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Stressed Britons 'risk health by turning to sugary food'

The nation's stress levels are on the increase as Britons are risking their health by turning to sugary food, takeaways and alcohol to help cope with modern life, according to a new survey.

Of the 5,000 people questioned in a survey for the British Acupuncture Council (BAC), 33% said they resorted to comfort eating when stressed, 24% said they drank alcohol and, as a result, 20% said they had put on weight.

The nation's stress levels are on the increase, the study suggests. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The top reason blamed for feeling burnt out was a lack of time, according to 41% of those questioned in the study.

Another 25% thought it was because they felt like they wanted to have it all and 24% said they had difficulty switching off from work.

Tamzin Freeman, of the BAC, said, "Stress can make it difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle but reaching for your favourite foods or treating yourself to that bottle of wine after a hectic day may make you feel better in the short term but it won't tackle the root cause of the problem."

'Jihadi John' told of fear he was 'a dead man walking'

A British man identified in reports as the Islamic State executioner known as "Jihadi John" feared he was a "dead man walking" after run-ins with security services before fleeing to Syria, email exchanges with a journalist have claimed.

Computer programming graduate Mohammed Emwazi said he considered suicide after coming face to face with what he suspected to be a British spy as he attempted to sell a laptop computer in 2010.

Then and now: Emwazi as a student (left), and as Jihadi John (right)

In an email exchange with the Mail on Sunday at the time, Emwazi described how he became suspicious of the buyer after they met.

He told theMail on Sunday's security editor Robert Verkaik he felt harassed by security services, in a series of emails in 2010, three years before he left to join IS, saying, "Sometimes I feel like a dead man walking, not fearing they (MI5) may kill me.


Farage hints another Tory MP could defect to Ukip

Nigel Farage has hinted there is still a chance that another Conservative MP could defect to Ukip before the General Election.

Asked in an interview with the Sunday Telegraph (£) whether he was in discussions with any Tory MPs, Farage said: "The last time I spoke about this I said I would be surprised if there were not more.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

"There is one conversation we are still having. But do you know what - it is not very relevant now. Last year it was a big deal."

Unlike Douglas Carswell and Mark Reckless - who both triggered and won by-elections - a Tory jumping ship now would be likely to hold on to their seat until the General Election in May.

CCTV footage appears to show missing Syria girls

CCTV footage apparently showing three British schoolgirls feared to have entered Syria to join Islamic State has been released by Turkish news channel A Haber.

The three girls, believed to be Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and 15-year-old Amira Abase, are seen at a bus station in Istanbul in the video.

It was reportedly recorded in the early hours of February 18 - the day after the teenagers disappeared from their London homes.


UN Secretary-General condemns Nemtsov murder

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the murder of Boris Nemtsov. Credit: Dennis Van Tine/Geisler-Fotopres/DPA/Press Association Images

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead by unknown attackers in Moscow.

"The Secretary-General was shocked by and condemns the brutal killing of Boris Nemtsov in Moscow on 27th February," the United Nations press office said in a statement.

It added that Mr Ban "notes that an investigation into this murder has been announced, and he expects the perpetrators to be brought to justice swiftly."

It said he expressed his condolences to Nemtsov's family, friends and supporters.

Police investigate fan disorder at Rotherham match

Police have launched an investigation following disorder at Rotherham United's Championship clash with Millwall FC.

Police are investigating disorder at Rotherham United's New York Stadium. Credit: Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

After Rotherham scored in the 85th minute at the New York Stadium, a number of supporters tried to invade the pitch, forcing police to step in.

Several stewards were attacked, leaving two with minor injuries, and additional officers were deployed.

As fans left the ground, further disorder erupted and a number of police officers received minor injuries, South Yorkshire Police said.

It added that no arrests had been made but that there was extensive evidence, including CCTV footage, and a post-incident investigation will be conducted into the actions of both clubs' fans.

Officers have worked with both clubs prior to today's game in an attempt to prevent such unacceptable behaviour. Again we see a minority of individuals spoil the event for many others.

They aren't a true representation of genuine football supporters and have no place in football. Such action can not be tolerated

– Chief Superintendent Jason Harwin
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