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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. In September 2020, the FCO will be renamed the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the Foreign Secretary will absorb the responsibilities of the Secretary of State for International Development. 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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Minister defends PM's dad in Greek travel row [Video]

Minister defends PM's dad in Greek travel row

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has defended Prime Minister Boris Johnson's father, Stanley Johnson, who travelled to Greece despite the barring of direct entry from the UK. Mr Shapps said that Mr..

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English holidaymakers given green light to travel abroad from Saturday [Video]

English holidaymakers given green light to travel abroad from Saturday

English holidaymakers can embark on overseas trips from Saturday as quarantine restrictions are lifted and travel advice is updated.The 14-day self-isolation policy for people returning to or visiting..

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Harry Dunn's mother reacts to news of crash warning 25 years ago [Video]

Harry Dunn's mother reacts to news of crash warning 25 years ago

Harry Dunn's mother Charlotte Charles reacts to news that a Foreign Office official raised concerns over the potential for a car crash involving a diplomatic immunity claim 25 years before the death of..

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PM plans to merge International Aid Department into FO [Video]

PM plans to merge International Aid Department into FO

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced he will merge the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development to create a new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development..

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Boris Johnson: Government departments merged to form Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office [Video]

Boris Johnson: Government departments merged to form Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office

The Prime Minister announced he will merge the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development to create a new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. He told the..

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CNN crew arrested live on air [Video]

CNN crew arrested live on air

CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez, producer Bill Kirkos and photojournalist Leonel Mendez are arrested while covering protests in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The trio have since been released and Minnesota..

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Britain announced on Tuesday 160 million pounds ($201 million) in humanitarian aid to Yemen, James Cleverly, the Foreign Office minister for the Middle East and North Africa, told a pledging conference..
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Britain would not support Israeli West Bank annexation: minister

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Foreign Office to work with airlines to get tens of thousands home - and spend £75m on other charter flights.
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UK advises Britons against non-essential travel to Italy

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Anger as Boris Johnson 'hands Foreign Office' power to spend aid budget

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Some British embassy staff in Tehran evacuated due to coronavirus

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Boris Johnson's government posted job advert for 'government butler' with knowledge of fine wines

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Coronavirus: Evacuation flight carrying Britons from quarantined cruise ship takes off from Japan

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Flight carrying British evacuees from coronavirus-hit cruise ship in Japan takes off

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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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