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Jihadi John 'just wanted to return to Kuwait'

Close friends of 'Jihadi John' say he left London for Syria because he felt increasingly frustrated at being unable to return to his home country of Kuwait.

Souad Mekhennet, one of the two Washington Post journalists who identified the Islamic State executioner as Mohammed Emwazi, said his friends had told her he felt he was not treated fairly by the security services.

MI5 has not commented on allegations that they prevented Emwazi from travelling abroad after attempting to recruit him.

If they had just had allowed him to go to Kuwait and live his life, have a job, have a wife - according to one of his friends he said there would have been no Jihadi John

– Souad Mekhennet

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Drinking coffee 'may protect against MS'

Drinking coffee may protect against multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a new study.

Scientists attribute the effect to caffeine, which has already been linked to a reduced risk of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

Scientists attribute the effect to the caffeine in coffee. Credit: Edward Smith/EMPICS Entertainment

Researchers analysed data from two Swedish and US studies that compared a total of 2,788 people with MS and almost 4,000 healthy individuals.

Both studies found that participants who did not drink coffee were about one-and-a-half times more likely to develop MS than those who drank several cups a day.

"Caffeine should be studied for its impact on relapses and long-term disability in MS as well," lead researcher Dr Ellen Mowry, from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore said.

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