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This week at the Foreign Office

A look at news from the Foreign Office and British embassies overseas this week.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Main news this week is the floods in Pakistan. British High Commissioner to Pakistan Adam Thomson blogged urging support for the aid effort, Department for International Development Secretary of State Andrew Mitchell and Minister without Portfolio Baroness Warsi visited Pakistan and yesterday Mr Mitchell announced that the UK is doubling its aid.

On Tuesday the UK condemned the bombing attack in Iraq targetting army recruits.

Yesterday was United Nations World Humanitarian Day, our UK mission to the UN wrote about the UK’s involvement on Humanitarian issues.

The Stabilisation Unit’s Adrian Garside explains why getting stuck in mud and running into lions is all in a day’s work as a Stabilisation Advisor in Juba, Southern Sudan

The Edinburgh International Festival is the focus of our latest See Britain film. Festival Director Jonathan Mills spoke about the UK’s ability to “let it’s hair down”

In travel news this week Flight Options/Kiss Flights ceased trading so we signposted advice for their customers. We produced advice for people planning to hire motorbikes and scooters while on holiday this summer, advice for those planning to go to Spain’s Tomatina Festival and advice for yesterday’s Europa League matches.

Next week Liverpool, Dundee United and Celtic play overseas. If you’re planning to travel to these matches keep an eye on our advice at

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Published 20 August 2010