 Feb Briton who gave birth on NYC street meets Good Samaritan A British woman who gave birth on a New York City street after rushing out of her flat as she went into labour on Monday has been reunited with the Good Samaritan who came to her aid.
19 Feb Egypt warning: Britons told to avoid South Sinai Britons are being advised to avoid the Egyptian region of South Sinai - except the holiday resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
17 Feb Dubai: Desert oasis or mirage for expats? For hundreds of thousands of expats and would-be global professionals, it’s a much-sought-after stop in a career. Thinking about relocating? Here’s how to get hired and settled into one of the glitziest cities in the world, while also being prepared for some of the drawbacks.
13 Feb UK fugitives: Eight wanted men sought in Netherlands Some of the UK's most wanted men thought to be on the run in the Netherlands have been named by the National Crime Agency (NCA).
03 Feb Corruption across EU 'breathtaking' - EU Commission The extent of corruption in Europe is "breathtaking" and it costs the EU economy at least 120bn euros (£99bn) annually, the European Commission says.
03 Feb Good migrations: Avoiding mistakes as a new expat Hayley Spraggett’s first clues that working overseas would require a lot of attention to cultural differences and finessing her presentation came well before she ever got a job abroad.
23 Jan Canada 'orders Briton to stop selling Marmite and Irn Bru' The owner of a British food shop in Canada says he has been ordered to stop selling Marmite, Ovaltine and Irn Bru because they contain illegal additives.
16 Jan When expats return home, what’s next? Returning expats face unforeseen challenges, such as frustration.
02 Jan Foreign Office investigates Libya death report The Foreign Office is investigating reports that a British man has been shot dead in western Libya.