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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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Britain to spend 75 million getting stranded citizens home [Video]

Britain to spend 75 million getting stranded citizens home

Britain will spend up to 75 million pounds to get stranded passengers home, foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Monday, adding that airlines like British Airways, easyJet and Virgin would help and..

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Raab challenged over British citizens stranded abroad [Video]

Raab challenged over British citizens stranded abroad

Former immigration minister Caroline Nokes has challenged foreign secretary Dominic Raab on the efforts being made by the Foreign Office to repatriate Britons stranded abroad because of Covid-19. It..

Credit: ODN     Duration: 02:41Published
Dominic Raab updates MPs on repatriation efforts [Video]

Dominic Raab updates MPs on repatriation efforts

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has updated the Foreign Affairs Select Committee on the Foreign Office's plan to repatriate British citizens abroad amid the Covid-19 outbreak following advice for..

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Dominic Raab gives sense of scale facing Foreign Office from Covid-19 [Video]

Dominic Raab gives sense of scale facing Foreign Office from Covid-19

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab gives a sense of the scale of the challenge ahead for the Foreign Office in helping Britons abroad during the Covid-19 pandemic. He advises Britons abroad to "think very..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:47Published
Foreign Office advises against all non-essential foreign travel [Video]

Foreign Office advises against all non-essential foreign travel

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has said “now is not the time for finger-pointing” after Labour’s Emily Thornberry attacked US president Donald Trump’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak. The..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:48Published
Foreign Office tightens travel advice to the US [Video]

Foreign Office tightens travel advice to the US

The Foreign Office has advised against “all but essential travel” to the US after President Trump introduced a travel ban on the UK over the coronavirus pandemic. British nationals with journeys..

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Boris Johnson - NHS prepared to deal with coronavirus [Video]

Boris Johnson - NHS prepared to deal with coronavirus

Prime Minister Boris Johnson responds to a question about the UK's preparedness for the coronavirus following reports of two new cases in the country. Johnson says that NHS is an excellent organisation..

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FCO left quarantined Brit couple alone in Japan, says son [Video]

FCO left quarantined Brit couple alone in Japan, says son

Stephen Abel, the son of a British couple quarantined on a cruise ship amidst coronavirus fears, says communication from the Foreign Office has been "non-existent". David and Sally Abel have..

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FCO ‘working to organise’ flight home for Britons on coronavirus cruise ship [Video]

FCO ‘working to organise’ flight home for Britons on coronavirus cruise ship

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is “working to organise” a flight back to the UK for British nationals on board a cruise ship quarantined off the coast of Japan due to coronavirus fears...

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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.

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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..

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Coronavirus: Foreign Office links up with airlines to fly stranded Britons home

Foreign Office to work with airlines to get tens of thousands home - and spend £75m on other charter flights.
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Coronavirus: Foreign Office advises against travel to US and Spain

Announcement comes just after Donald Trump extended US travel ban to UK
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UK advises Britons against non-essential travel to Italy

Britain's Foreign Office on Monday advised https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy Britons against all but essential travel to Italy after Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said the whole..
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Anger as Boris Johnson 'hands Foreign Office' power to spend aid budget

Alarm raised after leaked memo reveals department for international department staff have been told to report to Dominic Raab's department
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Some British embassy staff in Tehran evacuated due to coronavirus

Dependants and some staff are being evacuated from the British embassy in Tehran as of March 1 due to coronavirus but essential staff will remain, Britain's Foreign Office said on Sunday as part of a..
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Boris Johnson's government posted job advert for 'government butler' with knowledge of fine wines

Ad posted by the Foreign Office appears to have been taken down
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Coronavirus: Evacuation flight carrying Britons from quarantined cruise ship takes off from Japan

A repatriation flight carrying 32 British and European passengers evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship has taken off from Japan, the Foreign Office has said.
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Flight carrying British evacuees from coronavirus-hit cruise ship in Japan takes off

Britain's Foreign Office on Friday said the evacuation flight for its nationals on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship has taken off from Japan, following the coronavirus outbreak.
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Russia behind huge Georgia cyber-attack, UK says

The UK Foreign Office said October's attack was designed to undermine Georgia's sovereignty.
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UK working to organize flight for British nationals on cruise ship with coronavirus

Britain's Foreign Office said on Wednesday it is working to organize a flight to Japan to evacuate its nationals from a cruise ship hit by the coronavirus.
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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".
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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
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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..
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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.
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Coronavirus news - live: British Foreign Office pulls staff from China as US declares national emergency and death toll reaches 259

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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".
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Iran plane crash: UK ambassador arrested during protests in Tehran

The Foreign Office condemns his arrest as a "flagrant violation of international law".
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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..
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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.
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Cyprus government defends courts after criticism of Briton's rape claim trial

UK Foreign Office expresses 'serious concern' about fairness of case
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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.
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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'
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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.
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UK demands China give UN access to Muslim detention camps

Foreign Office responds to leaked documents revealing systematic brainwashing and digital mass surveillance
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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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Iranian ambassador in UK summoned in tanker row

The Foreign Office says Iran has transferred its cargo of oil to Syria, breaching EU sanctions.
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Lancashire man hurt in balcony fall in Florence, Italy

Jack Foley, from Lancashire, was taken to hospital after the fall, the Foreign Office says.
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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.
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Hong Kong: British consulate staffer 'detained at China border'

The FCO says it is seeking further information from Chinese authorities.
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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.
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Twelve arrested in Ayia Napa 'over alleged rape' of British woman

Foreign office says it is 'supporting' UK national
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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..
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