Archives 12th August 2017

‘Critics likely to claim breaching of 4 million barrier is proof government is doing too little to help England’s hospitals.

More than 4 million patients are waiting to be admitted to hospital in England to have surgery, the highest number in 10 years, the latest official NHS performance statistics reveal.

Hospital bosses said the figure, and a series of missed performance targets on A&E and cancer care, showed that the health service was now unsustainable. Shortages of money, staff and care outside hospitals to keep patients well meant that it could not cope with an ongoing and unprecedented rise in demand, they said.

“The current system is unsustainable. We simply do not have the resources to deliver what the public now expects,” said Danny Mortimer, the deputy chief executive of the NHS Confederation.’

Read more: NHS patients waiting for hospital care top 4m for first time in a decade

‘“When I was little, I dreamt of being an IDF war pilot,” says 19-year-old Noa Gur Golan.

Now, however, the teenager is sitting in Military Prison 396 near Haifa. She’s been branded a traitor and a coward. It’s not clear when she is going to be released – she’s being detained for refusing to do her military service with the Israel Defence Force (IDF).

Noa is not allowed to receive international calls. But in her answers to The Independent’s questions, relayed via her mother Iris and aunt Michal, who were also interviewed for this exclusive story, the young woman provides an extraordinarily rare insight into what happens to young people in Israel who would rather face prison time than compromise on their opposition to Israeli policy.’

Read More: ‘There must be another way’: Israeli 19-year-old jailed for refusing military service

‘Injured Palestinian children receive medical care after an Israeli settler ran his car over them.

An Israeli settler “deliberately” ran over four Palestinian children in occupied Jerusalem yesterday evening.

Eyewitnesses say that the settler “deliberately rammed” his car into a group of children in the occupied town of Silwan and fled the scene.

The witnesses also reported that the Israeli settler was driving recklessly at high speed from the centre of the town before driving into the group of children and seriously injuring four of them. Two of the injured children are said to be brothers.

The witnesses added that the Palestinian Red Crescent crews came to the scene of the attack and provided treatment to the children, and then transferred them to hospital.’

Read more: Israeli settler ‘deliberately rammed’ car into Palestinian children

‘A “great illusion” prevails in Germany over the deportation of failed asylum applicants, Bavarian premier Horst Seehofer argued, adding it is unrealistic to expel all migrants once they are in the country.

It is much more humane for European countries to protect common borders and decide on the spot whom to allow in than to accept migrants en masse and struggle to deport failed applicants, said Seehofer.

The politician, who also leads the Christian Social Union (CSU), the Bavarian sister party to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), told Focus magazine on Friday it was “almost impossible to send back migrants once they are in the country.” 

“I say this having a nine-year experience as [Bavaria’s] prime minister,”Seehofer told German magazine Focus. “A great illusion prevails in Germany when it comes to the issue of deportations,” the politician said.’

Read more: Germany under ‘great illusion’ it can deport failed asylum seekers – senior official

‘The US President says that millions of Americans support him because he is “sticking up for our nation” against North Korea.

Donald Trump has said that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will “truly regret” any action he takes against the US territory of Guam.

The President told reporters: “I hope that they are going to fully understand the gravity of what I said, and what I said is what I mean.

“If he does anything with respect to Guam or anyplace else that’s an American territory or an American ally, he will truly regret it and he will regret it fast.”‘

Read more: Donald Trump: Kim Jong Un will ‘truly regret’ an attack on Guam

‘Donald Trump has said he is considering a military option over the crisis in Venezuela, punctuating a belligerent week that began with his threat to rain “fire and fury” on North Korea.

Speaking to reporters in New Jersey, Mr Trump said he was “not going to rule out” a military response, adding that it was “certainly something that we could pursue”.

“The people are suffering and they are dying. We have many options for Venezuela including a possible military option if necessary,” he told reporters.’

Read more: Trump says military action against Venezuela is ‘certainly something that we could pursue’

‘Britain risks a new Brexit fight in international courts if it tries to quit the EU’s single market without giving other countries official notice, The Independent can reveal.

Legal experts, including one who advised the Treasury, agree Theresa May will leave the UK open to legal action in The Hague if she pulls out of the European Economic Area (EEA) without formally telling its other members 12 months in advance, to avoid disrupting their trade.

The notice is demanded by an international agreement, but ministers do not intend to follow the process because, insiders believe, they want to avoid a Commons vote on staying in the EEA – and, therefore, the single market – that they might lose.’

Read more: Brexit: UK risks an international court case over Theresa May’s plans for leaving EU single market, say experts

‘Immigrant-dominated, crime-ridden and largely Muslim enclaves across Europe, the so-called “no-go zones,” have become as much an ideological battleground as a literal one, but many arguing about them have never been to one.

What no-go zones are not?

For most people at most times, the designation “no-go zone” should not be taken literally.

There are exceptions. In the Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby the local police station was shut down in 2014, following the latest in a series of fire-bombing riots, and the one currently under construction is reminiscent of a war-zone outpost, to which police officers will have to be driven. Sparked by seemingly routine encounters between petty criminals and the cops, mass violent protests have originated in the district most years since 2010, though just as notably car burnings and stone-throwing flash riots are at times so frequent they are barely reported in the local media.’

Read more: No-go zones: Alt-Right fantasy or new face of Europe?

‘Witnesses of an alleged US airstrike in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar Province told RT that at least 10 civilians, including five children, were killed and a woman was crippled in the raid which Pentagon claims had “zero chance” of hurting civilians.

Mohammad Khan, a witness of the attack in the Haska Mena district in the Nangarhar Province, allegedly carried out by a US aircraft on Thursday evening, told RT’s Ruptly video agency that he saw 11 people being transported in a vehicle following the airstrike. Of these, 10 died as result of the US airstrike and a woman was severely wounded, he said, adding that “her legs were torn off.”’

Read more: ‘Children killed on spot, woman’s legs torn off’: Afghan witnesses say 10 killed in US airstrike

‘Riots and celebrations started in Kenya after the electoral commission announced President Uhuru Kenyatta has won a second term.

Opposition candidate Raila Odinga was quick to claim the vote was rigged and protests started in Nairobi after the result was announced.

Police have reportedly used teargas on protesters in the Kisumu and Nairobi slums.

Angry protests erupted almost immediately in Odinga’s strongholds: in Nairobi’s biggest slum Kibera police fired bullets in the direction of protesters, who looted and attacked businesses they said belonged to Kenyatta supporters.’

Read more: Nairobi on the brink: Riots, looting and gunfire across the Kenyan capital amid anger over ‘rigged election’ as President Kenyatta is voted back in