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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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UK to drop aid to Iraq refugees 'in next couple of days'

Britain will drop relief supplies to refugees in Iraq who have been forced to flee their homes by the advance of Islamic State militants.

"We hope to drop [the aid] over the next couple of days," Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said following an emergency meeting of the Cobra committee

Fallon said the aid drops were "in support of the American relief effort, particularly to help the plight of those who after trapped on the mountain."

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