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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), commonly called the Foreign Office, or British Foreign Office, is a department of the Government of the United Kingdom. It is responsible for protecting and promoting British interests worldwide and was created in 1968 by merging the Foreign Office and the Commonwealth Office.

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Harry Dunn crash: Foreign Office rejects public inquiry call

The Foreign Office is "confident" the case was "handled properly and lawfully throughout".
BBC News - Published

Foreign Office staff banned from saying 'no-deal Brexit' despite threat of UK leaving EU with no trade agreement

Diplomats told to say 'trading relationship with the EU like Australia' - although Canberra lacks a trade deal with Brussels
Independent - Published

Videos for Foreign and Commonwealth Office


Cate Blanchett among stars to turn out for the Roksanda show at LFW 2020 [Video]Cate Blanchett among stars to turn out for the Roksanda show at LFW 2020

Cate Blanchett, Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson turn out for the Roksanda catwalk show at London Fashion Week. It was held in the grand surroundings of the Durbar Court at the Foreign Office.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:48Published

Coronavirus: Plane carrying Britons from Wuhan arrives at Brize Norton [Video]Coronavirus: Plane carrying Britons from Wuhan arrives at Brize Norton

A plane carrying British citizens evacuated from the coronavirus-hit city of Wuhan has landed in Oxfordshire. The flight, with more than 200 people on board, including some foreign nationals, arrived..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:42Published

Coronavirus: Briton on his reasons for staying in Wuhan [Video]Coronavirus: Briton on his reasons for staying in Wuhan

Briton Chris Hill talks about his reasons for staying in coronavirus-hit Wuhan in China and the reaction from the Foreign Office when he told officials he would not be accepting the flight he was..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:14Published

Coronavirus: British nationals arrive in UK from Wuhan [Video]Coronavirus: British nationals arrive in UK from Wuhan

Plane carrying British nationals from the coronavirus-hit city of Wuhan in China, arrives at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, and taxis down the runway. After several delays, the flight – chartered..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:44Published

British citizen in Wuhan reveals why he's decided against returning to UK [Video]British citizen in Wuhan reveals why he's decided against returning to UK

Interview with Chris Hill, a British citizen who lives in Wuhan with his wife and four-year-old daughter. Mr Hill said he chose not to use the upcoming repatriation flight after the Foreign and..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:16Published

British Airways cancels all flights to and from China [Video]British Airways cancels all flights to and from China

British Airways has suspended all direct flights to and from mainland China after the Foreign Office issued new guidance advising against non-essential travel to the country. At Heathrow Airport, BA..

Credit: ODN     Duration: 01:38Published

Morgan: UK working to get nationals home from China [Video]Morgan: UK working to get nationals home from China

Baroness Nicky Morgan says that she understands why British Airways has taken the decision to suspend direct flights to and from China in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. The culture secretary..

Credit: ODN     Duration: 01:03Published

Coronavirus: Foreign Office warns against travel to China as UK nationals are set to return [Video]Coronavirus: Foreign Office warns against travel to China as UK nationals are set to return

Britons in the coronavirus-hit Chinese province of Hubei could be flown home as early as Thursday as the Foreign Office has warned against "all but essential travel" to the country. The Foreign Office..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:34Published

London celebrates Chinese New Year in spite of coronavirus fears [Video]London celebrates Chinese New Year in spite of coronavirus fears

Chinese New Year celebrations took place in central London this afternoon, despite growing fears about the coronavirus. Many people welcomed the Year of the Rat in the biggest celebration for the lunar..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:42Published

Boris Johnson signs Brexit Withdrawal Agreement [Video]Boris Johnson signs Brexit Withdrawal Agreement

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has formally signed the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement in Downing Street, in the presence of EU and Foreign Office officials. It comes after the Queen gave her royal assent to..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:34Published

 

UK to send another civilian aircraft to help Britons leave Wuhan

Britain's Foreign Office said late on Tuesday that it will charter another civilian aircraft to help British nationals and their dependents leave China's Wuhan for the UK on Sunday amidst the spread of..
Reuters - Published

Coronavirus: Britons told to leave China as death toll rises and over 20,000 infected around globe

The Foreign Office has advised all British nationals to leave China due to the coronavirus outbreak, which has killed more than 420 people.
Independent - Published

Coronavirus news - live: British Foreign Office pulls staff from China as US declares national emergency and death toll reaches 259

Follow the latest updates
Independent - Published

Coronavirus: Foreign Office warns against 'all but essential travel' to China

The Foreign Office advises against "all but essential travel" amid the coronavirus outbreak.
BBC News - Published

UK denounces brief arrest of envoy in Tehran as violation of law

Britain's Foreign Office confirmed on Saturday that the country's ambassador in Tehran was briefly detained by Iranian authorities, denouncing the arrest as a "flagrant violation of international law".
Reuters - Published

Iran plane crash: UK ambassador arrested during protests in Tehran

The Foreign Office condemns his arrest as a "flagrant violation of international law".
BBC News - Published

Britain to discuss Iran crisis with France and Germany

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab travels to Brussels on Tuesday to discuss with France and Germany the crisis sparked by the killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, the British..
Reuters - Published

UK Foreign Office warns against Iran and Iraq travel

The Foreign Office changes its travel advice after general Qasem Soleimani was killed in a US airstrike.
BBC News - Published

Cyprus government defends courts after criticism of Briton's rape claim trial

UK Foreign Office expresses 'serious concern' about fairness of case
Independent - Published

Ayia Napa: Foreign Office 'concerned' over Briton found guilty over rape claim

The 19-year-old was found guilty over lying about being gang-raped by 12 Israelis in Cyprus in July.
BBC News - Published

Request for 50 Cent's phone number among oddest Foreign Office enquiries of 2019

'We can't hand out famous rappers' phone numbers, collect your lost property or advise on Windsor Castle's dress code'
Independent - Published

Harry Dunn: Parents begin legal proceedings against Foreign Office

Harry Dunn's parents want a judicial review into the diplomatic immunity of the suspect in crash that caused his death.
BBC News - Published

UK demands China give UN access to Muslim detention camps

Foreign Office responds to leaked documents revealing systematic brainwashing and digital mass surveillance
Independent - Published

Britain says it is concerned by escalation of violence in Hong Kong

Britain's Foreign Office said on Monday it was concerned about the escalation of violence between protesters and police in Hong Kong and urged both sides to find a way forward.
Reuters - Published

Foreign aid department could be scrapped if Conservatives win general election, minister says

Threat emerges amid suspicions about Boris Johnson's plans - after he called for it to be gobbled up by Foreign Office
Independent - Published

Britain's Prince William to visit Kuwait and Oman in December

Britain's Prince William will visit Kuwait and Oman in December at the request of the Foreign Office, Kensington Palace said in a statement on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

British man arrested after young daughter is 'beaten to death' in five-star hotel in Kazakhstan

Foreign Office confirms death of British child as man held on suspicion of murder
Independent - Published

Harry Dunn death: Family to launch legal action against Foreign Office

Anne Sacoolas, who left UK after involvement in collision which left the teenager dead, is 'fugitive from this country' who 'is on the run', says family spokesperson
Independent - Published

Harry Dunn: Crash victim's family to take Foreign Office to court

Harry Dunn's parents want a judicial review into the diplomatic immunity for suspect Anne Sacoolas.
BBC News - Published

Mark Field: MP who grabbed female protester by neck stands down over Brexit

Former Foreign Office minister hits out 'fractious, febrile and deeply divisive aftermath' of vote to leave EU
Independent - Published

Harry Dunn's family to launch legal challenge over diplomatic immunity unless Foreign Office provides answers

Lawyers demand emails and records relating to advice given to British police by Foreign Office
Independent - Published

British man dies in Sofia before England's Euro 2020 qualifier

A British man has died in Sofia before England's Euro 2020 qualifier, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office says.
BBC News - Published

Iranian ambassador in UK summoned in tanker row

The Foreign Office says Iran has transferred its cargo of oil to Syria, breaching EU sanctions.
BBC News - Published

Lancashire man hurt in balcony fall in Florence, Italy

Jack Foley, from Lancashire, was taken to hospital after the fall, the Foreign Office says.
BBC News - Published

Britain presses for information on HK consulate worker detained in China

Britain's Foreign Office continues to "urgently seek further information" about an employee of its Hong Kong consulate who was detained in China, it said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Hong Kong: British consulate staffer 'detained at China border'

The FCO says it is seeking further information from Chinese authorities.
BBC News - Published

British Foreign Office calls in Iranian envoy over tanker seizure

Britain summoned the Iranian Charge d'Affaires in London after Friday's seizure of a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, the British Foreign Office said on Saturday.
Reuters - Published

Twelve arrested in Ayia Napa 'over alleged rape' of British woman

Foreign office says it is 'supporting' UK national
Independent - Published

Important new US ambassador is best person for long term relationship : UK minister

Britain's new ambassador to the United States must be the best person for the long term interests of the relationship between the two countries, junior Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan said on..
Reuters - Published

Boris Johnson faces backlash over revelation Kim Darroch quit because he refused to support him over Trump email leak

The frontrunner for PM was accused by a Foreign Office minister of 'throwing the ambassador under a bus'
Independent - Published

No evidence of hacking in UK diplomatic leak: top civil servant

There is no evidence that hacking was involved in the leaking of British diplomatic memos from London's ambassador to Washington but an investigation is ongoing, the UK's top civil servant in the..
Reuters - Published

UK says unprecedented for head of friendly state to refuse to deal with envoy

It is unprecedented for the head of a friendly state to refuse to deal with a British envoy, the UK's top Foreign Office civil servant said after a row involving U.S. President Donald Trump prompted..
Reuters - Published

UK's Johnson threw ambassador to U.S. 'under the bus': junior minister

Boris Johnson threw Britain's ambassador to Washington "under the bus" when he refused to back the envoy in his row with Donald Trump, junior Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Leaking of UK ambassador memos branding Trump White House 'inept' investigated by Foreign Office

The UK government has launched an investigation into who leaked diplomatic memos from the UK ambassador in Washington to the media.
Independent - Published

Britain says Iran must stop and reverse its nuclear activities

Iran has broken the terms of its 2015 nuclear deal and must immediately stop and reverse its activities, a spokesman for Britain's Foreign Office said on Sunday.
Reuters - Published

Britain confirms envoy to Iran summoned over oil tanker seizure

Britain's Foreign Office confirmed on Thursday that its ambassador to Tehran had been summoned over the seizure of an Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar.
Reuters - Published

Hong Kong protests: China says 'relationship has been damaged' with UK after interference from London

Ambassador summoned to the Foreign Office 'within the hour' - to be told his comments are 'unacceptable and inaccurate'
Independent - Published

Prince William and Kate to visit Pakistan in the autumn

Prince William and his wife Kate will visit Pakistan in the autumn at the request of Britain's Foreign Office, Kensington Palace said on Saturday.
Reuters - Published

Boris Johnson 'called the French "turds"' over Brexit in comment cut from BBC documentary

'I imagine that there were discussions between the Foreign Office and the Beeb saying: 'Please don't put that in... or that, or that, or that, or that'. This was perhaps one of them'
Independent - Published

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