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New animal cruelty figures show need for cameras
August 11th, 2017, 01:38 AM
New data shows increase in number of times animals suffer needlessly before slaughter as the government announces plans to put cameras in abattoirs.
Afghanistan air war: US strikes pound Islamic State bastion
August 7th, 2017, 01:38 AM
A monthly update on the covert US war on terror.
Six weeks, 77 stories, 84 cities and 350 people
July 31st, 2017, 01:38 AM
How the Bureau Local team of four grew to a UK-wide collaborative network and investigated the General Election.
Islamic State in Afghanistan: Is US assault working?
July 28th, 2017, 01:38 AM
US strikes are raining down on the group in Nangarhar province, but no one is really sure who they are hitting.
Company accused of "egregious overbilling" is Pentagon's biggest foreign food supplier
July 26th, 2017, 01:38 AM
Dubai-based company Anham was once accused by SIGIR, the US military spending watchdog, of billing $900 for a circuit breaker.
US-style livestock farming will not come to the UK, says Michael Gove
July 21st, 2017, 01:38 AM
Responding to the Bureau's findings that megafarms have grown across the country, the Environment Secretary said high standards would be maintained once Britain leaves the EU.
Conflict in the countryside: How intensive farms are dividing rural Britain
July 21st, 2017, 01:38 AM
In a picturesque Herefordshire village, a poultry megafarm has met opposition. The farmer and his neighbour tell their side of the story in their own words.
In photos: Inside a UK megafarm
July 18th, 2017, 01:38 AM
US-style "megafarms" are sweeping across the UK, a major Bureau investigation has revealed. We were invited to see firsthand what intensive livestock farming looks like.
The rise of the "megafarm": How British meat is made
July 16th, 2017, 01:38 AM
A major Bureau investigation reveals the changing face of farming in the UK.
Intensive farming in the UK, by numbers
July 16th, 2017, 01:38 AM
The number of intensive farms in the UK has risen by a quarter with many so big they fit the definition of a US mega-farm.
Jeremy Corbyn and the sexbots: One day in #GE2017
June 16th, 2017, 01:38 AM
A Bureau analysis of Twitter chatter about the election during one five-day period found something rather surprising.
Bureau's website, and our Bureau Local director, win national awards
June 14th, 2017, 01:38 AM
We're very excited to be recognised again in some top awards!
How new voter power identified by the Bureau damaged Theresa May
June 9th, 2017, 01:38 AM
Before the election we identified 71 constituencies where new voters and those without a party could swing the balance. Of those, 20 seats changed hands - most were Tory losses.
Kidnapped and never seen again: UAE accused of forced disappearances in Yemen
June 8th, 2017, 01:38 AM
The small Gulf state is a major ally for the US in the Middle East - but a Bureau investigation reveals there are serious questions to be asked about how it carries out its counterterrorism operations.
Fact check: Could the new ‘supercharged’ antibiotic really spell the end of drug resistance?
June 7th, 2017, 01:38 AM
Scientists claim their beefed up version of vancomycin could ‘eliminate the threat’ of superbugs. But experts say it will not work against the majority of deadly infections.
Revealed: How new voters could dent Theresa May's election majority
June 6th, 2017, 01:38 AM
Our analysis shows newly-registered voters and those whose party isn't standing this time around could play a decisive role in 71 seats across the country.
Political parties ramp up use of personalised Facebook ads in final election week
June 6th, 2017, 01:38 AM
Facebook ads specifically tailored to users’ locations, gender and views on Brexit have been shown to voters in key marginal seats across the UK, the Bureau Local has found.
May and Corbyn leave local journalists without answers on campaign trail
June 2nd, 2017, 01:38 AM
"Disappointing", "stage-managed" and "three minutes of nothing" - this is how local journalists across the country have described access to Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn in the run up to June 8.
Tory and Labour candidates fall behind SNP in dash for crowdfunding cash
June 2nd, 2017, 01:38 AM
Nearly 300 general election candidates - including 63 current and former MPs - have turned to crowdfunding sites to fund their campaigns, collectively aiming to raise nearly £900,000.
Lack of information on antibiotic use on animals is a major problem, say experts
May 26th, 2017, 01:38 AM
A Bureau event brought together leading figures to discuss superbugs, which have become a global public health emergency.
US military operations against Taliban dramatically escalate
May 25th, 2017, 01:38 AM
​US military operations against the Taliban have dramatically escalated during the Trump presidency, despite combat operations against the group ending over two years ago
Bureau nominated for two prestigious data journalism awards
May 25th, 2017, 01:38 AM
A major investigation in Pentagon Iraq propaganda and an app for exploring our drone war data have been internationally recognised.
Big Pharma coalition to take on superbugs
May 22nd, 2017, 01:38 AM
Corporate alliance keeping tabs on promise to reduce the environmental impact from making drugs.
Meet the amputees fighting America's longest war
May 22nd, 2017, 01:38 AM
The US has spent more than $70bn on Afghan security. But the defence against the Taliban is falling to some very unconventional soldiers.
Campaigners target voters with Brexit "dark ads"
May 18th, 2017, 01:38 AM
Analysis of Facebook ad data accessed by theThe Bureau Local has identified at least eight referendum-related campaign groups buying Facebook adverts that are attempting to swing voters.
The "dark ads" election: How are political parties targeting you on Facebook?
May 15th, 2017, 01:38 AM
The Bureau has been given access to the first ever dataset collected on tailored messaging being targeted at specific audiences by British political parties on social media.
Big Pharma's pollution is creating deadly superbugs while the world looks the other way
May 6th, 2017, 01:38 AM
Global supply chains are strictly regulated to ensure the safety of medicines, but environmental standards do not feature in international rulebooks.
Trump's 100 days: US air campaign hammers Yemen with almost a strike a day
April 27th, 2017, 01:38 AM
US jets and drones have carried out 85 strikes in Yemen since Donald Trump's inauguration, more than in all of 2015 and 2016 combined.
Worse than MRSA: Doctors call for urgent action on deadly superbug threat
April 21st, 2017, 01:38 AM
Doctors are warning that the rise of an almost untreatable superbug, immune to some of the last-line antibiotics available to hospitals, poses a grave threat and needs urgent government action.
Bullying, harassment and physical assault: Abuse faced by inspectors inside UK slaughterhouses
April 20th, 2017, 01:38 AM
Inspectors tasked with protecting food safety and animal welfare are being bullied out of the job, according to union representatives.
'A national disgrace': Catalogue of animal suffering at Scottish abattoirs revealed
April 19th, 2017, 01:38 AM
Reports from the official watchdog log “cannibalism” among chickens, “unnecessary pain” endured by cattle and “massive bruising” on sheep.
How to make Republican friends and influence people
April 18th, 2017, 01:38 AM
A mysterious contract between a Turkish organisation and the son of Republican grandee James Baker deepens questions about the country’s attempts to influence US politics and public opinion.
Why the tech community should join the Bureau Local
April 13th, 2017, 01:38 AM
Charles Boutaud explains how the tech world can transform what depleted local newsrooms can do, in ways they could otherwise not afford.
Bureau's work on unaccompanied minors nominated for prestigious award
April 6th, 2017, 01:38 AM
The nominated podcast was part of an extensive investigation last year looking at asylum-seeking children in Europe, which revealed the full scale of the crisis for the first time.
Why I joined Bureau Local and why you should too
March 30th, 2017, 01:38 AM
Experienced local journalist Gareth Davies explains how the Bureau Local will give regional reporters access to good stories and the support they need to write them.
We've launched the Bureau Local
March 27th, 2017, 01:38 AM
Our team of four data journalists and developers will build a network of regional reporters and tech experts across the country to investigate datasets and uncover local public interest stories.
A deadly superbug is silently spreading through UK hospitals
March 23rd, 2017, 01:38 AM
There have already been outbreaks of a highly resistant bug in Manchester, London, Edinburgh, and Birmingham, but deaths are not centrally recorded.
US drones appear to have returned to Pakistan
March 6th, 2017, 01:38 AM
If confirmed, an attack on Thursday which killed two militants would be the first US strike on in Pakistan since May last year - raising the possibility of a shift in policy.
Unprecedented number of US drone and air strikes hit Yemen
March 2nd, 2017, 01:38 AM
The 20 strikes were carried out over one morning, targeting fighters from the regional arm of al Qaeda, their equipment and infrastructure.
Patients at major mental health hospital suffer disturbing conditions, say parents
March 1st, 2017, 01:38 AM
A Bureau investigation has found a litany of serious complaints about the care provided at St Andrew's hospital in Northampton.
"There is no such thing as 'fake news', only lies"
March 1st, 2017, 01:38 AM
At a Bureau event, journalism icon Sir Harry Evans and other panellists say exposing the term for the 'ghastly oxymoron' that it is is step one to addressing the attack on the media.
Anatomy of a US airstrike: Are Afghan strongmen calling the shots?
February 28th, 2017, 01:38 AM
Since the US withdrew its combat forces from Afghanistan, responsibility for security has shifted to local partners - meaning it is often left in the hands of strongmen who have their own agendas.
The future of 'fake news'?
February 27th, 2017, 01:38 AM
A map purporting to show crimes by refugees in Germany employs sophisticated methods of information manipulation.
Use of ‘last hope’ antibiotic soaring in English hospitals
February 24th, 2017, 01:38 AM
We should be "terrified" that prescriptions of colistin are rising steeply, say experts, as it's evidence of an increase in the most dangerous types of superbugs.
NHS patients still being sent to unsafe private hospital
February 24th, 2017, 01:38 AM
The NHS will continue to send patients to a private hospital found to be unsafe by government inspectors even though health insurers are boycotting it.
Private hospital put NHS patients 'at high risk of harm'
February 22nd, 2017, 01:38 AM
A private hospital run by a major provider has been rated unsafe by the health watchdog and accused of putting profits before patients.
Young man deported for a murder he didn't even witness
February 21st, 2017, 01:38 AM
Last year a landmark ruling gave hope of appeal to hundreds convicted under the criticised legal doctrine of joint enterprise. But it came too late for Edward Conteh.
One in four UK abattoirs fails to meet basic hygiene standards
February 20th, 2017, 01:38 AM
The breaches mean meat contaminated with bugs that cause serious food poisoning can potentially reach supermarket shelves.
Nine young children killed: The full details of botched US raid in Yemen
February 9th, 2017, 01:38 AM
Working with a journalist who visited the targeted Yemeni village after the raid and gathered survivors' testimony, we have collected the names and ages of 25 civilians reportedly killed.
Afghan airstrikes killed and injured record number of civilians in 2016
February 5th, 2017, 01:38 AM
Airstrikes killed and injured more civilians in Afghanistan last year than at any time since the United Nations (UN) began systematically recording casualties there in 2009.
Surgeon accused of profiting from unnecessary NHS operations
January 28th, 2017, 01:38 AM
The case, involving an orthopaedic surgeon at a Kent hospital, raises serious questions about NHS oversight of its contracts with private health providers.
Join our Local Data Lab
January 24th, 2017, 01:38 AM
The Lab will collaborate with a network of local journalists to find and tell powerful, regional stories.
White House releases annual counterterrorism CIVCAS figures
January 19th, 2017, 01:38 AM
The outgoing Obama administration says it killed one civilian and 431-441 combatants in counterterrorism strikes last year – contrasting slightly with the Bureau’s estimate.
Trump, Obama and the future of targeted killing
January 19th, 2017, 01:38 AM
Obama developed a defining policy architecture which his successor Donald Trump now inherits: the ability to kill suspected terrorists anywhere without US personnel having to leave their bases.
Obama’s covert drone war in numbers: ten times more strikes than Bush
January 16th, 2017, 01:38 AM
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 programme has drawn much criticism.
US air strike killed Afghan police being held in Taliban prison
January 3rd, 2017, 01:38 AM
The US is pursuing a conventional aerial campaign against the Taliban with virtually no troops on the ground to provide reliable intelligence to guide it.
A year in investigative journalism: Highlights from the Bureau’s work in 2016
January 2nd, 2017, 01:38 AM
Read about our impact over the last 12 months - from sparking greater White House transparency on civilians killed by drones to revealing the true figures on unaccompanied child migrants.
Drone wars: the full data
January 1st, 2017, 01:38 AM
The Bureau’s complete data sets on drone strikes in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia.
Case study: ‘Sepsis from a superbug nearly killed me’
December 14th, 2016, 01:38 AM
Dr Nina Khaira, a 39-year-old dentist from Cornwall got sepsis from an antibiotic-resistant bacteria while giving birth to her daughter Vega.
80 percent losses guaranteed! The murky world of binary options trading
December 13th, 2016, 01:38 AM
Binary options trading is sold as an investment opportunity but in reality it’s a very risky gamble or a straight-up scam. Police say it’s become the biggest fraud in the UK.
Superbugs killing twice as many people as government says
December 10th, 2016, 01:38 AM
Superbugs are now killing more patients than breast cancer and at least twice as many people as the government estimate, experts have warned.
Has the cost of new UK drone fleet doubled to $1 billion?
November 30th, 2016, 01:38 AM
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.
The Bureau is hiring: Apply to join our innovative data journalism lab
November 30th, 2016, 01:38 AM
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism is looking for two people to join our ambitious new project aimed at providing data-led stories to regional journalists: the Local Data Lab.
Builders make billions as housing crisis escalates
November 26th, 2016, 01:38 AM
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.
Al Qaeda leader killed in US strike in Afghanistan
November 10th, 2016, 01:38 AM
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.
Donald Trump and the media’s ‘epic fail’
November 8th, 2016, 01:38 AM
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.
The Bureau identifies 15 civilians killed in a single US airstrike
November 3rd, 2016, 01:38 AM
The deaths amount to the biggest confirmed loss of civilian life in a single American strike in Afghanistan since the attack on the Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital in Kunduz last October.
‘Killers having lunch’: The real life Wolves of Wall Street
November 1st, 2016, 01:38 AM
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau’s head of crime said police receive an average of two reports of binary trading fraud a day, with the average investor losing £16,000.
Sorry for killing your son, CIA tells drone strike victim’s family
October 27th, 2016, 01:38 AM
In an unprecedented moment of transparency during a 14 year covert war, US officials have met the family of an accidental drone strike victim to explain what happened and apologise.
Bureau hires Megan Lucero from The Times to lead new data journalism team
October 23rd, 2016, 01:38 AM
The Bureau has appointed Megan Lucero to run its ambitious new project, the Local Data Lab. Lucero, one of the UK’s leading data journalists, joins the Bureau from The Times and Sunday Times where she is currently Head of Data. The … Continued
Gavin MacFadyen adviser to the Bureau dies
October 22nd, 2016, 01:38 AM
Gavin MacFadyen, a strong supporter of investigative journalism. Gavin MacFadyen, director of the Centre for Investigative Journalism and adviser to the Bureau, has died after a short illness. An investigative journalist for many decades, Gavin who died on Saturday October … Continued
How dirty production of NHS drugs helps create superbugs
October 17th, 2016, 01:38 AM
There are no checks or regulations in place to stop the NHS buying drugs from factories in India which are helping to create superbugs.
US accused of killing 22 Somali soldiers and civilians
October 10th, 2016, 01:38 AM
Somali officials have claimed that the US killed 22 local soldiers and civilians in a drone strike that hit the north-central city of Galkayo late last month.
“Site Violet”: How Lithuania helped run a secret CIA prison
October 9th, 2016, 01:38 AM
Secret documents obtained by the Bureau confirm the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) set up and ran a “black site” for detention of al Qaeda suspects, say lawyers.
Superbug spread to Norwegian pigs from foreign farm workers
October 6th, 2016, 01:38 AM
Norwegian pigs became infected with a superbug common in the Danish herd – despite having a ban on live imports – through farm workers who had worked abroad, a study has found.
Revealed: The British firms paid $60 billion by the Pentagon under President Obama
October 5th, 2016, 01:38 AM
Between 2009 and the end of 2015, total spending by the Department of Defense on goods and services from the private sector at large was more than $2.3 trillion.
Something is rotten in Denmark’s pig industry
October 4th, 2016, 01:38 AM
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
Private contractors fighting Pentagon’s online war against Islamic State
October 2nd, 2016, 01:38 AM
An official says the Pentagon's “robust online program” operates using “truthful information directed toward regional audiences to combat ISIL’s (Islamic State’s) lies and deception.”
How superbug-infected pigs get into Britain unchecked
October 2nd, 2016, 01:38 AM
The Bureau’s investigation has established there is no mandatory screening for live pigs being imported into Britain from Denmark, where MRSA is rife throughout the country’s herd.
Fake news and false flags
October 1st, 2016, 01:38 AM
The PR firm's $500 million contract with the Pentagon included making fake insurgent videos which could be used to track the people who watched them.
Soaring levels of antibiotic resistance found in supermarket chickens
September 26th, 2016, 01:38 AM
The UK’s most common type of food poisoning bug is showing drastically increased resistance to antibiotics, testing has revealed, which could mean the infection becomes harder and harder to treat.
UN agrees landmark declaration to tackle antibiotic resistance crisis
September 20th, 2016, 01:38 AM
World leaders will commit £600 million to fighting antibiotic resistance – a public health emergency which is predicted to kill more people than cancer by 2050 if left unchecked.
How Brits lose millions to UK’s biggest scam while government stands by
September 19th, 2016, 01:38 AM
The Bureau spoke to dozens of people across the UK who had been targeted by a range of different companies. Many people have had money taken off their credit cards without consent.
US pays €1m to Italian couple after killing their son in a drone strike
September 15th, 2016, 01:38 AM
The payment to the family of an Italian aid worker killed in a CIA attack last year is the first confirmed example of the US paying relatives of a drone strike victim.
How Big Pharma’s industrial waste is fuelling the rise in superbugs worldwide
September 14th, 2016, 01:38 AM
A new report highlights how dirty production methods and dumping of industrial waste at antibiotic factories in China and India is fuelling the growth of superbugs, which pose a catastrophic threat to global public health.
The teaching diversity gap – how regions compare
September 4th, 2016, 01:38 AM
Teachers across England are drastically less ethnically diverse than their pupils, analysis by the Bureau can reveal. The size of the diversity gap varies across different regions and local authorities. Click on the map to see how your area compares. South … Continued
Shortage of black teachers, data reveals
September 4th, 2016, 01:38 AM
A tenfold increase in the number of black and ethnic minority teachers is needed if schools in some English cities are to reflect their pupil populations.
Antibiotic resistant E.coli found in one in four samples of supermarket chicken
September 4th, 2016, 01:38 AM
One in four samples of chicken from the UK’s largest supermarkets contains antibiotic-resistant E.Coli bacteria, new research has revealed. The bacterium was found in meat from Asda, Aldi, Co-op, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose, Cambridge University researchers found. They tested whole … Continued
Severe welfare breaches recorded six times a day in British slaughterhouses
August 27th, 2016, 01:38 AM
Data obtained by the Bureau reveals six severe welfare breaches that subject animals to needless pain and suffering are recorded per day on average at British slaughterhouses.
US Air Force has carried out two strikes a day against Taliban since June
August 17th, 2016, 01:38 AM
Figures released to the Bureau provide firm evidence the US has intensified its fight against the Taliban despite officially ending combat operations against the group in 2014.
Suicide note of young gay man called supported housing a ‘torture chamber’
August 4th, 2016, 01:38 AM
The findings of a council review into Jack Ellis’ death have not been released to his relatives.
Hate crime levels are rising in England and Wales. How bad is it where you live?
July 25th, 2016, 01:38 AM
The Bureau sent Freedom of Information Requests to every police force in England and Wales, asking them to provide complete outcome data for all hate crimes recorded in 2014/15 and, separately, 2015/16. Forty police forces responded to our request. Because of discrepancies in … Continued
Hate crime is on the rise, but police are taking less action against suspects
July 25th, 2016, 01:38 AM
Now only a one in four chance of action being taken.
Infographic: The CIA’s drone war in Pakistan
July 20th, 2016, 01:38 AM
Every CIA drone strike in Pakistan until the the end of 2015 has been mapped on an infographic to show where the attacks took place and the number of people killed in each strike.
Obama drone casualty numbers a fraction of those recorded by the Bureau
June 30th, 2016, 01:38 AM
The number of civilian casualties recorded by the Bureau between January 2009 and the end of 2015 is six times higher than the US government’s figure.
Why White House civilian casualty figures on civilian are a wild underestimate
June 30th, 2016, 01:38 AM
Targeted killings or assassinations beyond the battlefield remain a highly charged subject. Most controversial of all is the number of civilians killed in US covert and clandestine drone strikes since 2002
Apply to be the Bureau’s new Data Lab Director
June 21st, 2016, 01:38 AM
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism is launching an ambitious journalism project aimed at providing data-led stories to local journalists. We are recruiting a director to lead this new project, who will build a four-person team and over the three year grant period … Continued
Theresa May deprived 33 individuals of British citizenship in 2015
June 20th, 2016, 01:38 AM
New figures show the extent to which the Home Secretary has used controversial powers allowed her to strip a person of citizenship without prior approval from a judge or parliament.
US drones hit Taliban more than terrorist networks despite end of Afghan war
June 15th, 2016, 01:38 AM
Most US airstrikes in Afghanistan this year in support of ground troops not targeting suspected terrorists.
Bureau reporter shortlisted for Medical Journalists’ Association award
June 15th, 2016, 01:38 AM
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s Victoria Parsons has been shortlisted for Newcomer of the Year in Britain’s premier celebration of health and medical journalism, the Medical Journalists’ Association awards. She made the 2016 shortlist for an investigation into the threat to … Continued