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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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America will 'act to prevent potential act of genocide'

America will act to prevent acts of genocide against Iraqi citizens by Islamist fighters, Barack Obama said after authorising air strikes against militants.

"When we have the unique capabilities to help avert a massacre then I believe the United States of America cannot turn a blind eye," Mr Obama said.

"We can act; carefully and responsibly to prevent a potential act of genocide.

“Earlier this week, one Iraqi said no-one is coming to help. Well, today America is coming to help.”

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