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US journalist released from Syria 'overwhelmed with emotion'

A US journalist released earlier this week after almost two years of imprisonment in Syria said he was "overwhelmed with emotion" because of the attention he has received upon returning home.

Peter Theo Curtis, 45, was captured in 2012 by Nusra Front and was only released on Sunday.

He said: "I suddenly remember how good the American people are, and what kindness they have in their hearts."

Meanwhile, Douglas McAuthur McCain, 33, who is suspected of fighting with Islamic State militants operating in Iraq and Syria, has been killed in the Middle East, a US security official has said.

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UN calls for international help for Iraqi government

The UN Security Council has condemned attacks by Islamist militants in Iraq and has called for further international support for the Iraqi government.

Refugees who fled violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar. Credit: Reuters

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was "deeply appalled" by reports of attacks by the Islamic State (IS) in northern areas of the country

Tens of thousands of people from minority groups have been driven from their homes, with 40,000 taking refuge on a mountain.

"The members of the Security Council call on the international community to support the government and people of Iraq and to do all it can to help alleviate the suffering of the population affected by the current conflict in Iraq," Britain's UN Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said.

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