Archive for Miriam Wells

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Surgeon accused of profiting from unnecessary operations on NHS patients

A senior surgeon is under investigation by police and the health service over allegations he performed unnecessary surgery on NHS and private patients, in a case that raises serious questions about NHS oversight of its contracts with private health providers.

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White House releases annual counterterrorism CIVCAS figures

The Obama administration says it killed one civilian and 431-441 combatants in counterterrorism strikes last year – contrasting slightly with the Bureau’s estimate of four to six civilians and 358-501 combatants.

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Obama’s covert drone war in numbers: ten times more strikes than Bush

Obama embraced the US drone programme, overseeing more strikes in his first year than Bush carried out during his entire presidency. The use of drones aligned with Obama’s ambition to keep up the war against al Qaeda while extricating the US military from intractable ground wars, but the targeted killing programme has drawn much criticism.

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‘Sepsis from a superbug nearly killed me’

The Bureau has a dedicated team investigating antibiotic resistance (AMR), which has become a global public health crisis. Earlier this week, we revealed the government’s estimate of 5,000 AMR-related deaths a year in the UK is based on guesswork, and at least … Continued

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Superbugs killing twice as many people as government says

Superbugs are now killing more patients than breast cancer and at least twice as many people as the government estimate, experts have warned. The Bureau has also established that the government’s stated figure of 5,000 people a year dying from superbugs … Continued

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Has the cost of new UK drone fleet doubled to $1 billion?

The Ministry of Defence announced plans to buy a new fleet of Predator drones from the US last April, stating the total cost would be £415m. Now the US says the estimated cost is £802m.

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Builders make billions as housing crisis escalates

A Bureau analysis has found Britain’s major housebuilding firms are making multi-billion pound profits at the same time they argue they cannot meet affordable housing targets because they are financially unviable.

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Al Qaeda leader killed in US strike in Afghanistan

Senior al Qaeda leader Faruq al Qatani was killed in a “precision strike” on October 23 in Afghanistan’s Kunar province, the Pentagon has confirmed. A second strike that day is believed to have killed Bilal al Utabi, another senior al … Continued

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Donald Trump and the media’s ‘epic fail’

There were so many uncertainties in the lead up to this morning’s US election result, but one thing is clear: journalism, just like the pollsters, failed. Now more than ever, we need strong, independent, fearless and deep reporting that holds power to account.

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‘Killers having lunch’: The real life Wolves of Wall Street

A London solicitor has begun a legal battle with an online investment company that is accused of scamming people from all over the world. If successful the case could open the floodgates to thousands of claimants who say they have been ripped off by what is known as binary options – a scheme sold as an investment opportunity that in reality is a gamble or straight-up scam.

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Something is rotten in Denmark’s pig industry

Every day 35,000 live pigs roll over Denmark’s border into Germany on heavily-loaded trucks, heading for countries across Europe. More than two thirds of them are likely carrying infectious Livestock Associated MRSA bacteria. Once they arrive at their destinations they … Continued

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Private contractors fighting Pentagon’s online war against Islamic State

The official did not detail what kind of material companies were producing for the Pentagon, saying only that the “robust online program” operated using “truthful information directed toward regional audiences to combat ISIL’s (Islamic State’s) lies and deception.”

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