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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Saturday 9 Nov 2019

Severe flood warnings still in place after ‘biblical’ rain

Severe flood warnings and rail cancellations are still in place in after after a month’s worth of rain fell in a single day. South Yorkshire and Derbyshire have been worst hit by flooding, which has claimed the life of a woman swept away in a river near Matlock. Residents in some areas have been rescued from their homes by boats following torrential downpours described as “almost biblical”.

Private surgery in UK hospitals soars under Tories

The number of NHS patients having surgery in private hospitals has nearly trebled since the Tories came to power in 2010. NHS data shows that it paid for 214,967 people in England to have an operation in a private hospital in 2009-10, Labour’s most recent year in power. The figure had risen to 613,833 last year, a 185% rise in nine years.

Google under fire for promoting saving scammers

Google is reportedly raking in tens of millions of pounds from scammers who are using its search engine to lure savers into high-risk or potentially fraudulent schemes. The web giant is taking huge fees for promoting accounts from unscrupulous companies, says The Times. Google said that it would conduct a thorough investigation into the websites in question.

Mutiny as police in Bolivia join anti-government protests

Police in three Bolivian cities have declared mutinies and joined anti-government protests. The Guardian says the news is a possible signal that elements of the security forces may be withdrawing their backing for President Evo Morales after weeks of upheaval. At least three people have died in clashes between anti-government protesters and Morales’ supporters since a disputed election on 20 October.

Former NYC mayor Bloomberg may join race for White House

The former mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg has signalled he will join the race to secure the Democratic Party’s nomination for US president. Although the billionaire …read more

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