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Former soldier 'fighting with Kurds against Isis in Syria'

A former soldier is thought to be among a growing number of Brits joining the fight against Isis inside Syria. Pictures and videos suggest that James Hughes, from Reading, is in Rojava, northern Syria, helping to defend the beleaguered city of Kobani. Correspondent Dan Rivers reports.


Family of UK woman released in Iran 'relieved and happy'

Iman Ghavami, the brother of Ghoncheh Ghavami has told ITV News his sister is overjoyed and relieved to be released from jail in Iran.

He said the family were relieved that 25-year-old Ghoncheh has been released in time for her 26th birthday, as her hunger strike has been taking a serious toll on her health.

Last month Ghoncheh was found guilty of "propagating against the ruling system" and was sentenced to a year - she has so far served five months.

Band Aid 30 tops the charts despite controversy

Band Aid 30's Do They Know It's Christmas?, which features a host of stars, stormed to the top of the singles chart today.

Band Aid 30 was already the fastest-selling single of 2014. Credit: Band Aid 30

The charity single, organised once again by Bob Geldof, shifted more than 312,000 copies to make it the year's fastest-selling single, the Official Charts Company said.

But there have been some complaints over the song's content, with some of the lyrics changed to reflect the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

One Directipon, Ellie Goulding, Chris Martin and Ed Sheeran were all involved in Band Aid 30. Credit: Band Aid 30

The track, with all proceeds going toward the fight against Ebola in west Africa, has outsold the rest of the top five combined.

The massive sales haul of Band Aid 30, which features Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, One Direction, Rita Ora and Bastille among its star cast, outshines Band Aid 20's first-week sales in 2004 with that version selling 297,000 in its first seven days.

Hamilton: Abu Dhabi win 'the greatest day of my life'

Lewis Hamilton has tweeted his thanks for the support of his fans after he joined an elite club of Formula One world champions in securing his second drivers' championship title with a win at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.


British woman's mother 'couldn't stop crying' on her release

A few hours ago my sister was bailed out for her birthday on Monday. It is so good to be home. I finally heard her voice after 149 days. It was a very emotional moment. My mother couldn't stop crying.

But she is not free yet. Bail is not freedom.

Yesterday the judge issued the verdict of one year imprisonment and two years prohibition from leaving Iran. Ghoncheh will soon defend her innocence again in the court of appeal.

We hope she will be vindicated of all charges and be allowed to come back to the UK to continue her studies.

– Iman Ghavami

Ghoncheh Ghavami, 25, was found guilty last month of "propagating against the ruling system" and received the custodial sentence.

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