Highlighting the Huge Humanitarian Crisis in the Kurdistan Region

Gary Kent | Posted 26.10.2015 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey are routinely cited in debates on the humanitarian crisis caused by Daesh but large numbers of refugees and internally disp...

A Call for the BBC to Establish a World Service in the Korean Language

Michael Glendinning | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK
Michael Glendinning

The remit of the BBC Trust impels the BBC World Service to "Enable individuals to participate in the global debate on significant international issues...

Is UK Aid Really Being Squandered?

Amy Dodd | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK
Amy Dodd

At the most basic and essential level, aid is and will remain a vital source of funding for many countries who cannot yet raise enough tax to pay for much-needed social services and goods including things like education and healthcare but also in the longer term helping to build the capacity to raise and more effectively use those resources. UK aid contributes to building a fairer world where more people live free from poverty, fewer die from preventable causes like malnutrition or childbirth and there are more opportunities for all.

Marshall Scholars Help Make the UK-US Relationship What It Is Today

Hugo Swire | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Politics
Hugo Swire

This year marks seventy years since the end of the Second World War. While the number of people that can remember the devastation first-hand diminishes each year, this country's gratitude endures for the sacrifices made by the American people for peace in Europe and for the bold and enlightened Marshall Plan, which rebuilt our decimated economies.

Sun, Sea and Snowballs: Backpacking Across Morocco

Kat Hind | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kat Hind

Morocco is possibly one of the most beautiful countries I have ever visited. For one week, myself and six other Arabic language students backpacked from Marrakech to Fes, discovering a diverse range of people, places and most importantly foods!

UK Music Is Taking Over the World One Gig at a Time

Mark Hillary | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Mark Hillary

Peter Hook visited a small gig venue in São Paulo today just to meet fans up close and to answer their questions. My wife and I had arranged the visit for the British Consulate who plastered the venue with their 'Music is GREAT' branding - and of course when you are talking about British music, it really is!

Is North Korea Really Out of Reach?

Hugo Swire | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Politics
Hugo Swire

For too long the North Korean people have suffered terribly. There are no easy answers, but we are determined that we should not simply see this as "too difficult" and put it to the bottom of what is a very busy foreign affairs in-tray. We must remain resolute in tackling the DPRK's efforts at nuclear development.

Britain Should Be GREAT by Promoting Values We Believe In

David Griffiths | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK
David Griffiths

I have never played Grand Theft Auto V, currently the world's most popular video game, and quite possibly never will. It apparently offers an open-wo...

Egypt's Three Years on the Misery-Go-Round

Neil Durkin | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

The heady days of Egypt's "Arab Spring" are now a distant memory (indeed I always doubted that Egypt's revolution would very easily shake off decades of authoritarianism). Now, nothwithstanding the wishful thinking of the Egyptian tourist industry, the future looks bleak for Egypt.

When Will the UK Do More Than Whisper for Justice for the Palestinians?

Luke Massey | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Politics
Luke Massey

While the world mourns the death of Nelson Mandela, who galvanised an international movement against the barbarism of racism and oppression, there has never been a more acute time to heed his words: 'We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.'

Sectarian Violence in Syria: What Does It Mean for the Rest of Us?

Luke McManus | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Luke McManus

Sectarian violence in Syria is now threatening more than just the Middle East. Syria's civil war, whose direction at first seemed synonymous with other countries of the Arab Spring, quickly became a full-blown battle of Shia-Sunni sectarianism.

Reality Check: Life in Brazil Through the Eyes of a Foreigner

Mark Hillary | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Hillary

I really wanted to capture what daily life is like for a foreigner based in Brazil. What is different about this enormous nation compared to living in many other places or even back in the UK? What is important to know before you make the decision to move here?

British Man Dies In German River Tragedy

PA | Posted 08.08.2013 | UK

A British man has died in Germany after reportedly being swept away by the River Rhine. Christian Fagg, 23, was reported missing in Koln-Rodenkirch...

What Are We Like? The Truth About the Brits Abroad

Martin Dorey | Posted 18.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Martin Dorey

It seems, from the latest report on global Consular activity released today, that we are getting slightly better at being Brits abroad - even if we are becoming a little more careless with our vital documents.

Noisy Cockerel? Stone Throwing Monkey?

The Huffington Post UK | Christopher York | Posted 16.05.2013 | UK

Being abroad can be a troubling time for many of us Brits - lost money, sunburn and finding a fish and chip shop even though you're in the heart of th...

The DRC and Sexual Violence: Too Often Forgotten

Sir John Holmes | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK Politics
Sir John Holmes

Some places almost never get the attention they deserve. One of these is the Democratic Republic of Congo. A vast country of some 80 million people, at the heart of Africa. It has struggled since independence in 1960 with a poor colonial legacy, cold war manipulations, venal and incompetent governments, and a succession of wars.

Can Britain Claim Greater 'Soft Power' Thanks to Iron Maiden?

Mark Hillary | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK Politics
Mark Hillary

British music, art, and culture in general has reached every corner of the world and this does create a favourable impression of the nation - useful for business and politics in addition to just feeling a bit more welcomed when visiting a new place as a tourist.

British Women Travelling With Aid Convoy Raped In Libya

PA | Posted 29.05.2013 | UK

A number of British women travelling with an aid convoy are believed to have been raped in Libya. Pro-government militiamen are suspected of attack...

Kenya Coach Crash 'Involved Britons'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.03.2013 | UK

A number of Britons were travelling on a coach which crashed in Kenya, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said on Saturday. The incident hap...

Sri Lanka the Wrong Choice to Top BA's Holiday Destination List

Simon Danczuk | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK Politics
Simon Danczuk

Scratch beneath the idyllic veneer and there is another side to Sri Lanka that you won't find mentioned in glossy holiday brochures. Here you'll find a warning that sexual attacks in Sri Lanka are increasing. Last year saw 700 child rapes in the first six-months alone.

British Tourist Shot Dead By Honduras Gang

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.01.2013 | UK

A British man has been shot dead in Central America by a gang who stole his camera, it was reported. The man, named locally as tourist Kaya Omer, 3...

How Twitter Saved Bletchley Park - Live From Brazil

Mark Hillary | Posted 26.11.2012 | UK Tech
Mark Hillary

Dr Black visited Brazil recently and toured the country lecturing on Bletchley Park and Alan Turing - 2012 being the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of Turing.

Why Has the UN's ILO Been Kicked Out of an Island Paradise?

Owen Tudor | Posted 21.11.2012 | UK
Owen Tudor

There's in paradise. The military regime that currently runs the small South Pacific island of Fiji this week added to its pariah status by 'asking' a delegation from the UN's workplace agency (the International Labour Organisation, or ILO) to leave the country.

British Girl And Grandfather Feared Drowned In Portugal

PA | Posted 21.08.2012 | UK

The Foreign Office is investigating reports that a five-year-old British girl has drowned off a Portuguese beach alongside her 66-year-old grandfather...

Britain To Give Syrian Rebels An Extra £5m

Posted 09.10.2012 | UK

Britain is to give an extra £5m to Syrian rebels fighting Bashar al-Assad's regime, helping to fund additional communications equipment and medical s...