Aug 162016
 

A dentist whose surgery hygiene standards sparked a major health scare has had a string of malpractice allegations against him proven.

Desmond D’Mello prompted a mass blood screening of patients after a whistleblower exposed the poor levels of cleanliness at his practice.

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More than 22,000 patients were recalled after he was secretly filmed breaching clinical standards at the Daybrook Dental Practice in Gedling, Nottinghamshire, over the course of three days in 2014.

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Aug 112016
 

For nearly 40 years, everything about Gil Grunbaum’s life was a lie, including his name.

He was not, as he had always assumed, the only son of wealthy Holocaust survivors who owned a baby garments factory near Tel Aviv. Grunbaum had been stolen from his mother by doctors at a hospital in northern Israel in 1956, moments after she gave birth.

His biological parents – recent immigrants to Israel from Tunisia – were told their child had died during delivery. They were sent home without a death certificate and denied the chance to see their baby’s body or a grave.

Despite his darker looks, it never occurred to Grunbaum that the parents who raised him were not biologically related to him. Now aged 60, he says the discovery was “the most shocking moment imaginable. Everyone I loved – my parents, aunts, uncles and cousins – had been deceiving me for decades.”

And so had government officials.

“Even when I discovered by chance that I was adopted, the welfare services did everything they could to try to stop me finding my biological family,” Grunbaum told Al Jazeera. “No one wanted me to know the truth.”

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Aug 072016
 

Princess Beatrice has split from her boyfriend of 10 years, it was reported.

The daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York is believed to have separated from Dave Clark a month ago despite hopes that the pair were planning to announce their engagement.

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According to the Mail on Sunday, her family were shocked and saddened by the news, with her mother Sarah Ferguson telling friends it was like losing a son.

However it is thought not all of the Royal Family approved of the match, and although they were introduced by the Duke of Cambridge, it was rumoured that he did not approve of the union and pointedly did not invite Mr Clark to his wedding in 2011.

Until the birth of Princess Charlotte, Beatrice was sixth in line to the throne and needed to seek permission from the Queen before accepting a proposal of marriage. It was feared that she would side with Prince William and veto the match,  but after Charlotte’s birth it was widely assumed that Mr Clark would propose.

It was claimed that Beatrice, 27,  broke off the relationship when it became clear no proposal was forthcoming. A spokesman for Buckingham Palace did not deny the split.

Mr Clark is son to Michael Clark, a wealthy American lawyer who was head of the legal counsel at Cadbury Schweppes.

The couple, who ran the marathon together in 2010, were thought to be inseperable with Mr Clarka constant presence at royal family occasions such as Princess Eugenie’s birthday parties, several of Sarah Ferguson’s charity events and Royal Ascot. Mr Clark has accompanied the family on holidays to the Bahamas and the Swiss skiing resort of Verbier.

Beatrice followed Mr Clark to America as he pursued his career with taxi app Ube, enrolling in a finance course in San Francisco, where Uber has its headquarters, before taking an investment banking job in Manhattan.

Last week it was reported Beatrice left the company a month ago – around the time she and Dave parted ways. She has remained in New York and is working for friends at a consultancy.

Sources said the princess and Mr Clark still spoke occasionally but said a reconciliation did not appear likely.

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Aug 042016
 

Israeli officials detained, interrogated and deported five American campaigners trying to enter the country to “observe the conditions under which Palestinians live,” according to a U.S. rights group.

“The woman interrogating me called me a terrorist in the main waiting area … where there were plenty of people around, accusing me of coming to do bombings and threatening to tell the U.S. government this,” Ramah Kudaimi, the group’s director of grassroots organizing, was quoted as saying in the statement.

Calls to the U.S. Consulate “resulted in no assistance for the delegates,” according to the organization.

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Jul 242016
 

Daniel Markel said it was his worst nightmare.

The Florida State University law professor returned from a short business trip in September 2012 and found the home he shared with his wife and two children empty and devoid of most furniture.

Then he found the divorce papers his wife, Wendi Adelson, had placed on their bed.

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