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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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Cameron and Obama trying to 'avert a genocide' in Iraq

Prime Minister David Cameron and President Obama agreed that getting vital supplies to Iraq's minority Yazidi community who have been trapped by militants was the immediate priority, as they try to "avert a genocide."

Prime minister David Cameron and President Obama spoke on the phone earlier. Credit: PA

"They agreed that the immediate priority is to get vital supplies to those trapped on Mt Sinjar and the UK will join the US in delivering aid drops," a readout of the call from Number 10 read.

However, both leaders agreed that dropping aid was not a long term solution "and that a way must be found to get these people to safety and to avert a genocide."

The readout added: "They also agreed on the need for the Iraqis to establish an inclusive government as swiftly as possible to unite all Iraqi communities against ISIL terrorists."

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