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Aid workers freed in Yemen

THREE French aid workers kidnapped in Yemen have been freed with the help of the sultan of Oman after nearly six months in captivity, it was revealed today.

Men linked to al-Qa'ida had demanded a $12m ransom for the security officials and local tribesman in July.

A statement from French President Nicolas Sarkozy's office announcing the release provides no details of what happened. French authorities insist the government does not pay ransoms.

High childhood IQ link to drugs

A HIGH childhood IQ may be linked to drug use in later life, particularly among women, a new study shows.

Analysis of almost 8,000 people showed that men with a high IQ at the age of five were around 50pc more likely to have taken drugs, such as amphetamines or ecstasy, 25 years later than those with low IQ scores.

Women in the study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, were more than twice as likely to have used cannabis and cocaine as those with low IQ.

Rolex returned after six years

FORMER Arsenal footballer Lauren is to be reunited with a Rolex watch that was stolen from him more than six years ago.

The retired Cameroonian defender will collect the Rolex Daytona today after police in England found the watch among £500,000 of stolen goods in Essex and London.

The Rolex, which was taken in March 2005, was one of many sought-after and highly-collectable watches recovered.

The majority of them had been produced in limited numbers.

Parents are at 'breaking point'

THE stresses and strains of family life push 40pc of parents with children under five to "breaking point", according to a survey.

Home-Start UK, a family support charity, found almost two thirds (63pc) believe their stress can damage their relationship with their children.

Almost all (93pc) of the 1,201 parents quizzed by YouGov on behalf of the charity said their children's future mental and physical wellbeing could be affected.