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War in Syria.

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They came to Syria to fight Isis. Now they want to stay A Canadian metal worker, a British engineer and an American restaurant worker are among thousands of western volunteers who came to join a ‘revolution’, writes Richard Hall Fighters from the Kurdish YPG at a rally in Hasakah, northeastern Syria, last month ( Reuters ) The rise of Isis attracted thousands of foreigners from around the world to Syria. But it wasn’t just religious extremists who were drawn here. While scores were travelling to Syria for jihad, a smaller but no less committed group of internationalists was heading to the other side of the battle. “People back home like to think Daesh [Isis] is just a problem for the Middle East and that’s it,” says Kyle Town, a mild-mannered 30-year-old from Thunder Bay, in Ontario, Canada, using the Arabic name for Isis. “But it doesn’t just exist here. It affects everyone.” Town, a former sheet-metal worker, is among thousands of westerners who travelled to Syria to figh

Katie Price guilty of being drunk in charge of her £130k pink Range Rover

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Reality TV star Katie Price did a fist-pump and said “brilliant” as she was banned from the road for three months and fined £1,500 for being caught drunkenly in charge of her crashed pink Range Rover. The 40-year-old former glamour model and Loose Women presenter was “very drunk” in the back of the car, slurring her words and smelling of alcohol after the £130,000 vehicle had apparently crashed into a hedge. Price, who had spent the evening drinking pornstar martinis, denied being the driver, insisting that her on-off boyfriend Kris Boyson’s friend had been at the wheel and run away. District Judge Nigel Dean today said he did not have “any degree of confidence” in parts of Price’s story, as he found her guilty of being drunk in charge of a motor vehicle. “She knows a lot more about the circumstances that her valuable car was involved in some sort of road traffic accident than she would have the court believe”, he said. Katie Price at court today where she was cleared of

Your relationship may be better than you think – find the knot

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It's worth focusing on the dealmakers not just dealbreakers.   There’s an old saying, “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” In other words, before you give up, take matters into your own hands and try a little harder. As a psychology researcher, I believe this adage applies to relationships, too. Before you let go, look for the “knots” that might save you from accidentally letting a great relationship slip from your grasp. Relationship science suggests that the problem is that people tend to overemphasize the negative and underappreciate the positive when looking at their romantic partners. If you could build the perfect relationship, what would it look like? Perhaps more importantly, how does your current relationship stack up? Expectations for today’s relationships are higher than ever. Now that relationships are a choice, mediocrity isn’t acceptable. It’s all or nothing, and no one wants to settle. The secret to avoiding settling see