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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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Kerry: Iraq militants 'show warning signs of genocide'

US secretary of state John Kerry warned today that the violent acts carried out by Islamist militants in Iraq "show all the warning signs of genocide"

"With the potential of further executions taking place," he said, "and because people are a minority huddled for safety on a mountain top, the United States has made its decision that it must save these lives.

"The world needs to join us in the condemnation of these actions," Mr Kerry added, speaking in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

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