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Emergency passports upgrade

The Foreign Office has announced a security upgrade to its emergency passport system in order to minimise the risk of fraud. The new documents, valid…

Five countries fail visa test

From March, first-time visitors to the UK from Bolivia, Venezuela, South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland will need biometric visas, after their passports failed to meet…

Andre Goodfriend writes from Washington

In the first of our despatches from colleagues in new postings, former head of US Consular Services Andre Goodfriend describes life back in Obamaland No…

Envoys mourn Jan Winkler’s death

London’s diplomats were united in mourning following the sudden death of the Czech Ambassador Jan Winkler, who is believed to have succumbed to a heart…

In Memory of Jan Winkler

Ambassador Jan Winkler was one of a kind. In my first interview with him, he revealed that his preferred mode of transport was rollerblading –…

Aussies rally to aid fire victims

Prince William signs the condolence book as (from left) High Commissioner John Dauth, Consul-General Paula Ganly, Acting Agent-General for Victoria Ian Marland, and Prince Harry…

Mayor urges US Embassy to rethink CC boycott

Mayor Boris Johnson has called on President Barack Obama to reverse the US Embassy’s refusal to pay the congestion charge. According to Transport for London,…

‘Hoover’ tipped to be US Ambassador

A Chicago lawyer, investment banker and Democratic fundraiser is rumoured to be a frontrunner as President Barack Obama’s choice of Ambassador to London. It is…

Envoy honoured at Oscars

Indian diplomat Vikas Swarup was recognised for his novel Q&A at this year’s Academy Awards. His book, adapted for the movie Slumdog Millionaire by Simon…

Nationals in need

Consuls dealing with citizens in distress rely on the help of NGOs. Travel Care is a charity providing a refuge and basic assistance to foreign…