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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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Archbishop: UK doors should be open to Iraq refugees

Britain's doors should be open to refugees fleeing "terrible suffering" in Iraq, the Archbishop of Canterbury has urged.

The Archbishop of Canterbury said Britain's doors should be open to Iraqi refugees. Credit: PA

Justin Welby, who is currently in Papua New Guinea, said Christians and other religious minorities who have been displaced by advancing Islamic militants should be helped to find safety.

Tens of thousands of Iraqis have been forced to flee their homes after the Islamic State group issued an ultimatum to convert to Islam, pay a religious fine or face death.

The Archbishop said: "It is extremely important that aid efforts are supported and that those who have been displaced are able to find safety.

"I believe that, like France, the United Kingdom's doors should be open to refugees, as they have been throughout history."

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