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This is BBC World News Today with me, Zeinab Badawi.

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The social media website ask.fm faces criticisms after the death of

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a British teenager who had used their site.

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Her father has said she killed herself after being targeted with

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anonymous taunts. Now companies have withdrawn advertising from the

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site. An acid attack on two teenage

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British girls doing charity work in Zanzibar - they have been flown to

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Dar es Salaam for medical treatment. Also coming up - we bring you the

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story of the ten-year-old bricklayer Jeeni to see how life

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has improved for her and the other child workers since we first met

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her. And 50 years on from Britain's

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Great Train Robbery, we ask why this crime so captured the

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imagination and even passed into Hello and welcome. A social

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networking website that is based upon encouraging anonymous comments

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is now facing a very public backlash. The website has been

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linked to the suicide of a British teenager who was bullied on the

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website. Now major advertisers are pulling their support from the site

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based in Latvia. Its terms and conditions say members should never

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use the feature to ask things that are mean or hurtful, but clearly

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that has not prevented this particular tragedy.

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The 14-year-old girl from Leicestershire, Hannah Smith,

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hanged herself at home on Friday last week after being bullied and

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encouraged to kill herself by anonymous posters on the website.

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Today the Prime Minister David Cameron says his government is

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 121 seconds

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looking at ways to help parents And what do you know about the

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website? They promote this future of being able to anonymously target

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people. When I say it anonymously, it you can place any information

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about them. You are been delivered a be used without any way of being

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able to verify where it is coming The other problem is the more abuse

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and things they promote on their website, the more revenue they earn.

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Do you think Averill industry-wide approach backed by government or

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legislation will be the kind of recommendations. We need governments

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around the world to put pressure on the social networks but also the

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advertising networks. If you go completely off-line, you are

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excluded and are a outcast. Thank you very much for talking to is

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about that. Two young British tourist have had acid thrown on the

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in Zanzibar. The young women were working as charity volunteers on the

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island, which defends Hall on the tourist trade. This was the

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emergency operation to take two Englishwomen of the island of

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Zanzibar on to mainland Tanzania. One was splashed with acid. Both

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were in pain and shock after the sudden and vicious attack. British

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Consulate staff help them get to hospital. The pair are both 18. They

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were two weeks into a three-week trip working as volunteers for a

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charity and booked through a United Kingdom travel company when they

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were attacked. The city is a major to list attraction, but the foreign

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office warns that violent and armed time is increasing. The ghettos were

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walking up this area when two men need mopeds stopped and flung acid

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in the faces. They then sped away. Paul rushed to help. It also

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happened so fast. The police do not And consular staff were arranging

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emergency flights. Both families are extremely upset and distressed

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at this unprovoked attack on their lovely daughters. We understand

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they will be flying home overnight. We appreciate all the interest and

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support we have received from the media, but we ask that we are left

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alone and to we are reunited with our daughters. The authorities say

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nothing like this has happened before and the police are still

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tracking the two men to find that what was behind this vicious and

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unexpected attack. News just in. The US State

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Department has announced that direct talks between Israel and

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Palestine will take place in Jerusalem next week. That is news

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just in, giving us a progress report on the US-brokered Middle

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East peace talks. The head of Spain's train operating

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company has announced new rules for how train drivers use their phones.

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He was answering questions from a special hearing in parliament over

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the deadly high speed train crash near Santiago de Compostela two

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weeks ago. 79 people were killed and more than 200 injured.

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Members of Congress gathered to get preliminary information on the

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crash. There was a minute's silence at the start of the session in

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memory of the victims of Spain's worst rail accident for four

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decades. Chief executives of the rail company were there to shed

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light on the accident. We have activated a work security protocols

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to increase safety in a work rail network. At the moment they is an

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investigation carried out by the Commission for investigating

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railway accidents. We are preparing a comprehensive report on the

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accident. The heads of both the top two railways each defended the

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quality of Spain's well Network, detailing the Investment it has

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received and the technology that runs it. They also said there was

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no apparent technical reason for the crash.

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TRANSLATION: Along the entire group there are no recordings of any

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communication from the train to be monitoring centres to report any

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breakdown or abnormality during the journey. By some politicians accuse

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them of being too quick to blame the accident on the train's driver

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Francisco Jose Garzon Amo. He faces charges of manslaughter, having

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admitted he was distracted and was going too fast. On Friday it will

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be the turn of the public works minister to appear before the

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congressional committee. International flights have resumed

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from Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.

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East Africa's largest airport was forced to close yesterday after it

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was engulfed in a huge fire. It's a vital gateway to the region and

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handles around 16,000 passengers a day. Emmanuel Igunza sent this

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report from Nairobi. The morning after the day before.

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The arrival lounge and Africa's biggest transport harp was gutted

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by fire. It is not known how long it will take to fix. The damage is

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pretty expensive. It has gone through the electrical system, the

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mechanical systems are down. It is huge. The work that will be needed

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to refurbish it to something that is operational will be huge. This

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tent now serves as a departures terminal. Questions are being asked

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about the speed of the emergency response and the number of fire

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engines which attended the scene. The design of the airport made it

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extremely difficult and you can just look at that structure. It is

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difficult to even hose water. There was a real challenge. Although some

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flights began yesterday, commercial fruits are flown on passenger

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planes, so governments are losing money and government are losing out

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on air taxes. It says normal services will resume soon. It has

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been a frustrating wait for many passengers. I believe they have

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been overwhelmed to try to accommodate everyone, but it is

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taking too long. My flight is meant to be 10:25pm tonight to get back

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to the United States. I might be here for a while. Even if for

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services to resume, passengers could find themselves here for

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quite some time yet. Now to a story of hope for a ten-

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year-old girl whose childhood has simply been stolen. A few weeks ago

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we brought you the story of Jeeni, who worked and lived in a Pakistani

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brick factory, and she is not alone. It's believes 25 million children

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and teenagers are not in school. However, since our first report,

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things have changed for Jenni. Orla Guerin has returned to southern

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Deep in the cotton fields, Jeeni is at work. A child up shouldering the

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burdens of an adult. But if this looks like hard labour, it remember

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what she left behind. This brick kiln was her home and effectively

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her prison. She and her entire family toiled here. They were

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bonded labourers, enslaved by debt. But after we featured her story,

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that debt was suddenly forgiven. We were taken to see the small Rhian

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Jeeni shared with 14 family members. This campaigner from the child

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rights group SPARC said she would have been liable for her parents'

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debt. She would have had to work her entire life to work off the

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loan. She would not be able to pay it, not even in her whole life.

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owner of the killer claims he treaties workers well, they are

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bonded labour it is illegal. He says Jeeni's father owed him nearly

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$8,000, which you wrote off out of compassion.

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TRANSLATION: After the BBC report, campaigners came to me and I said I

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have be given the debt. I have children too. I took pity on theirs.

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For Jeeni and her family, this new- found freedom means a chance of a

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better life. Still poor, but no longer trapped. Her father says

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with what they earn picking cotton, he hopes to send Jeeni and her

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brothers to school. She is hoping for that as well and tells me she

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likes it here, working the land. TRANSLATION: We spend all day in

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the mud making bricks. Now we only work four hours a day. We are

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better off here. This is another advantage of their new location.

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For Jeeni life looks different. Here, at least for a time, she can

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set work aside and simply be a child, but the biggest change is

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that she can look forward to taking her place in the classroom, to

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having a chance to learn. That is something that seemed impossible

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before. Millions of children in Pakistan never get to school, but

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for Jeeni and her siblings and the bad boy has acknowledged for the

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first time that errors were made in the election last week. About

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300,000 people were turned away from polling booth and 200,000 were

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swayed in the choice of candidate. But they said these anomalies did

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not affect the election of President Mugabe. This is the first time that

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grave mistakes have been admitted. They say that nearly 305,000 voters

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were turned away from polling stations and that 206,000 received

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assistance from election officials, the implication being that many of

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these people would be influenced in the choice of candidate. Most of

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those were turned away from the capital had Ali, clearly defeated

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opposition candidate is particularly strong support. The numbers are

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maybe not strong enough, but was which was a landslide victory for

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President Mugabe. But local election monitors say the figures are far

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higher. They say up to 1 million people where disenfranchised by

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being left of the voters roll or being turned away from polling

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stations. The defeated candidate is launching an appeal against the

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election result, calling it a sham and a fraud. He is likely to use

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these figures to back his case to the courts. The problem is the

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courts are stuffed with supporters of President Mugabe. Few expect him

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to have success in turning over these results. The chances of him

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having another term in office are growing by the day. Africa's oldest

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leader will hit 94 years of age by the end of his term of office.

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Israel has opened the airspace after a temporary closure this afternoon.

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They said that all incoming flights had been diverted due to security

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grounds but had given no more other details.

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Syria has denied reports of an attack on the convoy of President

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Bashar al-Assad as he was on his way to a mosque in Damascus to take part

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in prayers for the end of Ramadan. State television has shown pictures

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of Mr Assad arriving at the mosque, despite reports from activists and

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local residents that a number of mortars landed in the area. Some

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reports say his convoy was hit. Pope Francis has signed a decree

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aimed at tackling concerns about money laundering and terrorist

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financing through the Vatican Bank. It is the latest in a series of

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moves by the Pope to stamp out abuses at the bank, which handles

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funds for the Catholic church. Last month, the Vatican froze the account

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of a senior cleric suspected of involvement in money-laundering. For

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nearly two decades, the Italian police have been surging for a Mafia

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boss, Domenico Rancadore. But now he has been caught. But the surprise

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as he has been living in London for 20 years and is married to in

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Englishwomen. Leaving court after hearing the husband and father been

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described as the head of a Mafia family. He has been caught after

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nearly 20 years on the run from Italian police. This is 64-year-old

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Domenico Rancadore, who is alleged to have run the Mafia in Sicily. He

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has lived in Axbridge for 20 years and was convicted in his absence in

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Italy of being a Mafia boss. He was arrested last night and now faces

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extradition proceedings. I am surprised that he chose Oxbridge.

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is not a very glamorous place. Now we know, you sort of get the

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picture. He has got all the ACC TV cameras and when he first arrived,

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he pretend all the big hedge. I remember the neighbours at the time

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did not like it. But I guess that you would want privacy if you are on

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the run. When he appeared in court, the court heard that when police

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arrived last night, Domenico Rancadore tried to escape out of the

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back door, but a police officer was awaiting the four. The Tories said

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to him, we know who you are. Last night 's arrest was big news in

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Italy and brought this news from the Deputy Prime Minister. C I am

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delighted to see that police in London have arrested Domenico

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Rancadore. This case is far from over. The court was told he was

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deficiencies in the extradition warrant. There are no talks going on

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between prosecutors in London and Italy. It means the family will be

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back in court tomorrow. The lawyers are now going over the extradition

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report. The wife and daughter blew kisses to him as he was taken down.

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Now, here is hot news for chocolate the "crime of the century".

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50 years ago, a gang of robbers held up a Royal Mail train carrying bank

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notes from Scotland to London. They got away with �2.6 million, the

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equivalent today of $71 million. The Great Train Robbery has passed into

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British folklore, yet what is often overlooked is the fact that the gang

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used brutal force on both the driver Jack Mills and workers in the mail

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carriage. The robbery was a mixture of audacity and violins. The gang by

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fixing their signals. They then hit the driver Jack Mills to force them

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to move his train to this bridge where the rest of the gang were

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waiting. They formed a human chain to bring more than 100 meals thanks

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down here. They took about two and a half million pounds, the equivalent

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today of �40 million. The country were stunned at the police were

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baffled. When I asked them what sort of deal we were talking about, he

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said it could be up to �5 million. Gordon was part of the gang. Now 84

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and living in Spain, he knew it was an epic raid. I was not unaware of

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the consequences. You are going up against the Queen and stealing the

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Royal Mail. It is like as being modern-day Dick Turpin 's. But for

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the train driver Jack Mills, the robbers were anything but Lammers

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highwaymen. The gang drove 30 miles away and Ted at the farm. He police

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officer was a local bobby who was sent to check out the farm. This is

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one of the outlying buildings. As soon is he alive, he became

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suspicious. I spotted in an alcove of the kitchen area a trapdoor. I

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could see partial wrappings, banknote wrappers and consignment

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notes, albeit in the names of our famous high Street banks. I think I

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knew then that I was in the hideout of the great train robbers. This

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monopoly set, no one easy, was also found here. The gang had played

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using real money from the raid. It all adds to the mythology of the

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claim. The start of an eager and the end of an era. It was the last of

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the Greek cops and robbers claims. Even the American press were saying

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it was the claim of the century. There have been much bigger robbery

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since. But 50 years on, it is Great Train Robbery the which has slipped

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into folklore and notoriety. 50 years ago today, the great train

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robbery. Our main news, the website link to a death of a British

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teenager says it does not condone bullying of any claim. Hannah Smith

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was found dead in her bedroom last week. It is believed to be the

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result of cyber bullying. That is tonight. A lot more cloud around. As

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a result, it will not be quite so chilly as a last couple of nights.

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The code is because of this weather front approaching Julian the day.

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This is brought in rain across Northern Ireland and expanded into

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Scotland and northern England. So, a gay and damp start to Friday. But

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most places will brighten up quite nicely. There will be some afternoon

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showers, particularly in the likes of Lincolnshire and East Anglia. But

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in the sunny spells, temperatures into the all 20s. Perhaps slightly

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cooler than today. After a restart, a few parts of south west and Wales

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will have some nice spills of sunshine in the afternoon. Generally

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drive for all others. Sunny spells also in Northern Ireland in the

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afternoon, with the small chance of the odd shower. There will still be

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