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This is BBC World News Today, broadcasting in the UK

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A triple bomb attack near the holiest Shia shrine

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in Damascus kills at least 50 people.

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The so called 'Islamic State' group claims responsibility.

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There appears to be a military target for the attack but also a

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very large number of civilians who are in this neighbourhood and also

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affected. There's fresh hope at the Syrian

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peace talks in Geneva as the UN envoy plans talks with

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both sides for Monday. A village in north eastern Nigeria

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is attacked by suspected Boko Haram militants - leaving

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at least 50 people dead. One of Canada's most notorious mafia

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bosses is shot dead at his home. His son-in-law is

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charged with murder. As attempts are made to get peace

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talks on Syria under way in Geneva, Syrian state media is reporting that

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at least 45 five people have been killed in a triple bomb attack

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on the outskirts of the capital Damascus - some reports say

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the number of death could be as high The attack was near the highly

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important Shia shrine The attack has been largely

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condemned as an attempt Our correspondent Rami Ruhighem has

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just sent this report. A sight not seen here around for

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months. This is south-east of Damascus. The people here are safe

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from air strikes, but today not from suicide attacks. We have slight

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delifrn accounts but what we know for sure is this street in the

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Sayyida Zeinab neighbourhood was the target of the attack. This is the

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building which is the closest to the attack. We are told that the ground

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floor was a military headquarters and the rest of it housed the

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families of the forces who lived on the ground floor. There was fury as

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soldiers gathered around the wreckage.

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TRANSLATION: We are not afraid to die. They can send all the cars they

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want to Sayyida Zeinab, and all of Damascus. But soldiers weren't the

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only ones affected. Opposite the army building is a fraught and

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vegetable market. Testament to a street that was bustling just before

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the blast You can still smell a very strange mixture, I think perhaps of

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blood and fruit, on the site of the explosion.

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In Geneva the UN was still struggling to kickstart the talks

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but on the ground, all over Syria's fragmented landscape, the war raged

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on, unaffected. We will hear more on the significance of a see ya

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district being targeted in Damascus. Islam zwraict or so-called Islamic

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State is a sunny fundamentalist group. It considers Shia in general

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at heretics and it has said so many time it is raging war against Shia.

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We have seen similar attacks in Iraq. There is a similar factor

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which is that many militants, or militias fighting the IS at the

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moment are Shia militias, coming from Iraq, from Iran, and they are

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Hezbollah militias as well. And many of them actually go to Sayyida

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Zeinab shrine in a pilgrimage, even before they start fighting IS. These

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are two important factors to bear in mind in this context. Well, to the

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talks now and the main Syrian opposition group, the HNC says it

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will not negotiate directly with the Syrian government at the talks until

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massacres have stopped. Earlier, they did have an initial

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informal meeting with the UN's envoy He's due to hold separate talks

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on Monday, first with government representatives, and then delegates

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from the opposition The US Secretary of State,

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John Kerry, has appealed to the parties involved in the talks

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to make "concrete progress". While battlefield dynamics can

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affect the negotiating leverage, in the end there is no military

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solution to the conflict. Without negotiations, the bloodshed will

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drag on until the last city is reduced to rubble and virtually

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every home, every form of infrastructure and every semblance

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of civilisation is destroyed. And that will ensure an increased number

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of terrorists, created by and attracted to this fight. This

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conflict could easily engulf the region, if left to spiral completely

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out of control. That is what the negotiations in Geneva can prevent.

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It's being reported that at least 50 people have been killed in an attack

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by Islamist militants in the village of Dalori -

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close to the city of Maiduguri in north eastern Nigeria.

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A military spokesman said that Boko Haram were behind the attack

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Pictures from the scene of the attack show burnt buildings

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and livestock and it's been reported that the fire could be seen

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I got more details from the BBC's Tomi Oladipo in Nairobi.

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We heard on Saturday this attack happened. Thesis lambist Milne tants

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stormed the village and attacked, opening fire, setting buildings on

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fire eye witnesses saying some people were trapped in their houses

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as they were set on fire. But the army came into the town and fighting

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continued for hours but as we speak, much of the building was in ruins

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pretty much most of the buildings burnt down. This is not the first

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time we have had a lull in the way Boko Haram operates there. They go

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sometimes for weeks or even months almost quite and relying on the

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kinds of suicide bombings we have been seeing over the past few weeks.

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But it doesn't mean that the group has been destroyed. They are known

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to have sleeper cells within major urban centres and they are still

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able it carry out attacks like the one we have seen. The fact they have

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carried out such an attack on such a scale, shows how great they are - I

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mean how great their firepower is and how they are able to regroup and

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restrategise and come back again. So a lot for the Nigerian military to

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think about in terms of strategy, a lot to think about in terms of

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intelligence-gathering, so they can stop this group from coming back

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again and wrecking havoc across the north-east of the country, as we

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have seen. In the United States

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it's the final weekend of campaigning before

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the Iowa caucuses on Monday. It's the first chance that voters

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get to decide who'll be the presidential candidate for each

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of the main parties. Well, just before this crucial vote,

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one respected opinion poll suggests that Donald Trump is ahead

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in the Republican contest. and Bloomberg Politics gives

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Donald Trump a 5 point lead over It puts Trump at 28%

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and Cruz at 23%. On the Democratic side,

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the poll gives Hillary Clinton a more narrow lead

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over Bernie Sanders. Clinton is on 45% while

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the Vermont Senator There's a margin of error

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of plus or minus 4 Gary O'Donoghue is in

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Iowa and joins us live. Of course, this is that one time

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that Iowa ends up being on the global stage. Usually it isn't.

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That's absolutely right. I mean this is a small state, but it is not a

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very populated state, only 3 million people here and they get an enormous

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say as the first one in the nation to actually cast some votes in the

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nomination. Now, as you pointed out, Donald Trump is leading the

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Republican field, the surprise candidacy, really of Donald Trump

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and really sweeping a lot of the other candidates before him. Getting

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a lot of mainstream votes as well, Donald Trump. It is not just fringes

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voting for him. A lot of mainstream Republicans are backing him. Second

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place, Senator Ted Cruz from Texas. He is popular among the socially

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conservative and evangelicals and there are lots of those among

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Republican voters in eye owia. On the Democratic side, Hillary

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Clinton, here lead over Bernie Sanders, within the margin of error

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there. It is neck-and-neck in that race and a lot of the vote in the

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colleges here supporting Bernie Sanders and those colleges are in

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session at the moment. That's in the always the case during the Iowa

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caucuses, the students aren't always here but they are this time and the

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Sanders campaign will be hoping that means that their vote will get

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boasted by their presence. So, an awful lot hangs on the vote on

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Monday. It will help it, indeed - particularly the Republican side

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where there are still 11 candidates, Chris, in the race, it'll help to

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narrow that #2350e8d down. Some on 1, 2, 3%, may not last into the next

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primary which is in New Hampshire in just over a week's time. -- narrow

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that vote down. Well thank you for that.

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The White House hopefuls have to get out to meet voters face to face

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rather than rely on reaching them through television adverts.

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Monday's caucus is the first contest in the long nominating process,

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and all candidates are keen to shake as many hands and kiss as many

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We sent the BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan out on the campaign

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trail in Iowa to see how many candidates she could see in a day.

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It is just ever 9.00 in De Moines in Iowa. The candidates are trying to

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get as many votes as they can. I have a list of where they will be. I

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will see how many of them I can meet. Wrong car, wrong car. Stop

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number 1, candidate Ric Santorum, who is doing a coffee and bagels

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meeting. Just over there. Do you think you have a shot in this race?

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Of course I do. We are off. What is this place called? We have

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been in the car for two hours a and we are now hoping to catch the next

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candidate but we are late. You should have the right to exercise

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your second amendment rights. Are we allowed to replace restrictions on

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that? Only in the most extreme circumstances. That was Chris

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Christie, our second candidate of today. Got more to go.

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Stop number 3, a Bernie Sanders event. We are talking about making

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public colleges and universities tuition-free.

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You know you have to drive a short way from our last one. Already met

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three candidates and a long queue for the next person we are hoping to

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see. It's 5.30pm and we have driven all

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across this state searching for candidates. Candidates we are now in

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Wilson and off to see one more It's protected the second amendment

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rights to bear arms of law-abiding citizens. We travelled 315 miles.

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Met four candidates and one former President who is married to a

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candidate. It made us realise if we are exhausted, imagine what the

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capped dates go through on a daily basis as they work to get the vote.

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Let's bring you some other news in brief now:

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The Israeli cabinet has voted to create a separate prayer space

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for non-Orthodox Jews at the Western Wall in Jerusalem

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The contentious decision means a new prayer area will be situated

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adjacent to the existing Orthodox compound where men and women

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are segregated for prayers, in line with tradition.

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Police in Tanzania say they have arrested three men after a British

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helicopter pilot was killed while tracking

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The pilot, Roger Gower, died on Friday when his helicopter

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was shot down during a patrol in the Maswa game reserve

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Russian officials say 12 people, including three children,

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have died in a huge fire at a textile factory in Moscow.

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The victims were migrant workers who had been living and working

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A former Mafia boss has been shot dead at his home in the Canadian

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in southern Italy, according to Canadian media.

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He was once one of Toronto's most powerful mafia leaders.

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Zito's son-in-law, Domenico Scopelliti,

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has been charged with murder after turning himself in to police.

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Rob Lamberti is a veteran crime reporter for the Toronto Sun

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snr one could be forgiven, Rob, for not thinking of Canada and the Mafia

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and finding the Mafia there. Well, surprise, we probably have the most

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powerful Ndrangheta groups outside of Italy, based in Toronto area. How

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much trouble do they cause? They are worth millions of dollars. A will

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the of the money that's generated in -- a lot of the money generated in

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Italy finds its way here because they have found Canada a very safe

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place to invest their gains. They are in semi, they are almost in

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retirement then when they get to candidate I wouldn't say that. We do

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have our problems. We have had at bit of a gang war in Canada, pitting

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Sicillian-based organised group in Montreal with Calabrian groups in

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Ontario. Things have calmed down and the splice done good work,

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especially in cue Beck, where they have made some arrests. Tell us more

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about Rocco Zito and what we know about his death? He was born into a

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Mafia family in Calabrian in 1928. He tried to sneak into North America

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twice, once as a stowaway in a boat, to New York City, but American

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officials caught him and sent him back and again he was caught in

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Texas when he was trying to sneak in from Mexico when they sent him back.

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In 1955 he came to Canada as a legal immigrant and became a citizen

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shortly after that. Police started noticing him in about 1960 when he

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was fined for $108 Canadian for having an illegal still and they

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spotted him at a mob boss's house in nearbyburg ton, Ontario. What he

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didn't know in 1962 he became a founding member of a Board of

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Directors of organised crime. They sell disputes, carve up territories,

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make deals. Sort of what you have seen on television in the God skas

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father movies and so on. Police didn't know of this Board until 1968

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but by that time Rocco had been developing as a masterful and very

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quiet and traditional leader among organised crime groups. He wasn't a

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flashy kind of guy. He lived in a very non-disscript neighbourhood in

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North for on con a very non-descript bung low. He raised five daughters,

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has become a grandfather. He was finally caught in 1987 in a murder

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which he was convicted of man slutter. And then later in a theft.

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I'm going to have to wind you up a little bit. It is fascinating but

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obviously his murder will continue to be invested but, wow, a whole

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book to be written there but we have to leave it there, many thanks. OK.

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To Probably a movie to be made as well. Stay with us. Still to come.

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Awesome in Australia. Tennis world number one, Novak Djokovic beats

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Andy Murray to win Melbourne's Grand Slam for a sixth time.

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The earthquake brought buildings down in seconds. Tonight the search

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for any survivors has an increasing desperation about it, as the hours

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pass. The new government is finally in

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control of the entirely republic of Uganda. Moscow go the its first

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taste as Western fast food as McDonald's opened his first

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restaurant but the hundreds of Muscovites that queued up won't find

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it cheap. It'll cost half a day's wages for the average Russian.

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# This is BBC World News Today.

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The headlines: Bomb attacks in Damascus have killed at least 50

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people near the country's most important Shia Muslim shrine.

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So-called Islamic state have claimed responsibility.

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There is some hope for progress at the Syrian peace talks in Geneva, as

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both sides agree to meet the UN's envoy for separate discussions.

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More than 50 thousand migrants have made the perilous sea crossing

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from Turkey to Greece this past January.

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That's a 35-fold increase from this time last year.

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During the same period, 250 people have

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Our correspondent James Reynolds has been aboard a rescue

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25 Iraqi migrants wave from their broken boats.

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A private company, called MOAS, supports the Greek coastguard.

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Winter has not stopped migrants from coming.

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But it has made their journey much more dangerous.

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A child can survive in these waters for only 15 minutes.

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The migrants, their children coming aboard now.

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For those who have been at sea for such a long time,

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this moment of rescue must surely be one of the great moments

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Inside the ship, an Italian medical team treats a man who has collapsed

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And are ready to stop being smothered.

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This man and his family have escaped Islamic State in Iraq.

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At dawn the rescue boat heads to Greece, towing with it

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Their first steps in Europe are a little uncertain.

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We are hearing from our correspondent in Downing Street in

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London that no deal has been reached between the British Prime Minister,

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David Cameron, and the European Union President, Donald Tusk, aimed

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at pressing the UK's case for curbing the benefits of European

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Union migrants can claim. Another 24-hour talks has been agreed.

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Now the sport. A fantastic night in Melbourne for

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Novak Djokovic. A sixth title for him.

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It was another emotional night for Andy Murray in Melbourne,

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Runner up for a fourth time at the Australian Open

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With fatherhood just days away, he admitted

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that he may have been affected by off-court distractions.

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The prize that has eluded Andy Murray for so long was perched

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tantalisingly close, but Novak Djokovic's grip on that

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trophy and Britain's number one has been vice-like.

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The first set followed a familiar pattern.

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Murray simply outclassed as the Serb took the first set 6-1.

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Murray had been late to bed the previous night after watching

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brother Jamie win the doubles and in the second set he finally

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woke up, matching his nemesis, until at 5-5, once again,

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he fell under Djokovic's spell, another crucial break, 2-0.

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At least Murray had shown some fight and that continued in the third

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where he managed to break Djokovic and level at 3-3.

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Murray forced a tie-break but during that, the trophy looked

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Novak finished things with an ace, one that seemed to bring tears

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The Serb's six Australian Open titles are matched only by the great

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Murray, once again, is left dreaming of a first.

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It's phenomenal. I'm very proud of it, as is my team. We worked hard to

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be in this position and we should enjoy T we should cherish every

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moment that we get to experience now, because these are the

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tournament we all value. Enjoy it. We want it play well. No doubt I'm

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playing the best tennis of my life these last 15 months.

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11 titles for Djokovic. Still celebrating her first Slam

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is the German Angelique Kerber who sensationally beat Serena

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Williams in Saturdays women's final. They end she came to me and said

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that she would really like to say that I'm deserved. That's also

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something that's still in my heart. I have had the best two weeks of my

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life and the best moment of my career last night when I won the

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matchpoint and really took the Grand Slam. It was always my dream and my

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dream came true. When I was a kid I was always dreaming of this, to win

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one day a Grand Slam. I think I had a really crazy week, in the first

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round, where I was matchpoint down but the best weeks of my life.

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The draws been made for the FA Cup fifth round, Chelsea will play

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Manchester City, Oscar scored a first half hatrick as they beat MK

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One other line to emerge after that match, John Terry will be leaving

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He confirmed that he hasn't been offered a new contract by the club.

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The 35 year old, who has spent his entire career

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at Stamford Bridge, says he will keep playing but it won't be

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Thank you. Let's remind you of our main story on the programme tonight:

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A triple bomb attack near the holly Shia shrine in Damascus has killed

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at least 50 people. So-calledist Islamic State group have claimed

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responsibility and there is fresh hope at the Syrian peace talks in

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general ehave as the UN enjoy plans talks about both sides for Monday.

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-- Geneva. That's all from the programme R you

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can keep up-to-date with all the latest developments, analysis and

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news at the BBC website. From me and the rest of the team. Thanks for

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watching. Winds will start to pick up

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overnight ahead of the arrival of Storm Henry,

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