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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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Hammond at Downing St for Cobra meeting over Iraq

Hammond at Downing St for Cobra meeting over Iraq. Credit: ITV News

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has arrived at Downing Street to chair a meeting of the government's Cobra committee to assess the crisis in Iraq. Asked whether the UK was doing enough to help, Mr Hammond answered: "We are going to have a meeting to discuss it right now."

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