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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UK announces further £8m aid for Iraq crisis

The UK government will release another £8m in emergency humanitarian aid to help those endangered by the violence in northern and central Iraq, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced.

The money will be divided between humanitarian air-drops in the Sinjar mountains, aid for displaced people in northern Iraq and support for Red Cross medical staff in the region.

"This aid from the British people will help the Yazidi community, who are now cut off on Mount Sinjar, get immediate emergency support," Justine Greening said.

"It will also ensure thousands more people get medical help, shelter, food and clean water."

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