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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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Labour calls on UK Government to speak out on Iraq

Shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander has called on the Government to speak out on Iraq and ensure the international community "does not simply walk by on the other side".

Welcoming President Barack Obama's decision to authorise limited air strikes in the region, Alexander called the plight of the Yazidi community "an acute and immediate catastrophe."

Displaced members of the Yazidi community gather during a protest against militants of the Islamic State. Credit: REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

"The Iraqi government has asked for help. The UN Security Council has urged the world to act, and the United States has unique abilities to help avert massacre," he added.

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