YOUNG Brits who dish out shots and lure punters into bars in Majorca have become victims of modern day slavery, the Foreign Office has warned. An undercover investigation found young people working in party resorts including Magaluf have had their passports seized by employers who charge them extortionate rent for squalid apartments. Women were subjected to sexual harassment while some men turned to drug dealing to supplement their low incomes, the report found. The operation, carried out by criminologists, found young Brits were forced to work long hours for low pay attracting revellers into bars and clubs. Victims were mostly university students taking a break before starting work, those working menial jobs at home and people who had just broken off serious relationships. It followed FCO research which found more than 80 per cent of British prisoners on the Spanish island are former "public relations" workers. "The conditions faced by young British people in some of the more extreme … [Read more...] about Brits working as bar touts in Magaluf are forced to work long hours for little pay by bosses who seize their passports, Foreign Office warns
(CNN)The British government has opened an investigation into how a notorious duo of Russian pranksters were able to add British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to their list of punked politician and celebrities. A man pretending to be Armenia's new Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan had an 18-minute conversation with Johnson. Armenia protest leader Nikol Pashinyan elected prime minister It covered relations with Russia, the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, the Syrian situation, the United States pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal and advice on how to deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Vladimir Krasnov and Aleksey Stolyarov -- known respectively as "Vovan" and "Lexus" -- have pranked singer Sir Elton John and US Energy Secretary Rick Perry, among others, by pretending to be politicians. The duo have denied insinuations that they are backed by the Kremlin or Russian intelligence, but their crank calls tend to target Russia's real or perceived adversaries. … [Read more...] about Pranksters trick UK’s top diplomat. Foreign Office not laughing.
On 18 May 2018 the FCO updated its travel advice because of an Ebola outbreak, advising against “all but essential travel” to the Equateur province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “If you become ill during or immediately after travelling to the country, seek medical advice immediately. Medical care is extremely limited. “Outside Kinshasa, western standard medical facilities are almost non-existent. Medical evacuation to South Africa (or elsewhere) is often necessary.” What is Ebola virus? It is a viral haemorrhagic fever (VHF): a severe viral illness with fever and associated with internal and/or external bleeding. The virus first appeared in 1976 in simultaneous outbreaks in what is now South Sudan and DRC. The latter occurred in a village near the Ebola River, from which the disease takes its name. Read more How running is helping Sierra Leone recover after Ebola The virus is transmitted to people from wild … [Read more...] about Ebola: Foreign Office warns against travel to Democratic Republic of Congo region hit by latest outbreak
The Foreign Office (FCO) guidance map for Afghanistan is a blotchy blend of red and orange, indicating that the institution many of our holiday operators use for travel guidance very much advises against trips to the war-torn nation. You certainly won’t find Thomas Cook or Tui offering packages, but just because the FCO says the central Asian country is off-limits, that doesn’t mean it is impossible to go. “Afghanistan needs no introduction; just the name is enough to have most politicians panicking, journalists packing and wild travellers salivating with expectation,” reads the blurb of Wild Frontiers’ 12-day Afghan Explorer tour. The tour operator is one of a handful that specialise in sending hardened holidaymakers to destinations with a bit more bite - sometimes contrary to Foreign Office advice. Last week the kidnapping of two British nationals in the Virunga National Park, deep within an area to which the FCO advises against all travel in the … [Read more...] about Holidays in the danger zone: UK tour operators that ignore Foreign Office advice
CONCERN has been sparked for the welfare of two Brits who are said to have been kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The pair were snatched along with their driver by armed men who also shot dead a female park ranger in Virunga National Park, a famous gorilla sanctuary. What we know about the kidnapping A £150,000 demand was made by local bandits, though it's not clear which group they belong to, according to ITV Africa correspondent John Ray. A female park ranger travelling with the pair was killed, according to local media reports. Park spokesman Joel Wengamula said: "We can confirm the attack, but are waiting for more details. He added the attack occurred at around 10am, and "police and soldiers are at the scene". Where is Virunga National Park? Virunga as formerly called the Albert National Park. It covers 7,800 square kilometers - about the size of Devon - which stretch from the Virunga mountains in the south to the Rwenzori mountains in the south. The nearest … [Read more...] about Where is Virunga National Park in the DR Congo and what does the Foreign Office advise about travelling to Goma?